When Saira Banu recalled falling in love with Dilip Kumar: I was just 12

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Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu’s love story is no less than a fairytale. She was just 12 years old when she fell in love with 34 years old actor Dilip Kumar. Earlier, in an interview the veteran actress recalled her first meeting with the actor and how it was love at first sight.

In an interview with ETimes, Saira Banu said that she had seen Dilip Kumar’s Aan in London, and saw him for the first time in person at Mumbai’s Mehboob Studios. She said, “He was wearing a plain white shirt, white trousers and white chappals. And my God! He had such lovely free-flowing hair, just in sync with his song ‘Ude Zulfen Jab Jab Teri’ from ‘Naya Daur’. He looked so polished and sophisticated and so different from everyone around. It was a party by Mehboob Khan (director of ‘Mother India’) and I met him.”

The Padosan actress said that she fell in love with him almost instantly and she was just 12 then. “Even if he was leaning on a chair or standing against a wall, you could easily make out that this is a man of different fibre and of superior material,” she added.

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Saira further said, “Apparently, my mother invited him and he said he would try to come. And guess what! As I came down the stairs, I got to see Dilip saab getting out from a beautiful car wearing a fantastic suit with a tie. He walked in and shook hands with me. The next thing I heard was, “You have grown up to be a beautiful girl”. The next morning he telephoned.”

She also said marriage was a dream come true for her. “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 Banu.

The couple got married in 1966. They became the talk of the town due to the huge age gap but never let it affect their relationship. Both stood by each other in good and bad times and set an example with their love story for the generations to come.

Today (July 7) marks the first death anniversary of veteran actor Dilip Kumar and yesterday, Saira Banu remembered him in an emotional note.

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