Everything You Need To Know About Salma Agha

Jun/23/2023 / by Team Seema
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Born on 25th October 1965, Salma Agha is a British actress and singer who acted in Indian and Pakistani movies during the 1980s and early 1990s. Here is a biography of Salma Agha detailing everything you need to know, including the age of Salma Agha.

Personal Life

Singer Salma Agha was born in Karachi, Pakistani, where she and her sister, Sabina Agha, spent most of their childhood. Her father, Liaqat Gul Tajik, was a rugs tradesman. He got the name Agha (businessman of repute) from Iran, where he used to sell antiques and precious stones.

Her mother, Nasreen Agha, was the daughter of a reputable singer and actor, and she says she must have gotten her interests from them. She moved with her family to London when she was nine, and she started her singing and acting career there.

In the 1980s, she was in a relationship with Ayaz Sipra, a London-based entrepreneur. While they dated for many years, it did not evolve into marriage. She married Javed Sheikh in the 1980s, divorced, and married Rahmat Khan in 1989.

She has two children from the marriage, a son, Liaqat Ali Khan, and a daughter, Sasha Agha. The two divorced in 2010, and she got married to Manzar Shah in 2011. She is also rumored to have been in relationships with director and actor Marukh Mirza, Muzaffar Ali, Amit Khanna, and Pahlaj Nihalani.


She and her sister, Sabina Agha, started their music career by singing for a record names AGHA where they sang ABBA songs in Hindi. While critics applauded it, it did not significantly impact the Indian music scene.

Raj Kapoor, a film director, and Salma’s mom’s cousin, once came to London for a wedding reception and invited them. Many Hindi film directors, including B.R Chopra, were looking for actresses to feature in their films.

Chopra was specifically looking for a Muslim actress for a film he was working on. This made Samla Agha fly to Bombay and meet him through her uncle, Raj Kapoor. She auditioned and got the lead role in the romance film. Music directors in Bombay also heard her ABBA covers and signed her for her original playback songs.

Salma Agha made the songs as she worked on her movie, becoming a hit through her songs before the film was out. In addition to the lead role, she sang a few songs for the movie. The movie’s release was delayed because Islamic clerics suggested a name change. Chopra changed the original name ‘Talaq Talaq Talaq’ to ‘Nikaah.’

The film finally came out in 1982 and was an instant hit. Its success saw Samla Agha get nominated for the Best Actress Filmfare awards, and her songs’ success also gave her a Filmfare Best Female Playback Singer nomination.

Salma Agha also appeared in ‘Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki’ in 1984 alongside Mithun Chakraborty, a movie that was also a great success. She also recorded ‘Come Closer’ for the film, and it also became a hit.

Other Hindi movies she appeared in include 1985 ‘Salma,’ 1985 ‘Oonche Log,’ 1988 ‘Jungle Ki Beti,’ 1988 ‘Paanch Fauladi,’ and 1990 ‘Pati Patni Aur Tawaif.’ Her first Pakistani movie was ‘Hum Aur Tum’ in 1985, and she later appeared in ‘Cobra’ in 1991.

Additional Facts About Salma Agha

  • Salma Agha received an overseas Citizenship of India given to foreign citizens of an Indian origin by the Indian government
  • Her net worth is approximately $1 million
  • Her hobby is reading books, her favorite colors are blue, brown, and red, and her favorite food in biryani
  • She is 1.65 meters tall, weighs 65 kgs, has hazel eyes, and dark brown hair
  • Her zodiac sign is Scorpio


Where is Salma Agha now?

Salma Agha resides in Mumbai, where her daughter acts in Bollywood films. She, however, goes to London and Islamabad with her husband. While she no longer acts, she releases an album of Ghazals every few years. She says she is not interested in returning to the film industry.

Is Salma Agha married?

Salma Agha is currently married to Dubai-based entrepreneur Manzar Shah since 2011. She had been in a previous marriage with Pakistani Squash player Rahmat Khan from 1999 but divorced in 2010.

Where was Salma Agha born?

She was born in Karachi, Pakistani.


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