Saira Banu, the veteran Hindi actor, who was hospitalised on August 28 after complaining of breathlessness, was discharged on Sunday.
Her family friend Faisal Farooqui shared the news on Twitter. “Saira Banu ji is back home. Discharged from the hospital. Doing well. Resting. Your love and prayers are truly appreciated,” Farooqui wrote.
The 77-year-old actor was admitted to the hospital on August 28 following breathlessness, high blood pressure, and high sugar. According to earlier reports, a Hinduja hospital doctor had said that she has been diagnosed with acute coronary syndrome. However, he reportedly stated that Banu had refused the treatment. “Once she gives her consent, doctors can perform an angiography,” the doctor had said.
As per the reports, the doctor had also said that Banu is suffering from depression following the death of her husband, late veteran actor Dilip Kumar. “She doesn’t sleep much. She wants to go home,” he reportedly added.
However, speaking to The Times of India, Dr Nitin Gokhale, Banu’s attending cardiologist, denied reports of the actor battling depression or avoiding treatment. “Saira ji is not battling depression, plus she is not being difficult at all which, in other words, means she is not avoiding angiography,” he told TOI.
“The angiography will be done at a later date after we control her diabetes,” Dr Gokhale further said.
Farooqui had earlier told The Indian Express that Banu’s condition was stable and her angiography was not urgent. “Saira ji’s doctor Nitin Gokhale suspects that there could be an issue with her left ventricular, for which she will need to go through an angiography, but that’s not urgent. However, we are going with what the doctor says. All said and done, Saira ji is stable and should be out of the hospital soon,” he had said.
Banu made her acting debut in the 1961 film Junglee, opposite late actor Shammi Kapoor. She is best known for her performances in films like Padosan, Hera Pheri, Diwana, Shaadi, Purab Aur Paschim, Jwar Bhata, Aadmi Aur Insaan, Resham Ki Dori, and Pocket Maar, among many others. She was last seen in the 1988 film Faisla.