Pakistan mourns the loss of legendary actor Dilip Kumar

Pakistan mourns the loss of legendary actor Dilip Kumar

From the prime minister to celebrities, Pakistanis are paying tribute to the iconic Bollywood star.
07 Jul, 2021

Pakistan woke up to the devastating news that iconic star Dilip Kumar had passed away at the age of 98. Condolences started pouring in on social media as celebrities and politicians paid their respects to the late actor.

Dilip Kumar was one of the biggest stars of the golden age of Indian cinema, playing the lead in some of the most successful films made from the 1940s to the 1960s. Born Yusuf Khan on December 11, 1922 in Peshawar, Kumar entered India's entertainment capital, Bombay, after his father moved his family there in the 1930s.

Celebrities and other public figures have been expressing their grief at his death on social media, mourning the loss of the veteran actor who was loved and celebrated across the subcontinent.

Imran Khan

"Saddened to learn of Dilip Kumar's passing. I can never forget his generosity in giving his time to help raise funds for SKMTH when project launched," wrote Prime Minister Imran Khan on Twitter.

"Apart from this, for my generation Dilip Kumar was the greatest and most versatile actor," he said.

Shahid Afridi

Cricketer Shahid Afridi paid tribute to Kumar, calling his death a "huge loss for Yousuf Khan sahib's fans from KPK to Mumbai and across the globe".

Imran Ismail

Sindh Governor Imran Ismail said this was a sad day and called the actor a "man with a golden heart".

Kubra Khan

Actor Kubra Khan paid her respects to Kumar as well. "They’ll be one more star in the sky tonight," she wrote on Instagram.

Omair Rana

Theatre director and actor Omair Rana remembered Kumar as a "legend", paying tribute through a heartfelt message of remembrance.

Reema Khan

Actor, director and producer Reema Khan expressed shock at the demise of the actor. She posted a picture of herself with Kumar and said, "I [had] the honour to be with him and his very faithful and beautiful wife (Saira Bano Jee) in 2004 in their residential abode. I spent a pretty good time with them," she wrote.

"The previous and the present century will never witness a most popular personality like him."

Usman Mukhtar

Filmmaker and actor Usman Mukhtar called Kumar's passing the end of an era. "An institution is gone! what a phenomenal legacy you’ve left behind!" he wrote.

Iffat Omar

Actor Iffat Omar also paid tribute to the actor on social media after he passed away.

Imran Abbas

Actor Imran Abbas posted a picture of himself with Kumar and wrote, "I still remember the day you spoke to me and my parents on [the] phone from Mumbai and then invited me to your place and the Eid I spent with you. I was literally awed and spellbound with your presence. I can’t comprehend my feelings of losing an institution."

Yasir Hussain

Actor Yasir Hussain took to Instagram to remember the veteran actor as well.

Adnan Siddiqui

Actor Adnan Siddiqui called Kumar "an institution in himself". "Legend would be an understatement," he wrote. "Thespians don’t die. They live on in their work."

People across the subcontinent are mourning the loss the prolific actor whose legacy will live on for years to come. Kumar is survived by his wife, Saira Banu.


Chrís Dăn Jul 07, 2021 12:52pm
It is a sad day.
Surya Kant Agrawal Jul 07, 2021 12:59pm
An Institution has passed into the pages. Best way to pay tribute to him would be to watch atleast one of his movie that we like.
DesiDesi Jul 07, 2021 01:01pm
Dont act like He was a Pakistani. He was An Indian
Suhana Jul 07, 2021 01:12pm
RIP. The most talented and handsome Bollywood actor ever.
Himmat Jul 07, 2021 01:21pm
Very sad, unavoidable event. RIP.
Master Jul 07, 2021 01:24pm
RIP the great soul. His father made thee right choice in moving to Mumbai, otherwise world will not have ever known Yousuf Khan.
Fastrack Jul 07, 2021 01:41pm
Shahid Afridi once again showed his narrow mindset by playing politics in his condolence tweet by referring to Dilip Kumar as Yousef Khan!
Abbas Naqvi Jul 07, 2021 01:51pm
The impact he left on the Indian cinema cannot be eroded.
truth Jul 07, 2021 01:59pm
well its sad that he is no more, but he lived a full ripe life. Be happy for that
China Haran Singh Jul 07, 2021 02:01pm
Only in a Hindu majority country can Yusuf Khan become a super star. Hindus are the most tolerant and magnanimous of all people. This applies also to the Khans.
Abbasshah Jul 07, 2021 02:11pm
A legendary actor of all time’s,RIP.
Zain Jul 07, 2021 02:17pm
@DesiDesi He was born in Peshawar, before the partition, hence he was a combined Institution of India & Pakistan, regardless of the two countries politics.
Zain Jul 07, 2021 02:19pm
@Master You are 100 per cent right.
Dean Jul 07, 2021 02:24pm
A legend!
Jo Jul 07, 2021 03:44pm
RIP Fine actor
Paul Vannacore Jul 07, 2021 04:02pm
Shahid afridi showing his hatred for hindu and non muslims again
Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 07, 2021 04:41pm
End of a great era, time and tenure. Inna Lilla Hay Waa Inna Illehey Rajayoon.
NYS Jul 07, 2021 05:27pm
RIP Spent full of his life died at grand age shy away two years to 100
Aisha Khan Jul 07, 2021 06:11pm
@DesiDesi He was a Muslim first and foremost, we are one big family, whether you like it or not.
well-wisher Jul 07, 2021 08:07pm
A life to be celebrated. DK was a gift to mankind so celebrate. His work will live on. RIP
well-wisher Jul 07, 2021 08:14pm
He has gone home so celebrate his life. RIP Dilip saheb. You made millions happy.
RationalBabu Jul 07, 2021 09:29pm
@Aisha Khan nothing to dislike, just live happily and peacefully together!
Yash Jul 07, 2021 11:23pm
@Aisha Khan .He was a human first and then an Indian Muslim. RESPECTS.
Asad K Jul 08, 2021 02:42pm
@DesiDesi he was a Pakistani Indian , nothing can change that. Pakistan is also from India so what ? stop being negative.
Kamil Sanaulla Jul 12, 2021 11:06pm
As a kid I saw the movie 'Jugnu' with my relatives in Bangalore, India. I thought I was watching a real life story, Dilip Kumar & Noor Jahan. I thought Dilip was more or less a son to Noor Jahan as there was difference in ages between them. What a time and what a legend he became over time. May his soul rest in peace.