MUMBAI: Veteran Bollywood actor Dilip Kumar has been battling serious health complications for recent years, but yesterday he was shifted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at a local hospital in Mumbai with kidney-related complications.
According to Indian media reports, Kumar received medication through an intravenous drip.
“His creatinine level has gone up, leading to urinary complications. But he is stable. He was brought to the hospital because of dehydration and kidney problems,” said a doctor at the hospital. High creatinine levels are associated with impaired kidneys.
“He is completely stable and the only major issue was dehydration. As dehydration also affects the kidneys and other organs briefly, he suffered minor urinary issues, otherwise there is no major complications,” said Dr Ravishankar, chief executive of the hospital.
The 94-year-old actor has been facing medical complications in recent years. In April last year, he was hospitalised with fever and nausea. In December, he was admitted to Lilavati Hospital to treat a swelling in his right leg.
Kumar acted in more than 65 films over six decades and is known for his iconic roles in movies such as Devdas (1955), Naya Daur (1957), Mughal-e-Azam (1960), Ganga Jamuna (1961), Kranti (1981), and Karma (1986).
He was conferred the Padma Bhushan in 1991, Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 1994 and India’s second highest civilian award, Padma Vibhushan, in 2015. Pakistan honoured him with its highest civilian honour, the Nishan-e-Imtiaz, in 1997.