Dilip Kumar turns 94 with quiet celebration in hospital; Bollywood wishes veteran star on Twitter

IANS

Dec 12, 2016 14:04:54 IST

Veteran actor Dilip Kumar thanked all his fans and followers for sending him "lovely messages" on his 94th birthday.

"Thank you for all the beautiful and lovely messages," Dilip tweeted on Sunday night.

The thespian, who turned 94 on Sunday, was admitted to Lilavati Hospital and Research Centre in Mumbai on Wednesday (7 December 2016) after he complained of swelling in one of his legs.

The actor says all the heartfelt wishes on Twitter brought tears to his eyes:

Dilip also shared a photograph of himself along with his wife and veteran actress Saira Banu cutting a chocolate cake in the hospital.

"Saira helps me cut a cake," he captioned the image.

Earlier, Saira Banu told fans of the veteran actor that Dilip is resting and people's prayers are needed for the thespian to recoup.

Saira Banu said: "He is resting and we need your 'dua' (prayers) for him to recoup well and all should be fine by his birthday. Please pray for his quick and safe recovery."

Dharmendra and Shatrughan Sinha were among the star's close friends, who intended to visit Dilip on his birthday.

Plans for Dilip's birthday were put on hold as his discharge didn't come through by the weekend.

"He didn't get discharged and will be in the hospital for a couple of days more. His swelling has also come down and he is under observation. He is likely to get discharged in the next two days," Saira Banu's manager Murshid told IANS.

"Since he is in the hospital, there are no birthday plans as such as of now," he added.

Bollywood celebrities including Lata Mangeshkar, Amitabh Bachchan and Rishi Kapoor were among those who wished Dilip Kumar on his birthday.

Dilip Kumar, who made his acting debut in Jwar Bhata in 1944, was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan. He later adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar. He was last seen on the big screen in the film Qila in 1998. He was honoured with Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and Padma Vibhushan in 2015.

He has worked in hit films like Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Kranti and Saudagar.

Updated Date: Dec 12, 2016 14:06:43 IST