Friday, June 12, 2015

Suraiya - Bollywood Actress - Biography and Filmography

15 June 1929 - 31 January 2014

She got a  role as a child artist because of of her uncle Zahoor, who was then a popular villain. In 1941, she accompanied him to Mohan Studios to see the shooting of a film. Director,  Nanubhai Vakil  noticed Suraiya and selected Suraiya to play the role of Mumtaj Mahal.  Music Director Naushad Ali once heard Suraiya's voice and chose her to sing as a 13-year-old for Mehtaab in Kardar's film Sharda.

Suraiya's next assignment was for Tamanna (1942). Suraiya graduated to adult roles with Ishara (1943), playing second lead opposite small-timer Satish with Prithviraj Kapoor and Swarnlata playing the leading roles.  As an adult, Suraiya initially played secondary roles in K. Asif's Phool (1944), Mehboob Khan's Anmol Ghadi (1946),  and Dard (1947). She got a break as a heroine for the film Tadbir (1945) at the recommendation of K. L. Saigal.  She went on to costar with Saigal in Omar Khayyam (1946) and Parwana (1947). The four solo songs which she sang in Parwana made her a genuine singer star.

After three hits Pyar ki jeet (1948), Badi Behen, and Dillagi (1949), she became the highest paid female star.  She made had hits in Waaris and Mirza Ghalib (1954). Rustom Sohrab (1963) was her last film.

While shooting during the film Vidya, she became romantically involved with Dev Anand. The two of them were paired in seven films together: Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shair (1949), Afsar (1950), Nili (1950), Do Sitare (1951) and Sanam (1951), all of which were successful at the box office. Her maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Anand was Hindu, and so, Suraiya remained unmarried. They stopped acting together after her grandmother opposed their partnership.

In a career spanning 22 years, Suraiya acted in approximately 65 movies.

Best Of Suraiya Hits - Jukebox 1 - Evergreen Black & White Superhit Songs



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