Saira Banu, the iconic Bollywood actress, recently took to Instagram to share heartwarming anecdotes from her experiences with the legendary Dev Anand. In her touching post, Saira Banu recounted their adventures together, which were as colourful and unforgettable as the films they starred in.
Saira Banu reminisces cherished moments with Dev Anand; see post
The actress took to Instagram and wrote, “I had mentioned yesterday that I will be sharing an incident with Dev Saab today, this is a rather funny one. We were shooting in a small, dingy boat in the middle of the sea, Dev Saab was getting uncomfortable with the swinging boat and once he toppled out of the boat and fell right into the sea water. At that time I had this terrible habit of giggling and laughing uncontrollably for minutes together. We pulled him out of the water into the dingy boat and my laughter wouldn’t stop. Dev Saab for the first time looked so angrily at me that I could’ve frozen!”
She also added, “Another incident happened at Baalbek, Lebanon where I was singing a song in the resplendent ruins and a huge crowd of foreigners gathered around to watch the shoot. Apparently “JUNGLEE” had been popularly released over there and the crowd was shouting out to us “SHAMMI KAPOOR…….SHAMMI KAPOOR” Oh God- --- they had mistaken Dev Saab for Shammi Kapoor. Just imagine the big heartedness of Dev Saab that he played around to them, waving his hands, smiling at them and saying Yes…Yes…..Hello…..Hello. I am Shammi Kapoor. How big hearted he was.”
“All along this outdoor trip Dev Saab was busy writing his script for “PREM PUJARI” which he was going to direct for himself. Everyday he narrated what he wrote brimming with pride and happiness “Saira….. You have to do this film with me”. And as we shot throughout Europe, Dev Saab fixed Rome as the point where he would wind up the script and Dev Saab determined that Naseemji and I would go out in Rome and have dinner to celebrate. We did exactly that,” said the actress.
“Back home again on the sets of ‘PYAR MOHABBAT’ where we had to show a storm happening on the ship in the same shooting, the set was tilted to such extreme levels that Dev Saab and I both crashed through sheer Twelve Feet glass windows and were cut up badly. By the grace of God we got away lightly. These were some memories of many with Dev Saab,” Saira Banu concluded.
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For the unversed, Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar tied the knot on October 11, 1966, and the couple were together for over five decades. Dilip Kumar passed away on July 7, 2021 due to old age ailments and prolonged illness.
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