Dilip Kumar turns 97, says grateful for love and prayers; Varun Dhawan, Randeep Hooda wish the legend
The legendary actor took to Twitter to thank fans and loved ones for the wishes.
The actor uploaded a picture of himself on Twitter and wrote, "On this 97th birthday, calls and messages have been pouring in since last night-thank you!
"Celebrations are not important- your boundless love, affection and prayers have always brought tears of gratitude in my eyes."
On this 97th birthday, calls and messages have been pouring in since last night-thank you! Celebrations are not imp… https://t.co/5ELi4uYm25— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) 1576038406000
Wishes for the legend also poured in on social media, with Bollywood stars sending love and prayers.
'Badlapur' actor Varun Dhawan posted an old picture of the actor, saying, "On this day 97 years ago brilliance was born."
Happy birthday to the loving legend #DilipKumar Saab. On this day 97 years ago brilliance was born #aebhai https://t.co/EBhcqt1yWP— Varun Dhawan (@Varun_dvn) 1576034587000
Ghazal singer Anup Jalota wished the 'first Khan of the Indian film industry', tweeting, "you are the origin of realism in acting, the film industry has and will always revolve around you."
Many Happy Returns of the Day @TheDilipKumar, the First Khan of the Indian Film Industry. Dilip Ji, you are the ori… https://t.co/m2KiMsZXj0— Anup Jalota (@anupjalota) 1576046072000
Actor Randeep Hooda also took to Twitter to wish the legend, saying, "One of my biggest regrets as an actor is never being able to meet #DilipKumar saab.. many have tried to copy him but they never could bring about the realism he brought to his performances .. originality is rare and so is @TheDilipKumar.. wishing you a very happy birthday sir"
One of my biggest regrets as an actor is never being able to meet #DilipKumar saab.. many have tried to copy him bu… https://t.co/JwtcV9uj1z— Randeep Hooda (@RandeepHooda) 1544523479000
Last year, the actor was diagnosed with mild pneumonia. According to his wife Saira Banu, the actor's health is much better now.
"He is fine. He is much better. Everyone must pray for him," Saira told PTI.
Dilip Kumar, who made his big screen debut with 1944 film 'Jwar Bhata', is one of the most celebrated stars of Hindi cinema.