The 48-year-old is best remembered for her role of Niloufer Bano, a woman torn between two husbands in B R Chopra’s 1982 film Nikaah.
Chopra depicted the misuse of Sharia laws in divorce through the movie, which also starred Raj Babbar and Deepak Parashar. Salma debuted with the movie and also won the Best Female Playback Award for her song Dil Ke Armaan.
The yesteryear’s star has just finished the recording of a duet song with composer-singer Bappi Lahiri for Bachao and is looking for more engagements in Bollywood. “I am certainly looking forward to more work in India. I could not continue my career in Bollywood due to some personal reasons, but I am back and have just recorded a song with Bappi, who is my good friend,” said Salma.
The actress, who is the grand-daughter of Prithviraj Kapoor’s brother-in-law and thus, a distant relative of the famous Kapoor family, is happy to be back in India after a long time.
“I consider India my home, so its not really a comeback. But it is great to be back with Bachao, which is scheduled to be released next year,” Salma said. She was also quick to add, “I have some distant family relation in India as well.
In fact, its our fourth generation in the country. So I very much like to be in India.”
Salma, the grand-daughter of the famous actor of 1930s and 1940s, Anwari Begum, said she enjoyed working with Lahiri in Bachao, which is directed by Shyam Ramsay.
“It was a good song and I liked it,” added Salma, who is now settled in Dubai. The actress worked in a number of Bollywood films including Kasam Paida Karne Wale Ki, Oonche Log, Gehra Raaz and Number One but could not repeat the success of Nikaah, which is considered a classic in Hindi cinema.