Salma Agha

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Salma Agha
Salma Agha at an event in 2011
Born Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Citizenship British Indian[1]
Occupation Singer, actress, producer
Spouse(s) Rahmat Khan (m. 1989; div. 2010)
Manzar Shah (m. 2011)
Children 2 (including Sasha Agha)
Relatives See Agha–Khan family

Salma Agha is a Pakistani-born British singer and actress who sang as well as acted in Hindi language films of India in the 1980s and the early 1990s. She was born in Karachi and raised in London, where she received several film offers from Indian directors. Her first film was the romance Nikaah, for which she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award from four nominations and was also nominated in the Best Actress category.

Early life and career[edit]

Agha was born in Karachi, Pakistan to Nasreen (born as Zarina Ghaznavi) and Liaqat Gul Agha and raised in London[2] Her father was a successful businessman dealing in rugs. Her grandparents are actor Jugal Kishore Mehra and actress Anwari Begum, who starred in the original Heer Ranjha (1932). Her maternal grandfather Rafiq Ghaznavi was ethnic Pashtun, and an Indian actor and musician. Nasreen was later adopted by Jugul Kishore Mehra, who converted to Islam and took on the name Ahmed Salman. Jugul Kishore Mehra was the cousin of Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor.[3][4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Salma Agha looks directly to the camera
Agha at the Dadasaheb Phalke Award in 2010

Salma Agha had a long time relationship with London based businessman Ayaz Sipra. Salma Agha was briefly married to Pakistani actor Javed Sheikh in early 80s. After divorce from Javed Sheikh, Salma Agha was married to Pakistani squash player Rahmat Khan in 1989. They have two children together – Sasha Agha and Liaqat Ali Khan. In 2010, they got divorced. Agha got married to Manzar Shah, a businessman based in Dubai, in 2011.

In January 2017, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh announced that Salma Agha would get Overseas Citizenship of India[6] given to foreign citizens of Indian origin, facilitating her travel and residence in India without applying for a visa each time and without periodically reporting to police during her stay (as required of other foreigners).[7]

She stays in Mumbai, where her daughter, Sasha is acting in Bollywood films, while her husband lives in Dubai. Salma Agha revealed to Filmfare in 2013 that she is not from Pakistan. Her father, a precious stones and antiques businessman, was from Amritsar, India, who settled in London.[3]


Year Title Role Notes
1982 Nikaah Nilofar Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Actress
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1984 Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Leena Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Female Playback Singer
1985 Salma Salma Banarasi
1985 Oonche Log Poonam Singh
1986 Bhabi Dian Choorian Aamna
1988 Jungle Ki Beti Jungle Queen
1988 Paanch Fauladi Julie
1988 Mahaveera Don's dancer
1990 Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Gauri
1991 Meet Mere Man Ke Jyoti
1996 Gehra Raaz
2010 Bachao – Inside Bhoot Hai...
2016 Hijrat Feriha Pakistani film


Songs Film Co-singer
"Dil Ke Armaan" Nikaah Solo
"Dil Ki Yeh Arzoo Thi" Nikaah Mahendra Kapoor
"Chehra Chupa Liya Hai" Nikaah Asha Bhosle, Mahendra Kapoor
"Faza Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan" Nikaah Solo
"Tu Mera Kya Lage" Oonche Log Kishore Kumar
"Shah-E-Madina" Salma Solo
"Tarasti Hain Deedar Ko" Salma Anwar
"Zindagi Tere Dar Pe" Salma Solo
"Kehna Na Tum Yeh Kisise" Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Mohammed Aziz
"Mujhe Log Kehte Hain" Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Solo
"Teri Mohhabbat Meri Jawani" Pati Patni Aur Tawaif Mohammed Aziz
"Mera Naam Salma" Aap Ke Saath Solo
"Chumma Chumma" Pataal Bhairavi Solo
"Ae Mere Mehboob" Salma Shabbir Kumar
"Kaahe Baithe Ho" Salma Penaz Masani
"Come Closer" Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Solo
"Dance Dance" Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Bappi Lahiri
"Jeena Bhi Kya Hai Jeena" Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki Bappi Lahiri
"Pyar Ek Nasha Hai" Kanwarlal Solo
"Pehla Pehla Pyaar Na Bhoole" Mazdoor Solo

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Seema Sinha, TNN 4 September 2012, 10.05 am IST (4 September 2012). "Salma Agha's daughter Sasha bags Yashraj's film". The Times of India (newspaper). Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  2. ^ Farhana Farook. "Salma Agha: What's the Big Deal if I Married Twice?". IDIVA Entertainment website. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Farhana Farook (4 March 2013). "What's the big deal if I married twice?". website. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  4. ^ "Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor to root for cousin Sasha Agha's Aurangzeb". Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  5. ^ "Star of The Week-Kareena Kapoor". 30 October 2002. Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  6. ^ "Salma Agha to get Overseas Citizen of India card". The Times of India (newspaper). Retrieved 18 June 2018. 
  7. ^ Pakistani singer Salma Agha to get lifelong Indian visa Dawn (newspaper), Published 31 May 2016, Retrieved 18 June 2018

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