Zeba Bakhtiar

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Zeba Bakhtiar
Zeba Bakhtiar at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010.jpg
Zeba Bakhtiar at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010
Born Zeba Bakhtiar
(1962-11-05) November 5, 1962 (age 52)[1]
Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Residence Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Religion Islam

Salman Valliani (m.-1982) Javed Jaffrey (1989 - 1990) Adnan Sami (1993 - 1997) (divorced)

Sohail Khan Leghari (Current)

Zeba Bakhtiar (Urdu: زيبا بختيار‎; born November 5, 1965[2] is a Pakistani film and television actress, and television series director. She made her television debut with a PTV drama play, Anarkali. She gained a lot of fame through her Bollywood debut, Henna. She also gained media attention due to her marriage with Adnan Sami and the subsequent custody battles of her son.

Early life[edit]

Bakhtiar was born in Quetta, Pakistan to Yahya Bakhtiar, a lawyer from Quetta,[3] former Attorney General of Pakistan and a close confidant of late Prime minister of Pakistan Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and his Iranian wife. Bakhtiar has lived her entire life in Pakistan and in an interview stated, "I consider myself Pakistani but I also respect my roots". She has two brothers, both doctors by profession living in the U.S.A, and a sister who is a corporate lawyer. She is of Pakistani, Bakhtiari and Hungarian ancestry.

Bakhtiar got her initial education from a convent school in Quetta, Pakistan, and then attended Kinnaird College in Lahore, from where she was expelled. Although she was brought up in a very conservative environment, she never thought of becoming an actress and stated that it was all by chance she became an actress.

Acting career[edit]

Bakhtiar's performance in the TV play Anarkali, a sad love story, won her critical acclaim in Pakistan's entertainment world. The role of Anarkali helped prepare her for her big screen debut with the hit movie Henna (1991), produced and directed by Randhir Kapoor in India. Her work in Henna was widely appreciated, but it was her performance in the Pakistani film Sargam (1995) that won her the prestigious Nigar Award in Pakistan.

Bakhtiar also appeared in movies such as Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (1994), Stuntman (1994), Jai Vikraanta (1995) which were all box office duds in India. She then returned to Pakistan in films like Muqadama (1996), Chief Sahib (1996), Qaid (1996) and Babu (2001). She attempted to direct a movie called Babu, in (2001) which proved to be another Box Office disaster. Apart from movies, Bakhtiar often took starring roles in major television serials, in which she brought new levels of intensity with her performances. For instance, in Laag she gave a memorable performance as the leader of the 'Kashmiri Independence Movement'. Her portrayal of a handicapped girl in Pehli See Mohabbat was just mind-boggling as were her performances in the Lollywood films Kundi and Sargam.

She will return to television with a promiment role in Haissam Hussain's adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq's novel Bin Roye Ansuu which stars Humayun Saeed, Mahira Khan and Armeena Rana Khan.

Personal life[edit]

Zeba Bakhtiar has been married five times. She was married to Salman Valliani and they divorced. Then she married to a man in Quetta from whom she has a daughter named Bobby. The daughter was adopted by Zeba's sister. She then married to Javed Jaffrey and separated from him. Zeba denied her marriage with Javed Jaffrey in media but later he produced their Nikahnama (Marriage certificate) before the media and in the courts of India. Bakhtiar then married singer Adnan Sami but divorced in 1997. They have a son together named Azaan. Bakhtiar was also married to Sohail Khan Leghari.[4]


Year Film Role
1991 Henna Henna
1991 Deshwasi
1994 Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo Poonam Singh
1994 Stuntman
1995 Jai Vikranta NIRMALA VERMA
1995 Sargam Zeb-O-Nisa
1996 Muqadama Chanchal Singh
1996 Qaid KHUSHBOO
2001 Babu
2014 O21 as Producer
2015 Bin Roye


  • Anarkali
  • Tansen
  • Laag
  • Mulaqat

Abke Hum Bichre to Shayad

  • Muqaddas
  • Mehmaan
  • Shehr e Dil Ke Darwaze
  • Moum
  • Masuri
  • Aye Mere Pyar Ki Khushboo
  • Ishq
  • Samjhauta Express
  • Hazaron Saal
  • Be Imaan
  • Takoun
  • Bin Roye Aansoo (Upcoming)
  • Aablapaa

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