‘The Cinematic legend’ and ‘a true thespian’ is how Dilip Kumar was remembered by President Ram Nath Kovind, Prime Minister Narendra Modi who condoled the actor’s death on Wednesday.

President Kovind offered his condolences to Kumar’s family saying his demise marks the end of an era of Indian cinema, he will ‘live forever in the heart of India’.

“Dilip Kumar summarised in himself a history of emerging India. The thespian’s charm transcended all boundaries, and he was loved across the subcontinent,” he tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Dilip Kumar a “cinematic legend” as he condoled the demise of the veteran actor.

“Dilip Kumar Ji will be remembered as a cinematic legend. He was blessed with unparalleled brilliance, due to which audiences across generations were enthralled. His passing away is a loss to our cultural world. Condolences to his family, friends and innumerable admirers. RIP,” PM Modi tweeted.

The 98-year-old actor passed away in Mumbai on early Wednesday morning after prolonged illness.

Dilip Kumar was taken to Mumbai’s Hinduja hospital last week after he complained of breathlessness – it was the second time he had been hospitalized in the same month.

The actor’s official Twitter handle confirming the news of his death wrote, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him we return.”

Dilip Kumar, popularly known as the tragedy king of Bollywood, is survived by wife and actor Saira Banu.

Some of his best-known films are Devdas, Mughal-e-Azam, Gunga Jamuna, Ram Aur Shyam, Naya Daur, Madhumati, Kranti, Vidhaata, Shakti, and Mashaal, to name just a few