Legendary Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to Mumbai’s Khar-based Hinduja Hospital due to breathlessness. The 98-year-old actor was hospitalized last month for a routine check-up and was later discharged. Last year, the screen icon lost his two younger brothers — Aslam Khan (88) and Ehsan Khan (90) — due to COVID-19. Kumar, who made his debut with ‘Jwar Bhata’ in 1944, has appeared in several iconic films in his career spanning over five decades, including ‘Kohinoor,’ ‘Mughal-e-Azam,’ ‘Devdas,’ ‘Naya Daur,’ ‘Ram Aur Shyam,’ among others.
The screen icon’s family friend Faisal Farooqui last month said that Kumar was admitted to the hospital for a regular health check-up. “He was admitted for a routine check-up. There’s no (need to) panic or (a) concerning issue. These are routine tests that are required to be done from time to time because of his age. He is doing fine,” Farooqui told PTI.
Not just him but his wife and veteran actor Saira Banu said all the tests have been conducted by the team of doctors and the actor is doing fine. “Sahab is fine. He will be discharged today. We need your prayers,” Banu had said.
Saira Banu is quite active on social media and every now and then shares health updates of the actor on Twitter. In November, she rubbished reports of Dilip Kumar’s ill-health and said, “He has little weakness, otherwise he is alright. He is ok that way. His immunity isn’t low. I never said his immunity was low.”
On the work front, Dilip Kumar’s last screen appearance was in ‘Qila’ in 1998.