A lovely young actress who was discovered by director Sadiq Barmak. At the time she was 13, working the Afghani streets of Kabul as a beggar to help feed the family. The director hired her to play the nameless girl turned boy "Osama" in the film Osama (2003). She used her earnings to shelter her parents. Noticable for her beautiful smile, she is generally a shy, modest girl known for her giggles and blushes.
She studies at a school run by Aschiana, an Afghan relief agency for children.
She has used the money she made from Osama to buy her parents a four-bedroom, mud home in a poor part of Kabul.
Discovered wandering through the ruined capital, a child begging for food.
Her father owned a music shop which was destroyed by the Taliban.
She is an ethnic Tajik.
She is continuing to pursue acting as a career, appearing in four more films in the year after the release of "Osama."
The only film she had seen before starring in "Osama" was a pirated video tape of "Titanic."
She earned $14 for her role in "Osama," and later received a $4,000 prize from an international film festival in Seoul, South Korea.
Personal Quotes (3)
They hired me to play the main character in the movie, even though I couldn't read and write.
"I said two of my sisters were killed when a wall in a building fell on them, and I began to cry." When Osama's director, Saddiq Barmak, asked her if she had any family that died during Taliban's reign.
I want to be an actress all my life. I want to grow as an actress. One day, I even want to direct my own film.