Golden Jubilee Special: Dilip Kumar-Saira Banu share 50 years of blissful married life!
When our favorite Brangelina ditched their much talked about, clapped-out brand, it did leave an unfillable hole in our lives. Didn't it? Perhaps, we've reached that point where our romantic alliances have become more of a 'forgettable Wednesday' affair than anything else.
In this DNA age, where relationships are shuddering away in a blink of an eye, there's this one evergreen Jodi of Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu who have truly reaffirmed our faith in love and marriages. The legendary couple got married on October 11th, 1966 and completes 50 golden years today. On this occasion of their Golden Jubilee, let us revisit this fairytale romance, the Pinkvilla way!
1: He was 44, she was 22- but love happened: It won't be wrong to quote that Dilip Kumar-Saira Banu's love story is what Bollywood movies are made of. With the age gap of nearly 22 years, this was an unusual union of two lovers. Ask the one time screen scorcher Saira Ji about her timeless romance and you will see a never fading smile while she gushes about her 'Kohinoor' (she fondly calls him as).
2: Because marriage was the ultimate choice: Marriage was the ultimate resort for these lovebirds. Saira Banu's mother- Naseem Banu played a vital role in solemnizing their Nikaah. The two got married at the Bandra bungalow where the couple resides even today. Only close friends made it to the guest list.
3: From real life romance to the reel life one: The B-Town Mughle-E-Azam actor married Saira in 1966 and after four years the real life couple came together for Gopi (1970). Together, these two actors have made their presence felt in movies like Choti Bahu (1971), Duniya (1984), Sagina (1974) and Bairaag (1976).
4: Much love-in couple can't keep themselves away from each other: Theirs has been one of Bollywood’s rare love stories and they have never shied away from admitting their fondness for each other. Even at public events, the lovely duo has been captured stealing a moment or two of love.
5: Their love and respect towards each other can put any couple to real shame:
Saira Banu on multiple occasions has expressed her love for her better (read best) half. She once said, "I fell in love with Dilip Saab when I was 12 years old. Beyond my own romance, I can't see anything. I am still head over heels in love with my Kohinoor, Yousuf Sahab, the way I was when I first felt attracted to him." Dilip Kumar too, on the other side, has left no stone unturned in communicating his thoughts for his beloved wife. He even took to Twitter and wrote, "You're a daughter of moon, who's come down from the heavens. (bint-e-mehtab ho garduon se utar aayi ho). The heart did not find solace until I met you ."
6: For some, forever means 'forever': It's been 50 glorious years for Saira Banu- Dilip Kumar, but just one glance at the couple and the time would stand still- that's the sheer charisma of the adorable couple on us.
7: In sickness and health: "I promise to stand by you, to hold you up when you’re about to fall and to always keep you safe". Dilip-Saira's love story bears a testimonial to this well-written quote by Jane Austen. Not-so-long ago, Dilip Kumar (93 years-old) was admitted to the hospital citing respiratory problems. What demands a special mention here is his beloved lady, who acted as a rock solid support and was there for the man of her universe, throughout.
We at Pinkvilla wish the couple a very happy wedding anniversary with a fantabulous future ahead. You too can send in your wishes for the sweet couple in the comments below!