Rida Isfahani is a Pakistani model, host, and actor who primarily appears in Pakistani films and television shows. She made headlines in 2016 after a private intimate video of her went viral over the internet. After almost six years, in 2022, she accused his ex-fiance of recording and leaking the video online.
Mariam Raza Isfahani was born on 26 September 1992 (age 30 years; as of 2022) in Karachi, Pakistan. Her zodiac sign is Libra. Rida completed her graduation at Jauhar Degree College in Karachi, Pakistan.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Medium Golden Brown
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Figure Measurements (approx.): 34-30-34
Rida Isfahani belongs to a Muslim family.
Parents & Siblings
Rida’s father, Kazim Raza Isfahani, is a Pakistani actor, writer, and poet. Her mother’s name is Mahmooda Isfahani.
Rida Isfahani’s parents, Kazim Raza Isfahani and Mahmooda Isfahani
Rida has two brothers, Ghalib Raza Isfahani and Muslim Raza Isfahani.
Rida Isfahani with her father (middle), mother (second from left), and brothers
Husband & Children
Rida is married twice. On 8 April 2019, Rida got married to Salman Sheikh, a fitness instructor.
Rida Isfahani with her first husband Salman Sheikh
In 2020, the couple got divorced after Rida alleged that Salman was physically abusive. According to Salman, the reason for separation was Rida’s leaked objectionable private videos on various social media platforms and her parents, who tried to control him and constantly interfered with his marriage. Salman alleged that Rida disliked his mother and sister and forced him to live separately. In an interview, Salman justified himself and revealed the reason for divorce and said,
The biggest lie she told was that I had assaulted her with a hot [clothes] iron. I have never attempted to physically harm her, I swear to Allah. The second biggest lie is that I had threatened to throw her off the third floor. I allowed my profession to suffer because of her. I went against my family for her. I left people just to pamper her and to help remove her bad memories and that bad patch involving a viral bathroom video of her. Only my heart knows how I withstood all this. On the contrary, she raised all these false allegations against me. She didn’t consider all the things I did for her.
On 26 October 2020, Rida married his second husband, but in 2021, she got separated from him. Rida had a son with her second husband, who was born on 6 September 2021, but he died on 11 September 2021. Rida, in an interview, revealed the reason behind her separation and said that his husband accused her of cheating and disloyalty.
Rida follows Islam.
Rida belongs to the Syed Shia community.
As an actor
In 2016, Rida acted in the Pakistani film Shikwa Jawab e Shikwa.
Rida Isfahani in a still from the film Shikwa Jawab e Shikwa (2016)
In 2021, she appeared in the Pakistani film Karachi Se Dubai.
In 2021, Rida appeared in the short films Underestimate and Khkulay Daroghjana on YouTube.
In April 2011, Rida made her television debut with the show Roag on ARY Digital.
In the same year, she appeared in a few shows on ARY Digital, namely, Pul Sirat, Mehmoodabad ki Malkain, and Umm-E-Kulsoom as Zainab. Later, Rida appeared in a few shows like Muhabbat Hamasafar Meri (2013) on TV One, Dehleez (2013) on ARY Digital, We Are Family (2013) on Express Entertainment, Chor Darwazay (2014) on Express TV, Raja Indar (2015) ARY Zindagi, and Mohay Piya Rang Laaga (2016) ARY Digital.
Poster of the television show Raja Indar (2015)
In 2016, she played the role of Mehreen in the TV show Meri Saheli Meri Bhabi on Geo TV.
Rida Isfahani as Mehreen in the television show Meri Saheli Meri Bhabi on Geo TV (2016)
In 2017, Rida gained recognition with the television show Jatan in which she played the role of Arzoo on ARY Digital.
In May 2021, Rida made her digital debut with the web series Tum Meri Ho on Urduflix Originals.
Rida Isfahani in a still from her debut web series Tum Meri Ho on Urduflix Originals
In 2022, Rida appeared in the music video Bolda Nai Meray Nal on YouTube.
As a Host
In November 2022, Rida hosted the show G Janab on GTV News.
Rida Isfahani while hosting the show G Janab (2022) on GTV News
Attracted controversy over leaked MMS video
In November 2016, Rida’s private intimate video was leaked, which went viral over the internet. During an interview, she accused her ex-fiance Syed of recording and leaking her video online. Syed worked as a director of photography in the Pakistan film industry. He belonged to a different community, but Rida convinced her parents of their marriage. After getting engaged, they remained in a courtship period of around 3 years. In 2016, after Rida went to the US for a shoot purpose, his fiance leaked her private video all over the internet. During a podcast, Rida talked about the leaked video and revealed the person behind it and said,
My trust was broken by my fiancé. I had convinced my parents for him, and my mindset was conservative so I wanted to be with only one person. He wasn’t even wealthy, but when he proposed to me, I accepted it. Three years after our engagement, he leaked my pictures when I was in the US. People urged me to do a press conference but I did not because it was his deed and my tragedy which will go with me to my grave.”
In November 2022, Rida was awarded the Emerging Film Star Award at the Nation’s Leader Awards (NLA) 2.0.
Nida Isfahani posing with her Emerging Film Star Award at the Nation Leader Awards 2022
- According to Rida, had she not become an actor, she would be a lawyer.
- After her divorce from her first husband Salman Sheikh, Rida, in an interview, revealed that she battled depression for a long time.
- In April 2022, Rida was invited as a Guest of Honor by the channel K21 for Ramzan transmission. (Ramazan transmission includes the recitation of the Quran, Naat Sharif, and highlighting the teachings of Islam)
Rida Isfahani invited as the Guest of Honor by the channel K21 for the Ramzan transmission
- In an interview, Rida revealed that after her video went viral, she was ousted by the directors from Pakistani dramas and was devoid of acting opportunities. She said,
People urged me to do a press conference but I didn’t as it was his deed, this is my tragedy and it will go to my grave with me. People don’t forgive and keep accusing you of your past and I have been facing this. I was also cut down from projects after this.