Farida Jalal was discovered by Filmfare's United Producers' Talent Hunt in the 1960s. She starred in her first movie as a teenager, in the Rajshri Productions' "TAQDEER' in 1967. Thereafter she has starred in more than 200 movies as a character actress mainly, but also as lead actor in some. She is known as Bollywood's all time Favourite Mother.
She took a break for several years in the early 80s, and made a comeback and starred in roles of an elder sister, mother, grandmother, elderly neighbor, & widow.
She is best remembered for her role as Rajesh Khanna's betrothed in the 1969 hit Aradhana and for her song 'Bhagon Mein Bahar Hai, Kaliyon Pe Nikhar Hai...'. She also played the betrothed of Rishi Kapoor in another hit Bobby in 1973.
To date, She has won Five Filmfare awards for her performances in Paras, Majboor, Henna, Mammo, and Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.
Farida got married to Tabrez Barmavar, and shortly thereafter gave birth to a son, Yaseen Barmavar. Tragedy visited her when Tabrez passed away in 2003.
She is one of very few actresses that has had an important role in every major Bollywood hit.
She Has become very successful at playing motherly roles in Bollywood movies today.
Started her career as a child artiste. But is often confused with child actress Baby Farida. The other Baby Farida starred in Ram Aur Shyam.
Her brother Khalid Mohammed was the secretary of actress Zeba Bhaktiar. Earlier he directed the film Kanhaiya under the name "Khalid Sami". Khalid also directed a film titled Nargis starring Hema Malini, Zeba Bhaktiar, Naseeruddin Shah and Manzoor Ali ( Mehmood's son). The film remains completed and unreleased . Khalid is always mistaken for film critic and director Khalid Mohammed. This is due to both having the same name.
It is difficult to imagine that the heroine of Rajesh Khanna in the iconic Aradhana didn't make it big as a heroine. Maybe it was her acting skills. But so-what. she looked happy and fit all her life.
It is difficult to imagine that the heroine of Rajesh Khanna in the iconic Aradhana didn't make it big as a heroine and had to become a character actor.