Dilip Kumar, the “tragedy king” of Bollywood, was renowned for his exceptional acting skills. He was a method actor, and his acting was larger than life. Veteran actor Saira Banu has reminisced about spending the day at home on his 101st birthday. She showed old videos of him celebrating his birthday. “Once again it is December the 11th, the day of days when the skies are blue with a smattering of dreams like puffy white clouds that seem to be dancing in the skies with happiness and exaltation,” she wrote in an emotional note, sharing glimpses of his birthday celebration. There once was an abundance offlowers throughout the entire house, giving the impression that we had entered.
In the videos, Dilip Kumar can be seen celebrating his birthday with megastar Amitabh Bachchan, superstar Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan, and many other celebrities.
She continued, “Now the Birthday greetings and cheer keep pouring in with messages of love and remembrance in a million ways, be it through offerings of beautiful Sketches, Cards, Paintings and umpteen messages of love and dedication that give me emotional goose pimples. All this for ‘The Ultimate Actor’ who has been a source of inspiration for generations of actors who have been inspired to touch the zenith of their accomplishments by Dilip Sahib who has not just been the greatest actor ever but also a very great human being.”