Saira Banu says Dilip Kumar recovering well, to be discharged soon

  • Shalvi Malgaonkar, Hindustan Times, Mumbai
  • Updated: Apr 17, 2016 14:28 IST
Dilip Kumar with wife Saira Banu. The Bollywood actor was hospitalised after complaining of breathing trouble.

Bollywood veteran Dilip Kumar, who was admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital on Friday night, is stable, wife Saira Banu said in a statement. The actor was admitted at the hospital after he complained of breathing trouble.

The actor’s recovery has come as a relief to his legion of fans. The actor was brought to the hospital late on Friday night after he complained of trouble in breathing.

Banu said in her statement, which was posted on Twitter, ““Dilip Sahab was admitted to Lilavati Hospital for treatment of high fever and chest infection on April 15 night. He was advised intravenous administration of antibiotics for speedy recovery. Oral drugs would not act as fast as the IV injections, the doctors advised. Hence it became necessary to shift him to a hospital. He is recovering well and is stable by the grace of God and the care of the doctors treating him. He is in a room and in the hospital and not in the ICU as spread by rumours.”

Earlier a doctor had said that the actor would kept under observation for 72 hours. “I got a call that he was unwell. He had fever and had vomited a few times. He was suffering from pneumonia as well. His white blood cells had shot up. We thought it would be better to admit him to hospital,” Dr Jalil Parkar of Lilavati Hospital said.

A file picture of Union home minister Rajnath Singh presenting Padma Vibhushan to Dilip Kumar at his residence. Maharashtra governor C Vidyasagar Rao (r), chief minister Devendra Fadnavis (l) and Kumar’s wife Saira Banu are also seen. (IANS)

Dr Parkar added that the 94-year-old actor is not in ICU. Now, a source has said that the actor would be discharged either on Saturday evening or Sunday morning. “He faced trouble in breathing due to which Sairaji (Saira Banu, his wife) rushed him to the hospital, where doctors immediately attended to him. He is fine now and is likely to get released from the hospital either tonight or tomorrow morning,” the source said.

His wife and other relatives are at the hospital. “Thankfully, he is physically fine and has no other health troubles. He should get better soon,” adds the source.

The thespian was born as Mohammad Yusuf Khan but adopted the screen name Dilip Kumar. In a career spanning over six decades, the actor gave hits like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Karma and others. He was crowned as the tragedy king for playing a doomed lover in films like Andaz, Baabul, Mela, Deedar, Jogan and others.

He was last seen in the film Qila in 1998. Kumar was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2015. Earlier, he was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.

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