Farida Tabrez Barmavar / Jalal (born March 14th ) is a Bollywood actress.
Jalal was married to actor Tabrez Barmavar who died in September 2003 and has a son named Yaseen.
Farida Jalal started her career in the sixties, when she won the United Film Producers Talent Hunt sponsored by Filmfare.Starting in the 60s and all through the 70s Farida Jalal appeared in co-staring roles with all the top actors of the day; Dharmendra, Saira Banu, Dilip Kumar, Waheeda Rehman, Rajesh Khanna, Feroz Khan, Hema Malini, Amitabh Bachchan.
She usually played the sister or rejected fiance of the male lead but almost never the female lead. One of her most critically acclaimed roles is in "Bobby" where she played the part of the mentally challenged would-be fiance of Rishi Kapoor's Raj.
During the eighties, her roles progressed from sister and girlfriend to aunt and mother, or, sometimes nanny. She is also remembered for her part in 'Aradhana' where she plays Rajesh Khanna's girlfriend and the song 'Bhagon me bahar hai, kaliyon pe nikhar hai' She acted for over forty years, only taking a break during 1983 and 1990, when she settled in Bangalore.
During the nineties, Jalal had a part in almost every major hit, among them "Raja Hindustani", "Kuch Kuch Hota Hai", "Dil To Pagal Hai", "Kya Kehna", "Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai", "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham" and "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" for which she won a Filmfare Award as Best Supporting Actress.
She also acted in many Television serials, such as, in the hit sitcom, "Dekh Bahi Dekh".She also was grandly acclaimed for her role in the 1994 film Mammo, for which she received the Filmfare Best Performance Award.Also, she stars in "Shararat" (Thoda Sa Jadu, Thodi Si Nazaakat) in which she plays a leading role. The comedy is currently air on the channel Star Plus.
In 2005, she co-hosted the 50th Filmfare Awards alongside Saif Ali Khan and Sonali Bendre, in Mumbai.She is always a bubbly and gregarious character, even when playing the role of a mother or an old woman, such as the mentioned Shyam Benegal's Mammo.
She was never the 'glamour queen' which in the long run has helped in her longevity in Bollywood.She is a sort of institution and mainstay of Bollywood and her ability and professionalism has carried her in a career spanning nearly 40 years that shows no sign of letting up.