Veteran actress Farida Jalal who made a powerful comeback with Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s web series ‘Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar’ has worked with the biggest superstars of Bollywood in a career spanning over decades. She started her journey at 17 with the film ‘Taqdeer’, a role offered to her by Tarachand Barjatya, grandfather of Sooraj Barjatya.

The actress changed gears and ventured into the space of playing motherly roles in the 1990s. Who could forget her terrific stint as an empathetic mother to Kajol in the landmark film of Hindi cinema, ‘Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge’ followed by ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hai’, ‘Bichhoo’ – the Indian ripoff of ‘Leon: The Professional’ in which she played the role of Jeeva`s mother and several others.

However, in an interaction with India Today, Farida revealed that although Shah Rukh Khan, who has worked with her in multiple movies checked on her following a surgery, she has lost touch with the superstar. 

She said, “No, I am not. He must have changed his number.” 

Recalling his sweet gesture, she added, “He called me out of the blue. I had a shoulder surgery done and I was consulting the doctor he goes to. He must have informed SRK. He called me and advised me. So sweet he was.”

The actress has kept a good mix of cinema and television in her illustrious career. She has been a part of the iconic Indian sitcoms ‘Dekh Bhai Dekh’, `Shararat`, and the drama show ‘Balika Vadhu’.

Farida’s latest work showed her essaying the role of Qudsia Begum, the grandmother to Taha Shah Badussha’s character of Tajdar, Nawab. In the show, she essays the grandmother with a similar flair, brewing a heartwarming concoction of friendship and compassion with Tajdar.

Set against the backdrop of the Indian freedom struggle of the 1940s, `Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar` promises to be an epic saga of love, power, revenge, and freedom. Through the stories of courtesans and their patrons, the series delves deep into the cultural reality of Heeramandi.

`Heeramandi: The Diamond Bazaar` is streaming on Netflix. Sonakshi Sinha, Fardeen Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari, Richa Chadha, Manisha Koirala, Sharmin Segal, Taha Shah Badussha, Shekhar Suman, and Adhyayan Suman are also a part of `Heeramandi`. 

(With inputs from Agencies)


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