Suraiya Jamal Sheikh

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Suraiya Jamal Sheikh

Born: 15 June 1929

Died: 31 January 2004

  • She popularly known by the mononym Suraiya, was a popular actress and playback singer in India’s Hindi language films.
  • She was active from 1936 to 1963.
  • In a career spanning from 1936 to 1963, she acted in 67 films and sang 338 songs.
  • She was one of the greatest actresses of the Hindi Cinema and a leading lady in Hindi language films in the 1940s and 1950s.
  • She was also a renowned playback singer, who mostly sang for herself, starting from a song in Nai Duniya (1942) when she was only 12 years old.
  • She was known for her North Indian Muslim feudal style acting or adakari in many of her films she made her first appearance as a child artist with the film Madame Fashion (1936), directed by Jaddan Bai.
  • She made her acting debut with the film Taj Mahal in which she played the role of Mumtaz Mahal.
  • In her heydays, she was known as Malika-e-Husn (queen of beauty), Malika-e-Tarannum (queen of melody), and Malika-e-Adakari (queen of acting).
  • She was the highest-paid actress in the 1940s and 1950s and won several awards for her performances in Indian films.

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