Nazima (née Mehr-un-Nissa) is a former Bollywood actress who was most famous for her roles as supporting actress in films in 1960s and early 1970s. She was born in Nashik (Maharashtra) and was known as the "Resident Sister" of Bollywood.[2]


(1946-03-25) March 25, 1946 (age 73)[1]
Nashik, Maharashtra, India
Other namesBaby Chand (as a child artist)
Resident Sister of Bollywood
Years active1954–1975

Early lifeEdit

Nazima was born as Mehr-un-Nisa on 25 March 1946 in Nasik. She was related to actresses Sharifa Bai (of 1930s) and Husn Bano (of 1940s) who happened to be her grandmother and aunt respectively. She was admitted to a high school in Mumbai (then Bombay) and being from a filmy background, she was soon cast as a child artist by the name Baby Chand in her early films.[1]


Nazima started her career as a child artist in 1954 with Biraj Bahu. By 1958, she made her debut as a heroine in stunt film Princess Saaba. She went into mainstream cinema in 1961 with Umar Qaid which was directed by filmmaker Aspi Irani who was also her uncle. Then came Ziddi (1964) directed by Pramod Chakravarty, a hit. There was then Arzoo (1965) produced and directed by Ramanand Sagar, a silver jubilee runner. She won the best supporting actress award for the acting in Arzoo from the Bengal Film Journalists’ Association. Then came April Fool (1964) directed by Subodh Mukerjee which was appreciated by millions. She then acted in J. Om Prakash's Aye Din Bahar Ke (1968), which celebrated silver jubilee at many places. She also acted in Gemini's Aurat (1967), another box-office hit. In between she had acted in Vidyapati (1964) as heroine opposite veteran Bharat Bhushan. This was a Hindi picture made in Calcutta. In a 1968 interview, Nazima said that to her it was the best role of her film career containing all facets — humor, romance and emotion. However, the picture failed at the box office. She also acted in another Hindi film, Wohi Ladki (1967), produced in Calcutta opposite a newcomer Sharvendra as hero.[3]

She was nominated in the Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Category for playing Manoj Kumar's sister in the 1972 film Beimaan. Songs picturised on her include "Ae Kash Kisi Deewane Ko" from Aaye Din Bahar Ke and "Hum behanon ke Liye" from the 1969 film Anjaana.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

Nazima married Arshul Rehman, a captain in Indian Navy and soon left the film industry. She has two sons.[1] She is living with her two sons happily, her husband died in 2018. She is practicing Namaaz and living in hijaab and spending her life in Islamic way ever since she left Bollywood.


Year Film Character/Role
1954 Biraj Bahu as Baby Chand
1955 Devdas
1956 Dayar-e-Habib
1957 Ab Dilli Door Nahin
1958 Princess Saaba Debut as a heroine
Stunt Film
1961 Oomar Qaid
1962 Tower House
1964 Ziddi Seema Singh
1964 Gazal Kausar Ara Begum
1964 Fariyad
1964 April Fool Anu
1965 Nishan
1965 Arzoo Sarla
1966 Dillagi Lajwanti
1966 Aaye Din Bahar Ke Rachna
1967 Aurat
1968 Raja Aur Runk Sujata Sujjo
1969 Waris
1969 Tamanna
1969 Doli
1969 Anjaana
1970 Abhinetri
1971 Adhikar
1972 Rakhi Aur Hathkadi
1972 Mere Bhaiya
1972 Do Yaar
1972 Be-Imaan Meena
1973 Honeymoon Neelu
1973 Manchali Pushpa
1973 Alam Ara
1974 Albeli
1974 Ujala Hi Ujala Gita
1974 Amir Garib Anju
1975 Sanyasi Aarti
1975 Dayar-e-Madina Main lead[5]
1975 Ranga Khush Devi
1975 Badnaam Meena[6]
1986 Love And God Starting production in 1963 released in 1986

Awards and nominationsEdit


  1. ^ a b c "The Magnificient Nazima". YouTube. 10 June 2019. Retrieved 12 June 2019.
  2. ^ Nazima - Profile and Filmography on Cineplot
  3. ^ Nazima - Interview (1968) on Cineplot
  4. ^ Nazima - Profile
  5. ^ "Dayar-e-Madina (1975)". The Hindu. 9 July 2015.
  6. ^ "Badnaam 1975". Muvyz.

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