‘Sahab was asking about you’: Naseeruddin Shah recalls Saira Banu visiting him after being admitted to the same hospital as Dilip Kumar

Veteran actor Naseeruddin Shah, who was admitted to a hospital in Mumbai for the treatment of pneumonia, was discharged last week.

Recalling his time being treated at the same hospital as late actor Dilip Kumar, Shah told Said Mahmood for Link Legal’s Beyond Law, “(Saira) put her hand on my head and blessed me and said — Sahab was asking about you. I was deeply moved. I wanted to meet him before I left. But unfortunately, the day I left, he also left.”

Sadly, the day Shah was discharged from the hospital, Kumar breathed his last. He died at 98, after prolonged illness, his family and doctors treating him said.

The two actors shared screen space in Subhash Ghai’s "Karma". “That’s the only time I think I have been nervous while acting in my life. Most of the time, I was too terrified to even approach him, apart from greeting him in the mornings,” said Shah, as he recalled his encounter with the Thespian.

The 70-year-old actor was admitted to the Khar-based P D Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, a non-COVID-19 facility, last Tuesday.

"Back home," Vivaan Shah captioned the picture of his father and mother, actor Ratna Pathak Shah on his Instagram Story.

"He just got discharged today morning," he wrote in the next Story.

On July 3, a hospital source said that Naseeruddin Shah was responding well to the treatment.

"He is stable and under observation. He is on medication and absolutely fine," the insider had told PTI.

Last week, Ratna Pathak Shah told PTI that the veteran actor had a "small patch" of pneumonia in his lungs and was undergoing treatment at the hospital for the same.

In his career spanning 46 years, Naseeruddin Shah, a multiple National Award-winning actor, is known for his immense contribution to both parallel and mainstream cinema, along with memorable work in television, and theatre.

Some of the credits from his storied filmography include titles like "Nishant", "Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro", "Mirch Masala", "Ijaazat", "Masoom", "Karma", "Vishwatma", "Mohra", "Sarfarosh", "The Dirty Picture", "Krrish", "Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara", among others.

The National School of Drama (NSD) and Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) alumnus was last seen in the 2020 drama "Mee Raqsam" and the acclaimed Amazon Prime Video series "Bandish Bandits".

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