Dilip Kumar - The one who shaped Indian cinema

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Dilip Kumar, Bollywood actor

Dilip Kumar passed away today, at the age of 98 due to a prolonged illness and was laid to rest with full state honours.

We were first introduced to Dilip Kumar in 1944 as Jagdish in Jwar Bhata and while his debut film was a flop, this superstar only went on to give us one iconic performance after the other in Kranti, Ram aur Shyam, Shakti, Andaz, Qila, Babul, Mughal-E-Azam, Mazdoor, Devdas, Mashaal, honestly, this list is endless. Ideally, the first Khan of Bollywood, Muhammed Yusuf Khan aka Dilip Kumar lit up the screen with his presence and captivated generation after generation with his pauses and eyes that spoke a thousand words.

His presence alone made songs like 'Madhuban Me Raadhika Naache Re' and 'Suhana Safar Aur Yeh Mausam Haseen' so popular that 90's kids have grown up listening to these. Before he kickstarted his acting career, Yusuf Sahab worked as a scriptwriter in Bombay Talkies in 1942. A man known for his attention to detail and a soft-spoken voice not suited for the big screen, this legend was the first actor in Bollywood to receive the Filmfare Award for Best Actor. He went on to receive this award eight times in the span of his career. It's true! Today marks the end of an era, one where we breathed the same air as this iconic man we call Dilip Kumar.

Remembering Dilip Kumar, here's what people had to say!

Thank you for giving us iconic performances that go on to be timeless for each of us! RIP!

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