Dilip Kumar hospitalized, next 72 hrs critical: says doctor

Dilip Kumar who was admitted to Mumbai Lilavati hospital on Friday night was said to be in critical condition. According to doctors, next 72 hours is critical. He has been moved out of ICU but was under keen observation.

Dr Jalil Parkar of Lilavati Hospital who is treating the 93-year-old said, "The next 72 hours are crucial. He is under observation. We are keeping a close watch. He might have to be shifted to the ICU. It takes time for a patient to respond to the treatment in the same way as it takes three hours for the food to digest."

"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 told news agencies.

He was rushed to Lilavati hospital on Saturday around 2-2.30 am after the thespian complained of respiratory problem. He was also suffering from pneumonia.

He has been shifted from ICU to the general ward. At present, he is having his food and also talking. However, doctors say that next 72 hours crucial for the actor. Doctors also said that if require he will be admitted to ICU.

Earlier, close source to the family said that there was nothing to worry about. "He is normal. He is fine. There is nothing like that," they said, when asked about the actor’s condition.

Known as the 'Tragedy King' of Bollywood he delivered hits like "Madhumati", "Devdas", "Mughal-e-Azam", "Ganga Jamuna", "Ram Aur Shyam", "Karma", "Andaz", "Baabul", "Mela", "Deedar", "Jogan" and others. He was last seen in the film "Qila" in 1998.

He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan in 2015, Padma Bhushan in 1991 and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 for his outstanding contribution to Indian cinema.