Suraiya Jamal Sheikh was an Indian playback singer and actress. The height of his career was in 1950. He played a dual role in Indian cinema and playback singing in the late 1940s. He breathed his last in the year 2004 due to some health problems.
Suraiya was born on Saturday 15 June 1929.age 75 years; at the time of death) in Lahore.
He died on 31 January 2004 due to various health ailments including hypoglycemia, ischemia and insulinoma. She did her schooling at JB Petit High School for Girls in Fort district of Mumbai. Suraiya was proudly known for her Muslim feudal acting style. Her major works include working on the film Taj Mahal in which she played the role of young Mumtaz Mahal. She was among the highest paid actresses from the late 1940s to the early 1950s. Her first appearance was in the film Madame Fashion (1936), directed by Jaddan Bai.
family and caste
Suraiya belongs to a Muslim feudal family. She was one year old when her family moved to Mumbai to live in Krishna Mahal on Marine Drive. Suraiya’s maternal uncle M Zahoor was a famous villain in the Bombay film industry of the 1930s. Her childhood friends were Raj Kapoor and Madan Mohan, with whom she used to sing in the children’s radio program All India Radio.
Suraiya Aziz was a beautiful daughter of Jamal Sheikh (Father) and Mumtaz Sheikh (Mother).
husband and children
Due to some personal reasons, Suraiya Jamal Sheikh remained unmarried during her lifetime.
relationships / affairs
A simple incident that happened during the shooting of a film marked the beginning of her love life with Dev Anand. Dev Anand was a renowned Indian actor, director and producer in the Bollywood industry. Suraiya and Dev Anand fell in love during the shooting of a film.
It was a small incident when a boat capsized in the water and Dev Anand saved it from sinking. This incident played a major role in Suraiya’s life and her romance with Dev Anand began from there. Life can take any turn at any time and the same happened with Suraiya. She wanted to marry Dev Anand because of his divine love but remained unmarried throughout her lifetime. Her maternal grandmother did not want her to marry him because of religious issues, as she was from a Muslim family and Dev Anand was from a Hindu family. It was also said that she was the only earning member in her entire family and hence her grandmother did not want her to marry Dev Anand. The situation was heartbreaking for both the parties and then Dev Anand moved on in his life and got married in the year 1954. Suraiya’s relationship with Dev Anand was highlighted, but she liked Hollywood actor Gregory Peck.
Suraiya was born in a Muslim feudal family. His family was a conservative family and followed the old and traditional belief system.
Suraiya played a dual role in her professional life as a renowned actress and a melodious playback singer in the Indian film industry. She made her Bollywood debut with the Hindi film Madam Fashion in which she played the role of Miss Suraiya. The film was directed by Jaddanbai and was released on 30 July 1936. One day, she went on a holiday with her maternal uncle M. Zahoor and that day turned out to be a life changing day for her. Nanubhai, a famous Indian filmmaker, was influenced by Vakil Masoom and Sundar Suraiya and gave him the role of young Mumtaz Mahal in the film Taj Mahal. Reportedly, she got the role when she accompanied her father to the sets of Taj Mahal, where filmmaker Nanubhai Vakil noticed the talent of 12-year-old Suraiya. He acted in various films like Tamannaah (1942), Station Master (1942), and Hamari Baat (1943) as a child artist. She began working with Dev Anand in the late 1940s and then also became involved in a love affair. The two worked together in seven films which were Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shayar (1949), Afsar (1950), Neeli (1950), Do Sitare (1951) and Sanam (1951). She was among the highest paid actresses in the Indian Bollywood industry in the late 1940s. Suraiya gave a remarkable performance in the film Mirza Ghalib and the film won the National Award for Best Feature Film in India. Our late Prime Minister also praised Suraiya for her brilliant performance.
Suraiya started singing in his childhood days. She first sang as a playback singer in the film Nai Duniya (1942). His first song was titled “Boot Karun Main Polish Babu” and it was composed by Naushad. Suraiya continued her playback singing for various films such as Sharda (1942), Kanoon (1943), and Sanjog (1942–43). An actor KL Sehgal was also so impressed with the talent of 16-year-old Suraiya that he gave him the dual role of a heroine and a singer in the film Tadbeer. Suraiya sang thirteen songs in the films Ishara (1943), Parwana (1947) and Singaar (1949). Suraiya was so devoted to her singing skills that she played her part in India even after Partition, while her co-star moved to Pakistan after Partition.
Awards, Honors, Achievements
- Suraiya’s famous film Mirza Ghalib won the President’s Gold Medal for Best Feature Film by the then Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1954.
- Suraiya was also awarded the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award in the year 1996.
- Suraiya was honored by Dadasaheb Phalke Academy and Screen World Publication on the 134th birth anniversary of Dadasaheb Phalke.
- On the occasion of 100 years of Indian cinema, Suraiya has been voted ‘Best On-Screen Beauty with the Most Ethnic Look’ for her alluring beauty and essence.
Suraiya’s father Aziz Jamal Shaikh passed away in the year 1963 and then left his acting career. She was now living with her mother at Krishna Mahal, a home on Marine Drive, Mumbai. After the death of her mother in the year 1987, Suraiya was completely alone in her life. Suraiya was very disappointed as her grandmother did not allow her marital relationship with Dev Anand. After that, she took the leap from her acting and singing career. Suraiya also avoided being in the limelight and in the public eye. She was suffering from various health ailments due to which she was admitted to Harkishinddas Hospital in Mumbai. He breathed his last on 31 January 2004 at 75.
Facts / Trivia
- Suraiya did not possess the qualities of a contemporary actress, nor did she receive any formal training in music. Nevertheless, she ruled the entertainment industry during the 40s and 50s.
- Suraiya and Dev Anand’s affair was one of the most controversial love affairs in the Indian film industry.
- Nadira, who co-starred with Suraiya in the film Vaaris, said that her father used to visit theaters frequently to watch the song sung by her “Socha Tha Kya”.
- Suraiya’s three songs ‘Pyaar Ki Jeet’, ‘Badi Behen’ and ‘Dillagi’ became hits. It was these songs that made Suraiya the highest paid female star.
- Suraiya sang the song “Yeh Kaisi Ajab Dastaan Ho Gayi Hai” in her last film “Rustom Sohrab”.
- It was observed that even after Suraiya’s death, a red rose was always found on his grave in Mumbai Cemetery. It shows that her lover truly loved her even in her absence.
- Although Suraiya was untrained in music or singing, she sang for two films named Station Master and Sharda.
- Once The Hindu described the various qualities of Suraiya and wrote,
What can you say about the woman who was addicted to Dev Anand, respected by Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, but was afraid of Lata Mangeshkar. ,