Veteran actor Dilip Kumar is ‘stable’ as he remains in hospital on Sunday after complaining of shortness of breath. The 98-year-old actor is receiving oxygen support and “not on a ventilator,” as some publications are reporting, according to a new update on his Twitter handle.
“Dilip Saab is receiving oxygen support – not on a ventilator. He is stable. Awaiting some test results to perform pleural aspiration: Dr. Jalil Parkar, breast specialist who treats Saab,” said the health update on the official Twitter handle, which is managed by Kumar’s wife Saira Banu and friend Faisal Farooqui.
The family also requested the media fraternity to keep its official tweets as a central source for all its health updates. Faisal Farooqui, a friend of Dilip Kumar’s family, wrote from the thespian’s Twitter handle: “Media request: Millions of Dilip Saab fans are looking up to you for updates on his health. You have always done a great job. Please verify through this Twitter handle rather than calling someone who has no direct knowledge. – FF.”
Request to media:
Millions of Dilip Saab fans look up to you for updates on his health. You have always done a great job. Please verify through this Twitter handle rather than calling someone who has no direct knowledge. -FF
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) June 7, 2021
Friends and colleagues from Dilip Kumar’s industry wished him the best of luck on social media. Bollywood icon Dharmendra tweeted an old photo with Kumar, co-writing: “Dosto, Dalip Sahab ek nek rooh insaan…ek azeem fankaar ke liye aap ki rooh se uthi duaen zaroor bar aayengi. Ji jaan se Shukriya Monkey sab ka.”
Scam 1992 director Hansal Mehta also shared a throwback click of his father with Dilip Kumar. In his tweet, he wrote: “Two dudes circa 1970, Mumbai. Papa and Dilip Kumar.”
Dosto, Dalip Sahab💕 ek nek rooh insaan…ek azeem fankaar ke liye monkey ki rooh se uthi duaen zaroor bar aayengi 🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏 ji jaan se Shukriya Monkey sab ka pic pic.twitter.com/aDx1NLu78e
— Dharmendra Deol (@aapkadharam) June 7, 2021
Two guys circa 1970, Mumbai. Dad and Dilip Kumar. pic.twitter.com/DjY6qU0Fkl
— Hansal Mehta (@mehtahansal) June 7, 2021
Dilip Kumar was admitted on Sunday. His wife and former actor Saira Banu confirmed to indianexpress.com: “After experiencing shortness of breath, we took Dilip Sahab to the hospital in Khar Road at 8:30 am. Doctors are treating him and we’ve done some tests, we’re waiting for reports. Please pray for him that he feels better and that we can get him home soon.”
A tweet from Dilip Kumar’s official address read: “Dilip Sahab has been admitted to the non-Covid PD Hinduja Hospital Khar for routine tests and examinations. He has had periods of shortness of breath. A team of health professionals led by Dr. Nitin Gokhale takes care of him. Please keep Sahab in your prayers and please stay safe.”
Don’t believe in WhatsApp forwards.
Saab is stable.
Thank you for your sincere duas and prayers. According to the doctors, he should be home within 2-3 days. Inshallah.
— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) June 6, 2021
Late in the day, his doctor Jalil Parkar, who is monitoring his condition, also told: “He is on oxygen support, not in the ICU or on a ventilator. He is stable.” His family further asked fans not to “believe in WhatsApp attackers”.
Several B-tow stars such as Manoj Bajpayee, Ayushmann Khurrana and Urmila Matondkar, in addition to politicians Sharad Pawar and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, sent him wishes for a speedy recovery.