Saira Banu is a famous Indian Hindi film actress. Born in Mussorie, India, she began her career in Hindi films when she was only sixteen. She made her debut with the film ‘Junglee’, playing the lead actress. Her performance was appreciated and won her a Filmfare nomination for Best Actress. She then starred in the film ‘Shaadi’ where she was cast opposite the well-known actor Dharmendra. Over the next few years, she became known for her roles in movies, such as ‘April Fool’, ‘Yeh Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai’ and ‘Padosan’. During this time, she was also the third highest paid actress in Hindi cinema. Her last films were ‘Duniya’, in which she appeared along with her husband, and ‘Faisla’, a hit film, in which she shared the screen with renowned actor Vinod Khanna. She is the wife of the famous Indian film actor Dilip Kumar, who is regarded as one of the finest actors of Indian cinema.
The following year, she appeared in the Hindi film ‘Shaadi’, where she starred along with popular Indian actor Dharmendra. In 1963, she played the lead actress in ‘Bluffmaster’, where she was cast alongside Shammi Kapoor for the second time.
Some other movies she appeared in the following years include ‘Door Ki Awaz’ (1964), ‘April Fool’ (1964) and ‘Pyar Mohabbat’ (1966). In 1967, she was nominated for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress for the second time for her performance in the Hindi film ‘Diwana’, where she was cast alongside well-known Indian actor Raj Kapoor.
In 1968, she played the lead actress in the comedy film ‘Padosan’, where she was cast opposite actor Sunil Dutt. The film was a huge hit, and is still considered one of the best comedy movies in the history of Hindi cinema.
She also gained popularity for the 1970 film ‘Purab Aur Paschim’, where she starred along with veteran actors Ashok Kumar and Manoj Kumar. The film became known for its patriotic theme.
Over the years Saira Banu earned much fame for her roles in films like ‘International Crook’ (1973), ‘Resham Ki Dori’, (1973), ‘Pocket Maar’ (1974) and ‘Zameer’ (1974).
In 1976, she played the lead actress in the crime film ‘Hera Pheri’. The movie was a super hit and won one of the actors—Vinod Khanna—a Filmfare nomination. The same year, she also played the lead actress in ‘Bairaag’ which also starred her husband in the lead role.