Tragedy King Dilip Kumar laid to rest with full state honours

Mumbai: The ‘Kohinoor’ of Indian Cinema, Mohammed Yusuf Khan, known to the world by his screen name Dilip Kumar, was laid to rest in a suburban cemetery amid full state honours here on Wednesday evening.

Dilip Kumar’s body was kept at his Bandra home a few hours for people to pay their last respects even as huge crowds assembled outside to catch a glimpse of the legendary star before his final journey.

Among those who visited and condoled his wife Saira Banu Khan were Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Tourism Minister Aditya Thackeray, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Johny Lever, and Anupam Kher.

Later, his body was ceremonially draped in the national Tricolour by a Mumbai Police contingent, and taken in procession to the Juhu Muslim Cemetery with scores of people lined up on both sides of the roads to bid a tearful adieu.

At the cemetery, many other top Bollywood personalities had gathered for his final ‘deedar’, awaiting the funeral cortege brought by the police and his family members.

After the traditional rituals and prayers and the state protocols, Dilip Kumar was laid to rest as many of the mourners cried and other fought back their tears even as Mumbai Police deployed tight security and implemented Covid-19 protocols.

A stunned nation woke up to learn of the demise of Dilip Saab – as he was popularly known in the film industry where he strode like a colossus for over 6 decades.

Making the shocking announcement, Dilip Kumar’s close aide Faisal Farooqui, said that he breathed his last around 7.30 am at the Hinduja Hospital following bouts of old-age related illnesses.

Top people from all walks of life including President R.N. Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi, mourned his passing, even as social media was flooded with grief and admiration for the legend.

Besides, two Bharat Ratnas Lata Mangeshkar and Sachin Tendulkar, Amitabh Bachchan, Shahid Rafi – son of legendary singer Mohammed Rafi who crooned many songs for the late actor – and other prominent Bollywood personalities mourned his demise and recalled his contributions to the film industry.

Dilip Kumar’s life is nothing short of a beautiful film, replete with every colour of life. From his birth in Peshawar to becoming the First Khan of Bollywood, the screen legend’s life is an inspiration to anyone who dares to dream.

Here is Dilip Kumar’s life in a timeline;

1922
Born as Mohammed Yusuf Khan in Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, British India to Lala Ghulam Sarwar Khan and Ayesha Begum on December 11.

1944
Makes his acting debut in “Jwar Bhata”, directed by Amiya Chakravarty, with the screen name Dilip Kumar.

1947
Tastes first major box office success, “Jugnu”, co-starring Noor Jahan and directed by Shaukat Hussain Rizvi.

1949
First breakthrough role in Mehboob Khan’s “Andaz”, co-starring Raj Kapoor and Nargis.

1951
Rumoured to fall in love with actress Madhubala during the shoot of “Tarana”.

1955
Release of career-defining film, Bimal Roy’s “Devdas” alongside Vyjayanthimala and Suchitra Sen.

1960
Featured in K. Asif’s epic historical drama “Mughal-e-Azam” as Prince Salim, his career defining role, alongside Madhubala and Prithviraj Kapoor. “Kohinoor” co-starring Meena Kumari also opens in the same year.

1961
Turns producer with the self-starring “Gunga Jumna”. Broadly inspired by Mehboob Khan’s “Mother India”, the Nitin Bose directorial was allegedly ghost-directed and ghost-edited by Dilip Kumar, according to unconfirmed rumours. The film starring the actor with his brother Nasir Khan and Vyjayanthimala was the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 1961.

1966
Marriage with actress Saira Banu, 22 years younger than him.

1980
Appointed honorary Sheriff of Mumbai.

1981
Marriage with Hyderabad-based Asma Sahiba , or Asma Rehman. The same year marked his comeback to Bollywood after a five-year break, with Manoj Kumar’s “Kranti”.

1983
Divorce with Asma Rehman

1991
Honoured with Padma Bhushan, the third-highest civilian award in India.

1994
Honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award, India’s highest award in the field of cinema.

1998
Honoured with Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award of Pakistan.

1998
Release of his last Hindi film Qila, directed by Umesh Mehra and starring Dilip Kumar in a dual role. The film also had Rekha, Mamta Kulkarni and Mukul Dev.

2014
The thespian’s autobiography “The Substance And The Shadow” is published.

2015
Honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the second-highest civilian award in India.

2020
His younger brothers Aslam Khan and Ehsan Khan pass away owing to Covid.

2021, Dilip Kumar passes away at a Mumbai hospital around 7.30 am on July 7. He is cremated with state honours at Juhu Qabrastan, Santacruz, Mumbai around 5 pm
The same day.

(IANS)

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