Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar might be conferred with the greatest honour in the country, Bharat Ratna.
According to media reports, the Central government is likely to select the 94-year-old actor for the honour and is gathering information about the actor from various agencies.
An Economic Times report quoted an unnamed official as saying, "It is a routine procedure. Information on leading personalities from different walks of life is gathered while conferring Padma awards and Bharat Ratna."
However, the ailing actor -- who is loved by masses and classes alike -- might not be able to travel to Delhi to receive the award.
Born as Muhammed Yusuf Khan in Pakistan on December 12 (1922), Dilip Kumar was appointed the sheriff of Mumbai in 1980. He has also been honoured with Padma Vibhushan (2015), Dadasaheb Phalke award (1994) and the Padma Bhushan (1991).
Dilip Kumar began his journey in showbiz with Jwar Bhata (1944). He has several hits to his credit including Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Devdas (1955), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Ganga Jamuna (1961) and Saudagar (1991) among others.
Hindustan Times could not independently verify the report.