Nadira Babbar

About Nadira Babbar

Who is it?: Theater Artist
Birth Day: January 20, 1948
Birth Place: Mumbai, India, Indian
Birth Sign: Aquarius
Occupation: Theater actress, director
Years active: 1980–present
Spouse(s): Raj Babbar
Children: Arya Babbar Juhi Babbar
Parent(s): Sajjad Zaheer (father) Razia Sajjad Zaheer (mother)

Nadira Babbar Net Worth

Nadira Babbar was bornon January 20, 1948 in Mumbai, India, Indian, is Theater Artist. Nadira Babbar is a renowned Indian theater and film actress and director, best known for establishing the theater group ‘Ekjute’. Nadira has been conferred with the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award for her contribution to theatre. Of all the characters she has enacted in her career so far, her portrayal of ‘Mrs. Bakshi’—the mother of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in the film, ‘Bride and Prejudice’—is her best claim to fame. Her performance in the movies, ‘Jai Ho’, ‘Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities’ and ‘Ghayal Once Again’ have also won rave reviews both from viewers and critics. At the same time, she has led from the front in staging more than sixty plays via her theater productions, ‘Ekjute’. Nadira is an alumnus of the National School of Drama, New Delhi. She has shared screen space as well as the theater stage with celebrated luminaries like Kiron Kher, Satish Kaushik, Farooque Sheikh, Raj Babbar, Salman Khan, and Anupam Kher. She met the actor and theater personality, Raj Babbar at NSD, with whom she developed a romantic relationship that culminated in their marriage.
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💰 Net worth: $12 Million

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Biography/Timeline

1948

Nadira Zaheer was born on 20 January 1948 to communist leader Syed Sajjad Zaheer and Urdu Writer Razia Sajjad Zaheer, Nadira is third amongst four sisters, Najma Ali Baquer, Naseem Bhatia and Noor Sajjad Zaheer. Her parents were actively associated with the Progressive Writers' Association, and the IPTA, giving her an upbringing strongly rooted in culture and theatre.

1971

She graduated from National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1971. Nadira was a Gold Medallist at NSD and went to Germany on a scholarship, and later got a chance to work with renowned Directors like Grotovisky and Peter Brooks.

1981

She started her theatre group in Ekjute (Together) in 1981 in Delhi, which came out with its first production Yahudi Ki Ladki in 1981, which revived the Parsi theatre style, and is considered one of its finest. The group has also been performing the Bhavai-based musical, Jasma Odhan, written by Shanta Gandhi for several years now. Nadira moved to Mumbai in 1988, and reestablished her theatre group.

1997

Over the last 30 years, Ekjute has given Indian theatre over sixty plays including Sandhya Chhaya, Look Back in Anger, Ballabpur Ki Roop Katha, Baat Laat Ki Halaat Ki, Bharam Ke Bhoot, Shabash Anarkali and Begum Jaan; apart from directing plays written by herself: Dayashankar Ki Diary (1997), Sakku Bai (1999), Suman Aur Sana and Ji Jaisi Aapki Marzi. It has worked with actors like Raj Babbar, Satish Kaushik and Kirron Kher.

2004

Nadira Babbar was most recently seen as the mother to Aishwarya Rai in Gurinder Chadha's film Bride and Prejudice (2004), and M. F. Hussain's Meenaxi: A Tale of Three Cities (2004). She was also portrayed as the mother of Salman Khan in Sohail Khan's Jai Ho and as the mother of Raj Bansal (main villain) in Sunny Deol's recently released movie named Ghayal Once Again.

2011

In 1990, Ekjute started the 'Ekjute Young People's Theatre Group', which has given productions like Aao Picnic Challen and Azdak Ka Insaaf. The groups celebrated 30 years of its foundation in 2011, with a week-long theatre festival, 30 Years Caravan 2011, at Prithvi Theatres, Mumbai which began on 14 April 2011. Her recent release is a Salman Khan-starrer Hindi movie Jai Ho (2014).

2016

In 2016, She featured in Sunny Deol's Ghayal Once Again.