Zarina Wahab is an Indian actress who was critically acclaimed for starring roles, such as in Chit Chor and Gopal Krishna in the 1970s. She has also appeared in Malayalam films including the critically acclaimed Madanolsavam, Chamaram, Palangal and Adaminte Makan Abu.Wahab was born in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh into a Muslim family. She is fluent in Telugu (her mother tongue),Urdu, Hindi and English. She was trained at Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), Pune. Wahab has two sisters and one brother.
After receiving negative feedback about her appearance from film producer Raj Kapoor, Wahab worked on her appearance and attended film parties and events. She eventually got noticed and was cast in films. She was usually cast as the middle-class, natural beauty. Wahab appeared in Basu Chatterjee’s Chit Chor (1976). Apart from it, she worked in Amol Palekar-Vijayendra starrer ‘Agar’, followed by Raj Babbar starrer ‘Zajbaat’, Arun Govil starrer ‘Sawan Ko Aane Do’, Vikram Starrer ‘Raees Zada’ etc. She earned a Filmfare Award nomination as Best Actress for her role in Gharonda (1977). She has acted in Malayalam Telugu, Tamil, films.
Wahab made a comeback to Malayalam films with Calendar, in 2009.She has continued to act in Malayalam movies, most notably movies like Adaminte Makan Abu.