Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar got married on October 11, 1966. Saira Banu was only 22 and Dilip Kumar was 44.
Despite many believing that the age difference between the couple would not make their marriage a success, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu are still going strong and married for over 50 years.
Dilip Kumar's real name is Yusuf Khan. After working for six decades, Dilip Kumar bid adieu to the arclights in 1998. His last movie was 'Qila'.
Dilip Kumar has been conferred with the Dadasaheb Phalke Award and Padma Vibhushan for his work in films like Mughal-e-Azam, Devdas among others.
Dilip Kumar, who turned 96 on December 2018, has been going through various health challenges. But Saira Banu has been by his side constantly.
On Dilip Kumar's 95th birthday, his evergreen wife Saira Banu said her marriage to him has been a perfect dream. In picture: A rare black-and-white picture of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu from their younger days
Emotional about her husband and love of her life, Saira Banu told mid-day, "Seriously, there is no woman as blessed as I am... I thank my Allah every day for this. It has been my good fortune to be able to do anything for the man I love intensely. For me, it was always Saab, no one else. I was his fan from the time I can remember. While still a teenager, I wanted to be his wife."
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu have had many successful films as a pair in the '50s and '60s. "I am very headstrong and once I made up my mind, there was no stopping me. I knew many beautiful women wanted to marry Saab, but he chose me. It was my dream come true and that's what my marriage has been, a perfect dream," Saira Banu further added in the mid-day interview.
Now Saira Banu is devoted to taking care of her ailing husband Dilip Kumar. "Looking after Saab, his life and his home comes naturally to me. All Indian wives look after their husbands. In my family, I've seen women being devoted to their husbands. I grew up watching that," said Saira ji.
When Dilip Kumar was being treated for mild pneumonia in 2017, Saira Banu tweeted, from Dilip Kumar's official Twitter handle, "Every year on Saab's birthday our house is open all day for friends and family to come and spend quality time with Dilip Saab. But this time it will be a bit restricted as doctors have advised Saab to be protected from any infection."
Last year, in August, the legendary actor was admitted to the Lilavati Hospital due to dehydration and urinary tract infection but later his health condition improved and he was taken back to his residence. This picture was clicked after Dilip Kumar returned home.
Saira Banu, from Dilip Kumar's Twitter account, always thanks Dilip Kumar's friends, fans and well-wishers for their prayers for his well-being.
Talking about Dilip ji, Saira Banu had mentioned, last year in a social media post, "Sahab believes that to be surrounded by family and friends who love him unconditionally is therapy by itself. He is blessed with the prayers and love of his millions of fans, admirers, friends and well wishers. Dilip sahab himself will be back on Twitter soon, Insha'Allah."
Saira Banu, who has acted in films such as Junglee, Purab Aur Paschim, Hera Pheri, said, "If you have read Dilip Saab's autobiography, you would be familiar with his quote... That the warmth of the clasp of the hand of strangers who approach him to tell him how much they liked his work is bigger than any award for him."
Dilip Kumar had revealed in his 2014 memoir 'Dilip Kumar: The Substance and the Shadow' that in 1972, Saira Banu developed high blood pressure in her eighth month of pregnancy. Unfortunately, the doctors couldn't save the baby, which had been strangulated by the umbilical cord. After that, the couple never had children, believing that it was God's will!
This year in October, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu will complete 53 years of their marriage. Keep on looking adorable as you age together.
Bollywood thespian Dilip Kumar often shares memorable pictures with his wife Saira Banu on Twitter. Today, on Saira Banu's 75th birthday, here's a look at some adorable photos of the couple and their journey together. (All pics/Dilip Kumar's Twitter account)
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