Sonya Jehan

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Sonya Jehan
Native name
سونیا جہاں
Sonya Rizvi

(1980-04-24) 24 April 1980 (age 38)
Residence Mumbai, India [1]
Nationality Pakistani
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)Vivek Narain
Relatives Noor Jehan (Grandmother)

Sonya Rizvi (born 24 April 1980), better known by her stage name Sonya Jehan is a Pakistani actress. Sonya was born to Jehan-Rizvi family. She is granddaughter of Noor Jehan and filmmaker Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. [2]

Noor Jehan Indian singer and actress

Noor Jehan (Urdu: نُورجہاں ‎),, also known by her honorific title Malika-e-Tarannum, the queen of melody), was a Pakistani playback singer and actress who worked first in British India and then in Pakistan. Her career spanned more than six decades (1930s–1990s). She was renowned as one of the greatest and most influential singers of all time especially throughout South Asia and was given the honorific title of Malika-e-Tarannum in Pakistan. She had a command of Hindustani classical music as well as other music genres.

Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi was a Pakistani actor, film producer and film director. He is widely considered as a pioneer of the Pakistani film industry.



Jehan made her film debut with the romantic historic film Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story in 2005 opposite Kabir Bedi. Jehan played the role of Mumtaz Mahal, who is betrayed by the film's central character. The film received mixed reviews from critics, and was moderately successful at the box office; however, Jehan's performance was praised by film critics. Jehan's second release, was Sudhir Mishra's romantic drama Khoya Khoya Chand with Shiney Ahuja. The film revolves around the lifestyle of celebrities with aplomb with the 1950s film industry as its backdrop. The film received positive reviews from critics, and Jehan earned critical acclaim for her performance. Jehan next appeared as religious American Muslim professor Haseena, in the social drama My Name Is Khan , her first collaboration with Karan Johar. The film set in America received positive feedback from critics and her performance was praised in particular. The film was the most expensive Bollywood film of 2010 and also the highest-value buy over for any Indian film, surpassing the previous record of INR900 million (US$14 million) and was declared as the highest-grossing Bollywood film of 2010. In addition to acting in films, she is also the owner of one of Karachi's French restaurants, Cafe Flo.

<i>Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story</i> 2005 film by Akbar Khan

Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story is a 2005 Bollywood historical drama film directed by Akbar Khan. The movie starred Kabir Bedi, Sonya Jehan, Manisha Koirala, Arbaaz Khan, Vaquar Shaikh and Pooja Batra in the title roles. The movie was released on 18 November in India.

Kabir Bedi Indian actor

Kabir Bedi is an Indian film actor. His career has spanned three continents covering India, the United States and especially Italy among other European countries in three media: film, television and theatre. He is noted for his role as Emperor Shah Jahan in Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story and the villainous Sanjay Verma in the 80's blockbuster Khoon Bhari Maang. He is best known in Italy and Europe for playing the pirate Sandokan in the popular Italian TV mini series and for his role as the villainous Gobinda in the 1983 James Bond film Octopussy. Kabir Bedi is well-known in Italy and is fluent in Italian. He is based in India and lives in Mumbai.

Mumtaz Mahal Mughal empress

Mumtaz Mahal was Empress consort of the Mughal Empire from 19 January 1628 to 17 June 1631 as the chief consort of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. The UNESCO World Heritage Site Taj Mahal in Agra, often cited as one of the Wonders of the World, was commissioned to act as her final resting place.

Mira Nair's political thriller drama film The Reluctant Fundamentalist , was Jehan's first Hollywood production. The film was based on the 2007 novel of the same name by Mohsin Hamid. Jehan played role of professor Nadia, alongside Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Meesha Shafi. Her performance was critically praised. The film mixed reviews from critics, however, her performance was praised. Commercially, the film performed really well, with a grossing revenue of $2,028,731.

Mira Nair Indian film director

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<i>The Reluctant Fundamentalist</i> (film) 2012 political thriller drama film directed by Mira Nair

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Hollywood Neighborhood of Los Angeles in California, United States

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Jehan next starred in the musical drama Ho Mann Jahan . [3] Directed by Asim Raza, she was cast alongside Sheheryar Munawar, Mahira Khan and Adeel Hussain. [4] [5] Her portrayal was a Sabina, an outspoken independent women. [6] Upon release, the film as well as her performance received praise. The film was a commercial success as well, with a worldwide earning of 21.26 crore (US$2.0 million), Ho Mann Jehan was the top-grossing productions of the year, and ranks among one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all the time. [7]

Asim Raza Pakistani film director

Asim Raza is a Pakistani, film and television commercial director and producer. Asim began his career as an architect and worked with a renowned architectural firm Arshad Shahid Abdullah (PVT) LTD before venturing into film Production and Direction. Marking his debut in the field of film making in mid 90s, he has extensively worked in all visual mediums from TV commercials to music videos, long plays and feature films. He has worked with renowned multinational as well as local brands. In 2004, Asim won the Lux Style Award for Best Music Video Director for "Mahi Ve". In 2013, Asim directed a television film, Behadd which earned him critical acclaim and film went onto win the Hum Award for Best Television Film. Asim marked his Feature film debut with a coming-of-age drama Ho Mann Jahaan, Asim Raza owns a production company called The Vision Factory.

Sheheryar Munawar is a Pakistani actor and film producer. He is notable for his role in Hum TV serial Meray Dard Ko Jo Zuban Miley, for which he won Hum Award for Best New Sensation Television. He followed it with roles in male-centric serials such as Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay, Kahi Un Kahi, Zindagi Gulzar Hai and Aasmanon Pay Likha.

Mahira Khan Pakistani actress and VJ

Mahira Hafeez Khan is a Pakistani actress. She appears in Pakistani films and Pakistani dramas. She has won Lux Style Awards and Hum Awards.

Personal life

Rizvi is married to Vivek Narain, an Indian banker and lives in Mumbai, India. [8] [9]

India Country in South Asia

India, also known as the Republic of India, is a country in South Asia. It is the seventh largest country by area and with more than 1.3 billion people, it is the second most populous country as well as the most populous democracy in the world. Bounded by the Indian Ocean on the south, the Arabian Sea on the southwest, and the Bay of Bengal on the southeast, it shares land borders with Pakistan to the west; China, Nepal, and Bhutan to the northeast; and Bangladesh and Myanmar to the east. In the Indian Ocean, India is in the vicinity of Sri Lanka and the Maldives, while its Andaman and Nicobar Islands share a maritime border with Thailand and Indonesia.

Mumbai Megacity in Maharashtra, India

Mumbai is the capital city of the Indian state of Maharashtra. As of 2011 it is the most populous city in India with an estimated city proper population of 12.4 million. The larger Mumbai Metropolitan Region is the second most populous metropolitan area in India, with a population of 21.3 million as of 2016. Mumbai lies on the Konkan coast on the west coast of India and has a deep natural harbour. In 2008, Mumbai was named an alpha world city. It is also the wealthiest city in India, and has the highest number of millionaires and billionaires among all cities in India. Mumbai is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Elephanta Caves, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus, and the city's distinctive ensemble of Victorian and Art Deco buildings.


2005 Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story Mumtaz Mahal
2007 Khoya Khoya Chand Ratanbala
2010 My Name is Khan Hasina Khan
2013 The Reluctant Fundamentalist Nadia
2016 Ho Mann Jahaan Sabina
TBA Kaptaan: The Making of a Legend Uzma Khanum [10]

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