Born on August 23, 1944, Saira Banu is daughter of Naseem Banu, is a well-known actress of the 1960s and 1970s and the grand daughter of a courtesan Chamiyan Bai, also known as Shamshad Begum (not to be confused with the famous playback singer of the yesteryears Shamshad Begum Waheed Khan). Saira had spent a significant part of her childhood in London, and went to a finishing school. She is also the wife of actor Dilip Kumar.
Saira Banu made her acting debut opposite Shammi Kapoor in the 1961 hit film Junglee. Junglee also instantly made her a successful actress throughout the 1960s and early 1970s. Ever since her marriage to Dilip Kumar in 1966, Saira looked for dramatically challenging roles. Her valiant attempts to establish a reputation as an actress after Gopi, ...» read full biography