Ailing legendary actor Dilip Kumar, known as the “tragedy king of Bollywood”, was on Sunday presented the Padma Vibhushan by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh at the thespian’s residence in suburban Bandra for his contribution to the Hindi cinema spanning over six decades.
The 93-year-old veteran, who shot to fame with “Naya Daur”, “Jugnu”, “Andaz” and “Devdas”, was presented a medal, certificate and shawl by Singh in the presence of the actor’s 71-year-old wife Saira Bano.
Kumar, in a black suit, could barely open his eyes and was helped by Saira when the national honour was conferred on him. He has given sterling performances in over 60 Hindi films.
Maharashtra Governor C Vidyasagar Rao, Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, were among other dignitaries present at the actor’s home when he received the award.
The announcement to honour Bollywood veterans Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan and a few others with the prestigious Padma Vibhushan award was made by the government on the eve of Republic Day on January 25, 2015.
However, Kumar, due to ill-health, could not attend the special function held at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in April when other Padma awardees were honoured by President Pranab Mukherjee.