Saira Banu arrived at the opening ceremony of a two-day film festival celebrating Dilip Kumar’s birth centenary on Sunday. Organized by the Heritage Film Foundation and titled ‘Dilip Kumar Hero of Heroes’. At the screening, Saira Banu appeared teary-eyed when she saw a poster of late Dilip Kumar. Read also: Dilip Kumar Film Festival announced. to screen Aan, Devdas, Shakti and others in 30 theaters across 20 cities
In a paparazzi video, Saira was seen fondling a young-looking poster Dilip Kumar in view. She seemed to be struggling to hold back tears in front of the media. She wore a black traditional outfit and stood by Farida Jalal among others.
Reacting to the touching moment, a fan took to the comments section and wrote, “Sayad hi kisi ne kisi ko itni mohabaat ki hogi (Only a few can love someone like her).” “Their love is an example for us,” added another. “Pure love story,” someone also said.
The film festival collaborates with the theater chains PVR Cinemas and INOX. It will be held on Saturday and Sunday. Over the two days, Dilip Kumar’s critically acclaimed films including Aan (1952), Devdas (1955), Ram Aur Shyam (1967) and Shakti (1982) will be screened in over 30 theaters cinema and 20 cities across the country.
Speaking about the response since the advance booking for the festival started on December 3, Sanjeev Kumar Bijli, Joint Managing Director of PVR Limited said in a statement, according to news agency PTI, “The response to the two-day film festival on Dec .10-11 titled Dilip Kumar Hero of Heroes with four critically acclaimed films was encouraging. Advance bookings open on December 3 and we have seen huge excitement among Dilip Kumar’s fans for two of his films Aan and Shakti.”
Apart from Saira Banu, Waheeda Rehman, Javed Akhtar, Shabana Azmi, Ramesh Sippy, Subhash Ghai, Biswajit, R Balki and Rohan Sippy are expected to arrive on the first day of the Mumbai film festival.
Dilip Kumar died on July 7, 2020, after a prolonged illness. Saira and Dilip got married in 1966.
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