Born: June 15,1929
Biography: Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh was a singer and actor par excellence. Owner of the honorary title Mallika-e-tarannum, Suraiya was a singing sensation even without formal training in music. She made her on-screen debut as a child artist in Usne kya socha in 1937. She played the part of young Mumtaz Mahal in the movie Taj Mahal. She sang songs for a children’s programme on All India Radio. Music director Naushad Ali was her mentor and he composed 51 songs for her. After becoming a full-fledged singer, she delivered hit movies like Anmol Ghadi (1946), Dard (1947), Dillagi (1949) and Dastaan (1950). On the acting front, she graduated to playing second leads. She got a break as a heroine in the film Tadbir. Her career nose-dived for a while but she came back with hits like Waaris and Mirza Ghalib. Rustom Sohrab (1963) was her last film. She worked with Dev Anand and they fell in love. Although he proposed to her, she did not marry him as her family was against it. She remained unmarried. Suraiya was the highest paid actress in the late 40s and early 50s. She succumbed to cancer in 2004.