Dilip Kumar not aware of 'disturbing news' of brothers' death, says wife Saira Banu
Mumbai/IBNS: Veteran actor Dilip Kumar, whose brothers--Ehsan Khan, 90, and Aslam Khan, 88—have died of coronavirus recently, is not aware of their deaths, his wife Saira Banu told Times of India.
"To tell you the truth, Dilip sahib has not been told that Aslam bhai and Ehsan bhai are no more. We keep every kind of disturbing news away from him," Saira Banu told Time of India.
She added, "We didn't even tell him when Amitabh Bachchan contracted COVID-19 and was admitted in Nanavati Hospital, he's very fond of Amitabh."
Both Ehsan Khan and Aslam Khan had tested positive for Covid-19 and were admitted Mumbai's Lilavati Hospital for treatment, where they breathed their last.
Dilip Kumar’s nephews Imran and Ayub carried out Ehsan Khan's last rites today.
Saira Banu said the 97-year-old actor’s health was stable and he was in quarantine. "Well, he is confined. Quarantine as such is the first priority but he has had a few changes in blood pressure due to dehydration recently and he's taking treatment."
Dilip Kumar’s family friend Faisal Farooqui announced the news of Ehsan Khan's death on social media yesterday.
"Dilip Saab's youngest brother Ehsan Khan passed away few hours ago. Earlier, youngest brother Aslam had passed away. We are from God and to Him we return. Please pray for them," Faisal Farooqui tweeted.
Dilip Saab’s youngest brother Ehsan Khan, passed away few hours ago.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) September 3, 2020
Earlier, youngest brother, Aslam had passed away. We are from God and to Him we return. Pls pray for them.
Posted by @FAISALmouthshut on behalf of #DilipKumar
On August 21, Faisal Farooqui had tweeted about the death of Aslam Khan, 88 due to Covid-19.
Aslam Khan had underlying health conditions like diabetes, hypertension and heart disease and also contracted pneumonia, media had reported.
In March, a few days before Janta Curfew, which was followed by the first phase of countrywide lockdown, Dilip Kumar, 97, announced that he and his wife Saira Banu were under "complete isolation" due to coronavirus spread.
"I am under complete isolation and quarantine due to the #CoronavirusOutbreak. Saira has left nothing to chance, ensuring I do not catch any infection," his tweet read.
I am under complete isolation and quarantine due to the #CoronavirusOutbreak. Saira has left nothing to chance, ensuring I do not catch any infection.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) March 16, 2020
In the following tweet, he appealed to his followers to stay indoors and adhere to government guidelines.
"I appeal to all of you to protect yourself and others by staying indoors as much as possible. The #CoronavirusOutbreak transcends all boundaries and borders. Follow guidelines issued by health departments, protect yourself and others by limiting your exposure to others," he had tweeted.
I appeal to all of you to protect yourself and others by staying indoors as much as possible.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) March 16, 2020
The #CoronavirusOutbreak transcends all boundaries and borders.
Follow guidelines issued by health departments, protect yourself and others by limiting your exposure to others.
A superstar, Kumar is known for acting in several films like Andaz (1949), Aan (1952), Devdas (1955), Azaad (1955), Mughal-e-Azam (1960) and Ganga Jamuna (1961).
He is a National Award-winning actor, who has been honoured with Padma Bhushan and the Padma Vibhushan.