Farrukh Jaffer has donned many roles in her career. She has been an actor on radio, announcer and an actor in film and televisions in a career that spanning over five decades. She started her career in Lucknow with radio plays, and diversified into broadcasting, writing and compering radio programs. She appeared in two feature films before Peepli [Live]. She was Rekha's mom in Umrao Jaan. Farrukh is an Urdu scholar as well as an expert on proverbs, idioms and phrases of rustic speech. Jaffer was the final lead actor to be cast for the film Peepli Live and was selected after nearly a 100 auditions in many different cities.