Yesteryear singer-actress Salma Agha has applied for an Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) card.
Salma Agha pluzcinema
Her request is being examined by the Home Ministry which may grant her an OCI card if she fulfils the eligibility criteria.
In her request letter, she is believed to have referred to her Indian roots in her maternal grandfather Jugal Kishore Mehra.
Recently, the home ministry gave Indian citizenship to Pakistani singer Adnan Sami. The ministry said the certificate of naturalization was granted under the Citizenship Act, 1955 after Sami satisfied the government that the conditions for grant of naturalisation were fulfilled in his case.
Salma Agha became a household name in India in 1982 with her super-hit film Nikaah. She also won Filmfare best female playback award in 1982 for her rendition “Dil Ke armaan aansuon me beh gaye” in the same movie.
The OCI card also gives parity to an individual with Non-Resident Indians in financial, economic and educational fields except in the acquisition of agricultural or plantation properties.
Salma Agha and daughter Sasha Agha persoo
Salma plans to open a music school in Lucknow. Her daughter Sasha Agha made her debut in the Bollywood film Aurangzeb in 2013 and later acted in Desi Kattey (2014).