Veteran actor Dharmendra took to social media on Wednesday to mourn the demise of veteran icon Dilip Kumar, who passed away early in the day at the age of 98.
Dharmendra wrote in an Instagram post: “Extremely sad to lose my most affectionate brother in the industry. Jannat naseeb ho, Hamare Dalip Sahab ko (May he rest in heaven).”
Earlier in the day, the 85-year-old actor visited Dilip Kumar’s residence to pay his last respect to the deceased and offer condolences to his family.
Dharmendra was seen folding his hands in a namaste to the paparazzi clicking his pictures as he left.
After Dharmendra left from late Dilip Kumar’s residence, he took to Twitter to share a photo wherein he can be seen touching his brother, the late Dilip Kumar, for one last time while paying his respects and alongside the picture, he wrote a heartbreaking note, revealing what bereaved Saira Banu told him while he was sitting next to the mortal remains of the ‘Tragedy King’.
Dharmendra wrote on Twitter, “Saira ne jab kaha. “Dharam, dekho Sahab ne paplak jhapki hai” Dosto, jaan nikal gai meri. Maalik mere pyaare bhai ko jannat naseeb kare.”
In a separate tweet he wrote, “Dosto, mujhe dikhwa nahin aata lekin main apne jazbaat par qaaboo bhi nahin paata. Apne samajh ke kah jaata hoon…(Friends, I do not know how to pretend. I also can’t control my emotions. Therefore, I speak with my heart and consider everyone my own).”
Earlier in the day, Dharmendra’s wife, veteran actress Hema Malini took to social media to remember Dilip Kumar. “Veteran actor, exemplary role model for all heroes,my respected co star in Kranti, Dilip Kumar ji, is no more. I recall a couple of visits to his house & the pleasant meetings I had with him & Saira ji. My heart goes out to Saira ji, his life partner of many years, for this loss,” Hema Malini had tweeted.
For the unversed, Dharmendra has shared the screen with Dilip Kumar in the Bengali film ‘Paari’ and its Hindi remake ‘Anokha Milan’.