Zarina Wahab

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Zarina Wahab
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Wahab at the Stardust Awards in 2016
Born (1956-07-17) 17 July 1956 (age 62)
Nationality Indian
Years active1974–present
Aditya Pancholi (m. 1986)
Children Sooraj Pancholi
Sana Pancholi

Zarina Wahab (born 17 July 1956) is an Indian actress who was critically acclaimed for starring roles, in Chitchor and Gopal Krishna in the 1970s. She has also appeared in Malayalam films including the critically acclaimed Madanolsavam , Chamaram , Palangal and Adaminte Makan Abu .

<i>Chitchor</i> 1976 Hindi romantic musical film directed by Basu Chatterjee

Chitchor is a 1976 Indian Hindi romantic musical film, written and directed by Basu Chatterjee. The film's title means "Heart Stealer" in Hindi. The film is a Rajshri Productions film produced by Tarachand Barjatya. It is based on a Bengali story, Chittachakor by Subodh Ghosh. K. J. Yesudas and Master Raju won the National Film Awards 1976 for Best Male Playback Singer and Best Child Artist respectively.

<i>Gopal Krishna</i> (1979 film) 1979 film by Vijay Sharma

Gopal Krishna is a 1979 Bollywood religious film directed by Vijay Sharma.

Madanolsavam is a 1978 Malayalam film written and directed by N. Shankaran Nair and starring Kamal Haasan and Zarina Wahab in the lead roles. Dialogues and comedy scenes were written by Adoor Bhasi. The film was dubbed into Tamil as Paruva Mazhai and into Hindi as Dil Ka Sathi Dil. The film was remade in Telugu as Amara Prema by T. Rama Rao with Kamal and Zarina reprising their roles from the original.


Early life

Wahab was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh into a Muslim family. She is fluent in Telugu, [1] Urdu (her mother tongue), Hindi and English. She was trained at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. [2] Wahab has three sisters and one brother.

Andhra Pradesh State in southern India

Andhra Pradesh is one of the 29 states of India. Situated in the south-east of the country, it is the seventh-largest state in India, covering an area of 162,970 km2 (62,920 sq mi). As per the 2011 census, it is the tenth most populous state, with 49,386,799 inhabitants. The largest city in Andhra Pradesh is Visakhapatnam. Telugu, one of the classical languages of India, is the major and official language of Andhra Pradesh.

Telugu language Dravidian language

Telugu is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and the union territories of Puducherry (Yanam) by the Telugu people. It stands alongside Hindi, English and Bengali as one of the few languages with primary official language status in more than one Indian state. There are also significant linguistic minorities in neighbouring states. It is one of six languages designated a classical language of India by the country's government.

Hindi language in India

Hindi, or Modern Standard Hindi is a standardised and Sanskritised register of the Hindustani language. Hindi, written in the Devanagari script, is one of the official languages of India, along with the English language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of the Republic of India. However, it is not the national language of India because no language was given such a status in the Indian constitution.


After receiving negative feedback about her appearance from film producer Raj Kapoor, Wahab worked on her appearance and attended film parties and events. She eventually got noticed and was cast in films. [3] She was usually cast as the middle-class, natural beauty. Wahab appeared in Basu Chatterjee's Chit Chor (1976). Apart from this, she worked in Amol Palekar-Vijayendra starrer Agar', followed by the Raj Babbar-starrer Zajbaat, the Arun Govil-starrer Sawan Ko Aane Do, the Vikram-starrer Raees Zada etc. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Actress for her role in Gharonda (1977). [4] She has acted in Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, films.

Raj Kapoor Indian film actor, producer and director

Raj Kapoor was an Indian film actor, producer and director of Indian cinema. Born at Kapoor Haveli in Peshawar to actor Prithviraj Kapoor– he was a member of the Kapoor family which produced several Bollywood superstars.

