Zarina Wahab

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Zarina Wahab
Zarina Wahab at the Stardust Awards 2016 (01) (cropped).jpg
Wahab at the Stardust Awards in 2016
Born (1959-07-17) 17 July 1959 (age 61)
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress
Years active1974–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1986)
ChildrenSooraj Pancholi
Sana Pancholi

Zarina Wahab (born 17 July 1959) is an Indian actress who predominantly worked in Hindi and Malayalam films. Known for critically acclaimed roles in Chitchor and Gopal Krishna in Bollywood and in Malayalam Cinema with films like Madanolsavam, Chamaram, Palangal and Adaminte Makan Abu. She is better known for her motherly roles in the 2000s decade and on, earning rave reviews for her performances.

Early life[edit]

Wahab was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh into a Muslim family. She is fluent in Telugu,[1] Urdu, Hindi and English. She was trained at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune.[2] Wahab has three sisters and one brother.

Career[edit]

After receiving negative feedback about her appearance from film producer Raj Kapoor, Wahab worked on her appearance and attended film parties and events. She eventually got noticed and was cast in films.[3] She was usually cast as the middle-class girl after her first leading role in Basu Chatterjee's Chit Chor (1976) in movies like Agar, Jazbaat, Sawan Ko Aane Do, and Raees Zada. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award in the Best Actress category for Gharonda (1977).[4] She has acted in many Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, films. Wahab made a comeback to Malayalam films with Calendar, in 2009[5] and has continued to act in Malayalam movies. She is still remembered for her role in the critically acclaimed Adaminte Makan Abu.[6] She also appeared in My Name Is Khan as the mother of Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's character).[7] Wahab currently plays older roles in television serials.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Wahab met actor Aditya Pancholi on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika.[9] They married in 1986 and have a daughter, Sana and a son, Sooraj. News of their turbulent marriage, her husband's temper and rumors of infidelity have been in the gossip columns.[10][11] Wahab's daughter is an actress.[12] Her son, Suraj, was arrested in June 2013, in connection with the death of Jiah Khan.[13] He made his Bollywood debut with Sunil Shetty's daughter Athiya Shetty in 2015 in the movie Hero.

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Language Notes
1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq Prema Hindi
1975 Anokha Sudha Manchanda
Gajula Kishtayya Radha Telugu
1976 Chitchor Geeta P. Choudry Hindi
Raeeszada Julie
1977 Gharaonda Chaya
Navarathinam Pushparagam, The Hindi actress Tamil
Agar... If Anju A. Agarwal Hindi
1978 Tumhare Liye Rajnartaki
Madanolsavam Elizabeth Malayalam
Anpadh Jyoti Hindi
Amara Prema Jaya Mala Telugu
Tumhare Liye Rajnartaki Hindi
1979 Gopal Krishna Radha
Jeena Yahan Sushma
Guest Appearance
Salaam Memsaab Radha
Sawan Ko Aane Do Chandramukhi
Naiyya Geeta
Do Hawaldar Paro
1980 Chamaram Indu Malayalam
Naayattu Bhavani
Swattu Rohini
Mr. Michael Lilly
Prathishta
Pappu Herself
Sitara Dhaniya/Sarita Hindi
Aakhri Insaaf
Taxi Chor Ruby
Hema Hemeelu Seeta Telugu
Jazbaat Sapna/Sangeeta Hindi
1981 Ek Aur Ek Gyarah Hirnibai
Roohi Sajjo/Roohi
Aakhri Mujra Sitara
Paanch Qaidi Shanti
Khoon Ki Takkar Rajju
Ammakkorumma Sindhu Malayalam
Palangal Usha
1982 Sara Varsham Savitha
Enthino Pookunna Pookal Savithri
Football Celine
Veedu Sumi
Barrister Hindi
Tadap Shaila
Maine Jeena Seekh Liya Reema
Shiv Charan Bijili
1983 Kaivarisai Jaisankar's sister Tamil
Dard-E-Dil Reshma Hindi
Chor Police Anjana
Paanchwin Manzil Meena
Lal Chunariyaa Kamini
Parasparam Meera Malayalam
1984 Hanste Khelte Meena Hindi
Manasariyathe Sindhu Malayalam
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Vinodini
Choodatha Pookal Sreedevi
Hum Naujawan Meenakshi Hindi
1986 Amrit Savitri Sharma
Adhikar Rita
Inteqam Ki Aag Seema
Dahleez Jameela Ali
1987 Ee Bandha Anubandha Kannada
Maashuka Hindi
Dozakh Dancer
Mera Yaar Mera Dushman
1989 Toofan Mrs. Laxmi Gopal Sharma
1992 Jai Kaali Divya
1995 Mera Damad Kimi/Sunita Choudhry
2001 Zindagi Geeta
2004 Dil Maange More!!! Kavita (Nikhil's Aunt & Shagun's Mother)
2005 Kisna: The Warrior Poet Shanta
2006 Jaane Hoga Kya Mrs. Krishnan
Prateeksha Kunti
2007 Kaisay Kahein Mrs. Rao
2008 Kabadi Kabadi Malayalam
2009 Calendar Thankam Joseph
2010 Aagathan Malathi Varma
My Name Is Khan Razia Khan Hindi
Rakta Charitra Jayalakshmi
Telugu
Rakta Charitra 2 Hindi
Telugu
Khilafath Malayalam
Malik Ek Shanti, Pralhad's Mother Hindi
2011 Adaminte Makan Abu Aishumma, Abu's wife Malayalam
Naayika Herself
2012 Agneepath Suhasini Chauhan Hindi
2013 I, Me, aur Main Nisha Sabharwal
Himmatwala Savitri
Vishwaroopam Psychiatrist Tamil
Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha Chachi Moothedan Malayalam
Olipporu Olipporali's mother
Club 60 Mrs. Sinha Hindi
Zila Ghaziabad Satbeer's mother
2014 Bobby Jasoos Saida
Love U Crazy Girl Khushi's mother
2015 Dil Dhadakne Do Smita Sangha
2016 Chalk n Duster Indu Shastry
Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa Mann's mother
Anbendraale Amma Mother Tamil Short film
2017 Viswasapoorvam Mansoor Sairabanu Malayalam
Thrissivaperoor Kliptham Ammachi
Jia Aur Jia Jia Grewal's mother Hindi
The Door Mother
2019 Minnaminukalude Aakasham Malayalam
The Last Meal Mother Hindi
And the Oscar Goes To... Ummukulsu Malayalam
Priyapettavar Menon's mother Photo only
PM Narendra Modi Hiraben Modi Hindi
One Day: Justice Delivered Abdul's mom
Junction Varanasi Mamta
Mudda 370 J&K Suraj's mother
2020 Mai Gayatri Jadhav Lawyer
Main Mulayam Singh Yadav Mulayam's mother
The Lovers Nithya's mother
The Waiting Mehak
Street Dancer 3D Amrinder's Mother
Lalitham Sundaram Malayalam
2021 Mera Fauji Calling Maa ji Hindi
Virata Parvam TBA Telugu Filming

