Farrukh Jaffar Wiki, Age, Husband, Biography, Kids, Family & More


Farrukh Jaffar (born in 1933) is an Indian popular personality, actress, theatre artist, radio announcer, and entrepreneur from Chakesar village, district Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India. She is famously known in the country as the first announcer of the radio station Akashvani Lucknow.

Not only this, but Farrukh is also well-known for her acting skills and talent. The film ‘Gulabo Sitabo’ by director Shoojit Sircar, is being liked a lot. The 87-year-old Farrukh Jaffar’s acting in this film is also being praised.

Let me tell you that Farrukh Jaffar has been associated with the film industry for quite some time. She has shown her acting skills in many films before. Farrukh first started his Bollywood career with the 1981 film ‘Umrao Jaan’.

In this film, he played the role of the mother of Rekha’s character ‘Ameeran’ aka ‘Umrao Jaan’. However, Jaffar started working as an announcer at the Vividh Bharati radio station in Lucknow in 1963 before venturing into films[1]Hindustan Times.

It is believed that she was India’s first female radio announcer. Along with this, Farrukh has also worked in TV shows like ‘Khusi-e-Jaana’, ‘Adha Gaon’, and ‘Neem Ka Perh’.


Early Life

The talented actress took birth from her parents in the year 1933 in Chakesar village, district Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh. At the time of her birth, India was ruled by the British government, and her place of birth was known as the “United Provinces of the British”.

She was born into a Muslim family. The names of her parents and siblings are not available. According to the sources, her father was the Zamindar (feudal lords) of the district Jaunpur.

She is interested in watching movies and theatre plays since childhood. The exact birth date of Jaffar is not available. According to an estimate, Farrukh Jaffar’s age is 85 years old (as of 2020).

Farrukh attended a government school in her village for her schooling. She got married at the age of 13. She completed her graduation after marriage from Lucknow University. After that, she started taking care of the house and her kids.


Real Full Birth Name Farrukh Jaffar.
Nickname Farrukh Amma.
Profession Actress, Theatre Artist, Radio Announcer, and Entrepreneur.
Famous for the role of Rekha’s mom in Umrao Jaan.
Age (As of 2020) 87 years old.
Year of Birth 1933.
Birthplace/Hometown Chakesar village, district Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Religion Muslim.
Caste Jaffar.
Nationality Indian.
Gender Female.
Sexuality (Gay or Lesbian) Straight.
Zodiac Birth Sign Pisces.
Last Updated On 13 June 2020 (©️ Copyright – Dreshare.com).
Physical Statistics
Height (Tall) Feet & Inches: 5′ 4″.
Centimeters: 162 cm.
Meters: 1.62 m.
Weight Kilograms: 60 Kg.
Pounds: 132 lbs.
Eye Color Brown.
Hair Color White.
Shoe Size (UK) 6.
Parents Father: Name Not Known.
Mother: Homemaker.
Siblings No Data Available.
Personal Life Relationship
Marital Status Widowed.
Husband Syed Muhammad Jaffar.
Kids Daughters: Mehru Jaffer and Shaheen Jaffer.
Language Known 1. English.
2. Hindi.
3. Marathi.
4. Punjabi.
Social media N/A.
Highest Qualification Graduation.
School Local Private School.
Alma Mater Lucknow University.
Career & Wealth
Debut Movie Umrao Jaan (1981).
Dialogues 1. “जाने क्या ढूँढती रहती है ये आँखें …. मुझ राख के ढेर में न शोले हैं न चिंगारी”.
2. “उस छोकरे से कहना, बर्फ का मुकद्दर होता है अपनी ही पानी में पिघल जाना”.
Hit Movies 1. Umrao Jaan.
2. Swades.
3. Peepli Live.
4. Chakravyuh..
5. Sultan.
6. Tanu Weds Manu.
7. Parched.
8. Barefoot to Goa.
9. Amma Ki Boli.
10. Anwar Ka Ajab Qissa.
11. House Next Door.
12. Photograph.
13. Secret Superstar.
14. Gulabo Sitabo.
Net worth (approx.) INR 2.5 Crore (as in 2020).


Personal Life

The 87-year-old lady married at a very early age. Her parents married her with Syed Muhammad Jaffar in the year 1946. At the time of her marriage, Farrukh Jaffar was only 13 years old. Her husband Syed Muhammad was an eminent journalist and the freedom fighter of India.

After some time, Syed became the Member of the Legislative Council (MLC) of Congress Party. After marriage, Farrukh Jaffar gave birth to two daughters named “Mehru Jaffar” and “Shaheen Jaffar”.

Mehru is a journalist and author. Shaheen is the owner of a local school. She has a great passion for acting since childhood. At present, she is 87 years old and still working in movies. In an interview, Farrukh said that acting is her life.


Some Lesser Known Facts About Farrukh Jaffar

  • Jaffar started her career as a radio announcer.
  • After completing her higher education, she started working in All India Radio station as an announcer.
  • She gave audition for the job of an announcer in 1963 along with her friends.
  • She was selected at the first attempt.
  • After that, Farrukh served the position of the announcer of Akashvani Lucknow.
  • As an announcer, she announced many mornings and evening shows like Geeton Bhari Kahani, Panchrangi program, etc.
  • In the year 1966, she left the job from Akashvani Lucknow and moved to Delhi along with her husband.
  • Because holding the experience of 3 years as a radio announcer, Jaffar got a job in Vividh Bharti’s All India Radio very easily.
  • After working for some time, Farrukh Jaffar left the job from AIR in 1970 because of some family problems.
  • While quiting the job she said in Hindi “दिल्ली हुमको रास नहीं आई. कुछ घरेलु मसले थे“.
  • Apart from a radio announcer, Farrukh Jaffar is also a talented theatre artist.
  • She worked in many theatres plays with theatre director “Ebrahim Alkazi”.
  • In the year 1981, her dream came true, when she was selected for the role of Rekha‘s mother in the movie “Umrao Jaan”. Actress Rekha also considers Farrukh Jaffar like her second mother[2]Times of India.
  • People loved her character very much.
  • After some time, she debuts in the television industry in the year 1991.
  • Farrukh Jaffar worked in many TV shows like Husn-e-Jana, Neem Ka Ped, The Shawl, and Adha Gaon.
  • In the year 2004, she got an opportunity to work with famous Bollywood actor “Shah Rukh Khan” in the movie “Swades”.
  • In this movie, Jaffar played the role of “Panch Fatima Bi”.
  • Later, she has appeared in many super hit movies like Peepli Live, Amma Ki Boli, Barefoot to Goa, Tanu Weds Manu, and others.
  • In her acting career, Farrukh Jaffar worked with all three Khan’s of Bollywood “Aamir Khan”, “Shah Rukh Khan”, and “Salman Khan”.
  • She also worked with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the movie “Anwar Ka Ajab Qissa”.
  • In 2020, she performed the role of Begum in the film “Gulabo Sitabo”.
  • In this, Farrukh worked with the legend of Bollywood “Amitabh Bachchan”, and Ayushmann Khurrana.
  • From her acting career, Farrukh Jaffar made a net worth of INR 2.5 crore (as of 2020).
  • She is well-known for her dialogues.
  • Her favorite celebrities are Raj Kapoor and Nargis.
  • Once she came to Lucknow after marriage, as a high school lady of the hour, she used to covertly go to the housetop to hear the amplifier on the jeep declaring the appearance of the most recent movies; as in those occasions, ladies were not permitted to go on roofs or boulevards. Once, all the while, a brick was accidentally dropped on her brother-in-law’s head.
  • She is not active on social media.



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