When Dilip Kumar had to convince a fan that he loved Saira Banu after the girl took sleeping pills on his engagement day
Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s love story is an example for the generations to come. They got married in 1966 when Saira Banu was 22 and Dilip Kumar was 44. Despite such a huge age gap, their love story withstood the test of time. In these years, Saira Banu has stood beside Dilip Kumar like a shadow through thick and thin.
Dilip Kumar had many admirers and he had no dearth of female fans. Earlier, in an interview, when Banu was asked if she ever got possessive or insecure of girls surrounding him, she said it would never affect her. She revealed, “Even the day we got engaged, one girl- not from the industry- who was supposedly his girlfriend and had been almost up to the altar with him, took sleeping pills. Dilip saab had to rush to her and make her understand that he’s in love with me. He pacified her and came back to the engagement ceremony. I got sort of used to such things. There were girls who would stand in front of his car and wish that the car runs over them.”
Saira Banu saw Dilip Kumar for the first time in person at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios. She said that she fell in love with him almost instantly and she was just 12 then.
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Dilip Kumar was linked to many actresses like Madhubala, Vyjayanthimala and Kamini Kaushal but Saira Banu never minded stories of the women associated with Dilip Kumar as she had placed her entire trust in him. “My marriage was a dream come true for me. I had pasted his pictures in my room even before we got married. The only other person who made it to those walls was Rock Hudson,” said the actress.