Whether you talk about Ek Duje Ke Liye or Mughal-e-Azam, the essence of eternal love has been depicted in all its vibrant charm, tinged with melancholy of estrangement. While Bollywood flicks are bubbling with the chimerical emotions of eternal romance, very few of real life celebrity couples can be remembered for lifelong devotion towards their partners. Like how exceptions are found everywhere, the most vibrant and animated example of it being the fine love story of the evergreen couple, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu- a love story, which triumphed an age difference of 22 years and is still going strong.
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu Love Story
It was just like a fairy-tale romance for the King of Tragedy Dilip Kumar aka Yusuf Khan and Bollywood Diva and beauty Queen Saira Banu. In fact, as the former actress herself reminisces and confesses that she was all in awe and reverence for Dilip Kumar right from the age of 12. When the first premier of Dilip Kumar’s super hit tragic tale of romance Mughal-e-Azam was showcased at Mumbai’s famous Maratha Mandir movie hall in 1960, Saira Banu, then only 16 had gone for the show, being a die-hard fan of the veteran actor who was at the prime of his career at that time. She had dreams of grabbing a glimpse of her hero in person, but her desires were smashed to smithereens, as Dilip Kumar was unable to come to the premier.
So how did it all happen? Just like any famous celebrity, the demure yet stunningly beautiful actress was not sans controversy. Her bewitching charm and chaste grace won her many movie offers with leading actors of the time and she got hitched with one of the most renowned ones, the much-married Rajendra Kumar. The liaison, which evoked much controversy, was brought to an end when Saira Banu’s mother and former actress of the 60’s Naseem Banu intervened. Later, it was this same Naseem Banu, who with all her domineering aura took advantage of her daughter’s ardour and veneration for Dilip Kumar and indulged in a conversation with him to tactfully offer him her daughter’s hand. Dilip Kumar agreed and of course Saira Banu had no qualms either getting married to the man of her dreams. They got married in the year 1966, when the gorgeous Saira was only 22 and Dilip Kumar 44.
Their Relationship Today- Eternal and Evergreen as Ever
After marriage Saira Bano started doing only selective films. Over the period of time she stopped doing movies completely and adapted herself in the role of a wife and homemaker.
For more than four decades, the couple has proved their invincible and indomitable love for each other despite going through troubled times. Celebrities are not without controversies and their love story was no exception. While the young Saira had witnessed a fling with Rajendra Kumar prior to her marriage, Dilip Kumar got entangled in a controversial love affair with Asma, a Pakistani lady in the 1980’s. Yet amidst all the ebb and flow of life, they have stood beside each other like a rock, considering one another to be the greatest gift of God.
For the actress there is never a day passed when she does not thank Allah for giving him a Kohinoor in the form of her husband Dilip Kumar.