About Lubna Salim

Born in a family that had a zest for the theatre, Lubna Salim's introduction to the stage was a natural progression. Her parents' attachment to the Indian Peoples Theatre Association (IPTA) led her to act since she was a child. In fact one of her earliest plays was with IPTA. She played the young daughter of Dhania and Hori in the play HORI that was directed by Kamlakar Sontake in 1979.

Lubna feels that having grown up with the likes of actors and theatre people like A.K. Hangal, Rohini Hattangady, Shabana Azmi, Arundhati Nag, Farooque Sheikh, Sulabha Arya, M.S. Sathyu and others, her sensibility and the skills she required for the the theatre got the best possible schooling. Later plays like LOK KATHA, BAKRI, AAKHRI SAWAL, ANDHE CHOOHE followed.

She hence grew up acting and never considered snapping her ties with the stage. She joined Mithibai College where alongside her studies she could pursue theatre at the inter-collegiate level. In her college days she won many awards, including the prestigious Balraj Sahani award for best actress.

She met Salim Arif, her husband while she was doing the tele-serial 'Discovery of India'. She married early and soon thereafter took a long break to raise her two sons. Nevertheless she always had her husband's support and it was he who encouraged her to return to acting after her sabbatical. Thus along side plays, voice-overs and modelling assignments followed.

Tele-serials such as 'Daaman' and her role as Jijamata in 'Chhatrapati Shivaji' were appreciated. She has done ad-campaigns for ICICI Bank and for consumer products like Ariel, Pepsodent and others. These days her role as Leela bhabhi in the soap 'Baa, Bahu and Baby' has made her quite popular.

In theatre she has worked with many directors to date and has performed in plays such as AZAR KA KHWAB, ATMAKATHA, SHYAM RANG, MERA KUCH SAMAN, COLLABORATORS and others.

Indeed her father, Javed Siddiqui's reputation as one of India's best-known scriptwriters and playwrights has no stopped Lubna from emerging as a capable actor in her own right. She formed her own company, 'Essay Communications' along with her father and her husband and produced productions like KHARAASHEIN, GHALIBNAAMA, AAPKI SONIYA, PEELE PATTON KA BAN and the recent KACHCHE LAMHE. She has also acted in films with Kundan Shah and Raman Kumar.

She is currently making waves as Leela Bhabhi in the serial Baa Bahu aur Baby and as Paroma in Ek Packet Ummeed serial on NDTV Imagine.

She won the Star Parivar Awards of 2007, Indian TellyAwards 2008 and Sansui Television Award of 2008 for her role in Baa Bahu aurBaby.

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