This is what he tweeted on Tuesday:
I have decided to forego all celebrations on my birthday as I am saddened by the tragedy that has swept the lives of so many in Chennai.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) December 8, 2015
Dilip saab also said that he wanted to visit Chennai but cannot because of his health:
My sympathies are with the people of #Chennai. I wish I had the good health to travel there - the city I wanted to adopt as my second home— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) December 8, 2015
Dilip saab's announcement comes after Tamil star Rajinikanth asked fans not to celebrate his 64th birthday this weekend. (Also Read: Rajinikanth Reportedly Calls of Birthday CelebrationsNE)
The cancellation of festivities in honour of Dilip Kumar will likely please his wife, actress Saira Banu, who is against the actor celebrating his birthday.
Saira is never in favor of celebrating my birthday. She feels the evil eye will fall and I will have health issues soon after celebrations.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) December 8, 2015
Years ago my mother and grandmother had the same superstition and after my marriage the belief was gladly taken over by Saira.— Dilip Kumar (@TheDilipKumar) December 8, 2015
Dilip saab is the star of films like Naya Daur, Madhumati, Ram Aur Shyam, Shakti and Saudagar.