Farida Jalal

Farida Jalal
Farida Jalal, image credit: StarsUnfolded

Born - March 14, 1949 in New Delhi, India

Occupation - Actress, Comedian

Nationality - Indian

Years Active - 1967-present

Height - 5' 1" (1.55 m)

Spouse(s) - Tabrez Barmavar (1978-2003)

Farida Jalal (born 14 March 1949) is an Indian actress. In a film career spanning almost fifty years, Jalal acted in over 200 films in the Hindi, the Telugu, and the Tamil film industries. Best known for her character driven roles in independent cinema and supporting work in mainstream Bollywood productions, Jalal has received such accolades as four Filmfare Awards and two Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards.

Farida Jalal, who was born on 14 March 1949 in New Delhi India, started her career in the 1960s when she won the United Film Producers Talent Hunt sponsored by Filmfare in 1965. She, along with Rajesh Khanna were chosen as finalists and were presented on stage as winners at the Filmfare Awards function. She got her first film offer for "Taqdeer" from Tarachand Barjatya who happened to be in the audience.

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. During the 1980s, her roles progressed from sister and girlfriend to aunt, mother, or grandmother. She is also remembered for her part in "Aradhana", in which she plays Rajesh Khanna's girlfriend, and sings the song 'Bagon me bahar hai'.

She acted for over 40 years, only taking a break during 1983 and 1990, when she settled in Bangalore.

During the 1990s, Jalal had a part in many major hits in India, among them "Raja Hindustani", "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 in 1995. Farida Jalal played the lead in the film "Mammo". The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Jalal won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She acted in many television serials, such as the hit sitcom 'Dekh Bahi Dekh'.

She was grandly acclaimed for her role in the 1994 film "Mammo", for which she received the Filmfare Best Performance Award. Earlier, she was also nominated multiple times for 'Best Supporting Actress Award', one for the Amitabh Bachchan-Parveen Babi-Pran starrer "Majboor" where she played Amitabh's handicapped sister.

Farida Jalal though, could not get a major break as heroine against any big star except Rajesh Khanna in "Aaradhana", but she played the lead role in "Jeevan Rekha" in which her husband Tabrez was the hero. Pran and Ajit were also in the film. A song of the film; 'Yaar mere, meri baahon me aaja' by Mohammed Rafi from this film had become popular, and is still popular.

Jalal starred in 'Shararat: Thoda Jadu, Thodi Nazaakat', in which she played a leading role. The comedy is currently airing on the Disney Channel.

In 2005, she co-hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards alongside Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, in Mumbai. In 2008, she made a special appearance in the Punjabi film "Yaariyan". Recently, she appeared in the soap opera 'Balika Vadhu'.

In 2017, she was the victim of a death hoax. On 19 February, rumours did the rounds that she had died.  Annoyed, the lady asked her publicist to put the rumours to rest.

Jalal was married to actor Tabrez Barmavar, who hails from Bhatkal, Karnataka and died in September 2003; they have a son named Yaseen. She met her husband on the sets of "Jeevan Rekha" and fell in love in the course of the film and got married in November 1978. As she wasn’t getting too many film offers after marriage, they moved to Bangalore where her husband had a soap factory business. Her son Yaseen is not interested in acting, but direction.

Filmography

Film

Year Movie Role Notes
 1967   Taqdeer  Geeta  
1968  Baharon ki Manzil    
1969  Mahal    
1969  Aradhana  Renu  Nominated-Filmfare Award for
 Best Supporting Actress
1970  Puraskar  Reshma  
1970  Naya Raasta  Radha Pratap Singh  
1970  Gopi  Nandini  
1970  Devi  Shobha  
1971  Paras  Bela Singh  Filmfare Best Supporting
 Actress Award
 BFJA Awards for Best
 Supporting Actress (Hindi)
1971  Khoj    
1971  Amar Prem  Mrs. Nandkishore
 Sharma
 
