Versatile actor Dilip Kumar hospitalized for chest infection, updates awaited

Versatile actor Dilip Kumar hospitalized for chest infection, updates awaited

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MUMBAI: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has been admitted to Mumbai’s Lilvati hospital for chest infection.

It was tweeted that the actor felt breathlessness because of chest infection. It was because of his advanced age that he has been visiting the Bandra hospital for improvement in his overall health and well-being. For now, the actor has been kept under observation and tests are being taken to diagnose what the exact cause of breathlessness is. He is now recovering.

The 95-year-old actor’s family friend Faisal Farooqui took to social media to share the news on Dilip Kumar’s health and said that he is recuperating.

“Saab has been admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital as he was bit uneasy due to a chest infection. He’s recuperating. Requesting your duas and prayers,” read the tweet.

His wife Saira Banu told Indian news agency PTI: “We are here at Lilavati and we come here for a routine check-up regularly. He will be here for a few days, as long as the doctors want to do tests.

“All kinds of tests will be conducted. There is a team of doctors here, chest physician, neurologist. The tests are being conducted under Dr Nitin Gokhale. We need your wishes so we can go home soon,” she added.

The actor has been in and out of hospital for the last few years for the past few years. He was last admitted in hospital in August 2017 due to kidney issues.

In December 2016, he was brought in for a swelling in his right leg and in April last year, he was ill with pneumonia, but made a quick recovery in two days.

The versatile actor, whose real name is Muhammed Yusuf Khan, is known for his memorable performances in classics like ‘Andaz’, ‘Aan’, ‘Madhumati’, ‘Devdas’, ‘Mughal-e-Azam’, ‘Ganga Jamuna’, ‘Kranti’, ‘Karma’ and others.

Dilip Kumar is one of the most prominent names in Bollywood today. His performance in films like Mughal-E-Azam, Devdas and Ram Aur Shyam to name a very few, made him garner thousands of fans across the country. He is married to actress Saira Banu and also been awarded the prestigious Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994.

Last seen on the big screen in Qila in 1998, the actor was honoured with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

The epithet ‘Tragedy King’ was given to the actor because of his poignant and emotional films.

More updates from the hospital regard Dilip Kumar’s health are still awaited.

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