‘Tragedy king’ Dilip Kumar turns 88

Mumbai: Thespian Dilip Kumar, popularly known as the `tragedy king` of Indian cinema, turned 88 today and was honoured with the title "patron of alumnus" by his alma mater G N Khalsa College here.

The legend has become one of the oldest living ex-students of the institute located in Central Mumbai, College Principal Ajit Singh told reporters.

"Dilipsaab is not keeping well. When we told him about our initiative to honour him, he was touched. He recalled several anecdotes about his student life and was overwhelmed,"
he said.

Another alumnus, former hockey player Mir Ranjan Negi, participated in a hockey match between ex-students and the present ones. "Dilipsaab is an avid hockey fan and we thought a hockey match would be a good way to pay respect to him," Singh said.

The veteran actor, who retired from silver screen in 1998, is best remembered for his variety of roles in `Andaz`, `Aan`, `Devdas`, `Azaad`, `Mughal-e-Azam`, `Ganga Jamuna` and `Naya Daur`.

In 1976, Kumar had a five-year break from films. In 1981, he returned with a character role in `Kranti` and continued his career playing central character roles in movies such as `Shakti` (1982), `Karma` (1986) and `Saudagar` (1991) his last film was `Qila` in 1998.

He was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994.


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