|Saira Banu Quick Info|
|Height||5 ft 6 in|
|Date of Birth||August 23, 1944|
Saira Banu is an Indian actress who reigned as the top actress of Bollywood during the 1960s and 1970s with a string of successful films like Junglee (1961), Bluff Master (1963), Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964), Jhuk Gaya Aasman (1968), Padosan (1968), Victoria No. 203 (1972), Hera Pheri (1976), Bairaag (1976), April Fool (1964), Aao Pyaar Karen (1964), Shagird (1967), Pyar Mohabbat (1966), Zameer (1975), Hera Pheri (1976), Nehle Pe Dehla (1976), Gopi (1970), Aarop (1974), to name a few.
Mussoorie, United Provinces, British India (present-day Uttarakhand, India)
Saira completed her education at the prestigious Queen’s House in London, United Kingdom.
- Father – Mian Ehsan-ul-Haq
- Mother – Naseem Banu (Actress)
- Siblings – Sultan Ahmed (Older Brother)
- Others – Shamshad Begum (Maternal Grandmother) (Trained Classical Singer)
5 ft 6 in or 167.5 cm
81 kg or 178.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Saira Banu has dated –
- Rajendra Kumar – She was RUMORed to be dating her co-star Rajendra Kumar around the time of filming their 1964 film, Ayee Milan Ki Bela.
- Dilip Kumar (1966-2021) – Saira, who was infatuated with Dilip Kumar from a young age, wed the cinematic legend on October 11, 1966. She was a 22-year-old bride while Dilip Kumar was 44 years old at the time of their wedding. In spite of their huge age difference, the couple enjoyed a blissful and long-lasting married life. In 1972, Saira conceived their first child but unfortunately suffered a miscarriage during the 8th month of her pregnancy. Believing it to be God’s will, the couple did not try to conceive again and remained childless for the rest of their marriage, which lasted until Kumar’s death on July 7, 2021.
Race / Ethnicity
However, her hair has turned ‘Gray’ due to her advancing age.
- Mole on her face
- Gorgeous eyes
- She is always impeccably dressed.
Saira Banu Facts
- She was the 3rd highest-paid actress in the Hindi film industry from 1963 to 1969 and the 4th highest-paid actress from 1971 until 1976.
- Saira made her Bollywood debut by starring opposite Shammi Kapoor in the superhit film, Junglee (1961). She certainly made an impressive debut for she received her first ‘Best Actress’ nomination at the Filmfare Awards in 1962. Furthermore, she reunited with her first co-star only once again in Manmohan Desai’s Bluff Master (1963).
- She initially dreamt of becoming a singer and even took lessons from her classically trained grandmother.
- Like Saira, her mother was also a leading Bollywood actress of her time, having starred as the Empress Nur Jahan in Pukar (1939). Her ethereal beauty earned her the title of ‘Pari-Chehra’ (or fairy face).
- Later in her career, she expressed regret over not getting the opportunity to star opposite Bollywood’s first superstar, Rajesh Khanna. She was offered the film Chhoti Bahu (1971) opposite Khanna and even shot for the film for 2 days before stepping down. The role was eventually played by Sharmila Tagore.
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