Saira Banu, the legendary Bollywood actress, has turned her Instagram timeline into a captivating repository of memories, frequently sharing both personal and professional anecdotes involving her late husband, the iconic Dilip Kumar. In a recent post, she celebrated the enduring bond between Dilip Kumar and another Bollywood luminary, the late Shammi Kapoor, who also happened to be her first co-star in the film Junglee.
Saira Banu shares heartfelt memories of Shammi Kapoor; see post
Reflecting on the days of shooting Junglee, Saira Banu remarked, “There are so many interesting anecdotes about “JUNGLEE” for Shammiji would keep creating stories, he was particularly like a Pied Piper with so many pretty ladies lined up and following him around wherever we shot. Once our shooting at the Studio in Bombay was suddenly cancelled because Shammiji was not well, so Appaji, Sultan bhai, and I took off to the city at Eros Theatre to see a foreign movie and what do we see! A huge Chevrolet Impala Car convertible swinging around the road in full speed Shammiji at the wheel whizzing away and a fair young lady with dangling long ear-rings sitting right next to him. So much for Shammiji’s feigning sickness!!! We laughed away, his sickness was a scream!”
She further added, “Another time in Srinagar the Stars and unit were having lunch at “Oberoi Palace Hotel” and of course next to Shammiji sat a sophisticated and very fashionable lady fan and her husband. At the table, there were bottles of Tabasco Sauce and suddenly a conversation brewed up between Shammiji and the Lady. Soon enough their conversation got into a challenging one where it was ‘Yes I Can do it’ and from the Lady ‘No You Can’t do it’. Then Shammiji poured the whole bottle of Tabasco Sauce into a glass and drank it right down. It was like fire water and heaven knows what got into him to do this but he was soon bashing the table in anger and pain and vomitted. Thereupon the shooting was cancelled for Two Days. What a lark!”
“I am so happy that years later Sahib and Shammiji came together for that wonderful Subhash Ghai's movie “VIDHAATA”. It was a joy to see them working together, Two Maestros at their art together! They shot a song in Lonavala and it was a joy for me to watch them and spend those days where they ate together, lived together, and shared their work. It was a blessing for me to experience,” Banu wrote.
The actress concluded by writing, “Shammiji remained a member of the family. Sahib and I were lucky enough to have Shammiji and Neilaji attend our “Silver Wedding Anniversary” and the recorded tape is so precious to us. I want all of you to see that tape where he is embracing Dilip Sahab and then waving out from the garden to my grandmother upstairs on the balcony of the house.””
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Saira Banu's Instagram posts continue to provide a delightful glimpse into the golden era of Bollywood and the endearing camaraderie shared among its luminaries.
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