Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh was a singer and actress in Indian films in the 40s and 50s, and was popularly known by her first name Suraiya. Suraiya made her debut as a child artist in Usne Kya Socha (1937). Music director Naushad once heard Suraiya's voice on All India Radio while she sang for a children's program, and chose her to sing as a 13 year old for Mehtaab in Kardar's film Shard (1942).
As an adult, Suraiya initially played secondary roles in Pool (1944), Mehboob Khan's Anmol Ghadi (1946), which was written by Aghajani Kashmeri also Kashmiri, and Dard (1947). She got a break as a heroine for the film Tadbir (1945) at the recommendation of K. L. Saigal, who liked her voice during a rehearsal. She went on to costar with Saigal in Omar Khayyam (1946) and Parwana (1947). After three hits Pyar Ki Jeet (1948), Badi Bahen, and Dillagi (1949), she became the highest paid female star. But her reign at the top was brief; her films started flopping in the 1950s. She made a comeback in Waaris and Mirza Ghalib (1954). Rustom Sohrab (1963) was her last film. Suraiya was romantically involved with actor Dev Anand. The two of them costarred in six films between 1948 and 1951.