Suits to 2nd marriage, Dilip Kumar’s links with Bengaluru ran deep | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar, who passed away at 98 on Wednesday, had a long association with Bengaluru.
Not only did he have his preferred hotel room, favourite tailor and close friends among Russell Market flower vendors in the Karnataka capital, but his second marriage was also solemnised at a mosque here.

Syed Ahmed Ruman, 53, a tailor, was in tears when he heard the news of Kumar’s demise. His association with the superstar dates back three decades.
“I still remember the afternoon when I met Dilip saheb at Taj West End hotel for the first time and he greeted all of us with his evergreen smile. He was such a gentle person and interacted with us like a commoner despite being one of biggest stars of the country,” recalled Ruman.
Ruman ran back to his New Officer Shop on Residency Road and began stitching a suit for his favourite star.
“During the meeting, I had a good look at him and sized up his measurements. Knowing that he was staying here for a week, I went back four days later with a black suit I had made for him. He tried and it fit him perfectly,” Ruman said about his attempt to impress the actor. Dilip Kumar began placing orders for his suits with Ruman through his assistant DÇosta every time he arrived in Bengaluru.
During his visits to the city, the actor would only stay at Taj West End in his preferred room. Senior news photographers at the time say the hotel staff would keep the room vacant all the time for the star since he was a frequent visitor to the city.
Shivajinagar was like a second home for the actor and he frequented it several times from the 1960s to 1990s for various events and inaugurations.
Many flower vendors of Russell Market have a long connection with the actor, going back to their fathers and grandfathers.
A black and white photograph of a garlanded Dilip Kumar surrounded by people from the market still adorns the walls of many shops here.
And it is an open secret here that the special garlands for Kumar’s second nikah to Asma from Belagavi at Jumma Masjid on Old Poor House Road were sent from Russell Market.
“It was in the early 1980s that the marriage was solemnised by the late Hafiz Junaidi Saheb, the famous head priest of Jumma Masjid,” reminisced Tariq Almeen, a Bengaluru fan of the star.


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