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Tariq – Profile and Filmography


Real Name – Tariq

Profession – Actor

Active Years – 1970s – 1980s

Nationality – Indian

Religion – Muslim


Date of Birth – November 9th, 1951 (Lucknow, India)

Date of Death

Debut FilmYaadon Ki Baarat (1973)

Last Film

Significant others in the Film Industry


Tall, well-built, handsome with inquisitive, large eyes, Tariq hails from the well known film family of the Husains- Nasir and Tahir. Tariq is the nephew of producer-director Nasir Husain. Yet, till a few years ago, he was far away from the film crowd and its atmosphere. His parents wanted him to become either a doctor or a lawyer or a politician. He could not become politician because he had no aptitude for it. In fact, no one from the family of the great Maulana Azad who presided over the AICC in 1942 to herald the “quit India” movement, has yet become the politician. Nasir Husain is the grand-nephew of the great Maulana Azad. Tariq could not be a doctor because he did not study science as a subject for his graduation.

Born in Lucknow and brought up in Calcutta where he had his early education, Tariq finally shifted to Bombay with his mother for further studies. His father continued to work for the Batas in Calcutta.

In Bombay, he graduated from the National College and lived with his famous uncle Nasir Husain to know something about film people from close quarters. In 1970, Nasir Husain sent Tariq to study for the acting course in the Film Institute, Poona. In Poona, Tariq passed the audition test. He was preparing for subsequent tests when suddenly a girl student slapped him on his back and said, Kis Khet Ki Mooli Ho? (“What sort of agricultural product are you?”) and then she cried aloud, “Come, come, here is a new-comer.” Tariq turned his eyes to group of boys and girls – all students of the Institute, who were enjoying a boisterous “ragging” session with newcomers. Suddenly, a group of girls started moving towards Tariq and Tariq who was quite a muscleman, literally ran away from the Institute, once and for all. Tariq returned to Bombay and started taking lessons in the art of film acting from the one-man institute—the Filmalaya School of Acting for which P. D. Shenoy, is the principal. This has trained such fine artistes as Asha Parekh, Sadhana and the Bharat award winner Sanjeev Kumar. But above all, producer-director Nasir Husain taught him the style, the timing, the gait and then introduced him to a physical culturist so that Tariq could maintain his trim figure. Tariq now begins his day with Yoga exercises in the morning before going in for a game of tennis. Nasir Husain’s chief assistant Zahur, a film director, in his own right, gives him regular training in voice culture.

Yet Tariq had to wait for a few momentous months til Nasir Husain started his film Yadoun Ki Baraat wuth Dharmendra, Zeenat Aman and Vijay Arora. Tariq was formally contracted for Yadoun Ki Baraat, a story of three long-lost brothers. And Tariq proved his mettle at the first opportunity offered to him. On a huge set with Zeenat Aman, Vijay Arora and 200- odd real college boys and girls (some, his personal friends) Tariq performed like a well-groomed, well-trained and a “natural” actor. On another set of the film, Tariq teamed with young and lovely Neetu Singh, did an exotic cabaret number. Soon after the editing and printing of the “rushes” of his sequence, word went round in Bombay filmdom that Nasir Husain had discovered an amazingly handsome actor. Many film makers on the look out for new talents are now making inquiries about him and some have even offered him leading roles in their films.

But unlike so many belonging to his category and of his age group, Tariq is concentrating on his first film. He has become very confident. After all, the whole life is before him. Being born on November 9, 1951, he is just a bubbling enthusiast on the threshold of a promising film career (This profile was written in 1973).


Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Yaadon Ki Baarat1973IndiaNasir HussainNasir Hussain
Hum Kisise Kum Nahin1977IndiaNasir HussainNasir Hussain
Manzil Manzil1984IndiaNasir HussainNasir Hussain
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