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Nafisa Ali at the premiere of the film Lahore
18 January 1957
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Other names||Nafisa Ali Sodhi|
|Occupation||Actress, model, Politician|
Nafisa Ali was born to photographer, Ahmed Ali, son of S. Wajid Ali and brother of Zaib-un-Nissa Hamidullah. She hails from Kolkata, West Bengal. Her mother's name is Philomena Torresan, who is now settled in Australia.
Her husband is the renowned Polo player and Arjuna awardee, retired Col R.S. Sodhi. After marriage she chose to be a wife and take care of her three children: daughters Armana, Pia and son Ajit. After a break of 18 years she returned to the film industry.
Nafisa Ali has accomplishments in several fields. She was the national swimming champion from 1972-1974. She won the Miss India title in 1976 and was runner-up at the Miss International contest in 1977. Ali was also a jockey at the Calcutta Gymkhana in 1979.
She has acted in several Bollywood films, the notable ones being Junoon (1979) with Shashi Kapoor and Major Saab with Amitabh Bachchan (1998), Bewafaa (2005) and Life In A... Metro with Dharmendra in 2007. Recently she also appeared in Yamla Pagla Deewana (2010).
Nafisa Ali contested the 2004 Lok Sabha elections unsuccessfully from South Kolkata.
She then rejoined the Congress party in November 2009 and apologised to Sonia Gandhi for contesting on the SP ticket.
In September 2005, she was appointed the chairperson of the Children's Film Society of India (CFSI).
- Nafisa Ali at the Internet Movie Database
- An interview with Nafisa Ali
- A write-up on Nafisa Ali
- Nafeesa Ali's website