Bollywood celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor have wished veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who turned 94 on Sunday, a year full of good health and happiness.
Dilip Kumar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre here on Wednesday after swelling in one of his legs.
The thespian, who made his acting debut in “Jwar Bhata” in 1944, was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He later adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar. He was last seen on the big screen in the film “Qila” in 1998. He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.
He has worked in hit films like “Devdas”, “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Ganga Jamuna”, “Kranti” and “Saudagar”.
Here is what some of the Bollywood celebrities tweeted:
Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj mere bade bhai Dilip Kumar ji ka janamdin hai. Meri Ishwar se prarthana hai ki wo deerghayu ho aur unki sehat acchi rahe (Today is my elder brother Dilip Kumar’s birthday. I pray to God for his long life and good health).
Amitabh Bachchan: To the greatest Dilip Kumar on his birthday December 11, wishes prayers and duas for good health and happiness.
Rishi Kapoor: Many happy returns of this day to our dearest Yusuf Uncle! God bless! Love, respects and affection – “Sunny Boy”!
Mahesh Bhatt: Happy birthday Dilip Saab! Inhaling the memories spent in your company makes life glow. Thank you Sir!
Shabana Azmi: To the Aakhri Mughal (last Mughal) of the Hindi film industry. Salgirah mubarak (Happy birthday). You have been such an inspiration to millions. Respect.
Juhi Chawla: Happy birthday Dilip Kumar Sahab! Wishing peace and good heath to one of the greatest stars of the Indian screen.