From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search


(1947-08-01) 1 August 1947 (age 73)
OccupationFilm actress
TV Actress
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Naeem Rizvi
ChildrenMadiha Rizvi (daughter)
AwardsNigar Awards:
Special Award for Sajna Door Diya (1970) (a Punjabi film)

Deeba (Urdu: دِیبا‎), is a Pakistani film actress. She was one of the leading film actresses during the 1960s and 1970s, well-known for her romantic and tragic roles in Urdu and Punjabi films.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Raheela was born at Ranchi, Bihar, British India on 1 August 1947. In the 1950s, she was living with her married sister near Karachi Cantt. Station (a railway station) in a slum area of Karachi.[2] She started her career as a child actress in the film Faisla (1959) and was nicknamed "Chutanki" as she was still a little girl.[1][2]

She got a breakthrough in Charagh Jalta Raha (1962 film), a Fazal Karim Fazli film.[1] Her performances in several films, such as Milan (1964), Khamosh Raho (1964), Aina (1966), Payal ki jhankar (1966), Doraha (1967 film), Sangdil (1968), Dard (1969), Sajna Door Diya (1970), Neend hamarey khuwab tumharey (1971), Ansoo (1971), Pardes (1972), and Seeta Maryam Margaret (1978) have won critical acclaim. She played many supporting characters, including on-screen mother in several films throughout most of the 1980s and 1990s.[3][2]

She received a Nigar Best Actress award for the Punjabi film Sajna door diya in 1970. Her smiling face and innocent look have given rise to the description "Pakistani Mona Lisa".[1][4]

Deeba married camera man Naeem Rizvi in 1971 and left silver-screen for 10 years. However, financial hardships made her join the Pakistani film industry again in 1987 as a supporting actress.[1][2][3]

She acted in several television plays in early 2000s.

List of television projects[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Released
Sadkey Teri Maut Ton 1977
Roti 1988
Sarmaya 1990
Watan Kay Rakhwalay 1991
International Luteray 1994
Pal Do Pal 1999

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Nigar Award (Special Award for Deeba) in 1970 for Sajna Door Diya (1970 film)[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Profile of Deeba on website Published 27 September 2009, Retrieved 24 June 2020
  2. ^ a b c d e "Profile of Deeba". Pakistan Film Magazine website. 17 August 2004. Archived from the original on 5 March 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  3. ^ a b Omair Alavi (1 August 2017). "Happy Birthday Deeba - Samaa TV". Samaa TV News website. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Fame and fidelity". Dawn (newspaper). 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  5. ^ Nigar Award for Deeba in 1970 on website Published 13 May 2010, Retrieved 24 June 2020

External links[edit]