Television[edit]

Year Serial Role Channel Notes
1999 Naya Zamana Dr.Shubhada Singh ,Principal of College Zee Tv
2000 Babul Ki Duwayen Leti Jaa Prof Nafisa Siddiqui
Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi Tulsi's Childhood friend Star Plus
2001-2003 Heena Nagma Begum Sony Entertainment Television
2002 Kammal Rini Sanyaal Zee Tv
2004 Tumhari Disha Suhasini Vijayendra Bhonsale
2005 Kohinoor Mrs Kohli, Iravati Mom Sahara One
2006 Zaara-Pyar Ki Saugat Sana Khan -Aamir stepmother
FIR Bajrang Pandey's Mother SAB TV
Kashmakash Zindagi Ki Pooja's Mother DD National
2007 Virrudh Vasudha Mother Sony Entertainment Television
2009 Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli Pratibha Jagmohan Prasad Zee Tv Later that Character was Played by Natasha Sinha and after that Surbhi Tiwari
2012 Savdhaan India Rajjo (Episode no 732) Star Bharat Only One Episode
Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein Mahendra Pratap Mother Star Plus
Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon Meera Malik Sultan Mother Colors TV
2016 Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai Ketki Gaikwad & TV



Television[edit]

  • Ek Kiran Roshni Ki on DD National as Roshni's mother
  • Zindagi...Ek Bhanwar on DD National as Sharda Baldev Singh
  • Love Life & Screw Ups Season 2 as Honey

Awards and nominations[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Inspiring story of Zarina Wahab: Wonder Woman - Who are you today?". intoday.in. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
  2. ^ "First batch looks back at good old days TNN". The Times of India. 21 March 2010.
  3. ^ Zarina Wahab. Parinda.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  4. ^ 1st Filmfare Awards 1953. Deep750.googlepages.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  5. ^ "Profile of Malayalam Actor Zarina Wahab". En.msidb.org. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Adaminte Makan Abu [2011]". En.msidb.org. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
  7. ^ Another Addition to the Cast of My Name Is Khan Archived 11 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  8. ^ The Sunday Tribune – Spectrum – Television. Tribuneindia.com (2004-02-08). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  9. ^ The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Chandigarh Stories. Tribuneindia.com (2003-10-30). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  10. ^ Adityas rishta with Kangana Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2006-05-03). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  11. ^ DNA – After Hrs – ‘I have a short memory for bad things’ – Daily News & Analysis. Dnaindia.com (2006-07-03). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  12. ^ City Times – To be or not to be... like mum?. Khaleejtimes.com (2007-03-23). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
  13. ^ "Jiah Khan's Boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi Arrested on Suspicion of Abetting Her Suicide". People Magazine. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 June 2013.

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