Saba Azad (born as Saba Singh Grewal, 1 November 1985) is an Indian actress, theatre director and musician. She is one half of Mumbai-based electro funk duo Madboy/Mink. She made her Bollywood debut as one of the leads Raaga in the indie film Dil Kabaddi (2008).[3] She is known for her leading role in the romantic comedy film Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge (2011).[4] She also played the role of Dingo in the 2016 Y-Films web series, Ladies Room.

Saba Azad
Saba in 2012
Saba Singh Grewal[1]

(1985-11-01) 1 November 1985 (age 37)[2]
  • Actress
  • musician
  • voice artist
  • theatre director
Years active2008–present
PartnerHrithik Roshan (2022–present)
RelativesSafdar Hashmi (uncle)

Early life Edit

Azad was born in Delhi to a Punjabi father and a Kashmiri mother.[5] She is the niece of theatre great Safdar Hashmi.[6] Born into a theatre family, Azad performed with Safdar Hashmi's theatre group Jana Natya Manch in their stage productions since a very young age, where she worked with Habib Tanvir, MK Raina, GP Deshpande and NK Sharma.[7] She also trained in dance forms like Odissi, classical ballet, jazz, Latin as well as contemporary dance forms.[8] Traveling with her Odissi guru, Kiran Segal, she performed in and outside the country including England, Canada and Nepal.[6]

Her stint with cinema started after schooling when she landed a lead role in a short film Guroor for director Ishaan Nair which travelled to festivals in New York and Florence.[3] She has since gone on to work in many short films.

Personal life Edit

As of 2022, she is dating Hrithik Roshan.[9]

Career Edit

Saleem with Saba Azad at the premier of Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge, 2011.

She made her Bollywood debut in 2008 with Anil Senior's Dil Kabaddi opposite Rahul Bose. She appeared in a leading role as Preity Sen in Y-Films Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge opposite newcomers Nishant Dahiya and Saqib Saleem.[10]

Azad is a popular musician and singer in the Indian indie music scene and one half of widely popular electronic band Madboy/Mink which she started with actor and musician Imaad Shah in 2012.[11][12]

Azad started her own theatre company The Skins in 2010 and directed her first play Lovepuke which opened at NCPA's experimental theatre in September 2010.[13]

Azad moved to Mumbai from Delhi and acted in a two-man play directed by Makarand Deshpande staged at Prithvi Theatre.[14]

She has featured in commercials for Cadbury, Pond's, Maggi, Tata Sky, Google, Kit Kat, Vodafone, Sunsilk, Nescafe, Airtel as well as print campaigns for Clean & Clear, Westside and Amway and many more.[7]

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2008 Dil Kabaddi Raga Malik
2011 Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge Lola Sen
2012 Strangers in the Night Rhea Short film
2016 Pure-Veg Anjali Short film
2019 Connected Saba Short film
2020 Home stories Vaishnavi Netflix

Web series Edit

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Ladies room Dingo Web series by YRF
Love shots Preeti Limited Series by YRF
2021 Feels Like Ishq Tarasha Ahmed Anthology web series
2022 Rocket Boys Parvana Irani Sony LIV series

Discography Edit

Year Album Title Co-singers
2013 Nautanki Saala "Dhak Dhak Karne Laga"
"Dil Ki Toh Lag Gayi"
Geet Sagar, Bruno Carvalo, Santosh Sawant
Dhoom Series "Dhoom Anthem" Raghav Sachar[15]
2014 Madboy/Mink "All Ball"
2015 Detective Byomkesh Bakshy! "Calcutta Kiss" Imaad Shah
Shaandaar "Neend Na Mujhko Aaye" Siddharth Basrur
Main Aur Charles "Dekhe Meri Aankhon Mein Jo"
Madboy/Mink "Union Farm"
2018 Karwaan "Bhar De Hamaare Glass"
Madboy/Mink "Persons.Elastic.Superior.Fantastic (P.E.S.F)"
2019 Mard Ko Dard Nahi Hota "Nakhrewaali" Karan Kulkarni
2023 Farzi (Web Series) "Sab Farzi"

References Edit

  1. ^ Bahuguna, Lavanya (27 March 2017). "This Sikh Actress With An Islamic Name Explaining Her Religious Belief Is A Slap On The Face Of Extremists". IWB.
  2. ^ "Birds of then". The Times of India. 19 December 2011.
  3. ^ a b Chakrabarti, Paromita (10 December 2008). "Change of Scene". The Indian Express. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  4. ^ "When Saba lost her tresses!". Hindustan Times. 13 October 2011. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Mongrel me". The Times of India. 26 December 2011.
  6. ^ a b Doshi, Riddhi (1 January 2009). "'My uncle was my mentor'". DNA. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  7. ^ a b "Saba Azad". The Times of India Blogs. Retrieved 26 July 2016.
  8. ^ "Saba Azad Blog". Economic Times Blog. Retrieved 20 May 2020.
  9. ^ "Saba Azad makes relationship with Hrithik Roshan".
  10. ^ "Mujhse Fraaandship Karoge". India Today. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  11. ^ "Introducing: The Quirky Sounds of Mumbai's Madboy/Mink".
  12. ^ "5 things to know about Madboy/Mink".
  13. ^ Sharma, Aditi (31 August 2010). "Falling in love (is hard on the knees)". Mid-Day. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  14. ^ "Saba Azad Biography, Saba Azad Bio, Saba Azad Photos, Videos, Wallpapers, News". Archived from the original on 1 January 2013. Retrieved 30 June 2013.
  15. ^ YRF Talent (25 December 2013). "DHOOM Anthem featuring Saba". YouTube. Retrieved 26 July 2016.

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