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Indian actor Dilip Kumar, who embodied melancholy on display, dies at 98 By Reuters

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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Bollywood star Dilip Kumar smiles after receiving a lifetime achievement award from India’s President Pratibha Patil (unseen) throughout the 54th nationwide movie awards ceremony in New Delhi September 2, 2008. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA)/File Picture

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By Shilpa Jamkhandikar

MUMBAI (Reuters) -Dilip Kumar, considered one of India’s most revered actors recognized for his roles as a tragic hero in Bollywood movies, died on Wednesday morning, his household mentioned.

Kumar was 98 and had been ailing for a while, one of many docs treating him instructed reporters.

“He had respiratory difficulties…We tried very onerous. We had hoped he would attain 100,” the actor’s physician Jalil Parkar mentioned.

Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in 1922 in Peshawar, now in Pakistan, he was recognized by the display title of Dilip Kumar as soon as he joined Bollywood within the Forties. He’s survived by his spouse, Saira Banu, a high Bollywood main woman within the Nineteen Sixties and Nineteen Seventies.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan each expressed condolences, with Modi saying Kumar was “blessed with unparalleled brilliance”.

“For my era Dilip Kumar was the best and most versatile actor,” Khan mentioned on Twitter.

At his residence in Mumbai, Bollywood stars thronged to pay their respects, amongst them actor Shah Rukh Khan, producer Karan Johar and actress Vidya Balan.

The funeral might be held in a while Wednesday.

Authorities in Peshawar within the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa mentioned they have been planning to revive the actor’s ancestral dwelling in a slim lane of town.

“We at the moment are engaged on its conservation,” mentioned Dr Abdus Samad, director normal of archaeology division.

TRAGEDY KING

After transferring from Peshawar to Pune, in India, Kumar did his first movie, “Jwar Bhata” in 1944, which tanked. His breakthrough function got here in 1949, with “Andaz”, the place he performed a jilted lover caught in a triangle between the lady he loves and her husband.

That function catapulted him to stardom, and was the start of a decade the place he made a profession of taking part in tragic roles.

Bimal Roy’s adaptation of Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s seminal novel “Devdas” was the turning level in an already profitable profession, catapulting him to super-stardom.

His function because the doomed lover in “Devdas”, earned Kumar the epithet of “tragedy king” – the person who embodied melancholy on display.

“An establishment has gone .. each time the historical past of Indian Cinema might be written , it shall all the time be ‘earlier than Dilip Kumar, and after Dilip Kumar”, actor Amitabh Bachchan mentioned on Twitter.

Kumar mentioned he felt weighed down after years of taking part in tragic roles. Within the late 1950’s, he made a aware try and play extra upbeat roles, performing in romantic movies like “Madhumati”, “Aan” and “Naya Daur”.

One other massive profession milestone was Okay Asif’s “Mughal-E-Azam”, wherein Kumar performed the Prince Salim, son of the Mughal emperor Akbar.

A magnum opus that instructed the story of the prince’s doomed affair with a dancer woman, the 1960 movie was one of the vital costly productions of the time, however went on to change into the highest-grossing movie of the yr, wowing audiences with opulent units and a stunning musical rating.

In his later years, though the hits have been more durable to return by, Kumar retained his stature as India’s first marquee star, whose face on a poster was sufficient for audiences to throng the theatres.