PVR Cinemas in association with Film Heritage Foundation is exhibiting select films of veteran legend Dilip Kumar on December 10 and 11 on the occasion of his 100th birth anniversary. Saira Banu got emotional ahead of the festival, which celebrates her late husband’s legacy.
Saira Banu gets emotional ahead of Dilip Kumar’s birth centenary film festival. watch the video
In a video that went viral on the internet, Saira Banu was seen seemingly teary-eyed as she was seen fondling a poster of a young-looking Dilip Kumar. The actress held back her tears in front of the paparazzi. She was dressed in black as she stood alongside veteran actress Farida Jalal among others.
Earlier, she spoke about the festival and said, “I am so happy that the Film Heritage Foundation is celebrating Dilip Sahab’s 100th birthday on December 11 this year by screening some of his most popular films in theaters across India. They could not have chosen a more apt title to commemorate India’s greatest actor – Dilip Kumar – Hero Of Heroes. He has been my favorite hero since I was 12 years old when I first saw him Ah in the technical color. It will be a joy to see him back on the big screen, larger than life, as he was in my life.”
Amitabh Bachchan, who had his own 80th birthday partyu Celebrating his birthday in October 2022, he also said, “As Dilip Kumar turns 100, I am so happy that we at the Film Heritage Foundation are celebrating his legacy with this theatrical film festival that will showcase some of his unforgettable performances in cinema . I would urge every movie buff and modern actor who has not watched Dilip Kumar, not to miss the incredible opportunity to watch this giant among actors back on the big screen. It will be a master class in acting. Even today I learn every time I watch his movies. Dilip Kumar was and is my idol. I have yet to meet an actor who could match his impeccable acting, his impeccable writing and the wit and commitment he brought to his craft.”
He further added, “His every spoken word was poetry and when he appeared on screen, everything else was a blur. I only had the privilege of sharing the screen with him once and the experience was something I will cherish. I was very saddened to hear that many of his films are not in a condition to be shown in theaters and that is a tragedy. The Film Heritage Foundation is working day and night to ensure that the work of legends like Dilip Kumar survives and is preserved and restored to be shown to new generations of audiences. I would like to thank Ajay Bijli and the PVR Cinemas team for helping us bring classic cinema back to the big screen.”
The two-day film festival showcases four of Dilip Kumar’s critically acclaimed films, including Ah (1952), Devdas (1955), Ram Aur Shyam (1967) and Shakti (1982) on the big screen in 31 theaters in 21 cities.
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