Bollywood’s “Tragedy King” Dilip Kumar dies at 98

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Kathmandu, July 7. Dilip Kumar, one of Bollywood’s biggest actors who dominated Indian cinema’s golden period from the 1940s through the 1960s, died Wednesday morning at the age of 98.

Kumar had been ill for a long time and had been brought to the hospital for the second time this month after complaining of breathlessness. He had severe prostate cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. He was survived by his wife Saira Banu, a famous veteran actress of Indian cinema.

Kumar was born Mohammed Yusuf Khan in 1922 in Peshawar, Pakistan, and came to Bollywood in the 1940s under the screen name Dilip Kumar. In 1944, he made his debut in Indian cinema with “Jwar Bhata.”

Throughout his five-decade career, he has acted in numerous classic films, including “Kohinoor,” “Mughal-e-Azam,” “Devdas,” “Naya Daur,” and “Ram Aur Shyam,” among others.

He was last seen on the big screen in 1998 in the film “Qila.”

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