Dilip Kumar hospitalized before celebrating 94th birthday

dilipVeteran actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Tuesday after he complained of swelling in his right leg and had a fever. The actor, who will be celebrating his 94th birthday on December 11, was taken to hospital by wife Saira Banu.

Talking to Bombay Times, Saira said, “I was anyway planning to take him for a routine check-up, but the swelling alarmed me. He was also complaining of cold and cough. I don’t ignore anything even remotely suspicious when it comes to Dilip saab’s health.”

She added that the legendary actor is under observation and is said to be stable. “The doctors are examining him; he’s under observation. He’s very comfortable with the team here. I just hope there is nothing serious. Inshallah, I will take him home before his birthday on Sunday,” the actor said.

The actor was hospitalised earlier this year after he suffered from high fever. Known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, Dilip — born Yusuf Khan — is known for his films such as Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Naya Daur and Madhumati among others. Dilip Kumar’s last film was Qila in 1998. He was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

The veteran actor’s birthdays are big celebrations with Bollywood celebs — led by self-confessed fans such as Aamir Khan, Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan lining up to congratulate him.

“He had swelling in his right leg and we wanted to getit investigated properly. So we took him to the hospital.Also, he undergoes routine check up every few months and thatis being done as well,” the actor’s wife Saira Banu told PTI.

“He is doing fine…There is nothing to worry. Hisblood test was done this morning,” she said. The veteran actor will be turning 94 on December 11and Saira hopes he is back home by then. “Doctors are examining him well. I hope and pray thathe will be at home on his birthday,” she said.

Earlier, Kumar was admitted to Lilavati hospital for afew days in April this year following respiratory problems.

In a career spanning over six decades, the actor gave hits like “Madhumati”, “Devdas”, “Mughal-e-Azam”, “Ganga Jamuna”, “Ram Aur Shyam”, “Karma” and others.

He was crowned as the ‘Tragedy King’ for playing a doomed lover in films like “Andaz”, “Baabul”, “Mela”, “Deedar”, “Jogan” and others. He was last seen in the film “Qila” in 1998.

Kumar was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2015. Earlier, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

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