Despite the age gap of 22 years between Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu, their love story gave major couple goals to all the lovebirds out there.
By Aashima Talwar
Saira Banu saw Dilip Kumar for the first time at Mumbai's iconic, Mehboob Studios. He was wearing a white shirt and trousers, and his free-flowing hair made Saira fall in love with him.
When Saira Banu saw Dilip Kumar for the first time, she was just 12 and fell in love with him instantly. She was even impressed with his way of sitting on a chair and leaning towards a wall.
Dilip Kumar didn't want Saira Banu to be a part of his film, 'Ram Aur Shyam' because he thought that she was way too young, quiet, and shy at that time. He felt that she wasn't a heroine material.
When Saira Banu's mother, Naseem Banu, invited Dilip Kumar to their house, the first thing Dilip saab said to Saira was a beautiful compliment. He said, "You have grown up to be a beautiful girl.”
Dilip Kumar took permission from Saira Banu's mother, Naseem Banu and grandmother, Shamshad Begum, to take Saira out for a date. After getting their approval, Saira and Dilip went to Cuffe Parade.
On their first date, Dilip Kumar popped up the question for marriage to Saira Banu. She told him to talk to her elders first. After which, Dilip talked to Saira's grandmother, and they got married.
With the blessings of their respective families, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu got married on October 11, 1966. The gorgeous Saira was only 22 and Dilip was 44 at the time of their marriage.
Saira Banu suffered a miscarriage in her eighth month in 1972. Due to high blood pressure, her child was strangulated by the umbilical cord, and doctors couldn't save the baby.
Once Saira Banu revealed that Dilip Kumar was the kind of simple man who wouldn't hesitate to pick food from his staff members' plates and eat. Also, he would take bidi from anyone of his staffers.
Veteran actor, Dilip Kumar passed away on July 7, 2021, at the age of 98, due to prolonged illness. Iconic actor's family friend, Faisal Farooqui confirmed the tragic news.