|Born||Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India|
|Spouse(s)||Aditya Pancholi (1986–present)|
Zarina Wahab is an Indian actress who was critically acclaimed for starring roles, such as in Chit Chor and Gopal Krishna in the 1970s. She has also appeared in Malayalam films including the critically acclaimed Madanolsavam, Chamaram, Palangal and Adaminte Makan Abu.
Wahab was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. She is fluent in Telugu (her mother tongue), Urdu, Hindi and English. She was trained at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Wahab has two sisters and one brother.
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. She was usually cast as the middle-class, natural beauty. Wahab appeared in Basu Chatterjee's Chit Chor (1976). Apart from it, she worked in Amol Palekar-Vijayendra starrer 'Agar', followed by Raj Babbar starrer 'Zajbaat', Arun Govil starrer 'Sawan Ko Aane Do', Vikram Starrer 'Raees Zada' etc. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Actress for her role in Gharonda (1977). She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam films.
Wahab made a comeback to Malayalam films with Calendar, in 2009. She has continued to act in Malayalam movies, most notably movies like Adaminte Makan Abu. She appeared in My Name Is Khan as the mother of Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's character).
Wahab currently plays older roles in television serials.
Wahab met actor Aditya Pancholi on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika. 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. Wahab's daughter is an actress. Her son, Suraj, was arrested in June, 2013, for aiding and abetting the suicide of his girlfriend, Jiah Khan.
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq||Prema||Hindi|
|1976||Chitchor||Geeta P. Choudry||Hindi|
|1977||Agar... If||Anju A. Agarwal||Hindi|
|1979||Jeena Yahan||Guest Appearance||Hindi|
|1979||Sawan Ko Aane Do||Rani||Hindi|
|1981||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah||Hindi|
|1982||Enthino Pookunna Pookal||Savithri||Malayalam|
|1982||Maine Jeena Seekh Liya||Reema||Hindi|
|1985||Punnaram Cholli Cholli||Malayalam|
|1987||Ee Bandha Anubandha||lead role||Kannada|
|1987||Mera Yaar Mera Dushman||Hindi|
|1989||Toofan||Mrs. Laxmi Gopal Sharma||Hindi|
|1995||Mera Damad||Kimi/Sunita Choudhry||Hindi|
|2004||Dil Maange More||Shagun's mother||Hindi|
|2005||Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Shanta||Hindi|
|2006||Jaane Hoga Kya||Mrs. Krishnan||Hindi|
|2007||Kaisay Kahein||Mrs. Rao||Hindi|
|2010||My Name Is Khan||Razia Khan||Hindi|
|2010||Rakta Charitra||Pratap Ravi's Mother||Hindi|
|2010||Adaminte Makan Abu||Abu's wife Aishumma||Malayalam|
|2010||Malik Ek||Shanti – Pralhad's Mother||Hindi|
|2012||Agneepath||Suhasini Chauhan (protagonist's mother)||Hindi|
|2013||I, Me, aur Main||Nisha Sabharwal||Hindi|
|2013||Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha||Chachi Moothedan||Malayalam|
|2013||Club 60||Mrs. Sinha||Hindi|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Hindi|
- Maayka (Zee TV soap) as Mohini Malhotra (the mother of Soni, Mahi, Raji and Prince)
- Zaara – Pyaar Ki Saugat (Sahara One Soap) as Sana Khan Amir's stepmother
- Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli as Pratibha (Karan's mother)
- Virrudh- Vasudha mother( Sony TV)
- Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon as sultans mother
- Ek Kiran Roshni Ki on DD National as Roshni's mother
- FIRas Bajrang Pandey's mother
Awards & Nominations
- Winner: The Global Indian Film And Television Honors for Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Female (2011) for My Name Is Khan
- Nominated: Screen Award for Best Actress In A Supporting Role (2011) for Rakht Charitra – I
- Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Actress In An Ensemble Cast (2011) for My Name Is Khan
- Nominated: Stardust Award for Best Actress In An Ensemble Cast (2011) for Rakht Charitra – I
- Nominated: Filmfare Award for Best Actress (1977) for Gharonda
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- "Jiah Khan's Boyfriend Suraj Pancholi Arrested on Suspicion of Abetting Her Suicide". People Magazine. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 June 2013.