Mumbai: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, who was hospitalised yesterday for treatment of pneumonia after he complained of cough and cold, is stable. “Dilip saab is fine. He is stable and recovering. He is in a normal room and not in ICU,” a family source said today.
The 91-year-old actor was admitted to Lilavati Hospital here. He has been under observation for routine check-ups, sources said. When contacted, hospital spokesman said the veteran actor was admitted with chest infection yesterday, and is stable and recovering. Earlier, the actor was hospitalised in September last year after he suffered a silent heart attack.
Kumar, known as the ‘King of Tragedy’, essayed iconic roles in classics like ‘Devdas’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ and ‘Ganga Jamuna’. Born Muhammad Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922, in Peshawar (now in Pakistan), his acting career spanned six decades and over 60 films. He was the first to receive Filmfare Best Actor honour when the awards were started in 1954 and, with eight wins, he shares with Shah Rukh Khan the record for the most number of Filmfare awards won in that category.
Kumar was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema. He was also nominated to Rajya Sabha for a term from 2000 to 2006. In 1998, he was awarded Nishan-e-Imtiaz, the highest civilian award conferred by the Pakistan government.