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Firoza Begum (actress)

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Firoza Begum was a Jewish Indian actress. Firoza starred in several Bollywood and Mollywood films.[1] She was "hugely" popular in the 1920s and 1930s.[2] Although there were many Jewish actresses at the time, she stands out along with other notables like Ruby Myers and Esther Victoria Abraham (Pramila).[3][4][5]

She is of Bene Israel heritage. Born Susan Solomon, she used the Muslim name Firoza Begum to hide her Jewish ancestry[6] (see History of the Jews in India). She was one of five famous Jewish Indian actresses featured in the documentary Shalom Bollywood: The Untold Story of Jews and Bollywood by Danny Ben-Moshe released in 2013.[7]


  • Bewafa Qatil
  • Prem Veer
  • Din Raat
  • Raigad
  • Bhagta Bhoot
  • Circus Girl
  • Noor-E-Yaman (1935)
  • Ansuon Ki Duniya (1936)
  • Bharat Ka Lal (1936)


  1. IndiaGlitz - Jews, the lost tribe of Indian Cinema (SPECIAL) - Bollywood Movie News
  2. Ginsburg, Aimee (17 April 2006). "From Bollywood to the Sands of Jerusalem". The Jerusalem Report.
  3. Dev, Atul (21 September 2013). "The untold story of Jews in Indian cinema". The Sunday Guardian. New Delhi.
  4. Somaaya, Bhawana; Kothari, Jigna; Madangarli, Supriya (2013). Mother Maiden Mistress Women in Hindi Cinema, 1950-2010. New Delhi: Harper Collins. ISBN 9789350294857. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  5. Kirshner (30 August 2013). "Bollywood's Untold Story". Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  6. "Jewish women were Indian cinema's first actresses". thenewsminute.com. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  7. "Shalom Bollywood file at Library of Congress Apr 18 shows Jews' key roles". examiner.com. Examiner.com Entertainment. Retrieved 27 June 2016.[permanent dead link]

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