Contrary to popular belief, Bollywood celebrities can be legendary role models for successful marriages too. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu is one such couple who have been together for over 40 years have set an example for people who want to be inspired to believe in the institution of marriage. Be it there age difference or the chemistry so obviously evident, they spread cheer and love wherever they go. Let’s have a look at their wonderful journey of love, bonding and triumph right from the beginning.
7. Dilip Kumar Sahab Always An Enigma for Women
Dilip Sahab needs no introduction, he is a living legend who has inspired innumerable aspiring actors and celebrities to achieve the laurels of fame he has achieved. His flamboyant and boyish charm made him irresistible to women. The women who finally gave in to the enigma were Kamini Kaushal, Madhubala and Asma to name a few.
6. Love Struck – Dilip an Impulsive Lover
He was an impulsive lover who went all out when in love to woo his lady love. He fell in love with Kamini Kaushal, during the shooting of Shaheed, but it did not work out and they soon parted ways. Madhu Bala and Dilip Kumar, oozed so much sensual chemistry on and off screen, that trade pundits had actually predicted a culmination of marriage. But, her father played the villain and the obedient lovers went separate ways. He was very heart broken and opted for solitude, till 44.
5. Saira Banu Falls in Love with Dilip at the Tender Age Of 12
She confessed that she had fallen for him when she was only 12. So obsessed was she, that she couldn’t see or think beyond him. Her only wish was to marry him, some way or the other. His sophistication, gentleman like etiquettes and his whole personality attracted her to him. She had complete faith in faith, that one day her dream will come true.
4. First Glance – At the Premier of Mughal-e-Azam
At 16, she went to attend the premier of Mughal-e-Azam, in the hope of having a glance at her beloved. But was very disappointed as he could not make it? She could never forget that moment when he first laid eyes on her and complemented her by saying that she was a pretty girl. As she recalls, if she had wings she would have flown in happiness that day. That day her insides told her, that she was destined to be his wife and made her belief in destiny only stronger.
3. Hurdles and Falls – Naseem Banu Plays Cupid
Her charming personality and grace soon won her many suitors, trying to get her attention. She fell in love with a married Rajender Kumar, but was soon drilled some sense by her mother, to end this controversial alliance. Her mother Naseem Banu, a former actress of the 60’s, knew her daughter well and for her welfare decided to play cupid. She arranged for the two actors at the prime of their careers to get to know each other better. Soon love blossomed and destiny took charge.
2. The Couple Finally Ties the Knot in 1976
Dilip Kumar found his soul mate in Saira Banu and soon proposed her for marriage, which she readily accepted. They got married in 1966, when he was 44 and she just 22. Many people scoffed at the age difference and were speculative if the marriage would last, only to be proven wrong. After the wedding she did selective successful work, and in 1976 gave up working completely to devote her time completely in becoming a wife and homemaker. They have been together for over four decades, invincible and stronger with every passing day.
1. Dilip Kumar’s Extra Martial Affair with Asma
Their marriage hit a road block when in 1980, Dilip Kumar had an extra marital affair with a Pakistani woman Asma. But, Saira Banu had full confidence in their bond and wooed him back after two years of marriage only. She doesn’t leave his side ever, in all the public appearances she is there. His love and dependence on her is evident in his eyes. They are together since then, he is her Sartaj, her true love and companion for life. He has stood by her like a rock, admitting frequently that she completes him and he cannot imagine life without her. They live for each other now and we wish be many more years of togetherness, love and peace.