Farah (actress)

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Farah Naaz
Born Farah Naaz Hashmi
(1968-12-09) 9 December 1968 (age 48)
Hyderabad, Telangana, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1984–98
Spouse(s) Vindu Dara Singh
Sumeet Saigal
Children 1

Farah Naaz commonly credited as Farah is a Bollywood actress of the 1980s and early 1990s. Her landmark films were Imaandaar (1987), Hamara Khandaan (1987), Woh Phir Aayegi (1988), Naqab (1989),[1] Yateem (1989), Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri (1990), Begunaah (1991), Bhai Ho To Aisa (1995) and Sautela Bhai (1996). She retired from acting at the peak of her career in 1990 at the age of 22,[2] though later did some television serials. She worked with almost all of the top actors of her time, including Rajesh Khanna, Rishi Kapoor, Sanjay Dutt, Sunny Deol, Anil Kapoor, Jackie Shroff, Mithun, Govinda, Aditya Pancholi and Aamir Khan.

Early life and background[edit]

Farah was born in Hyderabad, India. She is the niece of Shabana Azmi and the elder sister of Tabu.[3][4]


Farah made her debut in 1985 with Yash Chopra's Faasle opposite Mahendra Kapoor's son Rohan Kapoor.[5] Although Faasle was a disaster, Farah got many other big offers like Shakti Samanta's Palay Khan, K.C Bokadia's Naseeb Apna Apna and Pran Lal Mehta's Love 86.

She was part of hits like Marte Dam Tak, Naseeb Apna Apna, Love 86,[6] Imaandaar, Ghar Ghar Ki Kahani, Diljalaa, Rakhwala, Hamara Khandaan, Woh Phir Aayegi, Veeru Dada, Baap Numbri Beta Dus Numbri, Begunaah and Muqabla. J.P Dutta's Yateem got her critical acclaim, and it was one of her performance-oriented roles, along with films such as Faasle, Naqaab, Khatarnaak and Pati Patni Aur Tawaif, although they were commercial failures. Her performance in hit films – Woh Phir Aayegi and Begunaah were critically acclaimed. In the 1990s, she worked with Aamir Khan in two films, Jawani Zindabad and Isi Ka Naam Zindagi,[7] but both flopped at box office. She was signed for Khuda Gawah and she shot for few scenes, but due to delays in production, she was later replaced with Shilpa Shirodkar. However, till date, her role in Ranjeet's Kaarnama opposite Vinod Khanna, Woh Phir Aayegi, Begunaah are considered her best roles ever offered to her. By the same time, she got married to Dara Singh's son Vindu Dara Singh.

Farah then started playing supporting roles in films like Muqabla, Dhartiputra and Izzat Ki Roti. Muqabla was very successful but later her other films between 1993–1996 were not successful though Sautela Bhai was critically acclaimed. She later switched to television and did serials such as Amar Prem, Andaz, Ahaa (all three produced by Himesh Reshammiya), Vailayiti Babu and Papa. Farah was also planning a mega serial called Taqdeer, but shelved the project. She returned to films in 2004 with Hulchul.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Farah was married to actor Vindu Dara Singh, with whom she has a son Fateh Randhawa. The couple have divorced.[9] She later remarried fellow Bollywood and television actor Sumeet Saigal.[10]



  1. ^ "B'wood's disappearing divas". Times of India. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "16 Bollywood Actresses Who Mysteriously Vanished". Eros Now. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "When Tabu was a gawky teen". Rediff. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  4. ^ "Tabu: Lesser known facts". The Times of India. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  5. ^ "Ruhan Kapoor enthralls India's judicial elite with a live performance in Delhi". The Times of India. 8 January 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Deedwania, Bapu (11 February 2011). "Actress Farah Naaz sues TV channel". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Jawani Zindabad (1990) . IMDb
  8. ^ Hulchul (2004) Hulchul (2004). IMDb
  9. ^ IANS (27 December 2009). "'I hope I'm as lucky as Shilpa'". NDTV Movies. Retrieved 2011-06-13. [permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "Tabu holds 'Haider' screening for close friends". Deccan Chronicle. 2 October 2014. Retrieved 7 May 2016. 
  11. ^ "Hijack [1995]". Malayalasangeetham. Archived from the original on 5 July 2015. 

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