The eternal romance between Saira Banu and the late Dilip Kumar, both iconic legends of Indian cinema, remains a timeless tale that transcends generations. Dilip Kumar, revered as one of Bollywood's greatest actors, left an indelible mark on the industry. Meanwhile, Saira Banu carved her own path as a phenomenal actress. Their love story was unparalleled and continues to captivate hearts.
Recently Saira Banu took to social media to fondly reminisce about their shared love for rain. Through a series of vintage photographs, the Padosan actress shared heartwarming anecdotes of her earliest memories associated with the soothing monsoon showers. She wrote, Rain rain go to Spain!” As a 7 year old girl child schooling in London, we all chanted this line in chorus with my friends ceremoniously! Heaven knows why but this was so common with the erratic English weather... you never know when the sun shines and next the rain. This was the common chant with us kids. As for my family here back in Mumbai and later on as I wedded Dilip Sahib... we all loved the rain."
She further continued, "The first shower was always a celebration and each one of us would rush to our garden terraces to soak up in the first downpour of the season and we would place huge drums of utensils to collect the pure pristine water! Now, I am told that there are concerns about drinking rainwater because new recent studies show that there are plastic contamination environmental pollutants and bacterial parasites in the water that can make you sick! Sahib loved the rain and if he was out of the house in a meeting and there would be a first shower...he would immediately call me with delight, "Saira it's raining!” Infact, many years ago as we walked by Juhu Beach in the quiet of a wondrous night, there was a sudden shower of rain and he protectively took off his jacket and draped it around my shoulders... that was the magical night that we sat in his car and he asked me... "Will you marry me?”
She concluded writing, "In later years, he happily bought a beautiful land at a hill station in Maharashtra... Sahib was always a farmer at heart, the proud son of a much respected Pathan fruit merchant in Peshawar.
We would walk miles in the rain on the stony and green land geared up with our umbrellas dressed protectively in our mackintoshes, picking up shiny grazed pebbles and throwing them as far as we could in competition outdoing each other... of course, Sahib would always win... I always ran and collected these stones... and I still have and cherish each stone that he flew to the wind."
Netizens couldn't contain their excitement and flooded the comments section praising the lovely couple and the bond they used to share.ALSO READ: Remembering Vinod Khanna: Saira Banu's touching recollection of the legendary actor