Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos | Photogallery


01 / 22

The love story of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu goes back in time when the duo was at their career’s peak. Their relationship melts millions of hearts. Despite an age difference of 22 years and many hurdles that came their way, the couple stood strong together. As the country remembers legendary actor, let us take a look back at Bollywood’s evergreen pair, their love story, ups and downs in these memorable photos.

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02 / 22

One of the greatest actors of all time, Dilip Kumar breathed his last on July 7, 2021. He was 98. The country was devastated by the sad demise of Bollywood’s superstar. In a career spanning over six decades, Kumar starred in iconic films and earned several accolades for his outstanding performances. He is survived by his wife Saira Banu. With the actress, Kumar co-starred in films such as ‘Bairaag,’ ‘Sagina’ and ‘Gopi.’

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03 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s love story is no less than a fairytale. Saira was smitten by his charm at a very young age. She was only 12 when she fell in love with Bollywood’s heartthrob Dilip Kumar. During the premiere of ‘Mughal-e-Azam,’ in 1960, a 16-year-old Saira was expecting to meet her crush for the first time. However, he didn’t turn up for the event. It was a little later when the first encounter between the two finally happened.

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04 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

In an interview, Saira Banu confessed her feelings for Dilip Kumar. She was quoted saying as “I was not just another girl smitten by Dilip Kumar. For me, it was no castle in the air because I had given my dream the strong foundation of faith- faith in myself and faith in God.”

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05 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

But destiny had other plans. Dilip Kumar fell in love with the renowned actress, Kamini Kaushal. They worked together in films such as ‘Shaheed,’ ‘Nadiya Ke Paar,’ ‘Shabnam’ and ‘Arzoo.’ Fans were in love with their on-screen chemistry. It was on the sets of ‘Shaheed,’ when their love blossomed and they were even planning to marry each other. However, rumour has it that Kamini’s brother was against the relationship. Besides, Kamini was already married to her late sister’s husband to take care of her child because of which it was difficult for her to move out.

 

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06 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

Who doesn’t know about ‘Mughal-e-Azam?’ The beautiful yet tragic love story is one of the cult classic films. But the onscreen pair were engaged to be married in real life. However, the two broke up. If rumours are to be believed, the reason for their separation was Kumar’s ego issues. Madhubala was deeply in love with the actor and was reportedly very sad when he got married to someone else.

 

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07 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

That someone else was none other than Saira Banu. The fairytale romance culminated into a marriage and the two tied the knot on October 11, 1966.

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08 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

Initially, Dilip Kumar repeatedly avoided Saira Banu and considered her ‘too young’ to be paired opposite to him in a movie. Meanwhile, Saira was all head over heels for the superstar. She was linked to many actors, but her eyes were always on Kumar.

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09 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

But Dilip Kumar could not escape the charm of Saira Banu. In his autobiography, ‘Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow,’ he expressed how he was awestruck at her beauty. Kumar wrote, “I simply stepped forward and shook her hand and for us time stood still.”

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10 / 22

Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu: An eternal love story in memorable photos

Dilip Kumar fell in love with Saira Banu at her birthday party. A PTI report once quoted Kumar’s romantic proposal, “Saira, you are not the kind of girl I want to drive around with, or be seen around with… I would like to marry you… Will you be my wife?”

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