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7 Facts about veteran Actress Zarina Wahab

February 19, 2019

‘Old is Gold’ is a phrase that needs no explanation. It rings true in many places, facets, areas, niches, and industries. Let’s take Bollywood for instance. The veteran actors of the industry still hold the potential to glue the audience to their seats with their acting skills and expressions. The industry is teeming with such skilled and talented veteran actors who surprise us from time to time. One such actor is Zarina Wahab.

Known for her natural beauty, Zarina has mesmerized the movie buffs with vintage flicks like Chitchor, Garonda, Anpadh, Saawan Ko Aane Do, Gopal Krishna, etc. She was also a part of many other blockbuster hits.

Let’s dig deeper and know more about this veteran beauty of B-Town.

One Negative Feedback Transformed Her

Actor Raj Kapoor once gave a negative feedback to Zarina on her looks. Following the feedback, she worked on her appearance and even started attending parties and events. Her improved looks and social mingling helped her bag roles in films, which eventually led to her rise to fame in the 70s and 80s. She made her first appearance with Dev Anand in the movie Ishk Ishk Ishk which released in the year 1974.

Face of many South-Indian Films and TV Shows

Though she has many Bollywood movies to her name, Wahab is also a renowned face in South owing to her many Malayalam, Telugu, and Tamil movies. Chamaram, Palangal, Kaivarisai, Parasparam, etc. are some of the South-Indian movies that she has acted in.

She made a comeback to the Malayalam films in 2009 with Calendar. Wahab has even wooed the television audiences with her acting skills. Some of her popular daily soap operas include Maayka, Yahaan Main Ghar Ghar Kheli, Meri Awaaz Hi Pehchaan Hai, etc.

Trained from FTII

Zarina sought admission in the Film and Television Institute of India, Pune when she was in 8th standard. Soon she became a part of the institute, being surrounded by people with similar dreams, mindset, and passion. After her training, she moved to Mumbai to fulfill her desire of becoming an actress.

Hyderabad: One of Zarina’s Favorite Destinations

In an interview given to a popular online media company, Zarina mentioned that she loves flying to Hyderabad whenever she finds some time off. Once in the City of Pearls, she enjoys watching Telugu films and loves to take long walks around the prime attraction of the city – Charminar.

All Set to Play the Role of Heeraben Modi

Zarina Wahab to play Narendra Modi's mother Heeraben

Well, if you are wondering who is Heeraben Modi, then note that she is the mother of India’s incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Zarina is all set to play the role Heeraben in NaMo’s upcoming biopic, being directed by Omung Kumar. The movie has Vivek Oberoi playing the role of India’s PM.

Awards and Accolades

Wahab has a slew of awards and recognitions to her name, which include the Global Indian Film and Television Honors for Best Actor in a Supporting Role – Female (2011) for My Name Is Khan.

Zarina Wahab’s Husband is a Popular Face too

Zarina Wahab with her husband Aditya Pancholi and her children

Zarina got married in the year 1986 and even after 32 years, her marriage is as fit as a fiddle. She is six years older than her husband and met him for the first time on the set of Kalank Ka Tika. Still scratching your head on who her husband is? It’s none other than our “bad boy” Aditya Pancholi. However, according to her, Aditya Pancholi is a clean hearted person and helps people without letting others know. Zarina is a mother of two – Sooraj Pancholi and Sana Pancholi.


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