Remembering the legend: Saira Banu's touching ode to Dilip Kumar on his 101st birth anniversary
In commemoration of Dilip Kumar's 101st birth anniversary, Saira Banu expresses her sentiments for her spouse, a stalwart in the film industry.
Published: Monday,Dec 11, 2023 10:45 AM GMT-07:00
Dilip Kumar, renowned as one of Bollywood's most accomplished actors and a pioneer in method acting, held sway over Indian cinema in earlier times. In commemoration of Dilip Kumar's 101st birth anniversary, Saira Banu expresses her sentiments for her spouse, a stalwart in the film industry. Sharing throwback videos and pictures from his birthday celebration she penned a lengthy note. She exclaimed, "Once more it is December the 11th, the day of days when the skies are blue with a smattering of dreams like puffy white clouds that seem to be dancing in the skies with happiness and exaltation. The whole house used to be flooded with so many flowers…that it seemed as though we had stepped into the "Garden Of Eden".
Further pouring her heart she gushed, "Now the Birthday greetings and cheer keep pouring in with messages of love and remembrance in a million ways, be it through offerings of beautiful Sketches, Cards, Paintings and umpteen messages of love and dedication that give me emotional goose pimples. All this for "The Ultimate Actor" who has been a source of inspiration for generations of actors who have been inspired to touch the zenith of their accomplishments by Dilip Sahib who has not just been the greatest actor ever but also a very great human being."https://www.instagram.com/p/C0tH0VbPQ4j/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link&igshid=MzRlODBiNWFlZA==
Expressing her adoration, Saira said "Being wed to the Shahenshah himself was akin to living a dream of my childhood; he proved to be the most wondrous husband one could ever entreat. I recall Sahib would often scribe short notes to me, and in response to his endearing gestures, I would reciprocate via notes. Now imagine waking up from a deep slumber and discovering a handwritten note that said, "Saira, I shall return in 45 minutes, Love Yousuf." I wonder what an absolute delight it was to express love to your significant other in the times when mobile phones did not exist. I have lived and experienced an eternity full of love and warmth with Dilip Sahib while he was around, and to this day, the essence of his love surrounds me in the best way possible."
Concluding the beautiful ode, she expressed, "Likewise, on Sahib's birthday, I would procure the most exquisite and carefully selected greeting cards to honor his special day. As a man as remarkably extraordinary as Dilip Sahib, he deserved nothing less. I always tried to be a devoted wife to him, and I found immense joy in his chivalrous nature, which unfailingly filled my life with happiness. Happy Birthday Yousuf Sahib! ❤️."
Saira Banu has been one of the most active veterans pn socail media and this is a testament to her love for the her late husband even today.