Veteran actress Saira Banu, the widow of the legendary actor, the late Yusuf Khan alias Dilip Kumar, was admitted to Hinduja Hospital in Khar, Mumbai after she complained of issues related to blood pressure three days ago. She has reportedly been shifted to the ICU ward today. Her family friend Faisal Farooqui said on Wednesday that she was hospitalised due to complaints of chest congestion, and is currently under treatment.
Giving an update on her health, cardiologist Dr Nitin Gokhale told ETimes, “She is fine, she has completely stabilised, and we will be moving her out of the ICU either tonight or tomorrow.” Dr Gokhale said that it’s a case of left ventricular failure, which will need an angiography. “It will be cured,” he added.
Dilip Kumar died at the age of 98 in July earlier this year. Dilip Kumar and Saira Banu tied the knot in 1966. In recent years, she had been his caregiver.
Further details of Saira Banu’s medical condition — described “better than before” by the relative — are awaited. When IANS contacted the hospital authorities, they declined to comment citing family privacy concerns.
Dilip Kumar’s death was confirmed in a tweet on his official account, posted by family friend Faisal Farooqui. He wrote, “With a heavy heart and profound grief, I announce the passing away of our beloved Dilip Saab, a few minutes ago. We are from God and to Him, we return.”
Dilip Kumar was buried with full state honours here, marking the end of an illustrious career as one of Indian cinema’s most loved icons. Kumar was given a gun salute, following which the police band paid him a tribute at the Juhu Qabrastan in Santacruz Mumbai.
Born as Yousuf Khan in Peshawar on December 11, 1922, Kumar was known to generations of film-goers as the “tragedy king.” Filmmaker Subhash Ghai, who directed Kumar in movies like “Saudagar” (1991) and “Karma” (1986) also came for the funeral but COVID protocols prevented him to go inside.