20 August 1944
|Died||19 October 1995(aged 51)|
|Other names||Baby Naaz, Kumari Naaz|
|Boot Polish (1954)|
She started her career as a child actor in films. Her best remembered role as a child artiste was in R. K. Films’ Boot Polish (1954) and Bimal Roy's Devdas. She earned rave reviews for her earnest natural performance from The New York Times and a special distinction (along with co-actor Rattan Kumar) from Cannes Film Festival in 1955, where the film was shown in competition.
In 1958, a Hindi film adaptation called Do Phool (Two Flowers) was released based on the Swiss literary novel/ icon Heidi. The role of Heidi – called Poornima in the film – was played by Baby Naaz who was one of the most famous child stars at the time along with Master Romi.
Awards and honours
It was a Distinction award which was a tie between two child artistes at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival. The other was Pablito Calvo for his child actor performance in the 1955 Spanish film Marcelino, pan y vino.
Her films include:
|1989||Apna Desh Paraye Log|
|1989||Pyase Nain||Dr. Bharti|
|1986||Bhai Ka Dushman Bhai|
|1986||Sheesha||Pramila (as Naaz)|
|1984||Boxer||Mrs. Khatau (as Naaz)|
|1982||Bhai Aakhir Bhai Hota Hai|
|1982||Swami Dada||Lallu's Wife|
|1982||Shriman Shrimati (as Naaz)|
|1980||Bambai Ka Maharaja||Mary|
|1978||Kaala Aadmi (as Naaz)|
|1978||Main Tulsi Tere Aangan Ki (as Naaz)|
|1978||Bhola Bhala||Sarla (as Naaz)|
|1977||Chakkar Pe Chakkar||Mrs. Babu (as Naaz)|
|1977||Niyaz Aur Namaaz||Sayeeda|
|1976||Aap Beati||Sheela Jumani|
|1976||Bairaag||Vimla (as Naaz)|
|1976||Do Khiladi||Dancer during Qawwali|
|1975||Do Jhoot||Vandana's Sister (as Naaz)|
|1974||Paise Ki Gudiya||Neela Gupta|
|1974||Woh Main Nahin|
|1974||Phir Kab Milogi||Amba (as Naaz)|
|1974||Friend||Kalyani Sharma (as Naaz)|
|1973||Samjhauta||Champa (as Naaz)|
|1973||Raja Rani||Patron's Wife (as Naaz)|
|1972||Shaadi Ke Baad||Savitri B. Singh|
|1972||Shor||Shankar's Sister (as Naaz)|
|1972||Wafaa||Meera (as Naaz)|
|1971||Dushmun||Kamla G. Din (as Naaz)|
|1971||Preetam||Gauri (as Naaz)|
|1971||Haathi Mere Saathi||Paro (as Naaz)|
|1970||Himmat||Banthu (as Naaz)|
|1970||Kati Patang||Poonam (uncredited)|
|1970||Sachcha Jhutha||Belu (as Naaz)|
|1970||Rootha Na Karo||Naina|
|1969||Aya Sawan Jhoom Ke||Sangeeta Y. Singh|
|1969||Jahan Pyar Miley|
|1967||Bahu Begum||Suraiya (as Naaz)|
|1965||Saiyan Se Neha Lagaibe (as Naaz)|
|1964||Chandi Ki Deewar|
|1964||Char Dervesh||Princess Hamida|
|1964||Kaise Kahoon||Anita Laxmichand|
|1963||Dekha Pyaar Tumhara|
|1963||Mere Arman Mere Sapne||Shanti|
|1963||Mujhe Jeene Do||Chauthi Begum (as Naaz)|
|1963||Pyar Ka Bandhan||Sona (as Naaz)|
|1961||Ganga Jumna||Young Dhanno (as Naaz)|
|1961||Zindagi Aur Khwab||Rasila|
|1960||Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai||Munni|
|1960||Mera Ghar Mere Bachche||Meena|
|1960||Maa Baap||Pratima (as Naaz)|
|1959||Four Faces of India (as Baby Naaz)|
|1959||Heera Moti||Roopnandan's Daughter (as Baby Naaz)|
|1959||Kaagaz Ke Phool||Pramila Sinha (as Baby Naaz)|
|1959||Ardhangini||Dancer / Singer|
|1959||Bhai Bahen||Soni K. Rai (as Baby Naaz)|
|1958||Do Phool||Poornima (as Baby Naaz)|
|1958||Lajwanti||Renu (as Baby Naaz)|
|1958||Yahudi||Young Lydia (as Baby Naaz)|
|1957||Musafir||Munni (as Baby Naaz)|
|1957||Payal||Padma (as Baby Naaz)|
|1956||Diwali Ki Raat (as Naaz)|
|1956||Ek Shola||Usha (as Baby Naaz)|
|1956||Ek Hi Rasta||Girl in Raja's birthday (singing "Bade Bhaiya Laya Hai") (as Baby Naaz)|
|1955||Kundan||Young Radha / Young Uma (as Baby Naaz)|
|1955||Lagan (as Baby Naaz)|
|1955||Raftar (as Baby Naaz)|
|1955||Devdas||Young Parvati (as Baby Naaz)|
|1955||Hatimtai Ki Beti (as Naaz)|
|1954||Chandni Chowk (as Baby Naaz)|
|1954||Subah Ka Tara||Heera|
|1954||Boot Polish||Belu (as Baby Naaz)|
|1954||Shama Parwana (as Naaz)|
|1953||Gunah (as Baby Naaz)|
|1950||Rupaiya (as Baby Naaz)|
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