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Legendary Bollywood star Dilip Kumar dies aged 98

The legendary Bollywood actor, Dilip Kumar, has died at the age of 98. 

The actor had starred in more than 65 movies having begun his career back in 1944 with Jwar Bhata. In the years that followed, he became one of the best-known actors in Bollywood, celebrated for his diverse range of roles and captivating performances.

Part of the reason he proved so effective was that he was central in bringing method acting to Bollywood, earning himself the nickname ‘the Tragedy King’. 

In 1998, Kumar retired from the industry, but he remained one of the most acclaimed stars that Bollywood has ever produced. His movie Mughal-e-Azam is still one of the highest-grossing movies India produced despite being released in the 1960s. 

Recently, Kumar had been suffering from breathlessness and was admitted to hospital back in June, and sadly passed away at some point in the last day or two. No definitive cause of death has yet been announced. Dilip Kumar is survived by his wife, the fellow Bollywood star Saira Banu. 

Tributes have been pouring in for Kumar, including the following the cricketer Shadid Afridi: “Indeed to Allah we belong and to Allah we shall return. A huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib’s fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe. He lives on in our hearts. Deepest condolences to Saira Banu Sahiba.”

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