Dilip Kumar
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Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was rushed to Mumbai's Lilavati hospital on Saturday morning after he complained of respiratory problems. He has also been diagnosed with pneumonia, but the actor is doing fine, family friend Udaya Tara Nayyar confirmed to IANS.

The 93-year-old actor was suffering from fever and had vomited a few times, following which doctors advised the family to admit him to the hospital. Earlier, reports stated that the next 72 hours are crucial for the actor, but a doctor attending to the actor said that he is stable.

"Dilip Kumar is suffering from Aspiration pneumonia. He is stable and under observation," Dr Jalil Parkar told Mid-Day.

The "Devdas" actor was admitted to Lilavati Hospital at 2.00 a.m. on Saturday.

"He had high fever today (Saturday) morning so we got him to hospital. The actor has pneumonia and the doctors have started the medication. He is stable now, and under observation. The actor is not in ICU. He is doing fine," Nayar told IANS.

Dilip, who is one of the finest Bollywood actors, was born as Muhammad Yusuf Khan on Dec. 11, 1922. The "ultimate method actor" started his career as an actor in 1944 film "Jwar Bhata."

Dilip has acted in more than 60 films in his career spanning over six decades. He acted in all genres of films and was crowned with the title of "Tragedy King" for playing the role of doomed lover. Some of his memorable films include "Jogan" (1949), "Baabul" (1950), "Daag" (1952), "Devdas" (1955), "Naya Daur" (1957), "Mughal-e-Azam" (1960), "Ram Aur Shyam" (1967), "Kranti" (1981), "Mashaal" (1984), "Karma" (1986) and "Saudagar" (1991).

He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan and the Dadasaheb Phalke awards by the Government of India for his contribution to Indian cinema.