Friday, September 11, 2009


Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab, (which is in Pakistan since 1947), and was the only child of her parents. She was a plain-looking girl and was not formally trained in music; yet she went on to become a successful singing actress.
She attended New Girls' High School in Bombay (Mumbai). She received religious teachings in Persian at home.
Suraiya made her debut as a child artist in Usne Kya Socha (1937). She got a prominent role as a child artist with the help of her uncle Zahoor, who was then a popular villain actor. During a holiday from school in 1941, she accompanied him to Mohan Studios to see the shooting of the film Taj Mahal which was being directed by Nanubhai Vakil. Vakil noticed Suraiya and not having in his mind at that time any particular young girl to play the role of young Mumtaz Mahal in Taj mahal, selected

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