Zeba Bakhtiar

Zeba Bakhtiar (Urdu: زيبا بختيار; born 5 November 1962) is a Pakistani film/TV actress and a television director. She is known for her TV drama Anarkali (1988), the Bollywood romantic drama Henna (1991), and the Lollywood movie, Sargam (1995). She produced and directed a movie Babu in 2001. Zeba won the best actress Nigar Award for the movie Sargam in 1995.

Zeba Bakhtiar
زيبا بختيار
Zeba Bakhtiar at PFDC Sunsilk Fashion Week 2010.jpg
Born (1962-11-05) 5 November 1962 (age 60)
  • Actress
  • producer
  • director
Known forHenna (1991)
Sargam (1995)
Salman Galliani
(m. 1982, divorced)
(m. 1989; div. 1990)
(m. 1993; div. 1997)
Sohail Khan Leghari
(m. 2008)
ChildrenAzan Sami
ParentYahya Bakhtiar (father)

Early life and familyEdit

Zeba is the daughter of Yahya Bakhtiar, a lawyer, politician and pre-independence Muslim League activist who served as the Attorney General of Pakistan, and also played a key role in framing Pakistan's current constitution.[1][2] Her father belonged to Quetta,[1] while her mother Eva Bakhtiar was an English woman born to Hungarian parents.[3][2] Her father died in 2003,[1] and her mother died in 2011.[4] Her parents met in the UK in the early 1940s and married, with her mother eventually settling in Pakistan in 1949 after graduating from the University College London.[3][4] Zeba has two brothers, Salim and Karim, who are both doctors, and a sister, Saira.[1] She was raised in Quetta,[4] and moved to Karachi later.[1]


Zeba made her television debut with a Pakistan Television drama, Anarkali in 1988. Her melancholic romantic role in Anarkali was widely appreciated. Then, she signed a Bollywood movie Henna in 1991 under the direction of Randhir Kapoor. Henna made Zeba a household name in the subcontinent. Later, she worked in more Bollywood movies like Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (1994), Stuntman (1994), Jai Vikraanta (1995), and Muqadama (1996). But her career in Bollywood didn't make any progress after Henna. Then she came back to Pakistan and worked in Syed Noor directed film Sargam (1995). Her other Lollywood movies include Chief Sahib (1996), Qaid (1996), and Musalman (2001). She produced and directed movie Babu in 2001, and produced a movie Mission 021 in 2014.
Apart from big screen, Zeba also appeared in some popular TV dramas like Tansan, Laag, and Pehli see mohabbat.[5][6]

Personal lifeEdit


Zeba has been married 4 times. Her first husband was Salman Galliani whom she married in the year 1982.[7] In 1989 she married Javed Jaffrey however denied this as rumours. Javed produced a Nikah Nama and the two divorced a year later. In 1993, Zeba came in the limelight because of her marriage to singer and music composer Adnan Sami. Zeba and Adnan got divorced in 1997. They both have a son named Azaan Sami Khan.[3] Zeba then married Sohail Khan Leghari in 2008.[1][8]


Zeba was diagnosed with diabetes before her second marriage.[9] She now participates in the diabetes awareness campaigns on different forums.[10][11]

Social workEdit

She is involved in women's association football in Pakistan as chairwoman of Karachi-based Diya W.F.C.[12]


Year Film Role Language
1991 Henna[13] Henna Hindi
1994 Mohabbat Ki Aarzoo Poonam Singh Hindi
1994 Stuntman Reena B. Tiwari Hindi
1995 Jai Vikraanta Nirmala Verma Hindi
1995 Sargam[1] Zeb-un-Nisa Urdu
1996 Muqadama Chanchal Singh
1996 Chief Sahib
1999 Qaid Khushboo
2001 Babu
2001 Musalmaan
2014 O21[1] as Producer
2015 Bin Roye Saba's Mother


  • Anarkali (1988)- A Pakistan Television Corporation production
  • Tansen
  • Laag
  • Mulaqat
  • Abke Hum Bichre tau Shayad
  • Muqaddas (1996)
  • Mehmaan
  • Shehr-e-Dil Ke Darwaze
  • Moum (2010)
  • Masuri
  • Doordesh
  • Aye Mere Pyar Ki Khushboo
  • Ishq Ki Ibtida
  • Samjhauta Express
  • Hazaron Saal
  • Be Imaan
  • Takoune
  • Maa Aur Mamta
  • Bin Roye
  • Aabla Paa
  • Kharaash
  • Pehli See Mohabbat


Ceremony Category Project Result
3rd Lux Style Awards[14] Chairperson's Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to Pakistani entertainment industry Won
5th Lux Style Awards[15] Best TV Director (Terrestrial) Masuri Nominated
14th Lux Style Awards[16] Best Film O21

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "Yahya Bakhtiar dies". Dawn. 28 June 2003. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  2. ^ a b "'My hero': Zeba Bakhtiar shares a memorable picture". ARY News. 19 February 2020. Retrieved 19 May 2020. Her father Yahya Bakhtiar was a lawyer and Attorney General of Pakistan who played a key role in the framing of the 1973 Constitution of Pakistan. Zeba’s mother was a Hungarian woman.
  3. ^ a b c "Azaan Sami Khan discusses relation with father, Adnan Sami Khan". The News. 19 September 2019. Archived from the original on 6 September 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2020. Speaking about family dynamics, Azaan first revealed, "My mother’s mother was English; her parents were Hungarian. My grandfather met her in the early 1940s," he revealed.
  4. ^ a b c "Yahya Bakhtiar's wife dies". Dawn. 8 January 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2020.
  5. ^ "Zeba-bakhtiar". Profiles of Famous Pakistanis. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  6. ^ "زیبا بختیار نے بھارتی فلم حنا سے فنی سفر کا آغاز کیا". express news. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  7. ^ "Zeba Bakhtiar Biography | Tv.com.pk". www.tv.com.pk.
  8. ^ Hafeez, Zara Nasir (19 May 2014). "The buzz: In conversation with Zeba Bakhtiar". tribune.com.pk.
  9. ^ "Zeba joins JJ diabetes care". The Nation. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Zeba Bakhtiar and Johnson and Johnson aspire towards better diabetes care". Asianet Pakistan. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  11. ^ "Adnan Sami married the star, not person: Zeba Bakhtiar". Zee News. Retrieved 16 September 2021.
  12. ^ "A football victory for girls' rights in Karachi". United Nations Pakistan Newsletter Issue No. 2 (2016). 20 May 2016. Retrieved 15 March 2021.
  13. ^ "RIP Rishi Kapoor: 'Henna' will be remembered forever". DeccanHerald. 30 April 2020. Retrieved 30 April 2020.
  14. ^ "https://www.rewaj.pk/lux-style-awards-for-the-year-2004/"
  15. ^ "https://www.rewaj.pk/lux-style-awards-for-the-year-2004/"
  16. ^ "https://www.ebuzztoday.com/14th-lux-style-awards-2015-announces-nominees-in-24-categories/"

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