Farida Jalal

Farida Jalal (born 14 March 1949) is an Indian actress. In a film career spanning almost fifty years, Jalal acted in over 200 films in the Hindi, the Telugu, and the Tamil film industries. Best known for her character driven roles in independent cinema and supporting work in mainstream Bollywood productions, Jalal has received such accolades as four Filmfare Awards and two Bengal Film Journalists Association Awards.

Farida Jalal
Born (1949-03-14) 14 March 1949
NationalityIndian
OccupationActress, comedian
Years active1967 - present
Spouse(s)
  • Tabrez Barmavar
    (m. 1978; died 2003)
AwardsBest Supporting Actress: Paras (1972)
Best Supporting Actress: Henna (1992)
Best Actress (critics): Mammo (1995)
Best Supporting Actress: Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1996)

Jalal started her career with Taqdeer (1967). She went on to play leading and supporting roles in numerous motion pictures through the 1970s and early 80s. She is widely remembered for her roles in Paras (1971), Henna (1991) and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995), all of which garnered the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress. She became a household name after portraying motherly roles and strong female characters in the 1990s and the early 2000s. She has also won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance for her role in Mammo (1994). She won the Best Actress Award at the 2012 Harlem International Film Festival for her role in A Gran Plan (2012).

She has successfully transitioned to numerous shows on Indian television alongside her work in films. Some of her notable works are the sitcom Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi, Dekh Bhai Dekh, Shararat and Ammaji Ki Galli. She was seen in the soap opera Satrangi Sasural on channel Zee TV portraying the role of Gomti Vatsal a.k.a. Dadi Maa.

Career

Farida Jalal, who was born on 14 March 1949 in New Delhi India,[1] started her career in the 1960s when she won the United Film Producers Talent Hunt sponsored by Filmfare in 1965. She, along with Rajesh Khanna was chosen as finalist and both were presented on stage as winners at the Filmfare Awards function. She got her first film offer for Taqdeer from Tarachand Barjatya who happened to be in the audience.[2] In an interview in 2014, she said, when asked her about initial part of her career: "I started my acting career when I was just out of my school St Joseph's Convent in Panchgani, in a film called Taqdeer. I took part in a talent contest and even won. Kaka (Rajesh Khanna) and I were the finalists. How was I to know that I'd soon be doing a film Aradhana with him?".[3]

She usually played the sister or rejected fiancée of the male lead, but almost never the female lead. One of her most critically acclaimed roles is in Bobby, where she played the part of the mentally challenged would-be fiancée of Rishi Kapoor. During the 1980s, her roles progressed from sister and girlfriend to aunt, mother, or grandmother. She is also remembered for her part in Aradhana, in which she plays Rajesh Khanna's girlfriend, and sings the song "Bagon me bahar hai, kaliyon pe nikhar hai".

When asked as to how she started getting typecast as a hero's sister, she quoted in an interview: "It all started with Gopi where I was offered the greatest mr Dilip Kumar's sister's role. Forget about refusing, I jumped at the offer. Even if I had the chance to just go and observe him on the set I'd have done it. I love the man. I remember during those days each and every actor was copying Dilip Saab whether it was Dharmendra, Jeetendra or Manoj Kumar. I was much in-demand as Dilip Saab's sister. Every hero wanted the same. Every actor wanted me to play his sister. Sometimes the sister was the film's heroine. The official heroine would just sing her songs, whereas I had all the dramatic scenes. I got my recognition and the awards. In a film called Paras I was Sanjeev Kumar's sister. But I had a lot more to do than Raakhee-di who played the heroine. I got my first award for it. Then I got my second award for Majboor, a film written by Salimbhai and Javedbhai where Bachchan Saab played my brother. It was so heartening. Why would I want to be heroine when I was getting the stronger parts as the sister?"[3]

She acted for over 40 years, only taking a break during 1983 and 1990, when she settled in Bangalore.

During the 1990s, Jalal had a part in many major hits in India, among them Raja Hindustani, Kuch Kuch Hota Hai, Dil To Pagal Hai, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai, Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham... and Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge, for which she won a Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1995. Farida Jalal played the lead in the film Mammo. The film won the National Film Award for Best Feature Film in Hindi. Jalal won the Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance. She acted in many television serials, such as the hit sitcom Dekh Bahi Dekh.