Basu Chatterjee Indian film director

Basu Chatterjee is an Indian film director and screenwriter. Through the 1970s and 1980s, he became associated with what came to be known as middle cinema or middle-of-the-road cinema, with filmmakers such as Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Bhattacharya, whom he assisted in Teesri Kasam (1966). Like their films, his films also dealt with light-hearted stories of middle-class families often in urban settings, focusing on marital and love relationships, with exceptions such as Ek Ruka Hua Faisla (1986) and Kamla Ki Maut (1989), which delved into social and moral issues. He is best known for his films Us Paar, Chhoti Si Baat (1975), Chitchor (1976), Rajnigandha (1974), Piya Ka Ghar (1972), Khatta Meetha , Chakravyuha , Baton Baton Mein (1979), Priyatama(1977), Man Pasand, Hamari Bahu Alka, Shaukeen (1982), and Chameli Ki Shaadi (1986), which was his last commercially successful movie.

Malayalam language spoken in Kerala and Lakshadweep of India

Malayalam is a Dravidian language spoken in the Indian state of Kerala and the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) by the Malayali people, and it is one of 22 scheduled languages of India. Malayalam has official language status in the state of Kerala and in the union territories of Lakshadweep and Puducherry (Mahé) and is spoken by 38 million people worldwide. Malayalam is also spoken by linguistic minorities in the neighbouring states; with significant number of speakers in the Nilgiris, Kanyakumari, and Coimbatore districts of Tamil Nadu, and Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts of Karnataka. Due to Malayali expatriates in the Persian Gulf, the language is also widely spoken in Gulf countries.

Wahab made a comeback to Malayalam films with Calendar , in 2009. [5] She has continued to act in Malayalam movies, most notably movies like Adaminte Makan Abu. [6] She appeared in My Name Is Khan as the mother of Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's character). [7]

<i>Calendar</i> (2009 film) 2009 film directed by Mahesh

Calendar is a 2009 Malayalam romance film starring Mukesh, Navya Nair, Zarina Wahab and Prithviraj Sukumaran, Prithviraj's real-life mother Mallika Sukumaran, Jagathi Sreekumar.

<i>My Name Is Khan</i> 2010 Indian film on a post-9/11 United States directed by Karan Johar

My Name Is Khan is a 2010 Indian drama film directed by Karan Johar, produced by Hiroo Johar and Gauri Khan, and starring Shah Rukh Khan and Kajol in lead roles. The film was jointly produced by Dharma Productions and Red Chillies Entertainment and was distributed by FOX Star Entertainment, which had bought the rights for the film for a sum of ₹100 crore, making it the most expensive Bollywood film of 2010. It is also the highest buyover for any Indian film, surpassing Ghajini's record of 90 crore.

Shah Rukh Khan Indian actor, producer and television personality

Shah Rukh Khan, also known by the initialism SRK, is an Indian actor, film producer, and television personality. Referred to in the media as the "Badshah of Bollywood", "King of Bollywood" and "King Khan", he has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood films, and earned numerous accolades, including 14 Filmfare Awards. For his contributions to film, the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri, and the Government of France awarded him both the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Légion d'honneur. Khan has a significant following in Asia and the Indian diaspora worldwide. In terms of audience size and income, he has been described as one of the most successful film stars in the world.

Wahab currently plays older roles in television serials. [8]

Personal life

Wahab met actor Aditya Pancholi on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika. [9] Pancholi is 6 years her junior. They married in 1986 and have a daughter, Sana and son Sooraj. News of their turbulent marriage, her husband's temper and rumors of infidelity have been in the gossip columns. [10] [11] Wahab's daughter is an actress. [12] Her son, Suraj, was arrested in June, 2013, for aiding and abetting the [13] suicide of his girlfriend, Jiah Khan. He made his Bollywood debut with Sunil Shetty's daughter Athiya Shetty in 2015 in the movie Hero .

Aditya Pancholi Indian actor

Aditya Pancholi is an Indian film actor, producer and playback singer who appears in Bollywood films. He started his career as a lead actor, though he found more success with supporting and villain roles and received a Filmfare nomination for the Best Performance in a Negative Role for Yes Boss (1997).

