Dilip Kumar, the legendary actor, was admitted to PD Hinduja Hospital in Khar, Mumbai, on Sunday (June 6). The actor has been diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and is currently receiving oxygen support in the intensive care unit, though his condition is now stable.
The megastar was admitted to the hospital after experiencing breathing difficulties for the past two days. “Veteran actor Dilip Kumar has been diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion and kept on oxygen support in ICU ward,” said Dr Jalil Parkar, the pulmonologist treating the actor at PD Hinduja Hospital.
The doctor confirmed that the actor’s condition is now stable and added, “His condition is now stable. He is not on a ventilator despite being in the ICU. We are doing everything we can to ensure that he recovers quickly and returns home.”
Later, Dilip Saab’s official Twitter account shared an update on the veteran actor’s health, cautioning people not to believe Whatsapp forwards. The tweet stated, “Don’t put your faith in WhatsApp forwards. Saab is in good shape. Thank you for your heartfelt prayers and duas. According to doctors, he should be home in 2-3 days. Hopefully, inshaAllah.”
Earlier in the day, his wife, actress Saira Banu, stated that the doctor had asked the actor to undergo some tests and x-rays, after which it would be determined how long he would have to stay in the hospital. He had asked his followers to pray for him.
In recent years, the superstar has struggled with age-related health issues. The 98-year-old actor was admitted to the same hospital last month for two days for routine checkups and tests.
Kumar’s career has spanned six decades and has earned him the moniker “Tragedy King” of Bollywood. He has appeared in over 65 films and is best known for his iconic roles in films such as ‘Devdas’ (1955), ‘Naya Daur’ (1957), ‘Mughal-e-Azam’ (1960), ‘Ganga Jamuna’ (1961), ‘Kranti’ (1981), and ‘Karma’ (1986).
The actor, who was last seen on screen in ‘Qila’ in 1998, received the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and the Padma Vibhushan in 2015.