Saira Banu, Ramesh Sippy With ‘Few Words’ For Dilip Kumar

Mumbai: As per the latest reports, legendary actor Dilip Kumar took his last breath in Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, on July 7, due to prolonged illness. Illustrating the fact, he was diagnosed with bilateral pleural effusion, meaning a build-up of excess fluid, early in June, and got discharged after few days. Again, on June 30, he got hospitalized due to the same issue. Currently, the whole nation is stunned to listen to the news of the actor’s death.

Right after death, wife Saira Banu said, “God snatched away my reason for living. Without Sahab, I won’t be able to think about anything. Everyone, please pray.” Saira Banu tied the knot with Dilip Kumar in 1966 and spent almost 54 years of their lives together. She remained with him during his life, and in death bed as well.

A few years ago, Dilip Kumar talked of not having regrets for not having children, taking his wife aside. “It would have been great if we had our own kids. But we have no regrets. We are both submissive to the will of God. As for incompleteness, I must tell you that neither Sara nor I can complain of a lack of contentment,” he said.

Going forward to speaking of Director Ramesh Sippy’s love for Dilip Kumar, he said, “Dilip Kumar Sahab’s demise has deeply saddened me, and today, I am reminded of all the moments which I had shared with him in the past. It was not during the shooting of the film ‘Shakti (1982)’ when for the first time I interacted with the legendary actor. I met him much earlier. Due to my father’s close bonding with Dilip Sahab, I had gotten several opportunities to meet and converse with the iconic star. After the release of ‘Sholay’, it was my dream to work with Dilip Sahab and I feel blessed that my dream came true with my directorial ‘Shakti’.”

He added, “On this sad day, I have to say that dream of mine is the best thing that ever happened to me. Thank God for giving me that golden opportunity to work with Dilip Sahab. Dilip Kumar Sahab is no more, but his memories and his huge body of work will always be there with us. Also, to be legit, he cannot be described in words. Every word falls short for describing him as a person or as an actor.”

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