Zarina Wahab

Date of Birth: December 09, 1945
Years Active:
Zarina Wahab
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Born 1959 (age 51–52)
Vishakapatnam, AP, India
Occupation Actress
Years active 1974–present
Spouse Aditya Pancholi m. 1986

Zarina Wahab ( 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 , Hindi and English. She was trained at FTII. Zarina has three sisters and one brother.


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.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