Dilip Kumar to be honoured with Padma Vibhushan on Sunday

Mumbai: Cinema icon Dilip Kumar will be honoured with the Padma Vibhushan – India’s second highest civilian award – on December 13, two days after his 93rd birthday, his close friend Udaya Tara Nayar has confirmed.

Dilip Kumar couldn’t make it to the awards ceremony, which was held in April in the national capital, to receive the honour in person due to health issues.

For now, the actor has decided to skip his birthday celebration on Friday to mark the solidarity towards Chennai floods victims.

His wife and actress Saira Banu told IANS: “This time, it’s just going to be a small dinner with our close family members and three friends. So, it’s just going to be six to seven people together for his birthday.

We are very affected by the Chennai incident and have decided to keep it quiet. After what happened in Chennai, it wouldn’t have been right to have a huge celebration.”

But she is happy that he “got so much love from all over the world. What more can I give him? I can only pray for his good health and that’s my gift for him”.

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