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Zara Khan (formerly known as Sasha Agha Khan) is an Indian actress and singer, who has appeared in Hindi films. Born to the Agha–Khan family, she made her Bollywood debut with 2013 Aditya Chopra action thriller Aurangzeb.[1]

Zara Khan
Sasha Agha at the 59th Idea Filmfare Awards 2013 Pre-Awards party.jpg
Born
Zara Khan
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress, Singer
Parent(s)Rehmat Khan (father)
Salma Agha (mother)
RelativesSee Agha–Khan family

Early lifeEdit

Khan, was born to the Agha & Khan families, who have both excelled at both film and sports. Zara is the daughter of Pakistani squash player Rehmat Khan and singer/actress Salma Agha,[2] being the granddaughter of Nasrullah Khan[3] She has a younger brother, Liaqat Ali Khan, a gold medalist in badminton, one half-brother Tariq Khan, and two half-sisters Suraiya Khan and Natasha Khan (better known as Bat for Lashes, a British singer-songwriter). Her mother, Salma Agha, made her debut as an actress and singer with BR Chopra, another major director and writer of the 1980s, whose family now own India’s leading Bollywood production house that is known for having co-produced 'Grace of Monaco' with Nicole Kidman and Tim Roth that opened Cannes Film Festival a couple of years ago, as well as, ‘Titli’, part of the official Selection. Her first film “Nikaah” was a commercial success and earned her a Filmfare Award for Best Actress.[2][4]

The paternal side of the family has also illustrated itself and marked the world of sports, squash, in particular. Her great-grandfather Khan created the squash ball which holds great honour in the family, her grandfather Nasrullah Khan was a World Class Squash Player who won several titles. Zara’s uncle Jahangir Khan was a 10-time British Open winner.

CareerEdit

ActingEdit

Agha made her film debut in Yash Raj's romantic thriller Aurangzeb, opposite Arjun Kapoor and Prithviraj Sukumaran.[5][6][7] The film revolves around twin brothers, who find themselves caught in a quagmire of sex and lies. The Times of India wrote about Agha's performance, "Sasha is petite, pug-nosed, and has a nice figure. But her portrayal of the golden-hearted whore, like the one Parveen Babi played in Deewaar, is insipid."[1] After her debut film, ‘Aurangzeb’, Zara recently played the lead character in a short film called “Khoj” which premiered at Cannes Film Festival's, Short Film corner.[citation needed] The film won her instant recognition for her powerful performance as it was a story based on a 19-year-old girl, struggling with the consequences of NRI arranged marriages that are commonplace in India.[citation needed] This women-centric film, also directed Raj Babbars Niece Kajri babbar, the film was made with the purpose of highlighting the harsh reality Indian women are still facing in traditional conservation India in 2018.

MusicEdit

Khan's main vocal influence was her mother, who she said was "passionate about singing", and helped develop her interest in it. Her first recording, the song "Barbaadiyaan", appeared along with Ram Sampath in the 2013 film Aurangzeb. The song received mixed reviews from critics, becoming a commercial success in India.[8]

In the mediaEdit

FHM (India) ranked Sasha at #29 on 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013.[9]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2013 Aurangzeb Ritu Also playback singer for song "Barbaadiyaan"

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Aurangzeb movie review: Wallpaper, Story, Trailer at Times of India. Timesofindia.indiatimes.com. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Interview for Harper's Bazaar". Retrieved 26 October 2013.
  3. ^ DailyTube – Sashaa Agha – Wiki Article. Dailytube4u.com (29 July 2013). Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  4. ^ "Kareena Kapoor, Ranbir Kapoor to root for cousin Sasha Agha's Aurangzeb". Daily Bhaskar.
  5. ^ PHOTOS: Arjun Kapoor romances debutante Sasha Agha in Aurangzeb Photo Gallery, Picture News Gallery – The Indian Express. Archive.indianexpress.com. Retrieved on 29 March 2014.
  6. ^ "Sasha Agha makes Arjun Kapoor jittery during lovemaking scene". NDTV. 29 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Dubai girl Sasheh Aagha makes Bollywood debut". Gulf News. 13 May 2013.
  8. ^ "Watch: 'Barbadiyaan', a club track from 'Aurangzeb' featuring Arjun Kapoor, Sasha Agha". indianexpress.com. Retrieved 15 September 2015.
  9. ^ "FHM India's 100 Sexiest Women In The World 2013: The full list!". Retrieved 27 October 2013.

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