Khursheed Bano was a playback singer and an actress in Indian cinema during 1940s. She had the chance to act and sing with legend K L Saigal in many memorable movies. She acted in films with Motilal too, who was considered to be Hindi cinema’s natural actor, and their teaming up arguably became the most suitable pair ( Motilal- Khursheed) in those days. She was different from the other heroine and came to be regarded as the most stylish actress and this has been a plus point for her in those days. Each star was then asked to do a playback for them and she was fortunate enough to be part of it. In Tansen, her natural and unprecedented beauty and melody voice made her famous as Tani (the character in the film). K L Saigal played the role of Tansen with her in the film. She belonged to the golden era where every actresses wanted to overtake and outshine the other, be it
Leela Chitnis and
Devika Rani or even Suriya and Noorjehan. She made her debut in Indian cinema at a time when the film industry was going through a revolution (after Alam Ara’s release in 1931). The silence era of Indian cinema was over, and India’s talkie cinema came into existence.
In 1931, she got her first break in
Laila Majnu and had never looked back till 1948 (last film Pappeha Re). It was because of partition that she moved to Pakistan and did not do any films thereafter. She also got married then and did not have any inclination towards acting anymore. However, she tried to make a comeback in 1956, but she was not accepted by audiences then. She acted in two films (Fankar and Mandi) in 1956, which met with poor response and she, then bid farewell to the movies. She kept a very low profile after leaving the film industry. In 1956, she divorced her first husband Yakub and married Yusuf Bhaimia. This graceful and decent actress of 1931-1948s will be remembered for her contribution in Indian cinema.