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Happy Birthday Saira Banu; Must watch performances of the elegant actress
Alfred Francis
Aug 23, 2021
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Saira Banu and Dilip Kumar are two household names in Bollywood. The star couple became famous after their marriage. Their age difference became a talk of Bollywood then, but the couple overcame all these rumours and stood by each other. Saira Banu debuted with the Shammi Kapoor starrer Junglee in 1961 and became an overnight sensation. She was described as the perfect romantic heroine with her coy smile and shy eyes. She went on to deliver several blockbusters with her first hero Shammi Kapoor. After Padosan and Victoria 203, Saira Banu became one of the most sought after actresses during that time.

On her 78th birthday, OTTplay has handpicked some of her greatest performances for you to enjoy:

1
Bluff Master
6.9OTTplay Rating
Saira Banu reunites with her first hero Shammi Kapoor in this rom-com. She plays Seema, a rich heiress who mistakes Ashok (Shammi Kapoor) for a photographer. She falls for Ashok not knowing that he is actually an unemployed con-man. Ashok tries to get clean by clearing the air, but it only worsens the matters further. Ashok has to stack up lies on top of lies to hide the truth.
2
Padosan
8.5OTTplay Rating
Saira Banu plays Bindu, the neighbour of Bhola (Sunil Dutt). Bindu loves music and Bhola, despite being a bad singer, pretends to be a maestro to make Bindu fall for him. He is helped by his friend Vidyapathi (Kishore Kumar) who dubs for the music while Bhola pretends to sing. One day, Bindu finds out the truth and is enraged by Bhola’s betrayal. She decides to marry Bhola’s rival Pillai, another musician. Vidyapathi and Bhola’s friends devise one last trick for Bindu to admit her love. The movie became noted for the song “Mere Saamne Waali Khidki”. In an interview Saira Banu revealed that her husband, late Dilip Kumar lauded her comic timing in the movie.
3
Diwana
6.9OTTplay Rating
Saira Bhanu plays Kamini Sharma, with whom Pyarelal (Raj Kapoor) falls in love. Kamini is the adopted daughter of Pyarelal’s biological father who abandoned him at birth. Pyarelal’s life is going well when one day he is suddenly arrested charged with murder. To everyone’s shock, Pyarelal admits being guilty and the rest of the film is about why he committed this murder when everything was going good for him.
4
Victoria No. 203
7.3OTTplay Rating
Saira Bhanu plays Rekha, a headstrong girl, who crossdresses as a man during the day to drive a coach named Victoria. Her father is imprisoned for a murder he did not commit and Rekha is trying to prove her father’s innocence. She also woos Kumar by posing as a rich lady to entice him. In her pursuit of justice, he asks the help of the protagonists of the movie Raja (Ashok Kumar) and Rana (Pran), two recently released old crooks. The movie became a commercial hit and was remade in five languages.
5
Hera Pheri
7OTTplay Rating
Saira Bhanu stars as Kiran, heroine for Amitabh Bachchan in this absolutely hilarious laugh riot. She makes her entry after one hour and immediately becomes the centre of attraction, even though it is for a short while. There is a particularly hilarious bedroom scene with Amitabh Bachchan and Vinod Khanna in the movie that later inspired several comic scenes in the coming decade. The movie became a commercial blockbuster.

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