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Popular Indian actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh

Popular Indian actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh was born on 15 June 1929 and died on 31 January 2004 in Mumbai. Suraiya was one of the last distinguished singers and actors to perform a dual purpose in Hindi movies ere it became a trend to cast a singer and actor and actresses separately. She began her career in the Hindi cinema industry as a child artist. Soon later Suraiya’s profession entered its height in the year 1950. Her sympathetic heart-gripping songs remain in the hearts of music lovers still longer than half a century following. 

Popular Indian actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh
Popular Indian actress Suraiya Jamal Sheikh

She was the most successful singing legend of the India of her age. Till the year 1943, as a kid vocalist, Suraiya provided play-back for one of the famous actress called Mehtab in three movies and also in amazing of her movies for her performances as a child performer. She was the actress who only sang songs for her own movies as an actress. From the year 1948 to 1950, she grew as the singing successful performer of the Bollywood film and music industry. At that time she was earning the highest price for her plays per movie. She had worked with almost every legend of the period, male or female, like actor Dev Anand, actor Raj Kapoor, actress Nargis, and actress Madhubala.

In her adolescence, she became a superstar and the highest compensated actress of her generation. Movies like “Tadbir”, “Omar Khayam” and “Parwana”. It is assumed that actress and singer Suraiya got a breakthrough as an actress for the movie called “Tadbir” which was released in the year 1945 at the suggestion of legendary actor K L Saigal who was struck by her song throughout a performance. At that time when the Hindi film industry’s highest male actors were making 50 thousand to 1 lakh rupees, she used to earn 1.5–2 lakh rupees for her role per movie. For a single song, she demanded 1000 rupees.

Suraiya grew to popularity with her film called Ishara, and her following films were so triumphant that a crowd of enthusiasts used to gather around her home and occur to see her at the premiere of her films. Suraiya accumulated several acknowledgment and accolades for her achievements and enrichment to the Hindi cinema industry. One of the most celebrated of them was the President’s, Gold Medal. She even moved to the former Soviet Union to formally designate India as a member of a committee. She passed away on 31 January 2004 at the age of 75 in Mumbai