The essence of eternal love has always been a Bollywood film cliché. However, real-life examples of eternal love are rarely found. And, one of the most vibrant and beautiful example, is the legendary couple, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu.
My queen, the love of my life, Saira
Besides all thick and thins, these two Bollywood legends have been together for the last five decades and counting. Besides the fact that Dilip is 22 years older than her lady love Saira, they both adore each other and has sustained more than 50 yrs of a successful marriage. If this is not eternal, what is?
Love Struck Saira
It was nothing less than a fairytale. 12 yr old, Saira Banu was already in awe of Bollywood's 'king of tragedy', actor Dilip Kumar. “When he smiled at me and remarked that I was a pretty girl, I could feel my whole being taking wing and flying rapturously. I knew somewhere deep within me that I was going to be his wife.” - Saira
Saira Banu’s mother and former actress of the 60s Naseem Banu played an important role in their marriage. She got them closer, thanks to which love blossomed between the two. Later when Dilip proposed to Saira with the blessing of their respective families, Saira quickly agreed. They got married in the year 1966, when the gorgeous Saira was only 22 and Dilip Kumar was 44.
Beautiful Married Life
People would often assume that their marriage won’t survive due to the age gap. However, their love proved detractors wrong. After marriage, Saira Banu continued with her film career and climbed the steps of success quickly through becoming quite selective in her choice. But by 1976, she decided on becoming a house manager.
Happily Ever After
Despite the fact that in the 1980s, Dilip Kumar entangled in a controversial love affair for 2 yrs with a Pakistani lady, Asma, this duo have stood beside each other like a rock, considering one another to be the greatest gift of God. “I am still head over heels in love with my Kohinoor, Yousuf Sahab, the way I was when I first felt attracted to him as a 12 year-old. Ours has been as good and enduring a marriage as so many marriages that have survived the ups and downs for four decades. No marriage is perfect. How can it be, when as human beings we are not perfect? It is mutual love, respect and adoration that keep a marriage ticking.” - Saira This famous Bollywood couple is the best example of strong marriages in B-town. They are still very much in love as per Dilip Saab's recent tweet which quoted Saira as his queen and love of life.
Here's wishing the legendary actor, a very happy 96th birthday!