Legendary Dilip Kumar breathed his last on July 7 -- leaving the entire film fraternity mourning. Many actors have since been demanding to honour Hindi cinema’s most distinguished actor Dilip Kumar with the highest civilian award -- the Bharat Ratna.
Shatrughan Sinha, an ardent champion of the Bharat Ratna for Dilip Kumar, says, “I don’t see why the greatest actor of Indian cinema did not receive the highest civilian honour while he was alive. Just like Lataji, the Bharat Ratna would be honoured if given to the great the mighty powerful Dilip Saab.”
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Dharmendra, an ardent Dilip Kumar fan, thinks the Bharat Ratna is not just proper but timely for Dilip Kumar. “He is the Bharat Ratna of India, the crowning glory. To give the highest civilian honour to the best actor in the country makes sense.”
Family Man actor Sharib Hashmi, a diehard Dilip Kumar fan, opines, “He brought in a new kind of acting style which was unknown to Hindi Cinema. He brought a balance between subtlety and theatrics. The legendary actor has inspired generations through his impeccable and inimitable style of acting and still continues to do so. He rightfully deserves a Bharat Ratna.”
However, Sonu Sood feels Dilip Kumar is far above honours. “With due respects to the Bharat Ratna, he is above all that.”
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