Pic: Dilip Kumar cuts his birthday cake in hospital


Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar, who turned 94 on Sunday, had a quiet birthday at the Lilavati Hospital in Bandra, where he is recuperating. The legendary actor was admitted to the hospital last Tuesday (Dec 6) due to fever and swelling in leg.

The ‘Ram Aur Shyam’ actor took to his Twitter handle and shared a picture of him with wife Saira Banu and his birthday cake. He tweeted with the picture, “Saira, helps me cut a cake...”

Dilip Kumar is doing well and there was nothing to worry, wife Saira said. "His swelling has reduced and he is being kept under observation in the ICU, but there is nothing to worry. We had hoped he will be discharged on Sunday, but that didn't happen. Hopefully, we will be able to take him home by Tuesday," the yesteryear actress told Mid-day.

She also revealed that they had anyway planned a quiet birthday for Dilip Kumar as her brother had passed away earlier this year. "My brother passed away earlier this year, so we weren't going to have a big celebration anyway. Some of our close friends and family were present in the afternoon when we cut a cake," Saira added.

She also thanked fans and well-wishers of the actor for praying for his good health and for their lovely wishes on his birthday.

Meanwhile, Bollywood biggies like Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Shabana Azmi and filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt also tweeted birthday wishes for Dilip Kumar. Melody Queen Lata Mangeshkar also had a special message for Dilip Kumar. She wrote, “Namaskar. Aaj mere bade bhai Dilip Kumar ji ka janamdin hai.Meri Ishwar se prarthana haj ki wo deerghayu ho aur unki sehat acchi rahe (Today is my elder brother Dilip Kumar’s birthday. I pray to God for his long life and good health).”