Naseem Banu

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Naseem Banu (4 July 1916 18 June 2002) was an Indian actress. She was referred to as Naseem and known as "Beauty Queen" and the "first female superstar" of Indian Cinema.[1] Starting her acting career in the mid-1930s she continued to act till mid-1950s. Her first film was Khoon Ka Khoon (Hamlet) (1935) with Sohrab Modi under whose Minerva Movietone banner she acted for several years. Her high-point came with Modi's Pukar (1939) in which she played the role of Empress Nur Jahan. According to composer Naushad she got the sobriquet Pari-Chehra (fairy face) Naseem through the publicity advertisements of her films.[2] She was the mother of actress Saira Banu and mother-in-law to the actor Dilip Kumar.[3]

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Naseem Banu
Banu in the film Ujala (1942)
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(1916-07-04)4 July 1916
Died18 June 2002(2002-06-18) (aged 85)
Years active1935–1966
Notable workPukar (1939)
Sheesh Mahal (1950)
ChildrenSaira Banu (daughter)
Sultan Ahmed (son)