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Born(1945-09-10) September 10, 1945 (age 69)
Ambala, Punjab, British India
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active1962–1989
Spouse(s)Khawaja Rehmat Ali (1959–1962)
Sudhir (1964–1966)
Mohammad Ali (1967–2006)
ChildrenSamina Ali
AwardsNigar Awards
Best Actress
Arman (1966)
Insaan aur aadmi (1970)
Mohabbat (1972)
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This article is about Pakistani film actress. For the Pakistani television actress and model, see Zeba Ali. For other uses, see Zeba (disambiguation).
Born(1945-09-10) September 10, 1945 (age 69)
Ambala, Punjab, British India
OccupationActress, Producer
Years active1962–1989
Spouse(s)Khawaja Rehmat Ali (1959–1962)
Sudhir (1964–1966)
Mohammad Ali (1967–2006)
ChildrenSamina Ali
AwardsNigar Awards
Best Actress
Arman (1966)
Insaan aur aadmi (1970)
Mohabbat (1972)

Zeba (Urdu: زیبا‎) is a film actress from Pakistan. Her real name is Shaheen, but she adopted the name Zeba.[1][2] She is widely regarded as one of the top stars in the 1960s and the early 1970s.[citation needed] She made her screen debut in Chiragh jalta raha in 1962. During a career that spanned almost three decades, Zeba appeared in numerous commercially successful as well as critically appreciated films, many of which featured her alongside actor and husband Mohammad Ali.[3][4] She also starred in the 1966 film Arman which was produced by actor and producer Waheed Murad, Pakistan's first Platinum Jubilee film.[5]


In 1961, producer Noor Mohammad Khan offered her a role of heroine in his film Zindagi but latter due to unknown reasons film was shelved. By then, she accepted a role in another film Shakir. Arif was the hero, and the movie was eventually released in 1962 with a different name Chiragh jalta raha. Other debut cast were Mohammad Ali and Kamal Irani. Her second release of 1962, Jab say dekha hai tumhain, opposite Darpan earned her critical success. Her next film, Baaji released in 1963 which was also successful.[3][6]

Her first relesae of 1964 Taubah was a Golden Jubilee movie. Her pair, first with Kamal and then with Waheed Murad, who was only producer at that time.[7] Her second collaboration with Waheed Murad was in 1965 film Heera aur pathar. Her next three successive releases in 1964, Aashiana, Baghi Sipahi and Head Constable.[7][8][9]

After the introduction of color movies, she first appeared in Najma. Rishtah hey pyar ka was her first film which was shot overseas. Her first release of 1966 was Armaan which was also Pakistan's first Platinum Jubilee Urdu film. Armaan was produced by Waheed Murad himself and directed by Pervaiz Malik. The movie was released on 18 March 1966. She won her first Best Actress award from Nigar Awards for the film. During the same year, Zeba and Waheed Murad were teamed up in two other movies, i.e., Josh and Jaag utha insaan. From 1965 to 1969 Zeba worked in number of films. Some of her notable and successful films of that time are Eid Mubarak, Kaneez, Dard-e-Dil, Koh-e-Noor, Josh, Suhagan, Taj Mehal, Anjaan, Mohabbat rang laye gi, Ek Phool ek Pathar and Bahoo Rani. In 1970, she played young-to-old role in Shabab Kiranvi Insaan aur aadmi. Her performance was greatly appreciated and she won her second Best Actress award from Nigar Awards.[10][11][12]

One of her most memorable role came in 1972 film Mohabbat which was critical and commercial success and earned her third Best Actress award from Nigar Awards. She starred in only one Punjabi film named Mehndi wale hath, whereas she had worked with a total of 45 film directors.[10][13]

She along with Mohammad Ali also work in 1989 Hindi movie Clerk written, produced, directed by and starred Manoj Kumar alongside an ensemble cast including Rekha, Anita Raj, Shashi Kapoor, Rajendra Kumar, Ashok Kumar, Prem Chopra and Sonu Walia. This was her only Hindi film appearance.[14][15]

Films with Mohammad Ali

By the late 1970s, Zeba started to work opposite her husband only. Known as Ali-Zeb in media, the pair give number of movies. Some of their most notable films are:[16]

Her last film was Mohabbat ho to Aesi released in 1989 was also with Mohammad Ali.

Personal life

Her first marriage was to Khawaja Rehmat Ali (1959–1962), and her second to Sudhir (1964–1966). Zeba met Mohammad Ali On the set of Tum mile pyar mila, and they married while the film was still under production on September 29, 1966.[17][18][19] The couple remained married until Ali's death from Heart attack on March 19, 2006.[20][21][22]

Zeba had a daughter from her first marriage named Samina, after marrying Mohammad Ali, he legally adopted Samina, giving her the name Samina Ali.[23][24][25]

Awards and accolades

She received the Nigar Awards three times in her movie career.[10][26]

She had also received two special awards from Nigar Awards Millennium award in 1999 and Ilyas Rashidi gold medal in 2002.[27]





















See also


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  2. ^ "ZEBA". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "ZEBA Pakistani actress". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Filmography of Zeba". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  5. ^ "Memorable films during last 60 years". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chiragh jalta raha". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Touba". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "Zeba: A Lofty Tribute". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "26th death anniversary of chocolate hero Waheed Murad". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  10. ^ a b c "Zeba: Lesson in Success". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "Insaan aur Aadmi". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  12. ^ "A R M A A N". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Mohabbat". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  14. ^ Ashish Rajadhyaksha; Paul Willemen (1999). Encyclopaedia of Indian cinema. British Film Institute. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  15. ^ Gautam Chintamani. "Love thy neighbour". Dawn. Retrieved 30 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mohammed Ali – Zeba". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "MUHAMMAD ALI". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "spotlight". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "Till death do them part". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Pakistan's Top Film Star Muhammad Ali Dies". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  21. ^ "Legendary film actor Muhammad Ali remembered". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  22. ^ "Today Pakistani Actor Muhammad Ali being remembered". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  23. ^ "Mohammad Ali - A Legendry Actor..!". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  24. ^ "Mohammad Ali – Shehanshah e Jazbaat". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  25. ^ "Mohammad Ali bio". Retrieved 29 March 2013. 
  26. ^ "OVER VIEW: Lollywood’s Oscar — Nigar". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 
  27. ^ "Moammar and Sana bag top honours at Lollywood Oscars". Retrieved 19 March 2013. 

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