Saira Banu also Saira Bano , Saira Banu was born
on August 23,
1944, is the daughter of Naseem Banu, a well-known actress of the 1960's and
1970's and the granddaughter of the famous playback singer of the
yesteryears Shamshad Begum. She is also the wife of actor Dilip Kumar.
Saira Banu was born in India in 1944. She made her screen debut in the 1961
film Junglee. Though Saira had spent a significant part of her childhood in
London, and went to a finishing school, she fit the role of a rustic.
Ever since her marriage, Saira looked for dramatically challenging roles.
Her valiant attempts to establish a reputation as an actress after Gopi,
Sagina and Bairaag (all with Dilip Kumar) and films like Hrishikesh
Mukherjee's Chaitali met with limited success. In 1976, Saira chose to end
her film career. Subsequently she has weathered a storm in her marriage,
appeared in a cameo opposite her husband in Duniya (1984); and become a
successful television producer.
In 1966, 22-year-old Saira married 44-year-old Dilip Kumar and despite
apprehensions from the media, theirs has been one of the longest lasting
marriages in Bollywood.
Shashdhar Mukherji, who had discovered Sadhana and Asha Parekh, recommended
Saira Banu to his brother Subodh Mukherji when the latter was planning his
film, 'Junglee'. Saira is the daughter of yesteryears beauty Naseem Banu,
and was therefore called 'Beauty Queen'.
'Junglee' was a super-duper hit and Saira Banu figured in many more
successful films including 'Shaadi', 'Bluff Master', 'April Fool', 'Aayee
Milan Ki Bela', 'Shagrid', 'Jhuk Gaya Aasman' and 'Aman'. With her first
film Saira Banu earned herself the image of an Oomph Girl who would chase
her man to the ends of the earth. She was the girl who seemed westernised
and was yet acceptable to the front-benchers.
Manoj Kumar did full justice to her personality in 'Purab Paschim', in which
she played an NRI girl under western influence. Her blonde wig and a
cigarette burning in her fingers along with an ignorant, "Gita? What Gita?"
is still remembered and copied!
At the height of her romance with Rajendra Kumar, among the rumors of their
marriage, she surprised the industry by marrying Dilip Kumar, who was twice
her age! She continued acting even after marriage and even did some films ('Sagina'
and 'Bairaag') with Dilip Kumar. These days she is producing a popular TV
serial, 'Is Duniya Ke Sitare'.
ABOUT HER SELF :
Date of Birth: 23 August 1944
Height: 5'6" or 1.68 m
Mother: Naseem Banu
Siblings: brother Sultan
Marital status: married
Spouse: Dilip Kumar
Other facts: proficient Kathak artiste
Occupation: bollywood actress / television producer
Debut Film: Junglee
Mera Vachan Geeta Ki Kasam
Koi Jeeta Koi Haara
Paise Ki Gudiya
Resham Ki Dori
Daaman Aur Aag
Victoria No. 203
Purab Aur Pachhim
Aadmi Aur Insaan
Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan
Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai
Ayee Milan Ki Bela
Door Ki Awaaz