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Born (1947-08-01) 1 August 1947 (age 74)
OccupationFilm actress
TV Actress
Years active1959–present
Spouse(s)Naeem Rizvi
ChildrenMadiha Rizvi (daughter)
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2020
Nigar 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. She has received a Nigar Award and Pride of Performance. She is referred as the "Pakistani Mona Liza".[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Deeba (Birth name: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.[1] 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]

She got a breakthrough in Charagh Jalta Raha (1962 film), a Fazal Karim Fazli film. Her performances in several films, such as Milan (1964), Khamosh Raho (1964), Aina (1966), Payal ki jhankar (1966), Doraha, 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.[2][1] She acted in several television plays in early 2000s.

Personal life[edit]

Childhood tragedy[edit]

Deeba, as a child, had lost her father, and then she got separated from her mother too in East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). She migrated to Karachi along with her guardian uncle and aunt. She didn't have any clue about the whereabouts of her mother till she started working in movies. In 1964, during the filming of her movie "Milan", her picture was published in a Dhaka film magazine. Her mother saw that picture and recognized her as her daughter Raheela. The Bengali writer Mohiuddin Nawab, who happened to be a neighbor of Deeba's mother in Dhaka, heard her story and wrote it to that magazine. When Deeba read about her mother in the magazine, she immediately looked for her estranged mother and soon found her. Later, she took her mother along with her to Lahore.[3][4]


Deeba married cameraman 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]

Pakistani Mona Lisa[edit]

Deeba's smiling face and innocent look have given rise to the tag "Pakistani Mona Lisa".[5][6]

List of television projects[edit]

Selected filmography[edit]

Title Released
Charagh Jalta Raha 1962
Mehboob 1962
Milan 1964
Payal Ki Jhankaar 1966
Aina 1966
Phir Subah Hogi 1967
Sangdil 1968
Behan Bhai 1968
Afsana 1970
Sajnan Door Dia 1970
Anjuman 1970
Neend Humari Khawab Tumharay 1971
Aansoo 1971
Zindgi Ek Safar Hai 1972
Ek Raat 1972
Shama 1974
Koshish 1976
Sadkey Teri Maut Ton 1977
Amber 1978
Nahin Abhi Nahin 1980
Qurbani 1981
Roti 1988
Sarmaya 1990
Watan Kay Rakhwalay 1991
International Luteray 1994
Pal Do Pal 1999

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ Omair Alavi (1 August 2017). "Happy Birthday Deeba - Samaa TV". Samaa TV News website. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  3. ^ "الفاظ کا دیوتا: محی الدین نواب – ڈاکٹر عبدالحی". Adbi Miras. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. ^ "فلمی و ادبی شخصیات کے سکینڈلز۔ ۔ ۔علی سفیان آفاقی". Roznama Pakistan. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  5. ^ "Fame and fidelity". Dawn (newspaper). 2 August 2007. Archived from the original on 15 May 2008. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  6. ^ "لالی وڈ کی مونا لیزا کہاں ہے؟". Roznama Duniya. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  7. ^ a b "Deeba Rizvi Received Pride Of Performance Award". Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  8. ^ "Veteran Actors Ghulam Mohiuddin and Deeba to Receive Pride of Performance Award". Box Office. Retrieved 10 September 2021.
  9. ^ Ibne Safi, Fehmida Riaz among 116 recipients of civil awards Dawn (newspaper), Published 14 August 2019, Retrieved 5 December 2021

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