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Sultana or Sultana Razaaq
|Occupation||Film actor, producer|
|Parent(s)|| Fatima Begum |
Nawab Sidi Ibrahim Muhammad Yakut Khan III
|Relatives||Jamila Razaaq (daughter)|
Waqar Hasan (son-in-law)
Rhea Pillai (great-niece)
Sultana, also known as Sultana Razaaq, was one of the earliest film actresses from India and acted both in silent movies and later in talkie movies. She was a daughter of India’s first female film director, Fatima Begum.Zubeida (leading actress of India's first talkie film Alam Ara (1931)) was younger sister of Sultana.
She was among the few girls who entered films at a time when it was not considered an appropriate profession for girls from respectable families, let alone Royalty. Born in the Surat city of Gujarat in western India, Sultana was a stunningly beautiful Muslim princess, the daughter of Nawab Sidi Ibrahim Muhammad Yakut Khan III of Sachin State and Fatima Begum. She had two sisters, Zubeida and Shehzadi, both actresses. However, there is no record of a marriage or a contract having taken place between the Nawab and Fatima Bai or of the Nawab having recognised any of her children as his own, a prerequisite for legal paternity in Muslim family law.
Sultana was a popular actress in the silent movie era, usually cast in romantic roles. She started her career as actress in Veer Abhimanyu (1922)film and later performed in several silent films. Later, she also acted in talkie movies. When India was partitioned in 1947, she migrated to Pakistan with her husband, a wealthy man named Seth Razaaq. Her daughter, Jamila Razaaq, was also encouraged by her to act in Pakistani films and she produced a film in Pakistan, named Hum Ed hain (1961), written by famous scriptwriter, Fayyaz Hashmi. The film was partly shot in colour, which was rare those days, but it failed miserably and Sultana stopped producing any films afterwards.
Sultana's daughter, Jamila Razaaq, married the well known Pakistani cricketer Waqar Hasan, who is the brother of filmmaker Iqbal Shehzad. He runs a business under the name National Foods at Karachi.
|1922||Veer Abhimaniyu||Star Films||Uttari||Debut Movie|
|1924||Gul Bakavali||Kohinoor & Imperial|
|Kalyan Khajina||Kohinoor & Imperial||A Fair Maiden|
|Kala Naag||Kohinoor & Imperial|
|Manorama||Kohinoor & Imperial|
|Prithvi Vallabh||Ashoka Pictures|
|Sati Sardarba||Saraswati Film Company|
|1925||Indra Sabha||Kohinoor & Imperial|
|1928||Chandravali||Victoria Fatima Film Company|
|1929||Kanak Tara||Fatima Film Company|
|Young India||Indulal Yagnik|
|1930||Brand Of Fate||Imperial Film Company|
|Glory Of India||Ranjit Film Company|
|Revence||Imperial Film Company|
|The Comet||Surya F. Co.|
|1931||Wages of Sin||Sharda Mysore Pictures Corporation|
|1931||Milkmaid||Ranjit Film Company||First Indian Talkie Movie of Sultana|
|Shan-e-Subhan||Brahma Film Company|
|1934||Afghan Abla||Kumar M.|
|Saubhagya Laxmi||Kumar M.|
|1935||Behan Ka Prem||Prosperty Films|
|Bidrohee||East India Film Company|
|Kamroo Desh Ki Kamini||Kumar M.|
|Maut Ka Toofan||All India Movie|
|Step Mother||East India Film Company|
|Sagar Ki Kanya||Vijay Pictures|
|1938||Talwar Ka Dhani|
|1940||Usha Haran||Popular Pictures|
|1949||Girdhar Gopal Ki Mira|
|1961||Hum Ek Hain||Pakistani Movie|
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