Dilip Kumar, 98, passed away at Mumbai's Hinduja Hospital this morning at 7.30 am. He was admitted after complaining of breathlessness since last week. Soon after the news of his demise broke, Bollywood celebrities like Salman Khan, Alia Bhatt, Janhvi Kapoor, Abhishek Bachchan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Aamir Khan, Ali Fazal and several others paid tribute.
Salman shared a throwback picture with Dilip Sahab and wrote, "Best actor Indian cinema has ever seen, and will ever see… #RIP #DilipSaab"
Aamir Khan also paid tributes to the legendary icon on socia media.
Alia Bhatt wrote, "Dilip Kumar Saab ♥ The power of his being lies in his unmatchable body of work. Every time I have watched him portray legendary characters I felt like I was being swept away and yet being educated. Educated by his nuances, his silences, his unparalleled depth and his sheer aura. He will always be the gold standard for actors to imbibe from… the cultural world just lost its shine but the legacy of his light lives on forever. Rest in peace Dilip Saab."
Ali Fazal wrote, "Yeh silsila mere gharpe Mughl-e-Azam se shuru hua thha.. aur phir maine dhoond dhoondke aur sahej sahej ke Yusuf saab ki almost saari filmein dekheen. Thank you for giving us so much inspiration . To Saira ma’am and the rest of the family - duayein aur pyar."
Janhvi Kapoor wrote, "Dilip Saab. I have never seen an actor embody silent dignity the way that you did in Mughal-e-Azam, or look at their lover with as much honesty and devotion as you looked at Anarkali. Never have I seen madness in an actors eyes the way that I saw in yours in Andaz, one that was founded in pain. Or do comedy like you did in Ram aur Shyam with a stillness and an ease that was never typically associated with humour. Everything you did felt like it was grounded in truth. The most dignified, evolved and perceptive screen presence I have ever had the pleasure of watching. Thank you for everything you have imparted to us through your iconic work, your wisdom and your words. You are enormously responsible for encouraging Indian cinema to recognise and value a new kind of artist. One who knows and represents the people with sensitivity and awareness. For encouraging a progress towards realism and truth and showing us that even that can be larger than life, showing us that honesty is what people fall in love with. #RIP Dilip Saab- you are truly irreplaceable. And thank you."
Anushka Sharma wrote, "Sir, you have touched innumerable lives through your life and work. Have set the foundation for so many actors and contributed to the industry in innumerable ways. The outcome of your life will show in every great film that will be made and performances that will be lived for years to come. May you find infinite peace and love as you bid this world goodbye."
Vikrant Massey said, "An actor, a role model, an institution, a beautiful soul. #dilipkumar Sahab, your departure has left a void that can never be filled. You will live on in our hearts through the glorious work you've left behind, which will continue to inspire us at every turn. RIP."
Rajkummar Rao wrote, "The LEGEND. #DilipKumarSahab Rest in Peace sir."
Farhan Akhtar said, "Sad day for the Hindi film industry and film audiences across the world. Dilip Kumar saab was truly an institution of acting. One could learn so much from watching his films and only dream of coming close to his incredible craft and delicate nuance. Thank you for the films, the performances and the memories, Yusuf saab RIP. Deepest condolences to Saira-ji & family."
Abhishek Bachchan shared an anecdote and revealed how he was supposed to share screen space with Dilip Saab in his debut film that never got made.
Priyanka Chopra Jonas also paid heartfelt tribute to Dilip Saab and paid condolences to Saira Banu.