After the demise of legendary superstar Dilip Kumar, his wife Saira Banu has become quite active on social media, recalling anecdotes and beautiful memories of Dilip Sahib as she likes to call him. In her recent post, she described the close bond that the Mughal-E-Azam superstar shared with iconic filmmaker-actor Raj Kapoor. Speaking of their childhood bond, Saira recalled incidents where the two actors took time to not only wish the best for each other but she also reminisced about the way her husband broke down when Raj Kapoor suffered a cardiac arrest.
Saira Banu recalls the time when Dilip Kumar cried his heart out at the hospital to an unconscious Raj Kapoor; says, “He said to Raj Ji, ‘Raj wake up and stop acting’”
Saira Banu took to Instagram to share a rare photo of Dilip Kumar is seen whistling as Raj Kapoor plays the harmonium. Along with it, in the post, she also mentioned that the two actors were childhood friends born in Peshawar (before Partition), as she said, “Dilip Sahib and Raj Kapoor were childhood friends. They were both born in Peshawar, their native city and as they grew up, they studied at “Khalsa College”, in Bombay. Later on, they spent days in their formative years at “Bombay Talkies” where they worked under the scrutinizing care and guidance of stalwarts like Devika Rani, the owner, Mr.Shashadhar Mukherji, producer and the elite company of superstar Ashok Kumar.”
Giving a deeper insight into their friendship, she continued, “Raj Kapoor and Dilip Sahib loved each other in the same measure as they loved their own siblings, but they both shared thoughts, emotions and secret aspirations more with each other than perhaps anyone in their own respective families. If Raj ji were in London and Sahib phoned that he was needed here in town for some important function, Raj ji would think nothing of just flying back immediately, this was the love and respect they had for each other. At our marriage, Raj ji and Shashi danced all the way from Sahib’s house to my house. Of course, they had their professional rivalry, and it would have been abnormal if they did not compete as professionals, but the beauty of it was that they hated to see each other fail or fall from their respective positions as “Superstars”. They were immensely proud of each other in a loving way. For instance, on the release of ‘SHAKTI” Raj Ji sent a huge bouquet of roses to Sahib with a special note that said “Long Live The King”.”
In the post, she also reminisced about the incident when Dilip Kumar flew down to Delhi in a hurry after Raj Kapoor suffered a heart attack. She opened up about how Dilip Sahib was distraught to see his friend in that condition. “Sahib was abroad to attend a felicitation by the president when Raj Ji suddenly had a cardiac stroke and was admitted to ‘Apollo Hospital’ in Delhi. The very day Dilip Sahib returned to India, took a flight to Delhi, and was rushed to the hospital. He said to Raj Ji “I have just come back from Peshawar’ and brought back the ‘Khushboo’ of Chapli Kebabs to tempt you. We will go together and walk through the bazaar as we used to and enjoy the Kebabs and Rotis. Raj wake up and stop acting. I know you are a great actor, but you have to take me with you to the courtyard of the house in Peshawar”. Dilip Sahib’s voice was now choking, and tears were streaming down as he spoke to his dearest friend, lying unconscious on the bed,” she concluded the post.
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