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Sasha Agha

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Sasha Agha
Sasha Agha at the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 Pre-Awards party.jpg
Agha at the 59th Filmfare Awards 2013
Born Zara Agha Khan
(1992-01-01) 1 January 1992 (age 24)
London, England, UK
Nationality Pakistani British
Ethnicity Pashtun[1]
Occupation Actress, singer
Parent(s) Rehmat Khan (father)
Salma Agha (mother)
Relatives See Agha–Khan family

Sasha Agha (born Zara Agha Khan (Urdu: زارا آغا خان‎); 1 January 1992)[2] is a Pakistani British,[3] actress and singer, who has appeared in Hindi films. Born to the Agha–Khan family, she made her screen debut with a role in the 2013 Aditya Chopra romantic thriller Aurangzeb.[4]

Early life[edit]

Agha is the daughter of Pakistani squash player Rehmat Khan and British Pakistani singer Salma Agha,[5][6] being the granddaughter of Nasrullah Khan. Her parents divorced when she was about six or seven years old.[7] She has a younger brother, Liaqat Ali Khan, a gold medalist in badminton, one half-brother Tariq Khan, and two half-sisters Suraiya Khan and Natasha Khan (better known as Bat for Lashes, a British singer-songwriter). Her grandfather Jugal Kishore Mehra, great grandmother Zarina Ghaznavi, aunt Shaheena Ghaznavi, great grandfather Rafiq Ghaznavi and great grandmother Anwari Begum were all actors. Squash players Jahangir Khan and Torsam Khan are her paternal uncles and singers Sajid–Wajid are her maternal uncles. She is the grandniece of squash players Roshan Khan and Azam Khan, second niece of Sharif Khan and Aziz Khan, third cousin of Carla Khan, and distant relative of actors Karisma Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor, and Ranbir Kapoor.[1][8]

Agha lived in London until the age of seven before moving to India with her family. She studied at Jankidevi Public School in Mumbai till sixth grade. Later, the family moved in New Jersey, United States, where Agha completed tenth grade. When she was sixteen to eighteen years old, she lived in Dubai and studied at the Dubai American Scientific School.[1][9]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Agha made her film debut in Yash Raj's romantic thriller Aurangzeb, opposite Arjun Kapoor and Prithviraj Sukumaran.[10][11] The film revolves around twin brothers, who find themselves caught in a quagmire of sex and lies. The Times of India wrote about Agha's performance, "Sasha is petite, pug-nosed, and has a nice figure. But her portrayal of the golden-hearted whore, like the one Parveen Babi played in Deewaar, is insipid."[4]

Agha next appeared in Anand Kumar's 2014 romantic thriller Desi Kattey alongside Suniel Shetty, Jay Bhanushali and Tia Bajpai. She portrayed a physiotherapist, Paridhi Rathore.[12] The film received negative reviews, with Agha described as "nothing more than arm candy".[13]

Music[edit]

Agha's main vocal influence was her mother, who she said was "passionate about singing", and helped develop her interest in it. She used her vocal talent early in her school life. Her first recording, the song "Barbaadiyaan", appeared along with Ram Sampath in the 2013 film Aurangzeb. The song received mixed reviews from critics, becoming a commercial success in India.[14]

In the media[edit]

FHM (India) ranked Sasha at #29 on 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013.[15]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Aurangzeb Ritu Debut Bollywood Film
Also playback singer for song "Barbaadiyaan" with Ram Sampath
2014 Desi Kattey Paridhi Rathore
2015 Ek Nikkah Aur TBA Pre-production[16]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Interview for Harper's Bazaar". Retrieved 26 October 2013. 
  2. ^ Agha, Sasha (16 June 2013). "1st jan 1992". Twitter. Retrieved 8 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Twitter". 12 May 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Aurangzeb movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  5. ^ Seema Sinha (4 September 2012). "Salma Agha's daughter Sasha bags Yashraj's film". The Times of India. Retrieved 24 November 2014. 
  6. ^ Sashaa Agha Biography, Sashaa Agha Profile. Dhantenan.com. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  7. ^ DailyTube – Sashaa Agha – Wiki Article. Dailytube4u.com (29 July 2013). Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor to root for cousin Sasha Agha's Aurangzeb". Daily Bhaskar. 
  9. ^ Radhakrishnan, Manjusha (13 May 2013). "Dubai girl Sasheh Aagha makes Bollywood debut". Gulf News. 
  10. ^ PHOTOS: Arjun Kapoor romances debutante Sasha Agha in Aurangzeb Photo Gallery, Picture News Gallery – The Indian Express. Archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Sasha Agha makes Arjun Kapoor jittery during lovemaking scene". NDTV. 29 November 2012. 
  12. ^ "Bollywood releases this week". Hindustan Times. 25 September 2014. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  13. ^ Hebbar, Prajakta (26 September 2014). "'Desi Kattey' review: The film is sordid and a painfully long affair". IBNLive.com. Retrieved 26 February 2015. 
  14. ^ "Watch: 'Barbadiyaan', a club track from 'Aurangzeb' featuring Arjun Kapoor, Sasha Agha". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 15 September 2015. 
  15. ^ "FHM India's 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013: The full list!". Retrieved 27 October 2013. 
  16. ^ "Sasha Agha to Act in Her Mother's Sequel Bollywood Movie". Pakistan Media Updates. 19 November 2014. Retrieved 15 March 2016.