‘Sahab was asking about you’ says Saira Banu who visited Naseeruddin Shah same hospital where Dilip Kumar was admitted

The veteran actor recalls Saira Banu visiting him.

Naseeruddin Shah revealed Dilip Kumar’s wife Saira Banu visited him at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai recently. Naseeruddin was admitted to the hospital after he was diagnosed with pneumonia. Coincidentally, Dilip was also admitted to the same hospital before his death last week. The legendary actor Dilip Kumar left for the heavenly abode on July 7. He left behind a huge void in the entertainment industry.

Fans are still mourning this great loss. Indeed, we have lost one of the greatest actors in our Bollywood industry. Naseeruddin Shah was also hospitalized around the same time and was discharged on July 07,2021 as well.


In a recent interview with author and critic Saif Mahmood for Link Legal’s Beyond Law, the actor revealed that late actor’s wife Saira Banu had visited him while he was admitted to the hospital. Shah was discharged on July, 7 too. Not only did he spoke about how the veteran actress blessed him and what all did she say to him, but he also revealed about an old incident where the late actor had once discouraged him from pursuing a career in acting.

In a conversation with author and critic Saif Mahmood for Link Legal’s Beyond Law, as reported by The Quint, Naseeruddin said, “(Saira) put her hand on my head and blessed me and said — Sahab was asking about you. I was deeply moved. I wanted to meet him before I left. But unfortunately, the day I left, he also left.”

During the chat, he also disclosed that Dilip Kumar had once discouraged him from seeking a career in acting. Naseeruddin remembered his early days of acting in Mumbai and shared that he wasn’t in touch with his parents during that period. However, his family caught hold of him through Dilip Kumar. His family knew the actor through his father’s eldest sister, Sakina Aapa, ‘who used to come to Ajmer, where my father was the administrator of Dargah Garib Nawaz.’

Talking about his experience, the actor said, “That’s the only time I think I have been nervous while acting in my life. Most of the time, I was too terrified to even approach him, apart from greeting him in the mornings.” Coincidentally, the two actors ended up working together in Karma.

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