Dipen Guhawrote on Jul 30 2009 11:56PM
Some are born to act, while others are made to act . Farida Jalal belongs to the first category. She was earmarked at the United Film Producers Talent Hunt held in Delhi. She was caste as Baby Farida in Guru Dutt's "Chaudhvin Ka Chand" in 1960 . Subsequently, she acted as child artiste in some films including "Yeh Raste Hai Pyar Ke"('63). It was Shakti Samant's "Aradhana" Baby Farida got rid of her babyhood and gave the second female lead opposite Rajesh Khanna. In the role of "Renu" she arrested attention of the audiences. In "Gopi"she was sister of Dilip Kumar. In "Paras"('71) her role of Bela was highly appreciated . Her true worth came out in this film. She got National award for this role. Shakti Samant, once again, took her in "Amar Prem" in a brief role but her acting did not go unnoticed. Tapan Sinha took her in "Zindagi Zindagi". In Raj Kapoor's "Bobby" Farida is a mentally-chllenged young charming lady treasuring zeal to have Rishi Kapoor as her groom . Her performance apprehended all. In Gulzar's "Achanak" she is a nurse attending an injured court-martialed patient Vinod Khanna, with whom she develops a warm sibling relationship. Her emotional outburst when Vinod Khanna is being taken away under the custody of army after his recovery is brilliant. In "Majboor" she is lame and remains pent-up in the wheel-chair. In this film too her performance is noteworthy. In "Dharmatma"('75) she is sister of Firoz Khan who comes amuck to bash up his sister's husband for his inhuman tortures to her. She pleads her brother to have mercy on her husband. This sequence proves her magnitude of sensitivity. Satyjit Ray took Farida in "Shatranj Ke Khiladi". Shyam Benegal gave her the final footage in "Mummo" and Farida, in the title role was, in a word, marvellous. In this film too she became the recipient of National award. In " Diwale Dulhania Le Jayenge" Farida stands to be the emblem of Indian motherhood.
From Baby Farida to Farida Tabrez Barmovar Jalal---it has been a phased journey. Vibrant, dynamic, coy, meek, docile and resolute--all these adjectives need to be ascribed to this great film actress.