Model turned actress Babra Sharif was born in Lahore in 1951. Her first public appearance was in a short television commercial for Jet washing Powder. Soon she became known as the ‘Jet girl’ in households all over the country. Later she appeared in television plays including Miss 4 O’Clock, Kiran Kahani, Massi Shurbatay under some seasoned producers and gradually learned the technique of dialogue delivery, facial expression and body movement within the framework of a scene.
Shabab Kiranvi, the top maker of Lollywood in those days, gave her the lead role with Ghulam Mohiuddin in Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat (1975), which was a huge hit. Later she became one of the most popular actresses of Pakistan cinema and remained on top for almost two decades. Memorable films include Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat (1975), Playboy (1978), Mehmaan (1977), Salakhein (1977), Shabana (1976), Miss Hong Kong (1979), Miss Colombo (1984), & Shaani (1989).