Saira Banu was admitted to Hinduja hospital in Mumbai about 3 days ago after she complained of breathlessness and was taken to the hospital by family members. Those close to her have revealed that Sairaji has been finding it difficult to cope with the loss of Dilip Kumar who passed away on July 7. A long phase of her life had revolved around him, and now, in Dilip Saab’s absence, things are seemingly tough for the veteran actress who had married the thespian when she was all of 22.
According to cardiologist Dr Nitin S. Gokhale who is attending on her, the left ventricle in her heart had stopped functioning and led to ingress of water in her heart and lungs.
“The problem has been controlled for now and she is medically much better now. We shall shift her out of the ICU tomorrow (Thursday) and then decide further measures,” Gokhale said.
Starting her acting career as a teen in 1961 with the film ‘Junglee’, she went on to become one of the topmost heroines in the 1960s-1970s era, working with the leading actors of the day and starring in the biggest films.
In the past few years, she earned legions of admirers for the manner in which she stood by and cared for her husband Dilip Kumar who was ailing for several years before he passed away at the age of 98.