1971  Pyar Ki Kahani  Lata  
1972  Zindagi Zindagi  Shyama  
1972  Rivaaj    
1972  Buniyaad    
1973  Heera    
1973  Bobby  Alka Sharma 'Nikki'  
1973  Achanak  Nurse Radha  
1973  Raja Rani  Anita  Uncredited
1973  Loafer  Roopa  
1974  Naya Din Nai Raat    
1974  Jeevan Rekha    
1974  Majboor  Renu Khanna  Nominated-Filmfare Award for
 Best Supporting Actress
1974  Uljhan  Kamla  
1974  Sankalp  Geeta Sehgal  
1975  Khushboo  Kusum's friend  
1975  Kala Sona  Bela  
1975  Do Jasoos  Hema Khushalchand  
1975  Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty  Rajni  
1975  Dharmatma  Mona  
1975  Aakraman  Asha  
1976  Shaque  Mrs. Subramaniam  Nominated-Filmfare Award for
 Best Supporting Actress
1976  Sabse Bada Rupaiya  Bindiya/Shobha  
1976  Koi Jeeta Koi Haara    
1976  Bandalbaaz  Malti  
1977  Kasam Khoon Ki  Ganga  
1977  Alaap  Sulakshana Gupta  
1977  Abhi To Jee Lein  The Nun  
1977  Aakhri Goli    
1977  Shatranj Ke Khiladi  Nafisa (Mir's wife)  
1977  Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein  Chhutki  
1978  Naya Daur    
1978  Ganga Ki Saugand  Champa  Guest appearance
1979  Jurmana  Laila  Nominated-Filmfare Award for
 Best Supporting Actress
1979  Dhongee  Geeta Khanna  
1980  Patthar Se Takkar    
1980  Chambal Ki Kasam    
1980  Abdullah  Yashoda  Uncredited
1981  Jwala Daku  Sita  
1981  Yaarana  Mary  Uncredited
1983  Salam e Mohabbat    
1988  Pushpak  Magician's wife  
1991  Henna  Bibi Gul  Filmfare Best Supporting Actress
 Award
1992  Paayal  Shanti Devi  
1992  Bekhudi  Aunty  
1992  Kal Ki Awaz  Akbari  
1992  Dil Aashna Hai  Razia  
1993  Gardish  Lakshmi  
1994  Mammo  Mehmooda Begum Anwar
 Ali "Mammo"
 Filmfare Critics Award for Best
 Performance
 Bengal Film Journalists Association
 Best Actress Award
1994  Laadla  Gayetri Verma  
1994  Krantiveer  Mrs. Tilak  
1994  Elaan  Revati Chaudhry  
1994  Dulaara  Florence  
1995  Andolan    
1995  Jawab    
1995  Veergati    
1995  Dilwale Dulhania Le
 Jayenge
 Lajwanti, "Lajjo"  Filmfare Best Supporting Actress
 Award
1996  Shastra    
1996  Rajkumar  Panna (Dadi maa)  
1996  Loafer  Janki Kumar  
1996  Dushman Duniya Ka  Manager of women's
 shelter
 
1996  Raja Hindustani  Chachi (Raja's aunt)  
1996  Angaara  Saraswati  
1996  Ajay  Ajay's Mother  
1997  Saat Rang Ke Sapne  Yashoda  
1997  Mrityudaata    
1997  Mohabbat  Geeta Kapoor  
1997  Judaai  Kajal's mom  
1997  Zor    
1997  Lahoo Ke Do Rang  Halima  
1997  Ziddi  Jaya's mother  
1997  Dil To Pagal Hai  Ajay's mom  
1997  Aflatoon  Raja's mother  
1998  Salaakhen  Mother  
1998  Duplicate  Mrs. Chaudhary "Bebe"  
1998  Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai  Komal's mother  
1998  Soldier  Shanti Sinha  
1998  Kuch Kuch Hota Hai  Mrs. Khanna (Rahul's
 mom)
 
