Saira Banu reminisces Dilip Kumar’s bond with the late actor Pran


Pran Birth Anniversary: Veteran actress Saira Banu often shares several interesting anecdotes on her Instagram. Today, she posted a series of pictures of the late actor Pran and Dilip Kumar to extend her heartfelt wishes on the former`s birth anniversary.

In a lengthy note, Saira Banu reminisced about the bond that Dilip Kumar and Pran Sahib shared. While extending her wishes, the actress wrote, “Happy Birth Anniversary Pran Sahab! Pran Sahab and Sahib remained close until the very end. Dilip Sahib always spoke very highly of Pran Sahab and to which he stated that “RAM AUR SHYAM WAS COMPLETED AHEAD OF SCHEDULE. Its work was a jolly experience for all of us. I was working with my friend Pran in Ram Aur Shyam and Aadmi at the same time. Pran and I were friends in the real sense of the term. We met at the work place and we met informally as often as we could either at his house or mine since we lived in the same locality: Bandra.”

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Further while recalling Dilip Sahab`s memories with Pran from the sets of Ram Aur Shyam, the actress penned in the late actor’s words,  “At work, we were invariably pitted against each other – our characters were always caught in a conflict over something or the other. It used to be very amusing for onlookers to watch the change that would come over him when he faced the camera with me in the frame after all the friendliness and affection they had seen a while ago between us. Once again he and I (in Ram Aur Shyam) were pitted against each other. The highlight and most appreciated scenes in RAM AUR SHYAM were the merciless whipping of helpless RAM by his villainous brother In law in Gajendra in the early part of the film and later when SHYAM assumes the persona of RAM and returns the ordeal of the whipping multifold, the audience just loved it and lapped it up…”

The actress further talked about some fond memories of Dilip Kumar and Pran on the sets of Bimal Roy`s Madhumati. The actress shared, “We had enjoyed being together during the shooting of Bimal Roy`s Madhumati in the forest location where almost everybody else spoke in Bengali while we conversed heartily in Punjabi. He loved the evenings we spent sitting around a bonfire reciting exquisite poetry. We had some wonderful times in Madras when we were shooting for Ram Aur Shyam and Aadmi. We had just completed Dil Diya Dard Liya and the joke on the sets in Madras was “Pran aap ka peecha hi nahin chodta”. It was fine with me and fine with him because we liked each other`s company and respected each other as artists.”

The actress concluded her note and left us excited as Banu promised to share some more interesting anecdotes about the ‘twosome’.

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