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Zarina Wahab
Born 1959
Vishakapatnam, AP, India
Occupation Actor

Zarina Wahab (Urdu: زرینہ وہاب) (born 1959) is an Indian actress and former model, who was critically acclaimed for starring roles, such as in Chit Chor and Gopal Krishna in the 1970s.


Early life

Born in a Muslim family in Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh. She is fluent in Telugu and Hindi. She was trained at FTII.


Filmmaker Raj Kapoor was unimpressed with her look, when he met her at FTII. So Zarina worked on her appearance and attended film parties and events, and the industry people took notice and decided to cast her in films.[1] She was usually cast as the middle-class, natural beauty. She had a major hit film in Basu Chatterjee's Chit Chor (1976). She also starred in Gharonda (1977). She earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress for this role.[2] She has acted in Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam films, and has become fluent in Malayalam.

She made a comeback to Malayalam in the movie Calendar, which released in 2009. She is slated to appear in the 2010 release, My Name Is Khan as the mother of Rizwan Khan (Shah Rukh Khan).[3]

She prefers Telugu films, and has encouraged her daughter Sana to start out acting in a South Indian film, the way she had in a Telugu film Gajula Kistayya (1975) with Krishna (actor).[4] Her daughter Sana Pancholi has tried her hand at acting in 2006.[5] Wahab currently plays older roles in television serials.[6]

Personal life

Wahab met her husband actor Aditya Pancholi on Kalan Ka Tika.[7] They married in 1986 and have a daughter, Sana and son Suraj. Her husband is almost 5-years younger than she, and their turbulent marriage has been in the gossip columns, regarding her husband's temper and rumors of infidelity.[8] Yet, their marriage persevered and they are still together.[9]


Year Film Role Director Language Notes
1974 Ishq Ishq Ishq Prema Dev Anand Hindi Also featuring Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman and Kabir Bedi
1976 Chitchor Geeta P. Choudry Basu Chatterjee Hindi Also featuring Amol Palekar
1977 Gharaonda The Nest Bhimsain Hindi Also featuring Amol Palekar
1977 Agar... If Anju A. Agarwal Esmayeel Shroff Hindi Also featuring Amol Palekar and Kader Khan
1978 Tumhare Liye Rajnartaki Basu Chatterjee Hindi Also featuring Sanjeev Kumar and Vidya Sinha
1978 Madanolsavam Elizabeth N. Sankaran Nair Malayalam Also featuring Kamal Hassan and Jayan
1979 Sawan Ko Aane Do  ??? Kanak Mishra Hindi Also featuring Arun Govil and Amrish Puri
1981 Palangal Usha Bharathan Malayalam Also featuring Nedumudi Venu and Bharath Gopi
1982 Sara Varsham Savitha S. Babu Malayalam Also featuring Sukumaran and Mammootty
1982 Enthino Pookunna Pookal Savithri Gopinath Babu Malayalam Also featuring Mohanlal and Mammootty
1984 Manasariyathe Sindhu Soman Ambatt Malayalam Also featuring Mohanlal and Nedumudi Venu
1985 Punnaram Cholli Cholli Priyadarshan Malayalam Also featuring Rahman and Sreenivasan
2009 Calendar Thankam Joseph Mahesh Malayalam Also featuring Prithviraj Sukumaran and Navya Nair
2010 My Name Is Khan Karan Johar Hindi Also featuring Shahrukh Khan and Kajol


Maayka (Zee Tv soap) as Mohini Malhotra (returns after a period of time who says she was rescued, the mother of Soni, Mahi, Raji and Prince.


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