Nadira (actress)

Nadira (Hindi: नादिरा Nadira; Farhat Ezekiel Nadira actually; born December 5, 1932 in Baghdad, Iraq; † 9 February 2006 in Mumbai, Maharashtra ) was an Indian film actress with successes particularly in the 1950s and 1960s.


Her film debut in 1950 alongside Dilip Kumar in Mehboob Khan's Aan. Your role as Maya in Raj Kapoor's Shri 420 is considered to be her best acting performance. Because of their European appearance, she was often busy in the role of wicked seductress and vamp.

Nadira has starred in films such as Dil Apna Aur Preet Parayee, Hanste Zakhm, Amar Akbar Anthony and Pakeezah. In The Guru and Bombay Talkie they played under the direction of James Ivory. Nadira won a 1975 Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Julie's mother in the film Julie. She was active until the 1990s as an actress and had her last role in 2000 in Josh.

Nadira died after a long illness in Mumbai. She belonged to the Iraqi- Jewish community of India. Your entire family had left India. She has a brother in Israel and one in the USA.