Mumbai: Farida Jalal was mostly seen in the supporting role of mother-sister, sister-in-law, while she started her film journey as a lead actress. Farida was very shy and the condition used to get worse while doing romantic scenes in films. In the year 1965, a talent hunt was organized by United Film Producers and Filmfare, in which a total of 10,000 people from across the country participated. Veteran filmmakers like Bimal Roy, BR Chopra, Nasir Hussain, GP Sippy, Shakti Samant were judging this talent hunt. You will be surprised to know that there were 8 people including Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Mehra, Dheeraj Kumar and Farida Jalal in the last round of this competition.

According to media reports, one of the two finalists of this competition was Rajesh Khanna, who went on to become the first superstar of Hindi cinema, and the other was Farida Jalal. After the performance of Rajesh and Farida in the final, Tarachand Barjatya of Rajshree Productions, sitting in the audience, offered Farida his film ‘Takdeer’.

Farida became a part of the film industry at the age of 16.
Farida Jalal, who stepped into the industry with the film ‘Taqdeer’, was only 16 years old. Due to films, studies were also left in the middle. Farida then worked with Rajesh Khanna in ‘Aradhana’ followed by films like ‘Mahal’ and ‘Baharon Ki Manzil’. Rajesh Khanna was the lead actor in this film, Sharmila Tagore was the lead actress and Farida was the second actress. Farida may have done many films but she was very shy. Looking at the screen one can feel that she is acting shy whereas in reality only the director knew that this was Farida’s style.

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Farida didn’t even have to act shy
Farida Jalal had told in one of her interviews that she was very young when she worked in ‘Aradhana’. Usually, the actress used to do romantic scenes easily, but she was not experienced, so she was ashamed to look at Rajesh Khanna. During the shooting of the song ‘Baghon Mein Bahar Hai’, she could not look into Rajesh’s eyes. When the shooting of this song started, the director and the people associated with the film got upset with this habit of mine, then they felt that this extreme shyness of Farida was absolutely right for the film and the song. In such a situation, this song was kept in the film without re-shoot and the film became a hit if Farida’s performance worked.

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