Dilip Kumar's illness delays government honours

New Delhi, Feb 20 (IANS) Thespian Dilip Kumar's ill health has delayed the government's plans to honour him, singing legend Lata Mangeshkar, Bengali director Tapan Sinha and south Indian actress B. Saroja Devi.

"Dilip Kumar is not keeping well, so he is not able to come to Delhi. We will have the ceremony whenever he is fit enough to travel," said Neelam Kapur, additional director general of the Directorate of Film Festivals.

The information and broadcasting ministry has chosen the four artists for lifetime achievement awards for their contribution to Indian cinema.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunsi had announced the honours at the opening ceremony of the 38th International