Zarina Wahab (born 17 July 1959) is an Indian actress who predominantly worked in Hindi and Malayalam films. Known for critically acclaimed roles in Chitchor and Gopal Krishna in Bollywood and in Malayalam Cinema with films like Madanolsavam, Chamaram, Palangal and Adaminte Makan Abu.
Wahab at the Stardust Awards in 2016
|Children||Sooraj Pancholi |
Wahab was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh into a Muslim family. She is fluent in Telugu, Urdu (her mother tongue), Hindi and English. She was trained at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Wahab has three sisters and one brother.
After receiving negative feedback about her appearance from film producer Raj Kapoor, Wahab worked on her appearance and attended film parties and events. She eventually got noticed and was cast in films. She was usually cast as the middle-class girl after her first leading role in Basu Chatterjee's Chit Chor (1976) in movies like Agar, Jazbaat, Sawan Ko Aane Do, and Raees Zada. She was nominated for a Filmfare Award in the Best Actress category for Gharonda (1977). She has acted in many Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil, films. Wahab made a comeback to Malayalam films with Calendar, in 2009 and has continued to act in Malayalam movies. She is still remembered for her role in the critically acclaimed Adaminte Makan Abu. She also appeared in My Name Is Khan as the mother of Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan's character). Wahab currently plays older roles in television serials.
Wahab met actor Aditya Pancholi on the sets of Kalank Ka Tika. They married in 1986 and have a daughter, Sana and a son, Sooraj. News of their turbulent marriage, her husband's temper and rumors of infidelity have been in the gossip columns. Wahab's daughter is an actress. Her son, Suraj, was arrested in June 2013, in connection with the suicide of Jiah Khan. He made his Bollywood debut with Sunil Shetty's daughter Athiya Shetty in 2015 in the movie Hero.
|Denotes films that have not yet been released|
|1974||Ishq Ishq Ishq||Prema||Hindi|
|1976||Chitchor||Geeta P. Choudry||Hindi|
|1977||Navarathinam||Pushparagam, The Hindi actress||Tamil|
|1977||Agar... If||Anju A. Agarwal||Hindi|
|1978||Amara Prema||Jaya Mala||Telugu|
|1979||Sawan Ko Aane Do||Chandramukhi||Hindi|
|1981||Ek Aur Ek Gyarah||Hirnibai||Hindi|
|1981||Khoon Ki Takkar||Rajju||Hindi|
|1982||Enthino Pookunna Pookal||Savithri||Malayalam|
|1982||Maine Jeena Seekh Liya||Reema||Hindi|
|1985||Punnaram Cholli Cholli||Vinodini||Malayalam|
|1986||Inteqam Ki Aag||Seema||Hindi|
|1987||Ee Bandha Anubandha||Kannada|
|1987||Mera Yaar Mera Dushman||Hindi|
|1989||Toofan||Mrs. Laxmi Gopal Sharma||Hindi|
|1995||Mera Damad||Kimi/Sunita Choudhry||Hindi|
|2004||Dil Maange More!!!||Kavita (Nikhil's Aunt & Shagun's Mother)||Hindi|
|2005||Kisna: The Warrior Poet||Shanta||Hindi|
|2006||Jaane Hoga Kya||Mrs. Krishnan||Hindi|
|2007||Kaisay Kahein||Mrs. Rao||Hindi|
|2010||My Name Is Khan||Razia Khan||Hindi|
|2010||Rakta Charitra 2||Hindi|
|2010||Malik Ek||Shanti, Pralhad's Mother||Hindi|
|2011||Adaminte Makan Abu||Aishumma, Abu's wife||Malayalam|
|2013||I, Me, aur Main||Nisha Sabharwal||Hindi|
|2013||Aaru Sundarimaarude Katha||Chachi Moothedan||Malayalam|
|2013||Club 60||Mrs. Sinha||Hindi|
|2013||Zila Ghaziabad||Satbeer's mother||Hindi|
|2014||Love U Crazy Girl||Khushi's mother||Hindi|
|2015||Dil Dhadakne Do||Smita Sangha||Hindi|
|2016||Chalk n Duster||Indu Shastry||Hindi|
|2016||Yea Toh Two Much Ho Gayaa||Mann's mother||Hindi|
|2017||Jia Aur Jia||Jia Grewal's mother||Hindi|
|2019||The Last Meal||Mother||Hindi|
|2019||And the Oscar Goes To...||Ummukulsu||Malayalam|
|2019||PM Narendra Modi||Hiraben Modi||Hindi|
|2019||One Day: Justice Delivered||Abdul's mom||Hindi|
|2019||Mudda 370 J&K||Suraj's mother||Hindi|
|2020||Mai Gayatri Jadhav||Lawyer|
|2020||Main Mulayam Singh Yadav||Mulayam's mother|
|2020||The Lovers||Nithya's mother|
|2020||Street Dancer 3D||Amrinder's Mother||Hindi|
- Maayka (Zee TV soap) as Mohini Malhotra (the mother of Soni, Mahi, Raji and Prince)
- Zaara – Pyaar Ki Saugat (Sahara One Soap) as Sana Khan Amir's stepmother
- Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi as Tulsi's childhood friend
- Yahaaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli as Pratibha (Karan's mother)
- Virrudh – Vasudha mother (Sony TV)
- Madhubala Ek Ishq Ek Junoon as Sultan's mother
- Ek Kiran Roshni Ki on DD National as Roshni's mother
- FIR as Bajrang Pandey's mother
- Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein as Mahendra Pratap's mother
- Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai as Ketki Gaikwad
- Zindagi...Ek Bhanwar
- Love Life & Screw Ups Season 2 as Honey
- Kohinoor as Irawati's Mom
- Kashmakash Zindagi Ki as Pooja's mother
- Tumhari Disha as Suhasini Bhonsle
- Kammal as Rini Sanyal
Awards and nominationsEdit
- The Global Indian Film And Television Honors for Best Actor In A Supporting Role – Female (2011) for My Name Is Khan
- Nominated–Filmfare Award for Best Actress (1977) for Gharonda
- Nominated–Screen Award for Best Supporting Actress (2011) for Rakht Charitra – I
- Nominated–Stardust Award for Best Actress In An Ensemble Cast (2011) for Rakht Charitra – I
- Nominated–Stardust Award for Best Actress In An Ensemble Cast (2011) for My Name Is Khan
- "Inspiring story of Zarina Wahab: Wonder Woman - Who are you today?". intoday.in. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
- "First batch looks back at good old days TNN,". The Times of India. 21 March 2010.
- Zarina Wahab. Parinda.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- 1st Filmfare Awards 1953. Deep750.googlepages.com. Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- "Profile of Malayalam Actor Zarina Wahab". En.msidb.org. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- "Adaminte Makan Abu ". En.msidb.org. 26 January 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2015.
- Another Addition to the Cast of My Name Is Khan Archived 11 February 2010 at the Wayback Machine
- The Sunday Tribune – Spectrum – Television. Tribuneindia.com (2004-02-08). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- The Tribune, Chandigarh, India – Chandigarh Stories. Tribuneindia.com (2003-10-30). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- Adityas rishta with Kangana Archived 20 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Entertainment.oneindia.in (2006-05-03). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- DNA – After Hrs – ‘I have a short memory for bad things’ – Daily News & Analysis. Dnaindia.com (2006-07-03). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- City Times – To be or not to be... like mum?. Khaleejtimes.com (2007-03-23). Retrieved on 2012-09-29.
- "Jiah Khan's Boyfriend Sooraj Pancholi Arrested on Suspicion of Abetting Her Suicide". People Magazine. Associated Press. Retrieved 11 June 2013.