Sultana (actress)

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Sultana or Sultana Razaaq

Occupation Film actor, producer
Years active1922–1937
Spouse(s)Seth Razaaq
Parent(s) Fatima Begum
Nawab Sidi Ibrahim Muhammad Yakut Khan III
RelativesJamila Razaaq (daughter)
Waqar Hasan (son-in-law)
Zubeida (sister)
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. [1] Zubeida (leading actress of India's first talkie film Alam Ara (1931)) was younger sister of Sultana. [2]


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) [1] 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. [2]

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. [2]


Silent Movies

1922Veer AbhimaniyuStar FilmsUttari [1] Debut Movie
1924Gul BakavaliKohinoor & Imperial
Kalyan KhajinaKohinoor & ImperialA Fair Maiden [3]
Kala NaagKohinoor & Imperial
ManoramaKohinoor & Imperial
Prithvi VallabhAshoka Pictures
Sati SardarbaSaraswati Film Company
1925Indra SabhaKohinoor & Imperial
1928ChandravaliVictoria Fatima Film Company
1929Kanak TaraFatima Film Company
Young IndiaIndulal Yagnik
1930Brand Of FateImperial Film Company
Glory Of IndiaRanjit Film Company
RevenceImperial Film Company
The CometSurya F. Co.
1931Wages of SinSharda Mysore Pictures Corporation

Talkie Movies

1931MilkmaidRanjit Film CompanyFirst Indian Talkie Movie of Sultana
1933IntekamAmar Mallick
Shan-e-SubhanBrahma Film Company
1934Afghan AblaKumar M.
AmirzadiKumar M.
Saubhagya LaxmiKumar M.
1935Behan Ka PremProsperty Films
BidroheeEast India Film Company
Kamroo Desh Ki KaminiKumar M.
Maut Ka ToofanAll India Movie
Step MotherEast India Film Company
1936Hoor-E-SamundarVishnu Cine
Sagar Ki KanyaVijay Pictures
1938Talwar Ka Dhani
1940Usha HaranPopular Pictures
1949Girdhar Gopal Ki Mira


1961Hum Ek HainPakistani Movie

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