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Nadira Babbar is Indian theatre actress, director and an actress in Hindi cinema, who is the recipient of Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001. A leading name in Indian theatre, Nadira founded a Mumbai-based theatre group called Ekjute, a known name in Hindi theatre in 1981.

Nadira Babbar was most recently seen as the mother to Aishwariya Rai in Gurinder Chadha's film, Bride and Prejudice (2004), and M. F. Hussain's A Tale of Three Cities (2004).

Early life

Nadira Zaheer was born to communist leader Syed Sajjad Zaheer and Urdu writer Razia Sajjad Zaheer, Nadira is third amongst four sisters, Najma Ali Baquer, Naseem Bhatia and Noor Sajjad Zaheer. Her parents were actively associated with Progressive Writers' Association, and IPTA, giving her an upbringing strongly rooted culture and theatre.

She graduated from National School of Drama (NSD), New Delhi in 1971. Nadira was a Gold Medallist at NSD and went to Germany on a scholarship, and later got a chance to work with renowned directors like Grotovisky and Peter Brooks.


She started her theatre group in Ekjute (Together) in 1981 in Delhi , which came out with its first production Yahudi ki Ladki in 1981, which revived the Parsi theatre style, and is considered one of its finest. The Tribune, Sunday, 25 June 2000. The group has also been performing the Bhavai-based musical, Jasma Odhan, written by Shanta......
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