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7 Songs to celebrate Saira Banu’s Birthday

Written by Omair Alavi

By Omair Alavi Saira Banu was known for her beauty when she came onto the film scene in the early 60s. For the next 2 decades, she kept acting in films mostly along side her husband Dilip Kumar and established herself as one of the top Bollywood heroines in the 60s and the 70s. She…

SAMAA | Omair Alavi – Posted: Aug 23, 2017 | Last Updated: 4 years ago

By Omair Alavi

Saira Banu was known for her beauty when she came onto the film scene in the early 60s. For the next 2 decades, she kept acting in films mostly along side her husband Dilip Kumar and established herself as one of the top Bollywood heroines in the 60s and the 70s. She excelled at dance, was breathtakingly beautiful and carried herself elegantly during her career. She turns 73 this year and we would like to celebrate her birthday with 7 of her most famous film songs – one for each decade of her life. Read on:

Ehsaan Tera Hoga Mujh Par feat Shammi Kapoor

Film: Junglee (1961)

Music: Shankar-Jaikishan

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Making her debut opposite a hearth throb was never a big thing for Saira Banu who was exceptionally beautiful in Junglee. In this song, she resembles a fairy and looks drop dead gorgeous and went onto rule the hearts of many including the iconic Dilip Kumar whom she later married.

Main Kamsin Hoon feat Rajendra Kumar

Film: Ayee Milan Ki Bela (1964)

Music: Shankar – Jaikishan

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

This tandem is the heroine’s reply to the hero who had sung the Rafi version of the song earlier. It has been shot on beautiful locations and doesn’t look outdated even after 5 decades. If you listen closely to it, you will find out the similarities between this song and many that were composed later in India and Pakistan.

Dil Vil Pyar Vyar feat Joy Mukherjee

Film: Shagird (1967)

Music: Laxmikant – Pyarelal

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Saira Banu’s character was the bone of contention in this film where both the teacher (I S Johar) and pupil were in love with the same woman. In this song, Saira dances her heart out and helps in making this number an evergreen hit.

Main Chali Main Chali

Film: Padosan (1968)

Music: R D Burman

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhonsle

In a film that revolved around music, Saira Banu entered the story with this song and if you hadn’t fallen in love with her before, here you will. Words can’t describe her beauty and she fitted the role perfectly where the simpleton Bhola (Sunil Dutt) falls in love with her and so does her music teacher (Mehmood).

Unse Mili Nazar

Film: Jhuk Gaya Aasmaan (1968)

Music: Shankar – Jaikishan

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Saira Banu was way ahead of her times but even then she maintained decency in filming of her songs. Here Lata Mangeshkar lends her voice for a number that required the heroine to undress but Saira never crossed the limits of decency.

Gentleman Gentleman feat Dilip Kumar

Film: Gopi (1970)

Music: Kalyandji – Anandji

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Mahendra Kapoor

After her marriage to Dilip Kumar in the late 60s, Saira got to work with him for the first time in this flick and their chemistry set the screen on fire. Before this song, the real-life husband and wife speak a language that no one understands but themselves, followed by a song that is still popular after 47 years!

Choti Si Umar Main Lag Gaya Rog feat Dilip Kumar

Film: Bairaag (1976)

Music: Kalyandji – Anandji

Singer: Lata Mangeshkar

Dilip Kumar’s last film as a leading man had him in a triple role with Saira being the heroine of one of them. They have a couple of hit numbers in the film with this one having Saira dance like never before. Lata’s vocals gave the song the eternal touch it deserved and although the film didn’t do well at the box office, the songs are popular even today.

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