1999  Dil Kya Kare    
1999  Hindustan Ki Kasam  Mother of Ajay and
 Tauheed
 
1999  Khoobsurat  Sudha Chaudhary (Dadiji)  
2000  Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai  Lily  
2000  Hey Ram  Kasturba Gandhi  Simultaneously made in Tamil and
 Hindi
2000  Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge  Mrs. Oberoi  
2000  Pukar  Gayetri Rajvansh  
2000  Khauff  Mrs. Jaidev Singh  
2000  Kya Kehna  Rohini Baxi  
2000  Bichhoo  Jeeva's mom  
2000  Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa  Pooja's mother  
2000  Gaja Gamini  Noorbibi  
2001  Farz  Rukmani Singh  
2001  Zubeidaa  Mammo  
2001  Chori Chori Chupke Chupke  Asha Malhotra  
2001  Lajja  Mother of Bride  
2001  Moksha: Salvation  Salim's mother  
2001  Kabhi Khushi Kabhie
 Gham...
 Sayeeda/Daijan/DJ  
2002  Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai  Mrs. Chaudhary  
2002  The Legend of Bhagat
 Singh
 Vidyavati  
2002  Badhaai Ho Badhaai  Mrs. Chaddha  
2002  Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum
 Kahein
 Vishnupratap's wife  
2002  Deewangee  Mrs. Goyal  
2003  Pinjar  Mrs. Shyamlal  
2003  Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin
 Dekha Hai
 Jiji  
2003  Kaise Kahoon Ke... Pyaar
 Hai
   
2003  Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon  Mrs. Kapoor  
2003  Jaal: The Trap  Sudha Kaul  
2003  Fun 2shh: Dudes In the
 10th Century
 Mrs. DiSouza/Hiraka  
2004  Garv: Pride and Honour  Mrs. Shakuntala Dixit  
2004  Taarzan: The Wonder Car  Mrs. Chaudhary  
2005  Pyaar Mein Twist  Ms. Arya  
2005  Barsaat    
2006  Big Brother    
2006  Aryan    
2007  Laaga Chunari Mein Daag    
2007  Dhol  Dadi  
2010  Aashayein  Madhu  
2010  Krantiveer – The Revolution    
2011  Love Breakups Zindagi    
2011  Chala Mussaddi... Office
 Office
 Shanti  Cameo appearance
2012  Chaar Din Ki Chandni  Pammi Kaur  
2012  Student of the Year  Abhimanyu's grandmother  
2012  A Gran Plan  Satvinder Kaur Bedi  Won-Best Actress Award at 2012
 Harlem International Film Festival
2015  Bezubaan Ishq  Savitri  
2015  Tina Ki Chaabi    
2017  I'm Not A Terrorist  Zabira  Malaysian-Bollywood film
2018  Batti Gul Meter Chalu  Lalita's Grandmother  

Television

Year Serial/Show Role Channel Note
1984  Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi  Ranjit's aunt  DD National  
1994  The Great Maratha  Chimnabai  DD National  
1995  Junoon    DD National  
1999  Star Yaar Kalakaar  Host  Sony TV  
1993-1994  Dekh Bhai Dekh  Suhasini  DD National  
2004-2009  Shararat  Sushma Mehra (Nani)  Star Plus  Won ITA Award for Best Actress (Comedy)
2005  Hero - Bhakti Hi Shakti Hai  Bebe  Hungama TV  six episode
 2009- 2012  Balika Vadhu  Badi Masiji  Colors TV  
2011  Ammaji Ki Galli  Ammaji  SAB TV  
2013  Jeannie Aur Juju  Dadi of Jeannie(Duggu Dadi)  SAB TV  
2014  Comedy Nights with Kapil  Herself  Colors TV  Guest appearance - on the celebration of completion of 1000 weeks of "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge"
2014-2016  Satrangi Sasural  Gomti Devi Vatsal (Daadi Maa)  Zee TV  

Awards

  • 1972: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for "Paras" (1971)
  • 1972: Bengal Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) for "Paras" (1971)
  • 1992: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for "Henna" (1991)
  • 1995: Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for "Mammo" (1994)
  • 1996: Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards - Best Actress (Hindi) for "Mammo" (1994)
  • 1996: Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award for "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" (1995)
  • 2012: Harlem International Film Festival—Best Actress for "A Gran Plan" (2012)


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