[imagebrowser id=228] MUMBAI: It was a great day: a celebration of pure joy, at Dilip Kumar’s 90th birthday in Mumbai, on December 11th. Bollywood’s living legend completed 90 years of age, and the birthday wishes just did not stop pouring in; from friends, family, fellow actors, fans and well-wishers from all over the world.
The celebrations began on Twitter, with a vast majority of the Hindi film industry taking to the social networking and micro blogging site to wish their favourite yesteryear hero.
Bollywood’s Shehenshah, Amitabh Bachchan posted: “90 years of the legend Dilip Kumar, Yusuf Saheb today .. never before never after!!” Post the birthday part Saira Banu threw for her superstar husband, Amitabh translated his joy into words with “History of Indian cinema shall be written – ‘before Dilip saheb, after Dilip saheb’ .. spent a wonderful evening with him recently!!”
Veteran lyricist Javed Akhtar tweeted: “In my dictionary Dilip Kumar means dignity, depth, sensitivity, subtlety, sophistication and class. Happy birthday Dilip saheb.” His wife, Shabana Azmi was quick to follow with, “Happy birthday Dilip saheb. There has not been another like you. We continue to draw inspiration from your performances and your commitment.”
Ace Bollywood choreographer and director Farah added, “Happppy birthday to Dilip saheb! First stampede I ever saw was when I was 5, at a wedding! He walked on to the stage and 500 women jumped onto it, breaking it!” Manoj Bajpayee posted a simple: “Salute to Dilip saheb and his commitment to the craft! May you live for 1000 years and keep entertaining us.”
The celebrations continued at the 90th birthday bash Saira Banu hosted for her husband- the veteran actor Dilip Kumar, at their residence in Mumbai. The party was attended by other Bollywood personalities, including music directors Anu Mallik and Lalit Pandit.