Saira Banu: Saira Banu was born into a Urdu-speaking family in India on August 23, 1944. Her mom’s name is Naseem Banu, and she is the granddaughter of a courtesan, Chamiyan Bai, also known as Shamshad Begum (not to be confused with the famous playback singer of the yesteryear Shamshad Begum). She spent much of her childhood in London and was able to debut in 1961 in a Bollywood movie ‘Junglee’ opposite Shammi Kapoor.

Birthday: 23rd August, 1944.
Spouse: Dilip Kumar (1966-present)

Saira Banu
Saira Banu

Debut Film: Junglee (1961).

Major Impact: Junglee (1961).

Successful Films: April Fool (1964), Resham Ki Dori (1973), Victoria no. 203 (1972), International Crook (1973), Saazish (1972), Pocketmaar (1972), Purab Aur Paschim (1971), Shagird (1967), Diwana (1968), and Sagina (1974).

Awards: She was nominated for the Filmfare Best Actress Award for Junglee.

Facts we didn’t know:

In 1966, 22-year old Saira Banu married 44-year old superstar Dilip Kumar. Their marriage is still intact.

Her niece Shaheen Banu was also an actress who was married to former actor Sumeet Saigal and since divorced and remarried to Atul Patel and IFA in London.

After having a long time affair with Rajendra Kumar, she got married to Dilip Kumar in 1966.