At her peak in the s, she "dominated Tamil cinema," to quote The Hindu. Born of a Muslim mother and a Hindu father on Christmas Day. She began her acting career in Bollywood and acted in a few movies but shifted south where she met with greater success before returning to Mumbai. Although sometimes listed in film credits as Naghma, she should not to be confused with an earlier actress who went by the same stage name - that mistake is made in her listing on the Internet Movie Database website. Nagma's biological father was Sri Arvind Pratapsinh Morarji, the late textile magnate.