Saira Banu Cries Inconsolably While Receiving Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award For Late Dilip Kumar

Saira Banu broke down into tears while remembering her husband, late Dilip Kumar as she received Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award for him.


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Saira Banu Cries Inconsolably While Receiving Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award For Late Dilip Kumar

There are some love stories that are immortal, and one such eternal love story was of the Kohinoor of Indian cinema, Dilip Kumar and actress, Saira Banu. With more than 5 decades of togetherness, the duo had proved that love is the only factor that matters in a relationship. Whether it was taking care of her husband or showing her love for him, Saira Banu had always been Dilip Kumar's best half. 

On July 7, 2021, the superstar, Dilip Kumar had left for the heavenly abode after a prolonged illness, bidding adieu to his loved ones. The 98-year-old actor’s demise had left his beloved wife, Saira broken, and she still can’t fathom the loss of her Kohinoor. There is not a single day in Saira Banu’s life when she doesn’t remember the moments spent with Dilip saab, the one she had madly loved.

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On June 14, 2022, Dilip Kumar was announced as the recipient of Bharat Ratna Dr Ambedkar Award, and it was Saira Banu, who received the award on his behalf. As she accepted the award, the veteran actress broke down into tears as she remembered him. Accepting the award, Saira revealed that she still feels that Dilip saab is around and watching everything. Appealing for a Bharat Ratna for her late husband, Dilip Kumar, Saira Banu said:

“It should happen, because Dilip Sahab has been the 'Kohinoor' for Hindustan. So 'Kohinoor' should definitely receive a Bharat Ratna. He's still here. He is not in my memories, I believe it's the truth that he is here with me at every step, because this is how I will be able to live my life. I will never think that he's not here. Wo mere paas hain, hamesha mera sahara banke rahenge-- mera Kohinoor.”


Dilip saab was the dream man of every woman in the ‘60s. His charming personality had captivated the hearts of millions. And just among his million fans was Saira Banu, who was head-over-heels in love with him from the age of 12. Saira Banu was 22, when she had gotten married to a 44-year-old Dilip Kumar. The two had an age gap of 22 years, but still, defying all the odds, they got married on October 11, 1966.

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Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu

Saira Banu had literally and wholeheartedly fulfilled her wedding vow to be with her spouse 'in sickness and health'. In an interview with The Times Of India, Saira had once said:

"It is out of love and not duress that I look after Dilip saab. I am not looking for praises to be called a devoted wife. Just to touch him and cuddle him is the world's best thing that's happening to me. I adore him and he is my breath itself."


Dilip Kumar was buried at the Juhu Muslim Cemetery with state honours!

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