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Aamir, Salman more accessible than Shah Rukh Khan: Saira Banu on Dilip Kumar’s ‘son’

In an interview, Saira Banu has said that Aamir Khan and Salman Khan have been more accessible than Dilip Kumar’s ‘muh bola beta’ Shah Rukh Khan.

bollywood Updated: Aug 18, 2017 13:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Dilip Kumar,Saira Banu,Shah Rukh Khan
Shah Rukh Khan kisses Dilip Kumar on the forehead as he visits the veteran actor at home.

One of the first superstars of Bollywood, Dilip Kumar and his family are going through a tough time these days. The 94-year-old actor was recently admitted to Mumbai’s Lilavati Hospital due to a kidney ailment last month. Many actors went to meet him once he came out of the hospital, and Shah Rukh Khan was one of them.

Dilip Kumar’s wife and former actor Saira Banu posted his pictures with Shah Rukh on the social media. The actor had come to visit Kumar with daughter Suhana. Now, she has talked to Mumbai Mirror about Khan’s visit. Sharing a moment from the visit, she said in the interview, “I even saw him (SRK) chanting a dua under his breath and blowing it on saab’s face.”

However, she said that Aamir Khan is more accessible than Dilip’s ‘muh bola beta’ Shah Rukh . “He goes out of his way to comply with such requests and is constantly in touch. So is family friend Salim Khan and his son Salman. They often drop by, on festivals and occasions like saab’s birthday,” said Saira.

She added, “Shah Rukh was the one who was difficult to reach over the last two-three years. When I pointed this out to him, he admitted that he has been out of the country on shoots a lot but promised to be more connected now. Saab’s taught me that it’s important to be accessible to senior actors when they are old and ailing.”

It’s not a secret that Shah Rukh Khan took inspiration from Dilip for many of his roles including Devdas. Talking about how Kumar and SRK are similar, she said, “I have always said that if we had a son, he might have looked like Shah Rukh. Both he and saab are a lot alike and have similar hair, which is why I like to run my fingers through Shah Rukh’s when we meet. This time he asked me, ‘Aaj aap mere baalon ko haath nahin laga rahi hain?’ I was happy to,” she said in the interview.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 15:17 IST