Born: Lahore, India
Sardar Akhtar was an Indian cinema actress of Hindi/Urdu films. She started her acting career on the Urdu stage. Her early films were with Saroj Movietone, where she did a majority of stunt (action) roles. She finally came into prominence as the washer-woman in the role of Rami Dhoban in Sohrab Modis Pukar (1939). As a woman seeking justice for the death of her husband, it was a break-through role for her. A popular song she sang in the film was Kaheko Mohe Chhede. Her career defining role was as a peasant woman deserted by her husband, in Mehboob Khans Aurat (1940), a role later made famous by Nargis, in Mehboobs remake Mother India.She acted in over fifty films in a career span of 1933–45. Akhtar married Mehboob Khan in 1942, whom she had met when he cast her in Ali Baba (1940). She stopped acting in films after completing films like Fashion (1943) and Rahat. She resumed as a character actress in the 1970s when she acted in O. P. Ralhans Hulchul (1971).
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