Farida Dadi Wiki, Age, Husband, Children, Family, Biography & More

Farida Dadi

Farida Dadi is an Indian actress, who predominately works in the Hindi entertainment industry. She is known for her performances as a child actor and for working in films, such as Sujata (1959), Kabuliwala (1961), Dosti (1964), Dhol (2007), and TV shows, such as Dill Mill Gayye (2007-2010), Uttaran (2008-2014), and Thapki Pyar Ki 2 (2021-2022).


Farida Dadi, also known as Baby Farida and Farida Devi, was born on Sunday, 8 June 1952 (age 71 years; as of 2023)  in Bombay (now Mumbai), India. Her zodiac sign is Gemini. She talked about getting into films without being related to any film personality, in an interview, and said,

Our family did not have any connection with films nor were we familiar with any film personalities. I had never even thought of appearing in films, but circumstances so emerged that without any special efforts I made an entry into films and became busy as a child artist.”

Farida Dadi with Prithviraj Kapoor and the cast of Dosti

Farida Dadi with Prithviraj Kapoor (Centre) and the cast of Dosti

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 3″

Hair Colour: Salt & Pepper

Eye Colour: Black

Farida Dadi image


She was born into a Muslim family in Mumbai.

Parents & Siblings

Farida Dadi’s parents were born in Mumbai. Her father belonged to a family from Allahabad (now Prayagraj), while her mother belonged to a family from Lucknow. She has three brothers and two sisters. Her sister, Baby Guddi, and her brothers, Master Shahid and Master Javid have worked in films as child actors. Master Javid turned interior designer later on in his life. He passed away in 2006.

Husband & Children

She married a businessman, Suleimaan Dadi, in 1971. She has two children, a son, Zubair, and a daughter, Naseem. [1]Mumbai Mirror



In 1959, she appeared in the song Ek Do Teen Char Aur Paanch, from the film, ‘Kaagaz Ke Phool.’ She also had a few dialogues in the film.

Poster of Kaagaz Ke Phool

Later, that year, she got her first big break in the film, ‘Sujata’ in which she played the role of the young character essayed by Nutan. In 1961, she appeared in ‘Kabuliwala’ as Amina A. Khan.

Poster of KabuliwalaIn 1964, she appeared in the box-office hit film, ‘Dosti.’ In 1966, she appeared in ‘Devar’ as Munni M. Singh. In 1967, she appeared in ‘Ram Aur Shyam.’

Farida Dadi in Ram Aur Shyam

Farida Dadi in Ram Aur Shyam

In 1968, she appeared in ‘Brahmachari.’ In 2007, she appeared in ‘Dhol,’ as Mrs. Elizabeth Tripathi.

Farida Dadi in a still from Dhol

Farida Dadi in a still from Dhol

In 2009, she appeared in ‘3 Idiots.’ In 2015, she appeared in ‘Rahasya.’ In 2018, she appeared in ‘Jalebi.’ In 2022, she appeared in ‘Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva.’

Brahmāstra: Part One – Shiva

Other Language Films

In 1984, she appeared in Indo-Russian film, ‘Sohni Mahiwal.’

Sohni Mahiwal

Sohni Mahiwal

In 2006, she appeared in the Bhojpuri language film, ‘Ab To Banja Sajanwa Hamaar.’

Farida Dadi in a still from Ab To Banja Sajanwa Hamaar

Farida Dadi in a still from Ab To Banja Sajanwa Hamaar


In 2003, she appeared in ‘Saara Akaash.’

Poster of Saara Akaash

Poster of Saara Akaash

In 2006, she appeared in ‘Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyann’ as Radhaji. She appeared in ‘Balika Vadhu’ as Tai Doctor in 2008. In 2013, she appeared in ‘Jodhaa Akbar.’ In 2016, she appeared in ‘Ichhapyaari Naagin’ as Kaushalya Pratap.

Farida Dadi in a still from Ichhapyaari Naagin

Farida Dadi in a still from Ichhapyaari Naagin

In 2019, she appeared in ‘Jijaji Chhat Per Hain.’ In 2022, she appeared in ‘Appnapan – Badalte Rishton Ka Bandhan.’ In 2023, she appeared in ‘Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai.’

Farida Dadi in a still from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Farida Dadi in a still from Yeh Rishta Kya Kehlata Hai

Web Series

In 2018, she appeared in ‘Haq Se’ as Shagufta.

Poster of Haq Se

Poster of Haq Se


  • In 1962, she was given the National Award by then-president, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.
  • In 2019, she received the ‘Hall of Fame’ award from CINTAA.

    Farida Dadi with her CINTAA Hall Of Fame Award

    Farida Dadi with her CINTAA Hall Of Fame Award

  • In 2021, she was awarded the Iconic Achievers Award for her outstanding contribution to accelerating the growth of our country during the Pandemic. [2]ANI


  • In the 1960s, she was one of the most famous child actresses in Hindi cinema and went by the name of Baby Farida.
  • She talked about the kind gesture of Dilip Kumar while working in the film, ‘Dil Diya Dard Liya,’ (1966) with him when she got late for the film’s shooting, in Dileep Kumar’s autobiography, ‘The Substance and the Shadow: An Autobiography,’ and said,

    On the first day of my shoot at Kardar Studios in Bombay for DDDL, I could not reach on time as I was held up in Madras. Dilip Sahab cancelled the shooting saying: ‘Agar ek bada artiste nahin aa sakta to shoot cancel hota hai to Farida ke liye bhi cancel ho sakta hai.’ That was a great gesture.”

  • In an interview, she talked about being treated like a princess by Raj Kapoor during her childhood when shooting for the film ‘Sangam’ (1964), and said,

    We were shooting in Ooty where he treated me like a princess. We used to shoot in the morning and we would wake up early morning at 5 am. I had my royal demands of a chocolate first in the morning. So, he would get the shops opened and get chocolate for me. According to him I gave the best of shots after having chocolates.”

  • The first film Farida Dadi worked on was Dilip Kumar’s ‘Charity Master,’ but it was shelved for an unknown reason.
  • After working in films for some time, her childhood passion for becoming a doctor grew stronger. She even rejected film offers from Raj Kapoor and Rajshree Productions to pursue her dream. However, she did not succeed in becoming a doctor. She talked about this in an interview and said,

    The doctor’s profession had attracted me from the beginning and I slowly started focusing on my studies. I was so keen on becoming a doctor that I didn’t think twice before refusing lead roles in Raj Kapoor’s film ‘Bobby’ and ‘Rajshri Production’’s movie ‘Uphar’. However, unfortunately, despite all my efforts I could not achieve my dream of becoming a doctor.”


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