Screen Legends

  • Screen Legends - Saira Banu Part 1
  • Episode 038
  • 19m : 54s

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Saira Banu won millions of hearts with her enchanting beauty, innocence and vivaciousness in her debut film ‘Junglee’ (1961). Daughter of Naseem Banu, who herself was a leading actress of 1930s and 40s and a beauty queen in her own right, Saira was no stranger to the world of arc lights. After spending a considerable part of her childhood in London, Saira Banu returned with her mother and brother to India in 1960. Besides being infatuated with Dilip Kumar right from her childhood, Saira also nursed a desire to be an actress. On her return, she was introduced by her mother to S. Mukerji, the owner of Filmistan Studio. And she soon bagged the role of a ‘Kashmiri’ beauty opposite Shammi Kapoor in ‘Junglee’. The super-success of ‘Junglee’ ensured that Saira Banu was here to stay and rule the 1960s along with her contemporaries Asha Parekh and Sadhana. SCREEN LEGENDS – Saira Banu Part 1 presents the beautiful journey of the stylish actress along with snippets and scenes from her memorable films. And ends the episode on a very melodious and sensational note.