Saira Banu speaks about Mughal-e-Azam and Dilip Kumar.
Did you ever visit the sets of Mughal-e-Azam?
Yes. I remember I was in my teens. I saw Dilip sahib standing outside the studio door wearing a patloon and kameez and my heart sank. I had gone there expecting to see him in full Mughal regalia.
What do you think of the new Mughal-e-Azam?
The subject is historic splendour. There is detailed inlay work, fabulous jewellery, richly coloured costumes and makeup. Such a subject deserves the richness of colour.
Do you like Madhubalaji?
There can be no substitute for Madhubalaji as Anarkali. My mother Naseem Banu and Nargis Dutt were also short-listed for the role. But my mom was in London at that time.
What kind of jewellery do you like?
The jewellery in Mughal-e-Azam created by Orra is reminiscent of the Mughal era. The pieces are beautifully made. In our family, jewellery was always custom made. The longer the earrings, the happier I was.
Will you be acting again?
No. I am permanently busy looking after Dilip sahib. If don't do it properly, I'll lose my job.