16/04/2016 12:51 PM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:26 AM IST

Dilip Kumar Hospitalised; Next 48 Hours Will Be Critical, Say Doctors

Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar looks on at a ceremony where he was awarded the Phalke Ratna for his services to the Indian film industry in Mumbai, India, Monday, April 30, 2007. The Phalke Ratna is presented by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy, named after Dadasaheb Phalke, considered to be the founder of Indian cinema, is an all India body of 36 cine associations. In the foreground is a bust of Dadasaheb Phalke. (AP Photo/Gautam Singh)

Mumbai--Veteran actor Dilip Kumar was admitted to a hospital in the early hours of Saturday after he complained of respiratory problems.

Kumar was admitted to Lilavati Hospital in suburban Bandra in Mumbai, around 2-2.30 am, hospital sources said.

"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 of Lilavati Hospital told PTI.

Earlier, family sources had said that there was nothing to worry. However, Parkar added that the next 48 hours will be critical for him.

The 93-year-old legendary actor was born as Mohammad Yusuf Khan, but adopted the screen name of Dilip Kumar.

In a career spanning over six decades, the actor gave hits like Madhumati, Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Karma and others.

He was crowned as the 'Tragedy King' for playing a doomed lover in films like Andaz, Baabul, Mela, Deedar, Jogan and others.

He was last seen in the film Qila in 1998.

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

(With inputs from PTI)

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