She was grandly acclaimed for her role in the 1994 film Mammo, for which she received the Filmfare Best Performance Award. Earlier, she was also nominated multiple times for 'Best Supporting Actress Award', one for the Amitabh Bachchan-Parveen Babi-Pran starrer Majboor where she played Amitabh's handicapped sister.

Farida Jalal though, could not get a major break as heroine against any big star except Rajesh Khanna in Aaradhana, but she played the lead role in Jeevan Rekha in which her husband Tabrez was the hero. Pran and Ajit were also in the film. A song of the film; "Yaar mere, meri baahon me aaja" by Mohammed Rafi from this film had become popular, and is still popular.

Jalal starred in Shararat (Thoda Jadu, Thodi Nazaakat), in which she played a leading role. The comedy is currently airing on the Disney Channel.

In 2005, she co-hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards alongside Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, in Mumbai. In 2008, she made a special appearance in the Punjabi film Yaariyan. Recently, she appeared in the soap opera Balika Vadhu.

In 2017, she was the victim of a death hoax. On 19 February, rumours did the rounds that she had died.[4] Annoyed, the lady asked her publicist to put the rumours to rest.[5]

Personal life

Jalal was married to actor Tabrez Barmavar, who hails from Bhatkal, Karnataka and died in September 2003; they have a son named Yaseen. She met her husband on the sets of Jeevan Rekha and fell in love in the course of the film and got married in November 1978. As she was not getting too many film offers after marriage, they moved to Bangalore where her husband had a soap factory business.[2] Her son Yaseen is not interested in acting.[3]

