Farida Jalal

Farida Jalal (born Farida Sami; 14 March 1949) is an Indian actress who primarily worked in Hindi films. In a film career spanning almost fifty years, Jalal appeared in over 200 films. 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.[2]

Farida Jalal
Farida Jalal at SAB TV launch ‘Ammaji Ki Galli’ 2.jpg
Farida Jalal at SAB TV launch ‘Ammaji Ki Galli’ 2
Farida Sami

(1949-03-14) 14 March 1949 (age 73)[1]
New Delhi, India
Years active1967–present
Tabrez Barmavar
(m. 1978; died 2003)
Awards4 Filmfare Awards

Jalal started her career with Taqdeer (1967). She went on to play leading and supporting roles in numerous motion pictures through the 1970s and early 80s. She is widely remembered for her roles in Paras (1971), Henna (1991) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), all of which garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became a household name after portraying motherly roles and strong female characters in the 1990s and the early 2000s. She has also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for her role in Mammo (1994). She won the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Harlem International Film Festival for her role in A Gran Plan (2012).[3]

She has successfully transitioned to numerous shows on Indian television alongside her work in films. Some of her notable works are the sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Shararat and Ammaji Ki Galli. She was seen in Zee TV's Satrangi Sasural portraying the role of Gomti Vatsal a.k.a. Dadi Maa.


Farida Jalal, who was born on 18 May 1950 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 was chosen as a finalist and both 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.[4] In an interview in 2014, she said, when asked her about the initial part of her career: "I started my acting career when I was just out of my school St Joseph's Convent in Panchgani, in a film called Taqdeer. I took part in a talent contest and even won. Kaka (Rajesh Khanna) and I were the finalists. How was I to know that I'd soon be doing a film Aradhana with him?".[5]

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 "Baagon mein baahar hai, kaliyon pe nikhaar hai" (loosely translated as "The gardens are fine, the buds are out).

When asked as to how she started getting typecast as a hero's sister, she quoted in an interview: "It all started with Gopi where I was offered the greatest Mr Dilip Kumar's sister's role. Forget about refusing, I jumped at the offer. Even if I had the chance to just go and observe him on the set I'd have done it. I love the man. I remember during those days each and every actor was copying Dilip Saab whether it was Dharmendra, Jeetendra, or Manoj Kumar. I was much in demand as Dilip Saab's sister. Every hero wanted the same. Every actor wanted me to play his sister. Sometimes the sister was the film's heroine. The official heroine would just sing her songs, whereas I had all the dramatic scenes. I got my recognition and the awards. In a film called Paras I was Sanjeev Kumar's sister. But I had a lot more to do than Raakhee-di who played the heroine. I got my first award for it. Then I got my second award for Majboor, a film written by Salimbhai and Javedbhai where Bachchan Saab played my brother. It was so heartening. Why would I want to be heroine when I was getting the stronger parts as the sister?"[5]

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.[6] Annoyed, the lady asked her publicist to put the rumours to rest.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Jalal was married to actor Tabrez Barmavar, who hailed from Bhatkal, Karnataka. 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 was not getting too many film offers after marriage, the couple moved to Bangalore where her husband had a soap factory business.[4] They have a son named Yaseen.[5] Her husband died in September 2003.[8]



