The status of veteran actor Dilip Kumar’s health has come under speculation yet again after he was hospitalised for uneasiness and breathlessness due to chest infection last month. The actor had been diagnosed as suffering from aspiration pneumonia and had been kept in the ICU for 72 hours. After his release from the hospital he was still kept under watch and his condition was said to be stable.

Now reports have emerged that Dilip’s health is deteriorating and that he could not even recognise his wife Saira Banu. The veteran actress has however put down the reports, saying that he is getting better.

“He is alright. He has come back from hospital and is recuperating at home as he had two bouts of pneumonia. He is with his doctor and nursing staff. He is getting better by god’s grace,” Banu was quoted as telling PTI.

When asked whether he is unable to recognise her and people around him, Banu said, “Who says that? I would not give that any cognizant at all. All is well, all is fine and nothing of this sort.”

Dilip had been admitted for almost two weeks at Lilavati Hospital in Bandra on September 5, and though he is out of the hospital, he is still under the strict watch of doctors and nurses.

The actor is one of the most respected and talented actors of Hindi cinema, having acted in movies like Naya Daur (1957), Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Ram Aur Shyam (1967), Gunga Jamuna (1961) and Devdas (1955).

The veteran actor, who is popularly known as The Tragedy King, was honoured with the Padma Bhushan in 1991. He was also a recipient of the Padma Vibhushan, Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Imtiaz Award.