Awards

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1967TaqdeerGeeta (Youngest daughter of Gopal)
1968Baharon ki Manzil
1969Mahal
AradhanaRenuNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
1970PuraskarReshma
Naya RaastaRadha Pratap Singh
GopiNandini
DeviShobha
1971ParasBela SinghFilmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
BFJA Awards for Best Supporting Actress (Hindi)
Khoj
Amar PremMrs. Nandkishore Sharma
Pyar Ki KahaniLata
1972Zindagi ZindagiShyama
Rivaaj
Buniyaad
1973Heera
BobbyAlka Sharma 'Nikki'
AchanakNurse Radha
Raja RaniAnitaUncredited
LoaferRoopa (Gopinath's daughter)
1974Naya Din Nai Raat
Jeevan Rekha
MajboorRenu KhannaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
UljhanKamla
SankalpGeeta Sehgal
1975KhushbooKusum's friend
Kala SonaBela
Do JasoosHema Khushalchand
Dhoti Lota Aur ChowpattyRajni
DharmatmaMona
AakramanAsha
1976ShaqueMrs. SubramaniamNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
Sabse Bada RupaiyaBindiya/Shobha
Koi Jeeta Koi Haara
BandalbaazMalti
1977Kasam Khoon KiGanga
AlaapSulakshana Gupta
Abhi To Jee LeinThe Nun
Aakhri Goli
Shatranj Ke KhiladiNafisa (Mir's wife)
Palkon Ki Chhaon MeinChhutki
1978Naya Daur
Ganga Ki SaugandChampaGuest appearance
1979JurmanaLailaNominated—Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress
DhongeeGeeta Khanna
1980Patthar Se Takkar
Chambal Ki Kasam
AbdullahYashodaUncredited
1981Jwala DakuSita (Jwala's sister-in-law)
YaaranaMary (Governess)Uncredited
1983Salam e Mohabbat
1988PushpakMagician's wife
1991HennaBibi GulFilmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1992PaayalShanti Devi
BekhudiAunty
Kal Ki AwazAkbari
BandhuMausi
Dil Aashna HaiRazia
1993GardishLakshmi (Shiva's mother)
1994MammoMehmooda Begum Anwar Ali "Mammo"Filmfare Critics Award for Best Performance
Bengal Film Journalists Association Best Actress Award
LaadlaGayetri Verma
KrantiveerMrs. Tilak (Pratap's Mother)
ElaanRevati Chaudhry
DulaaraFlorence
1995Andolan
Jawab
Veergati
Dilwale Dulhania Le JayengeLajwanti, "Lajjo"Filmfare Best Supporting Actress Award
1996Shastra
RajkumarPanna (Dadi maa)
LoaferJanki Kumar
Dushman Duniya KaManager of women's shelter
Raja HindustaniChachi (Raja's aunt)
AngaaraSaraswati
AjayAjay's Mother
1997Saat Rang Ke SapneYashoda
MrityudaataMother Ghayal
MohabbatGeeta Kapoor
JudaaiKajal's mom
Zor
Lahoo Ke Do RangHalima
ZiddiJaya's mother
Dil To Pagal HaiAjay's mom
AflatoonRaja's mother
1998SalaakhenMother
DuplicateMrs. Chaudhary "Bebe"
Jab Pyaar Kisise Hota HaiKomal's mother
SoldierShanti Sinha
Kuch Kuch Hota HaiMrs. Khanna (Rahul's mom)
1999Dil Kya Kare
Hindustan Ki KasamMother of Ajay and Tauheed
KhoobsuratSudha Chaudhary (Dadiji)
2000Kaho Naa... Pyaar HaiLily (Rohit's landlady)
Hey RamKasturba GandhiSimultaneously made in Tamil and Hindi
Dulhan Hum Le JayengeMrs. Oberoi
PukarGayetri Rajvansh
KhauffMrs. Jaidev Singh
Kya KehnaRohini Baxi (Priya's mo)
BichhooJeeva's mom
Tera Jadoo Chal GayaaPooja's mother
Gaja GaminiNoorbibi
2001FarzRukmani Singh
ZubeidaaMammo
Chori Chori Chupke ChupkeAsha Malhotra
LajjaMother of Bride
Moksha: SalvationSalim's mother
Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...Sayeeda/Daijan/DJ
2002Pyaar Diwana Hota HaiMrs. Chaudhary
The Legend of Bhagat SinghVidyavati
Badhaai Ho BadhaaiMrs. Chaddha
Kuch Tum Kaho Kuch Hum KaheinVishnupratap's wife
DeewangeeMrs. Goyal
2003PinjarMrs. Shyamlal
Aapko Pehle Bhi Kahin Dekha HaiJiji
Kaise Kahoon Ke... Pyaar Hai
Main Prem Ki Diwani HoonMrs. Kapoor
Jaal: The TrapSudha Kaul
Fun 2shh: Dudes In the 10th CenturyMrs. DiSouza/Hiraka
2004Garv: Pride and HonourMrs. Shakuntala Dixit
Taarzan: The Wonder CarMrs. Chaudhary (Deven's mom)
2005Pyaar Mein TwistMs. Arya
Barsaat
2006Big Brother
Aryan
2007Laaga Chunari Mein Daag
DholDadi
2010AashayeinMadhu
Krantiveer – The Revolution
2011Love Breakups Zindagi
Chala Mussaddi... Office OfficeShantiCameo appearance
2012Chaar Din Ki ChandniPammi Kaur
Student of the YearAbhimanyu's grandmother
A Gran PlanSatvinder Kaur BediWon — Best Actress Award at 2012 Harlem International Film Festival
2015Bezubaan IshqSavitri
Tina Ki Chaabi
2017I'm Not A TerroristZabiraMalaysian-Bollywood film
2018Batti Gul Meter ChaluLalita's Grandmother

Television

YearSerial/ShowRoleNotes
1984Yeh Jo Hai ZindagiRanjit's aunt
1993-1994Dekh Bhai DekhSuhasini
1994The Great MarathaChimnabai
1995Junoon
1999Star Yaar KalakaarHost
2003-2006ShararatSushma Mehra (Nani)Won ITA Award for Best Actress (Comedy)
2005Hero - Bhakti Hi Shakti HaiBebe
2009-2012Balika VadhuBadi Masiji
2010Rishta.comRuchika's mother
2011Ammaji Ki GalliAmmaji
2013Jeannie Aur JujuDuggu Dadi
2014Comedy Nights with KapilHerselfGuest appearance — on the celebration of completion of 1000 weeks of Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
2014–2016Satrangi SasuralGomti Devi Vatsal

Web Series

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2019 Parchhayee Ricky's Dadi ZEE5 [6][7]

References

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