Dilip Kumar turns 90!
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Legendary actor Dilip Kumar, whose career spans over six decades with memorable films like "Mughal-e-Azam", "Ganga Jamuna", "Devdas" and "Madhumati", turned 90 today.
Kumar chose not to celebrate this year as a mark of respect to prominent personalities from the film fraternity and Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray, who passed away in recent months.
Several from Bollywood and others greeted Kumar, describing him as the "undisputed king" of Indian cinema.
Megastar Amitabh Bachchan tweeted, "90 years of the legend Dilip Kumar, Yusuf Saheb, today... never before never after!! History of Indian actors shall be written – 'before Dilip saheb, after Dilip saheb'... spent wonderful evening with him recently!!"
Anupam Kher posted, "For me Dilip Saab will always be undisputed KING of 100 years of Indian Cinema. Happy Birthday Sir."
Actress Shabana Azmi called him an inspiration: "Happy birthday Dilip Saheb. There has not been another like you. We continue to draw inspiration from your performances and your commitment."
"In my dictionary Dilip Kumar means dignity, depth, sensitivity, subtlety, sophistication and class. Happy birthday Dilip saheb," said Javed Akhtar.
Pakistani singer-actor Ali Zafar posted, "My favourite actor Dilip Kumar turns 90 today. What a day!"
"Salute to Dilip sahab and his commitment to the craft! May you live for 1000 years and keep entertaining us!," actor Manoj Bajpayee tweeted.
"The reference point for almost every thinking actor, Dilip Kumar turns 90 today! We are fortunate that we live in the same time as he does!!," said actor Nikhil Dwivedi.
Information and Broadcasting minister Manish Tewari also conveyed his best wishes to the legend on his birthday.
"Kindly accept my Greetings on the occasion of your 90th birthday. As an ardent admirer, I pray to God that you may live many more years to guide the Indian film industry and aspiring young people, who want to take up acting as a profession," Tewari said in a message.
Last year Kumar had a lavish birthday bash at his Pali Hill residence in Bandra with the entire Bollywood glitterati attending.
"We have yet to recover from the shock of the passing away of my dear friend Yash Chopra who was by my side when I blew away the candles on my birthday cake last year... We are deeply grieving the passing of Balasaheb Thackeray... Rajesh Khanna who was with us at our party last year is no more with us. And Dara Singh who wished me so warmly on my birthday last year is not with us anymore," Kumar had blogged.
"With so many dear friends gone this year, how can we even think of a celebration?"
Kumar had last acted in the 1998 film 'Qila', where he had a double role.