Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, 97, took to Twitter to reveal that he’s in quarantine and in complete isolation. Though he hasn’t contracted the novel coronavirus, he revealed that wife Saira Banu isn’t taking chances, and has therefore decided to quarantine him as a precautionary measure.
He posted: “I am under complete isolation and quarantine due to the #CoronavirusOutbreak. Saira has left nothing to chance, ensuring I do not catch any infection.”
The account in another tweet urged the citizens to stay indoors as much as possible, while adding that the outbreak ‘transcends borders.’ The Devdas star asked his followers to follow all the guidelines issued by the health departments and protect themselves by limiting the exposure to others.
Saira Banu had recently shared through an audio message that Kumar was suffering from severe backache. She added that they consulted the doctors at Lilavati Hospital in Mumbai following his uneasiness, and he was doing fine since then.
Currently, the world is facing its biggest threat, Coronavirus, which is spreading with every passing day. World Health Organisation has declared it as a pandemic.
Dilip Kumar debuted as an actor in the film Jwar Bhata (1944), produced by Bombay Talkies. In a career spanning over five decades, Kumar worked in over 65 films. Kumar is known for roles in films such as the romantic Andaz (1949), the heartwarming Babul (1950), the impassioned Deedar (1951), the swashbuckling Aan (1952), social drama Daag (1952), the dramatic Devdas (1955), the comical Azaad (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Yahudi (1958), Madhumati (1958), Kohinoor (1960), the epic historical Mughal-e-Azam (1960), the social dacoit crime drama Gunga Jamuna (1961), and the comedy Ram Aur Shyam (1967).
In 1976, Kumar took a five-year break from film performances and returned with a character role in the film Kranti (1981) and continued his career playing leading roles in films such as Shakti (1982), Mashaal (1984), Karma (1986) and Saudagar (1991). His last film was Qila (1998).