Salma Agha is a singer and actor who mainly worked in the Indian and Pakistani cinema in the 1980’s and 1990’s. She came into the limelight after playing the role of ‘Nilofar’ in the Indian Hindi-language film “Nikaah” (1982). Salma also gave her voice to the songs of the film and won a Filmfare for Best Female Playback Singer.
The following information on Salma Agha’s Biography, Net Worth, Age, Family, Parents, Siblings, Daughter, Husband and Nationality is all you need to know.
Salma Agha Biography
Salma Agha (born 25 October 1956) is a British singer and actress who worked in Pakistani and Indian films in the 1980s and the early 1990s.
At the age of 9, she moved to London with her family. In London, Salma, along with her sister Sabina, used to produce and sing songs for a record called AGHA- Salma and Sabina sing the hits of ABBA in Hindi. The record received good response from the audience and the critics alike. However, it didn’t create much wave in the Hindi film industry
Salma Agha Parents
Salma Agha was born and raised in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan, to Liaqat Gul Agha and his wife Nasreen Agha. Liaqat Gul Agha was a tradesman dealing in rugs and belonged to an Urdu speaking Pathan Muslim family based in Amritsar, East Punjab. She traces the origin of her surname ‘Aagha’, “Her father (Liaqat Gul Tajik) traded in precious stones and antiques in Iran. He was given the title Aagha there, a kind of knighthood bestowed on a businessman of repute.” Her mother Nasreen (born as Zarina Ghaznavi) was the daughter of Rafiq Ghaznavi, a Pashtun musician, and his wife Anwari Bai Begum, who was one of the earliest actresses of Indian cinema, starring in Heer Ranjha (1932).
Anwari and Rafiq Ghaznavi separated after Nasreen’s birth, and Anwari then married a rich Indian Hindu businessman named Jugal Kishore Mehra, who converted to Islam and took the name Ahmed Salman. Jugal Kishore Mehra was a first cousin of Bollywood actors Raj Kapoor, Shammi Kapoor and Shashi Kapoor, because their mother, Ramsarni Kapoor (née Mehra), was the sister of his father.
Salma Agha Career
She was born in Karachi and raised in London, where she received several film offers from Indian directors. Her first film was the romance Nikaah (1982), in which she starred as the female lead and also sang several of the film’s songs herself.
She was nominated for the Filmfare awards that year in both the Best Actress category and the Best Female Playback Singer category. It was for her singing that she won the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award. She is also known for her role in Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki (1984) opposite Mithun Chakraborty, and for her song “Come Closer” from the same film.
Subsequently, she appeared in the Indian films “Salma” (1985), “Oonche Log” (1985), “Jungle Ki Beti” (1988), “Paanch Fauladi” (1988), and “Pati Patni Aur Tawaif” (1990). She made her Pakistani film debut in 1985 with the film “Hum aur Tum.” She has also appeared in the Pakistani films “Cobra” (1991) and “Hijrat” (2016).
Salma made her singing debut in 1982 by giving her voice to the songs “Dil Ke Armaan,” “Dil Ki Yeh Arzoo Thi,” “Chehra Chupa Liya Hai,” and “Faza Bhi Hai Jawaan Jawaan” from her debut Indian film ‘Nikaah.’ She received a Filmfare award in Best Female Playback Singer category for the film.
She then sang the track “Zara Zara Tu Pyaar kar” from the film ‘Maine Jeena Seekh Liya’ (1982). Some of her popular songs include “Tarasti Hain Deedar Ko” from the film ‘Salma’ (1985), “Chumma Chumma” from the film ‘Pataal Bhairavi’ (1985), “Come Closer” from the film ‘Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki’ (1984), “Pyar Ek Nasha Hai” from the film ‘Kanwarlal’ (1988), and “Pehla Pehla Pyaar Na Bhoole” from the film ‘Mazdoor’ (1983).
Salma Agha Husband
Salma Agha was in a relationship in the 1980s with London-based businessman Ayaz Sipra. This relationship lasted many years, during which time Salma made her film debut, but it did not develop into marriage. She has been married three times. Her first husband was Javed Sheikh in the 1980s.
She was then married to the squash player Rahmat Khan from 1989 to 2010 and they have two children together – Zara “Sasha” Agha Khan and Ali Agha Khan (Liaqat Ali Khan). In 2011, she married Manzar Shah, a Dubai-based businessman. She lives in Mumbai, where her daughter Sasha works in Bollywood films. In January 2017, she was granted Overseas Citizenship of India status by the Indian government.
Height (approx.): 5′ 5″
Salma Agha Net Worth
Salma Agha net worth is estimated to be around $1 million ‐ $5 million.