Zubeida was born in Surat as a
Muslim princess to Sachin and Fatima Begum. She started her career at
Kohinoor at the age of 12. Her early career was dominated by her beautiful
sister Sultana, who was a better known star in the 20s. Her second sister,
Shehzadi also was a teenage actress.
She came to be identified with
courtesan roles in big Urdu, stage-
derived costume pictures, a tradition
extended by Meena Kumari and developed the tragic dsimension of her image
in several of Naval Gandhi's socials including the prestigious Tagore
In 1934 she launched Mahalakshmi
By the late 30s
she had retired, appearing in the rare film later.
Veer Abhimanyu (1922)
Heer Ranjha (1928)
Kapal Kundala (1929)