Saira Banu was 16 years old in 1960, the year she made her debut to Hindi films.
She said in a programme, that she had basic talent and little dancing experience.
Her peers all were classically trained, which was why she wasn’t put in the top league.
Saira started taking Kathak and Bharata Natyam lessons with success and trained herself professionally.
Soon she became a dancer and her films flaunted more of her dance.