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Shoma Anand

  • Born: 16 February, 1958 (Amritsar, Punjab)
  • Primary Cinema: Hindi
  • Spouse: Tariq Shah
  • Children: Sarah

Younger generations might recognise Shoma Anand for her roles in popular TV serials Hum Paanch, Bhabhi, Kitne Kool Hai Hum, Maayka, and Shararat. However, Shoma who originally hailed from Amritsar, had started her innings as a lead actress opposite Rishi Kapoor no less in Barood (1976). Besides leading roles in the initial stages of her career, she went on to feature in several supporting roles and cameos in approximately 60 films in the course of her career.

Born Neelam Arora on 16 February, 1958 in Amritsar, Punjab, the youngest of five children, she moved to Bombay in 1968. She learnt dancing from Shambhu Sen, father of music director Sameer Sen. On the suggestion of her father’s friend, Jankidas, she auditioned for the lead role in the film Barood (1976). After meeting the film’s director, Pramod Chakravorty, she decided to adopt the name Shoma Anand for her career in Hindi films. She played Seema Bakshi in the action crime drama, which also starred Reena Roy. Interestingly, while the revenge saga flopped in India, it became a huge success in the Soviet Union. It released there in 1978 and topped the year's Soviet box office chart.

Anand also essayed the female lead in films such as Patita (1980), Coolie (1983), and Jagir (1984). While Patita saw her portray the role of a woman who is forced to make sacrifices, including adapting to a questionable career, the Manmohan Desai-directed Coolie saw her play the childhood sweetheart of the character played by Rishi Kapoor. Coolie, infamous for being the film during which Amitabh Bachchan suffered a near-fatal accident, was a huge blockbuster at the box office. Anand’s next film Jagir, a dacoit Western film directed by Pramod Chakravorty, was the highest-grossing Indian film of 1984. 

She went on to largely play supporting roles or made several cameo appearances in the course of her career through the 80s and 90s. Over the decades she has featured in numerous films such as Azad (1978), Aap Ke Deewane (1980), Khara Khota (1981), Himmatwala (1983), Afsana Do Dil Ka (1983), Ghar Ek Mandir (1984), Bindiya Chamkegi (1984), Aaj Ka Daur (1985), Swarg Se Sunder (1986), Dariya Dil (1988), Jaisi Karni Waisi Bharni (1989), Ghar Parivar (1991), Dhartiputra (1993), Pyaar Koi Khel Nahin (1999), Hungama (2003), Kal Ho Naa Ho (2003), Kyaa Kool Hai Hum (2005), Life Partner (2009), and Familywala (2014), besides Punjabi language productions. 

Shoma Anand also enjoyed a successful innings in television. She acted in serials such as Kitne Kool Hai Hum, Maayka, Hum Paanch, Bhabhi, Shararat, Gili Gili Gappa, Jeannie Aur Juju, Khelti Hai Zindagi Aankh Micholi and Y.A.R.O Ka Tashan. 

Married to actor Tariq Shah in 1987, the couple has a daughter, Sarah.