How Dilip Kumar paid Saira Banu a tweet tribute on their 50th wedding anniversary - Firstpost

How Dilip Kumar paid Saira Banu a tweet tribute on their 50th wedding anniversary

  Updated: Oct 12, 2016 14:19 IST

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To mark their 50th wedding anniversary on 11 October, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu shared a video and several images on the former's Twitter account.

Kumar even shared several tweets in praise of his wife of five decades, which included some shayari.

Kumar, born Yousuf Khan, and Saira Banu have had one of the more enduring romances in Bollywood, despite an age difference of 22 years.

Saira Banu has said in interviews that she knew since the age of 12 that she would marry the superstar someday.

However, Kumar refused initially to work opposite Saira in several films that were offered to the duo, as he felt "she was too young". Things changed after her 22nd birthday, as Saira told Mumbai Mirror recently.

Before he got engaged to, and married Saira Banu, Kumar was in a relationship with his Mughal-e-Azam co-star Madhubala.

However, things soured between the two because Madhubala's father looked at their marriage as a "business proposition", as per the autobiography Dilip Kumar: The Substance and The Shadow.

By the time they finished work on Mughal-e-Azam, Kumar and Madhubala were not on speaking terms.

In the early '80s, Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu's marriage underwent a rough patch when he married Asma Rehman. Kumar described it as the "one episode in my life I'd like to forget" and wrote in The Substance and The Shadow: “I can never forgive myself for the hurt I caused to Saira… even in that situation when a self-respecting woman cannot but hate the man who has humiliated her, my wife Saira stood by me when I admitted the grave mistake and asked her to give me some time to undo the wrong through proper legal processes.” (Kumar and Rehman got a divorce.)

Saira Banu made her film debut in 1960-61 but chose to put her career on the back burner when she tied the knot with Dilip Kumar.

She said in her Mirror interview: “It’s tough to give up your career and your identity and walk five steps behind your partner, bask in his limelight rather than your own, find your happiness in his. (But) there’s a lot to celebrate… I’d have hated to be just a famous heroine with no family life. Relationships are very important to me. My husband comes first in my life, being a star was not as important as being his wife.”

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