Bollywood ‘King of Tragedy’ Dilip Kumar Dies at the Age of 98 | Show biz

In this file photo taken on May 22, 2004, Indian veteran actor Dilip Kumar speaks on the podium for his Outstanding Achievement in Indian Film Award at the 5th International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) Awards in Singapore. – AFP photo

NEW DELHI, July 7 – Dilip Kumar, one of the biggest stars of the golden age of Indian cinema from the 1940s to the 1960s, died on Wednesday at the age of 98, a friend of the family.

“With a heavy heart and deep sorrow, I announce the passing of our beloved Dilip Saab a few minutes ago,” Faisal Farooqui tweeted from Kumar’s official account. He had been battling the disease for some time.

Having started out as a fruit seller, Kumar battled early failure and family disapproval to become one of Bollywood’s most accomplished and respected movie stars.

Nicknamed “The Tragedy King” with his brooding good looks, tousled hair and deep voice, he has enjoyed a career spanning over 50 years and nearly 60 films.

But he missed out on international fame after turning down the chance to play Sherif Ali in the 1962 David Lean classic. Laurence of Arabia. The role went to an Egyptian actor, Omar Sharif.

Among Kumar’s most memorable roles was his performance in the lavish historical romance Mughal-e-Azam, based on the life of one of the great Mughal princes of India. – AFP

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