April 16, 2024


Earlier this month, veteran actress Saira Banu made her Instagram debut. Everyone was expecting to get a glimpse into some uncovered gems from Indian cinematic history. And the actress has been delivering on that. After sharing some heartwarming stories about late husband Dilip Kumar, Saira ji has shared another intriguing story with her latest post.

Saira Banu on her debut film Junglee

On Wednesday, Saira ji took to Instagram to share a picture of her from the 1976 film Koi Jeeta Koi Haara. By then, the actress had proved herself to be a glam queen with an on point fashion sense. However, when she debuted in 1961 with Junglee, everyone saw her as the traditional Indian beauty. It was with the 1970 film Purab Aur Pachhim that she showed a new avatar of her. She played a blonde westerner in the film quite convincingly and it changed a lot for her career.

Recalling her early days, Saira ji shared, “This is a vivid memory of my metamorphosis from my first film appearance in “JUNGLEE” to out and out glamorous roles as this one in “Koi Jeeta koi haara”… “Junglee”, was a massively successful hit and the first popular Indian EASTMAN colour film… until now all great colour movies such as “AAN” were processed at London by Technicolour…”

On her glamorous transformation…

Going further, Saira ji revealed that it was her mother who helped her transform into her glamorous avatar. She wrote, “In my personal transition from a 16 year kid who wore her own best clothes in 1961 in ‘Junglee’ to the svelte Western blonde of “PURAB AUR PACCHIM”… I achieved this transformation with the entire help and guidance of the Great Lady that was my mother…”Pari Chehra (Beauty Queen )” NASEEM BANU ji… who completely designed and sculpted my looks in all my work… at that time there were no designers and hardly one or two “films tailor” establishments were on the scene… this is a story after my own heart… fantastically sentimental about it… will narrate later in detail…”

Before wrapping up, she revealed an interesting detail about the outfit in her picture. She said, “The feathers used in this photograph are…can you believe it…are from the world renowned…The LIDO PARIS supply at that time….!!!”

Saira ji established herself as one of the biggest stars to ever come out of the Indian film industry. Her Instagram is truly giving an inside view in Hindi cinema’s golden era. Here’s waiting for more such gems from her.

Also Read: Saira Banu recalls how late husband Dilip Kumar kept her ‘on her toes’: I had to keep running to keep pace with him



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