Birth: 03-04-1962, Karachi, Pakistan

Salma Aagha is a singer and actress from india who sang as well as acted in Indian films in the 1980s and the early 1990s. 


Salma is granddaughter of 30's/40's famous actor and actress Jugal Kishore Mehra And Anwari Begum who played the roles of the first ever made Heer Ranjha (1932). Salma Aagha's Mother Nasreen Being Born To a Star Pair Bagged the Lead with K.L. Saigal in A.K KARDAR'S Shahjahan A prized role of those times (1946) and Aik roz (1947). Nasreen was known to be one of the most beautiful faces in Asia. Salma's entire family was settled in London. Salma studied in London and for further studies went to Switzerland where her father Liaquat Gul Aagha had a huge business of Persian Carpets and antiques as her father was from a highly respected and reputed family from Iran, known for trading all over the world. Salma's family name from her father's side is Tajik but the family was given the title of 'Aagha' known as a Respected title in Iran and only given when highly reputed in the society. (The direct translation of 'Aagha' is 'Sir'). Salma claims to be an Indian since her maternal and paternal families were all born in India, although they're all British Nationals.

Salma along with sister Sabina produced and sang for a record called ABBA AND AGHA – Salma and Sabina Aagha sang ABBA hits in Hindi. The record made a few waves and was applauded by critics. However, it didn't create any major ripples in the Hindi film circles at the time.
When acclaimed Indian director Raj Kapoor was at the London reception of his son Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh's wedding, he invited his cousin Nasreen Aagha (Salma's mother) to the reception, As Nasreen Aaghas Father Jugal Kishore Mehra Was Raj Kapoor's Uncle (mama). Present at the wedding were many prominent Indian directors, including B.R. Chopra. Chopra had just finished a female oriented hit with Zeenat Aman called Insaf Ka Tarazu. He had just commissioned a heroine-oriented movie called Talaq Talaq Talaq and was on the lookout for a Muslim actress. Zeenat Aman (even though half Muslim) he felt had a much too urban look to portray the character of Neelofar in his movie. Raj Kapoor too was on the lookout for a Muslim girl for his movie Heena. Soon Raj Kapoor nixed plans and went ahead with Prem Rog. Hearing that Chopra was looking for a Muslim girl, Salma flew to Bombay to meet him. Using her uncle Raj Kapoor's connection, Salma was soon hired.
When the music directors heard Salma's ABBA hits they signed her on to sing her own playback songs. The songs were a huge success even before the movie was released. The movie got stuck with the Islamic clerics who were to approve the movie before its release. They insisted on a name change and Chopra rechristened the movie Nikaah. The movie went on to be a huge success and is considered a classic. It is one of the strongest debuts for an actress and a huge vehicle for a newcomer. She earned a Filmfare nomination as Best Actress. In addition to winning the Filmfare Best Female Playback Award for the song "Dil Ke Armaan," which was a great honour for salma being a newcomer since the nominees were Lata mangeshker and Asha Bhosle she also earned two Filmfare nominations: one for the song "Pyar Bhi Hai Jawan" and the other for the song "Dil Ki Yeh Arzo".
After Nikaa's success Salma didn't sign any other project right away as she wanted to do a film which would give her looks and screen appearance a total change, and even though it took a while before she signed on to her second project, but her music kept playing in every corner possible. She finally found the right project that would give not just a change to her appearance but also to her music. And so she signed on to B Subhash's Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki with Mithun Chakraborty and Smita Patil. The movie was publicised with huge pictures of Salma, which in turn upset and overshadowed Mithun. This movie became Salma's second release and another hit. She earned a Filmfare nomination for the song "Jhoom Jhoom Baba" which was a super hit back in the day and still is known to be one of the songs which people love to groove to even now.
Salma Aagha was later approached by producers and directors in Pakistan for films which were being made as co-productions between Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan and far east, which turned out to be a contract for a large number of films. And Salma was known for her Singing and Acting in all these countries as well. She sang songs in Bengoli, Rajhistani, Gujrati and won a number of awards for these songs.
She did a Pakistani Film called Bazaar-e-husn which was the first in Pakistan to have won awards in Russia. her performance was outstanding and as a result it was remade in India by Raj Kumar Kholi called Pati Patni Aur tawaiaf Starring Salma Agha Mithun Chakraborty and Farah and Salma once again got to play the same role and mesmerize the audience with her singing, acting, dancing and most of all her striking looks which people would die for and keep coming back to the cinema halls. The music was again a hit by lakshmikant piyare lal. Salma kept going strong with her music, looks and popularity which lead to a title role called 'Salma' By Ramanan Sagar Starring Raj Babbar Salma Agha Farooq sheikh Shoma Anand. The music again was outstanding by Bhappi Lehri.
Looking at Salma's track record in movies, she has worked with all the big names in music in India And Pakistan including big names like Nussrat fateh Ali Khan, R.D Burman, Lakshmikant Piyare Lal, Kalyanji Anandji, Khayaam, Amjad Bobby, Nazeer Ali, wajahat Atre and Robin Ghosh.
Salma also did Oonche Log.. aka High Society' with Rajesh Khanna Music by R.D Burman where her song with Kishore Kumar was a great hit. the song was called 'Jhin Jhin Tara'. But due to Rajesh Khanna's tale-end not appearing the film didn't do so well at the box office but lucky for Salma her music was on her side once again.
During her Peak time in the industry Salma had her share of romance off screen, she was engaged to multi billionaire tycoon of shipping M. Sipra but already being so pampered by her own billionaire father and also the fame an recognition couldn't find much time to the commitment, and so broke it off later on. Later on rumours were heard of her and Javed Sheikh which soon died down with the news of her Marriage to a well-known name in the sports world Rahmat Khan a squash player who was Cousin and coach of Jangir Khan.
Salma And Rahmat settled in London and had two kids,a girl and a boy and then moved back to India and Rahmat started coaching in Bombay as the national coach and soon got India to win the British open in 1999.
Now Salma's daughter 'Sasha Aagha' has been speculated to follow on the same singing/acting combination footsteps just like the past three generations in her family, coming from such a strong background in the film industry being related to the revered Raj Kapoor family.
Salma Aagha's Daughter Sasha who happens to carry the looks of her family, is heard to be a mixture of her cousins Karishma kapoor Kareena Kapoor and mother Salma Aagha. Though there are rumors of her signing a film there isn't any confirmation yet.