Jiah Khan British Indian actress

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Athiya Shetty Bollywood actress

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Dagger-14-plain.pngDenotes films that have not yet been released
1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq Prema Hindi
1975 Anokha Sudha ManchandaHindi
1975 Gajula Kishtayya Telugu
1976 Chitchor Geeta P. ChoudryHindi
1977 Gharaonda ChayaHindi
1977 Navarathinam Pushparagam, The Hindi actress Tamil
1977 Agar... If Anju A. AgarwalHindi
1978 Tumhare Liye RajnartakiHindi
1978 Madanolsavam Elizabeth Malayalam
1978 Anpadh JyotiHindi
1978 Amara Prema Jaya MalaTelugu
1978 Tumhare Liye RajnartakiHindi
1979 Gopal Krishna RadhaHindi
1979 Jeena Yahan Guest AppearanceHindi
1979 Salaam Memsaab RadhaHindi
1979 Sawan Ko Aane Do ChandramukhiHindi
1979 Naiyya GeetaHindi
1980 Chamaram InduMalayalam
1980 Naayattu BhavaniMalayalam
1980 Swattu RohiniMalayalam
1980 Mr. Michael Malayalam
1980 Pappu HerselfMalayalam
1980 Aakhri Insaaf Hindi
1980Hema HemeeluTelugu
1981Ek Aur Ek GyarahHirnibaiHindi
1981Aakhri MujraHindi
1981 Khoon Ki Takkar Hindi
1981 Ammakkorumma SindhuMalayalam
1981 Palangal UshaMalayalam
1982 Sara Varsham SavithaMalayalam
1982 Enthino Pookunna Pookal SavithriMalayalam
1982 Football CelineMalayalam
1982 Veedu SumiMalayalam
1982Maine Jeena Seekh LiyaReemaHindi
1982Shiv CharanHindi
1983kaivarisaijaisankar sisterTamil
1983Chor PoliceHindi
1983Lal ChunariyaaKaminiHindi
1983 Parasparam MeeraMalayalam
1984Hanste KhelteHindi
1984 Manasariyathe SindhuMalayalam
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli VinodiniMalayalam
1985 Choodatha Pookal SreedeviMalayalam
1985Hum NaujawanMeenakshiHindi
1986AmritSavitri SharmaHindi
1986DahleezJameela AliHindi
1987 Ee Bandha Anubandha lead role Kannada
1987Mera Yaar Mera DushmanHindi
1989ToofanMrs. Laxmi Gopal SharmaHindi
1992 Jai Kaali DivyaHindi
1995Mera DamadKimi/Sunita ChoudhryHindi
2004 Dil Maange More Shagun's motherHindi
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet ShantaHindi
2006Jaane Hoga KyaMrs. KrishnanHindi
2007Kaisay KaheinMrs. RaoHindi
2008Kabadi KabadiMalayalam
2009 Calendar Thankam JosephMalayalam
2010 Aagathan Malathi VarmaMalayalam
2010 My Name Is Khan Razia KhanHindi
2010 Rakta Charitra(Two parts)JayalakshmiHindi
2010 Telugu
2010 Raththa Sarithiram Tamil
2010 Malik Ek Shanti – Pralhad's MotherHindi
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu Abu's wife AishummaMalayalam
2011 Naayika HerselfMalayalam
2012 Agneepath Suhasini Chauhan (protagonist's mother)Hindi
2013 I, Me, aur Main Nisha SabharwalHindi
2013 Himmatwala SavitriHindi
2013 Vishwaroopam PsychiatristTamil
2013 Vishwaroopam PsychiatristHindi
2013 Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Chachi MoothedanMalayalam
2013 Olipporu Olipporali's MomMalayalam
2013 Club 60 Mrs. SinhaHindi
2013 Zila Ghaziabad Satbeer's motherHindi
2014 Bobby Jasoos SaidaHindi
2014 Love U Crazy Girl Khushi's MotherHindi
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Smita SanghaHindi
2016 Chalk n Duster Indu ShastryHindi
2016 Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa Mann's MotherHindi
2017 Viswasapoorvam Mansoor SairabanuMalayalam
2017 Thrissivaperoor Kliptham AmmachiMalayalam
2019Minnaminukalude AakashamMalayalam
2019And the Oscar Goes toMalayalam
2019PM Narendra ModiDagger-14-plain.pngMother [14] Hindi


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