Bollywood legend Dilip Kumar dies

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      The Indian film community is paying its respects to a man sometimes referred to as the "First Khan".

      Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98 in Mumbai after an illustrious acting career lasting more than 50 years.

      He had been suffering with prostate cancer.

      Born Mohammed Yusuf Khan—hence the nickname as the First Khan—his first film role came in Jwar Bhata in 1944. His first big hit was the 1947 movie Jugnu.

      He was cast in the 1949 movie Andaz along with Bollywood legends Raj Kapoor and Nargis.

      Kumar's success paved the way for other Muslims in Bollywood, including Salman Khan, Saif Ali Khan, Shahrukh Khan, and Aamir Khan—the best known of the acting Khans.

      In the 1950s, Kumar had a string of hits in both serious and comedic roles. They included Daag, Devdas, and Azaad.

      He started acting in lighter movies on the advice of a psychiatrist after a bout with depression.

      He's an eight-time winner of Filmfare's best actor award.

      The government of Maharashtra is honouring Kumar today with a state funeral in recognition of his accomplishments.

      Video: Watch BBC's coverage of Dilip Kumar's career.