Taking to her Instagram, she wrote, “I am joyous as I share stories and moments that Sahib shared and lived with people that he called friends.
Sahib was known to be a lovable and caring person but only a few people knew that he was a great friend too…one of them was Sunil Dutt.”
She further added, “Dilip Sahib and Dutt Sahab were not only neighbours but also dearest of friends. They were both great icons who did not isolate themselves in their own luxurious lives but always came to aid the film fraternity, whether it was a matter of the industry at large or some crisis. When there was big trouble and heartache Dilip Sahib and Dutt Sahab would burn the midnight lamp together and would pow-wow into finding solutions, be it 3 in the morning. or 4, whether it meant travelling to and from to Delhi or helping victims of the civil riots in Mumbai.”
The actress shared a heartwarming incident and added that Sunil Dutt would often walk to Dilip Kumar’s house with his favourite dal which was a must for him in every meal. “Once after a function in Shirpur, Maharashtra, Dutt Sahab met with an unfortunate air-crash on his flight back. He did survive it but landed at “Breach Candy Hospital.” Upon his discharge from the hospital, even the injury did not stop him from hobbling across with a walking stick to his friend Dilip Sahib’s house to wish him Eid Mubarak. This was the greatness and camaraderie of Dutt Sahab,” said Saira.
She recalled the time when Dutt had met with an accident in Shirpur. While he survived, he was in Breach Candy hospital and here’s what happened when he was discharged. “Upon his discharge from the hospital, even the injury did not stop him from hobbling across with a walking stick to his friend Dilip Sahib’s house to wish him Eid Mubarak. This was the greatness and camaraderie of Dutt Sahab. When Dilip Sahib needed to travel abroad to accept an award, Dutt Sahib was the first to second him and give him the impetus to receive this honour. He said while doing this he would like to see his own birthplace after so many years.”
Their freindship started with a radio interview which they did together during ‘Mother India‘. She reveals, “Dilip Sahib refused to be cast as Smt. Nargis Ji’s son in the same film. After that Sunil Ji was cast in the same role.”