Year Title Role Notes
1967 Taqdeer Geeta
1968 Baharon ki Manzil
1969 Mahal
Aradhana[9] Renu Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1970 Puraskar Reshma
Naya Raasta Radha Pratap Singh
Gopi Nandini
Devi Shobha
1971 Paras Bela Singh Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
Bengal Film Journalists Association Award for Best Supporting Actress
Amar Prem Mrs. Nandkishore Sharma
Pyar Ki Kahani Lata
1972 Zindagi Zindagi Shyama
1973 Heera
Bobby Alka Sharma 'Nikki'
Achanak Nurse Radha
Raja Rani Anita Uncredited
Loafer Roopa (Gopinath's daughter)
1974 Naya Din Nai Raat
Jeevan Rekha
Majboor Renu Khanna Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress[10]
Uljhan Kamla
Sankalp Geeta Sehgal
1975 Khushboo Kusum's friend
Kala Sona Bela
Do Jasoos Hema Khushalchand
Dhoti Lota Aur Chowpatty Rajni
Dharmatma Mona
Aakraman Asha
1976 Shaque Mrs. Subramaniam Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sabse Bada Rupaiya Bindiya/Shobha
Koi Jeeta Koi Haara
Bandalbaaz Malti
1977 Kasam Khoon Ki Ganga
Alaap Sulakshana Gupta
Abhi To Jee Lein The Nun
Aakhri Goli
Shatranj Ke Khiladi[11] Nafisa
Palkon Ki Chhaon Mein Chhutki
1978 Naya Daur
Ganga Ki Saugand Champa Guest appearance
1979 Jurmana Laila Nominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Dhongee Geeta Khanna
1980 Patthar Se Takkar
Chambal Ki Kasam
Abdullah Yashoda Uncredited
1981 Jwala Daku Sita (Jwala's sister-in-law)
Yaarana Mary (Governess) Uncredited
1983 Salam e Mohabbat
1987 Pushpaka Vimana Magician's wife Kannada silent movie
1991 Henna Bibi Gul Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1992 Paayal Shanti Devi
Bekhudi Aunty
Bandhu Mausi
Dil Aashna Hai Razia
1993 Gardish Lakshmi (Shiva's mother)
1994 Mammo Mehmooda Begum Anwar Ali "Mammo" Filmfare Award for Best Actress (Critics)
Bengal Film Journalists Association Award for Best Actress (Hindi)
Laadla[12] Gayetri Verma
Krantiveer Mrs. Tilak (Pratap's Mother)
Elaan Revati Chaudhry
Dulaara Florence
1995 Andolan
Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Lajwanti, "Lajjo" Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1996 Shastra
Rajkumar Panna (Dadi maa)
Loafer Janki Kumar
Dushman Duniya Ka Manager of women's shelter
Raja Hindustani Chachi (Raja's aunt)
Angaara Saraswati
Ajay Ajay's Mother
1997 Saat Rang Ke Sapne Yashoda
Mrityudaata Mother Ghayal
Mohabbat Geeta Kapoor
Judaai Kajal's mom
Lahoo Ke Do Rang Halima
Ziddi Jaya's mother
Dil To Pagal Hai Ajay's mom
Aflatoon Raja's mother
1998 Salaakhen Mother
Duplicate Mrs. Chaudhary "Bebe"
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Komal's mother
Soldier Shanti Sinha
Kuch Kuch Hota Hai Mrs. Khanna (Rahul's mom)
1999 Dil Kya Kare
Hindustan Ki Kasam Mother of Ajay and Tauheed
Khoobsurat Sudha Chaudhary (Dadiji)
2000 Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai Lily (Rohit's landlady)
Hey Ram Kasturba Gandhi Simultaneously made in Tamil and Hindi
Dulhan Hum Le Jayenge Mrs. Oberoi
Pukar Gayetri Rajvansh
Khauff Mrs. Jaidev Singh
Kya Kehna[13] Rohini Baxi
Bichhoo Jeeva's mom
Tera Jadoo Chal Gayaa Pooja's mother
Gaja Gamini Noorbibi
2001 Farz Rukmani Singh
Zubeidaa Mammo
Chori Chori Chupke Chupke Asha Malhotra
Lajja Mother of Bride
Moksha: Salvation Salim's mother
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... Sayeeda/Daijan/DJ
2002 Pyaar Diwana Hota Hai Mrs. Chaudhary
The Legend of Bhagat Singh[14] Vidyavati
Badhaai Ho Badhaai Mrs. Chaddha
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum Kahein[15] Mangala Vishnupratap Singh
Deewangee Mrs. Goyal
2003 Pinjar Mrs. Shyamlal
Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha Hai Jiji
Kaise Kahoon Ke... Pyaar Hai
Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon Mrs. Kapoor
Jaal: The Trap Sudha Kaul
Fun 2shh: Dudes In the 10th Century Mrs. DiSouza/Hiraka
2004 Garv: Pride and Honour Mrs. Shakuntala Dixit
Taarzan: The Wonder Car Mrs. Chaudhary[16]
2005 Pyaar Mein Twist Ms. Arya
2006 Big Brother
2007 Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
Dhol Dadi
2010 Aashayein Madhu[17]
Krantiveer – The Revolution
2011 Love Breakups Zindagi
Chala Mussaddi... Office Office Shanti Special appearance
2012 Chaar Din Ki Chandni[18] Pammi Kaur
Student of the Year Abhimanyu's grandmother
A Gran Plan Satvinder Kaur Bedi Harlem International Film Festival Award for Best Actress
2015 Bezubaan Ishq Savitri
Tina Ki Chaabi
An Untold Story of a Known Irony Short film
2017 I'm Not A Terrorist Zabira Malaysian-Bollywood film
2018 Batti Gul Meter Chalu Lalita's Grandmother
2020 Jawaani Jaaneman Jazz's Mother
2021 Lines Dadi


Year Series Role Notes
1984 Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi[19] Ranjit's aunt
1993–1994 Dekh Bhai Dekh[20] Suhasini
1994 The Great Maratha Chimnabai
1993–1998 Junoon Ganga
1999 Star Yaar Kalakaar Host
1999 Aashiqui[21] Shobha
2003–2006 Shararat Sushma Mehra (Nani)[22]
2005 Hero - Bhakti Hi Shakti Hai Bebe Guest[23]
2009–2012 Balika Vadhu[24] Badi Masiji
2010 Rishta.com[25] Ruchika's mother
2011 Dolly Aunty Ka Dream Villa Dolly Aunty
2011 Ammaji Ki Galli Ammaji[26]
2013 Jeannie Aur Juju[19] Duggu Dadi
2014–2016 Satrangi Sasural[20] Gomti Devi Vatsal


Year Title Role Platform Notes
2016 Love Shots Mrs. Chaudhary YouTube Episode 4
2019 Mehram Muslim woman Zee5 Short film[27]
2019 Parchhayee Ricky's Dadi [28][29]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Nominated work Category Result Ref.
Major Awards
1971 Bengal Film Journalists' Association Awards Paras Best Supporting Actress (Hindi) Won [citation needed]
1996 Mammo Best Actress (Hindi) Won
1970 Filmfare Awards Aradhana Best Supporting Actress Nominated
1972 Paras Won
1976 Majboor Nominated
1978 Shaque Nominated
1980 Jurmana Nominated
1992 Henna Won
1995 Mammo Best Actress (Critics) Won
1996 Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge Best Supporting Actress Won
2003 Indian Television Academy Awards Shararat Best Actress - Comedy Won
2004 Indian Telly Awards Best Actress in a Comic Role Nominated
2007 Nominated
1998 Zee Cine Awards Dil To Pagal Hai Best Actress in a Supporting Role Nominated
1999 Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota Hai Nominated
2012 Harlem International Film Festival A Gran Plan Best Actress Won
2015 An Untold Story of a Known Irony Los Angeles Indian Film Festival Best Actress Won


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