Renowned for her iconic performances in timeless classics like "Shagird," "Diwana," and others, Saira Banu graces her 79th birthday today, on August 23rd. As we celebrate the remarkable journey of the veteran, Saira Banu Khan took to Instagram to share her delight with the world in a poignant caption accompanying a series of beautiful photographs.
She wrote, “As far as I can remember, birthdays have been so “Special” for me --- my mother Pari Chehra Naseem Banuji went to the ends of the world to always give me the best fun time with my friends, whether here in Mumbai or in London School --- not to forget once a towering layered cake that would have put the “Qutub Minar” to shame!"ALSO READ: Saira Banu's heartfelt tribute: A glimpse into her memorable moments with Feroz Khan
In her heartfelt note, Saira Banu Khan also recounted the enchanting moment when Dilip Kumar, her cherished co-star, transitioned from mentor to life partner. She recollected, “We were a very close-knit small family that lived doting on each other --- my grandma, my grand-aunt, my mother and my darling brother Sultan ---Then Hey Presto! What good luck! No sooner than I finished my London School and came back home to Bombay I had the sheer luck of getting to do “JUNGLEE” the super hit Eastman Colour Film that became the rage of the time. Until now Black and White films were the order of the day and held the roost."
She further continued saying, "Soon life became a blast of light and joy and occasions such as birthdays blossomed into a flood of appreciation, flowers, messages from friends and fans making the whole house into a “Garden of Eden”. On 23rd August, 1966 such a quality evening, the House Warming of our new residence at 34-B Pali Hill was on, the house was made intentionally and absolutely Dilip Sahib’s ‘Dar Kay Saamney’ (Ghar Kay Saamney). He was shooting in Madras and on my mother’s invitation flew into town to attend my birthday."
She concluded it by saying, "Life became besieged with good luck, one miracle after another and can you imagine that the “Emperor Of Acting” for whom the world was his stage. Mr.Dilip Kumar who knew me since I was a little girl and consequently refused to work with me but soon after meeting me at this House Warming Party, exclaimed, “You have grown up into a beautiful girl!”. The next couple of days he travelled on whirlwind flights from Madras to Bombay every other night and had dinner with me. On one of these magical evenings he popped the question “Will you marry Me?”. Here came the realization of a dream that I had nurtured ever since I was in my teens. We were happily married and I started my life from an admiring fan to a devoted wife. I got to see the different aspects and qualities of this great human being. He was unlike any person that I had ever met ---- a man who oozed a royal halo of understated elegance."
For the unversed, Saira Banu Khan made her debut on Instagram on July 7th. The date held a deeper significance as it coincided with the second death anniversary of her beloved husband, Dilip Kumar. Through her presence on social media, she is entertaining her fans with many such nostalgic posts.