Farida Jalal is a veteran film and television actress from India. She was born on March 14, 1949 at
. Farida was known for doing comedic roles but she also laid her hands to doing lead and supporting roles in more than 100 Bollywood films and has been part of the television industry for quite a long time. The actress started her career in 1960’s after winning the Filmfare’s United Film Producers Talent Hunt. She was luckily selected as finalists, together with Bollywood producer and actor,
. Farida got a film offer for the first time to do the film, Taqdeer which was offered by
who is one of the audiences at that time. She gained her popularity after essaying a supporting role in the top-grossing romantic drama film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge in 1995. This film is a blockbuster hit that earns a total of ?122 Crore in India and abroad. Farida also got the Best Supporting Actress Award in Filmfare Awards for her marvelous role as Lajjo Singh, the mother of Simran (played by Kajol).
Initially, Farida usually bagged the role of a sister or a scorned fiancée of the lead actors but she never bag the female lead role. She was critically acclaimed for her role as Alka Sharma, the mentally ill fiancée of Raj (played by
) in the Bollywood film, Bobby in year 1973 which was directed by
. In the 80’s, she progressively turned her roles into an aunt, nani or a mother. She was notable for her role as Renu, the girlfriend of Arun (played by Rajesh Khanna) in Shakti Samanta’s film, Aradhana from which she sang the song, Bagon Me Bahar Hai, Kaliyon Pe Nikhar Hai. When she stayed in Bangalore from 1983 to 1990, she took a hiatus on acting. In 1990s, she acted in various blockbuster films in India such as Dil To Pagal Hai, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Kaho Naa…Pyaar Hai and a lot more. The actress finally bags the lead role in Shyam Benegal’s film, Mammo in 1995. This film received the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi and Farida got the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She also received the Best Supporting Actress Nomination for acting as the Ravi Khanna’s (played by
) handicapped sister in the Hindi crime film, Majboor. Farida acted as the female lead in the film,
. Farida also received the Filmfare’s Best Supporting Award from the films, Paras and Henna. She got the Best Actress Award in the Harlem International Film Festival through the English Independent film, A Gran Plan in year 2012. The film was directed by Sangeeta Nambiar and stars Oliver Kennett. It was also screened in different Film Festivals in 2012.
Besides her long journey in the silver screen, the actress also made a name in the small screen industry. She has been part of the television serials like
Dekh Bhai Dekh
, Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi,
and more. She was starred on SAB TV’s comedy serial,
Ammaji Ki Galli
and in the fantasy sitcom, Shararat – Thoda Jaadu, Thodi Nazaakat which was aired on Star Plus and later, it was re-aired many times on various channels. She also hosted
Star Yaar Kalakaar
, Star Parivar Awards and the 50th Filmfare Awards together with
Saif Ali Khan
and Sonali Bendre.
Farida got married to her late husband, Tabrez Barmavar from Bhatkal in November 1978. When she settled in Bangalore from 1983 to 1990, she live with her husband and son, Yaseen since her husband is running a soap factory business there.
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Farida Jalal was born on 14th March 1949 in New Delhi. She is 5’ 1” tall. She met Tabrez Barmavar on the sets of Jeevan Rekha and fell in love with him during the shooting of the film. They got married in 1978. As she was not getting many film offers after marriage, they moved to Bangalore where her husband had a soap factory business. Unfortunately, he died in 2003. She has a son, Yaseen Jalal.
Farida Jalal, a native of New Delhi, started her career as a child artiste in the 1960s, when she won the United Film Producers Talent Hunt sponsored by Filmfare. She along with Rajesh Khanna was chosen as finalists and was presented on stage as winners at the Filmfare Awards function. She got her first film offer for Taqdeer from Tarachand Barjatya.
She is an Indian actress and comedian, who played lead and supporting roles in over a hundred Bollywood films. She is well known for playing a supporting role in the 1995 romantic-musical-comedy Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, which is one of the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time. She also acted in the popular film Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.
She usually played the sister or rejected fiancée of the male lead but almost never the female lead. One of her most critically acclaimed roles is in Bobby where she played the part of the mentally challenged would-be fiancée of Rishi Kapoor’s Raj.
During the 1980s, her roles progressed from sister and girlfriend to aunt, mother or nani.
She is also remembered for her part in Aradhana, in which she plays Rajesh Khanna's girlfriend and sings the evergreen song "Bagon Me Bahar Hai, Kaliyon Pe Nikhar Hai".
During the 1990s, she had a part in many major hits in India, among them
, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. In1995, she played the lead in film ‘Mammo’ which won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi.
She has also been a part of Indian television, with hit sitcoms such as Dekh Bahi Dekh and Shararat (Thoda Jadu, Thodi Nazaakat) to her credit.
She acted in more than 200 films, in various roles, — often playing the stereotypical Bollywood mother, from 1963 to 2012, for five decades.