Zarina Wahab

Zarina Wahab's Biography
Zarina Wahab

Name: Zarina Wahab

Birthdate: 17th of July, 1959

Zodiac: Cancer

Marital Status: In the year 1986, Zarina Wahab tied the knot to actor Aditya Pancholi whom she had met during the shooting of ‘Kalank Ka Tika’. Together they have a son by the name of Suraj and a daughter called Sana.


1) In the year 2011, Zarina had won herself the prestigious Global Indian Film and Television Honours award in the Best Actor in a Supporting role (Female) category for her performance in the Shahrukh Khan starrer ‘My Name Is Khan’, directed by Karan Johar.

2) The very same year, she was nominated for the Screen Award in the Best Supporting Actress category for the film ‘Rakht Charitra – I’, directed by Ram Gopal Varma.

3) She had also earned nominations for the Stardust Best Actress in an Ensemble Cast award for her performances in the films ‘My Name is Khan’ and ‘Rakht Charitra- I’.

4) In 1977, Zarina was nominated for the prestigious Filmfare Best Actress Award for her role in the Bhimsain Khurana directed ‘Gharaonda’.

Biography: Zarina Wahab was born on the 17th of July, 1959 in an Andhra Muslim background in the Indian port city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. She is well versed in several languages such as Hindi, English, Urdu and Telegu. She had also undergone training at the renowned Film and Television Institute of India (also known as FTII) situated in Pune.

Initially when she had met director Raj Kapoor at the FTII, she did not receive good compliments as such as Raj Kapoor was not impressed with Zarina’s looks. This led her to work on her appearance and she also started attending various film parties and numerous other events in the industry. Eventually this paid off and she was given a role in the 1974 Dev Anand directed ‘Ishq Ishq Ishq’.

She had her first hit in the year 1976 when she starred in Basu Chatterjee’s romantic musical flick titled ’Chitchor’ starring Amol Palekar and Zarina Wahab herself. Apart from Hindi films he had done numerous films in various languages like Malayalam, Tamil and Telegu. She appeared in the 1977 film called ‘Gharaonda’, directed by Bhimsain Khurana and starring Zarina Wahab herself along with Jalal Agha, Amol Palekar and Dr. Shreeram Lagoo. She had received a Filmfare Best Actress nomination for her performance in this film.

In the year 2009, she made a comeback in the realm of Malayalam films with the romantic film ‘Calendar’ directed by Mahesh and starring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Navya Nair. Next year she played the role of Rizwan Khan’s mother in the Karan Johar directed ‘My Name is Khan’.

Presently Zarina has been appearing in various roles in numerous television serials like ‘Maayka’, ‘Zaara’, ‘Virrudh’ and ‘Yahaan Mein Ghar Ghar Kheli’.

One of her upcoming releases include the Kapil Sharma directed Bollywood romantic drama titled ‘I, Me Aur Main’, starring herself along with Chitrangada Singh, Prachi Desai and John Abraham.

Some of her filmography includes ‘Ishq Ishq Ishq’, ‘Anokha’, ‘Gajula Kishtayya’, ‘Chitchor’, ‘Gharaonda’, ‘Navarathinam’, ‘Agar… If’, ‘Tumhare Liye’, ‘Mandanolsavam’, ‘Anpadh’, ‘Gopal Krishna’, ‘Jeena Yahan’, ‘Salaam Memsaab’, ‘Sawan Ko Aane Do’, ‘Naiyya’, ‘Chamaram’, ‘Naayattu’, ‘Sitara’, ‘Aakhri Insaaf’, ‘Hema Hemeelu’, ‘Jazbat’, ‘Ek Aur Ek Gyarah’, ‘Roohi’, ‘Aakhri Mujra’, ‘Palangal’, ‘Sara Varsham’, ‘Enthino Pookunna Pookal’, ‘Barrister’, ‘Foot Ball’, ‘Maine Jeena Seekh Liya’, ‘Shiv Charan’, ‘Dard-E-Dil’, ‘Chor Police’, ‘Lal Chunariyaa’, ‘Hanste Khelte’, ‘Manasariyathe’, ‘Punnaram Cholli Cholli’, ‘Hum Naujawan’, ‘Amrit’, ‘Adhikar’, ‘Dahleez’, ‘Maashuka’, ‘Mera Yaar Mera Dushman’, ‘Toofan’, ‘Mera Damad’, ‘Dil Maange More’, ‘Kisna: The Warrior Poet’, ‘Jaane Hoga Kya’, ‘Prateeksha’, ‘Kaisay Kahein’, ‘Calendar’, ‘Aagathan’, ‘My Name Is Khan’, ‘Rakht Charitra’, ‘Raththa Sarithiram’, ‘Adaminte Makan Abu’, ‘Malik Ek’, ‘Agneepath’, ‘I, Me Aur Main’, ‘Vishwaroopam’ and ‘Aaru Sundarikaluda Katha’.




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