Zeba Bakhtiar (Actor/Actress)

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Zeba Bakhtiar (زيبا بختيار‎) is a Pakistani film and television actress, and a television series director. She made her television debut with a Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) drama play, Anarkali (1988). She gained a lot of fame through her Bollywood debut, Henna in 1991. She also gained much media attention due to her marriage with a famous music video performer Adnan Sami and the subsequent custody battles of her son after their divorce in 1997.

Title Description
Name: Zeba Bakhtiar
In Urdu: زیبا بختیار
Famous As: Actress
Nationality: Pakistani
Residence: Karachi, Pakistan
Home Town : Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Education: Becholar in Law, (But not completed)
Religion: Islam
Profession: Actress, Producer
Height: 5 ft 5 inch
Weight: 56 kg
Website: twitter.com/zebabakhtiar1
Date: 5 November 1962
Place: Quetta, Balochistan, Pakistan
Ethnicity: Baloch
Spouse: Adnan Sami (1993–1997), Javed Jaffrey (1989–1990), Salman Valliani (1992), Sohail Khan Leghari
Children: Azaan (Son), Bobby (Daughter)
Parents: Father: Yahya Bakhtiar, Mother: Sylvia Vallencanto
Siblings : 2 brothers and 1 sister
Occupation(s): Acting, Producer
Genres: Film, Drama
Serial & Movies
Name: Anaarkali, Laag, Muqaddas, Bin Roye Aansu and many more.....
Professional Work
Years Active: 1988 - present
Famous Acts: Henna in Movie "Henna"

Early life

Bakhtiar was born in Quetta, Pakistan to Yahya Bakhtiar, a prominent bureaucrat from Quetta, former Attorney General of Pakistan and a close confidant of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and Sylvia Vallencanto, his Hungarian wife. Bakhtiar has lived her entire life in Pakistan and in an interview stated, "I consider myself Pakistani more but I respect my roots". She has two brothers, both doctors by profession living in the U.S, and a sister who is a corporate lawyer. She is of Pakistani, Persian Bakhtiari and Hungarian ancestry. Bakhtiar got her initial education from a convent school in Quetta, and then attended Kinnaird College in Lahore, getting her bachelor's degree in law, but not completing her graduate degree. Although she was brought up in a very conservative environment, she never thought of becoming an actress and stated that it was by chance she became an actress. [1] Early Life of Zeba Bakhtiar

Acting Career of Zeba

Zeba is a one of the prominent actress of Pakistan Film and Drama Industry
Zeba is a one of the prominent actress of Pakistan Film and Drama Industry
Bakhtiar's performance in the TV play Anarkali (1988), a sad love story, won her critical acclaim in Pakistan's entertainment world. The role of Anarkali helped prepare her for her big screen debut with the hit movie Henna (1991), produced and directed by Randhir Kapoor in India. Her work in Henna was widely appreciated, but it was her performance in the Pakistani film Sargam (1995) that won her the prestigious Nigar Award in Pakistan. Bakhtiar also appeared in movies such as Mohabbat Ki Arzoo (1994), Stuntman (1994), Jai Vikraanta (1995) which were all box office duds in India. She then returned to Pakistan in films like Muqadama (1996), Chief Sahib (1996), Qaid (1996) and Babu (2001). She attempted to direct a movie called Babu in (2001) which proved to be another Box Office disaster. Apart from movies, Bakhtiar often took starring roles in major television serials, in which she brought new levels of intensity with her performances. For instance, in Laag she gave a memorable performance as the leader of the 'Kashmiri Independence Movement'. Her portrayal of a handicapped girl in Pehli See Mohabbat was just mind-boggling as were her performances in the Lollywood films Kundi and Sargam. She returns to television with a prominent role in Haissam Hussain's adaptation of Farhat Ishtiaq's novel Bin Roye Ansuu which stars Humayun Saeed, Mahira Khan and Armeena Rana Khan. Her role was Saba's Mother.

Some interesting facts about Zeba bakhtiar

Zeba with her Son Azaan
Zeba with her Son Azaan
  1. Her first marriage was to Salman Valliani but they later divorced.
  2. Her second marriage was to a man whose name is unknown, he lived in Quetta from whom she had a daughter named Bobby.
  3. The daughter was adopted by Zeba’s sister.
  4. She then married Javed Jaffrey and sought separation from him.
  5. Zeba denied her marriage with Javed Jaffrey in media but later he produced their Nikahnama (Marriage certificate) before the media and in the courts of India.
  6. Bakhtiar then married singer Adnan Sami but divorced in 1997. They have a son together named Azaan.
  7. Bakhtiar was also married to Sohail Khan Leghari.
  8. He married Zeba Bakhtiar the star, and not me as a person,” she said about her marriage with Adnan.
  9. Zeba Bakhtiar says may consider idea of marrying again if son allowed.
  10. Zeba also suffers from diabets.
[2] facts about Zeba Bakhtiar

List of Movies

With Adnan Sami Khan in Movie Sargham
With Adnan Sami Khan in Movie Sargham
 Year Film  Role 
 1991  Henna Henna 
 1991   Deshwasi  
 1994  Mohabbat ki Aarzoo  Poonam Singh 
 1994 Stuntman   
 1995  jai Vikraanta Nirmala Verma
 1996 Sargham   Zeb un Nissa
 1996 Muqadama  Chanchal Singh 
 1996  Qaid   Khushboo
 2001 Baabu   
 2014 021   As producer
 2015 Bin Roye  Saba's Mother 

List of TV Dramas

In Bridal Fashion week
In Bridal Fashion week
  • Anarkali (1988)- A Pakistan Television Corporation production
  • Tansen
  • Laag
  • Mulaqat
  • Abke Hum Bichre tau Shayad
  • Muqaddas (1996)
  • Mehmaan
  • Shehr-e-Dil Ke Darwaze
  • Moum (2010)
  • Masuri
  • Doordesh
  • Aye Mere Pyar Ki Khushboo
  • Ishq Ki Ibtida
  • Samjhauta Express
  • Hazaron Saal
  • Be Imaan
  • Takoune
  • Maa Aur Mamta
  • Bin Roye
  • Aabla Paa
  • Kharaash
  • Pehli See Mohabbat