By Monisha G Kumar Last Updated:
Love is not just about finding the right partner but being with someone, who can go to any extent for you. And Bollywood’s iconic couple, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu are a living example of the same. The epitome of true love, Dilip sahab and Saira Banu have redefined the meaning of love for everyone. Even after 53 years of marital bliss, one look at this couple makes our heart skip a beat. Such is their devotion towards each other.
Whether it is taking care of her husband or showing her love for him, Saira Banu has always been his best half. With an age gap of 22 years, the phenomenal couple had taken their love to the next level and had gotten married to each other on October 11, 1966. Smitten by Dilip sahab’s charming personality, Saira Banu was head-over-heels in love with him right from the age of 12. It was fairytale romance for the ‘king of tragedy’ Dilip Kumar (aka Yusuf Khan) and the bubbly and charming diva, Saira Banu.
Recently, we stumbled upon a picture of the gorgeous couple, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu from their wedding in 1966. In the candid picture, Dilip sahab had looked dapper in a bandhgala whereas, Saira had looked breathtakingly beautiful in her lehenga with dupatta pinned on her head. Explaining something to his gorgeous begum, the lovely couple could be seen engrossed madly-in-love with each other.
When Dilip Kumar’s super hit romantic tragedy film, Mughal-e-Azam had premiered at Mumbai’s Maratha Mandir in 1960, Saira, who was just 16 had gone for the show to get a glimpse of her favourite star. But she was disappointed and heartbroken when Dilip sahab didn’t come to the premiere. But when she had gotten the opportunity to meet him in person, she was besotted by his presence and was on cloud nine when the handsome actor praised her beauty.
It was Saira Banu’s mother, actress, Nassem Banu, who had played Cupid between Dilip and Saira. She was the one responsible for introducing them to each other and bringing them closer. After falling in love with the gorgeous Saira, when Dilip sahab had proposed her, without much ado, she had agreed. Saira Banu was 22, when she had gotten married to a 44-year-old Dilip Kumar in 1966 with the blessings of their respective families.
Saira Banu is still, truly, madly and deeply in love with her ‘kohinoor’. Speaking about the same in an interview with Hindustan Times, she had revealed, “I am still head over heels in love with my Kohinoor, Yusuf Sahab, the way I was when I first felt attracted to him as a 12-year-old. Ours has been as good and enduring a marriage as so many marriages that have survived the ups and downs for four decades. No marriage is perfect. How can it be, when as human beings we are not perfect? It is mutual love, respect and adoration that keep a marriage ticking.”
On Saira Banu’s 72nd birthday, when she was asked in an interview with a leading daily, what was her best birthday gift, the beautiful actress had replied, “It’s a fact that ever since I became an actress, and in fact, even before that, I just wanted to be Dilip sahab’s wife. Material gifts are good, and yes, they make one happy. But, the gift of love is the biggest gift one could ever get. And I’m lucky that I have got that love from him.”
Saira Banu has constantly been supportive of her husband, Dilip Kumar. Since he is not keeping well and is now mostly ill all the time, she takes good care of him and stays with him like his shadow. Sometime back, Dilip Kumar had taken to his Twitter handle and had shared an unseen pic of himself with Saira in which we could see her feeding him cake with her own hands.
Dilip sahab and Saira Banu are the perfect example of match-made-in-heaven. What do you think? Let us know.