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Leila Forouhar

Leila Forouhar (, born 1960 in Isfahan, Iran) is a singer and actress from Iran who is very popular in Iran, Tajikestan and Afghanistan. She relocated to Los angeles after the Iranian Revolution to avoid the ban on female singing placed by the revolutionary council.


Leila is the daughter of the late Iranian actor Jahangir Forouhar, who had already established a solid background in the Iranian entertainment industry by the early 1970s. She speaks of the great influence her father had upon her interviews. She followed her father's career path into movies, beginning with minor roles in various movies that were based mainly on the social issues of the Shah Shah Pahlavi. In time she became known as a child star, and with the release of Soltaneh Ghalbhaa (King of Hearts), her fame had already spread to all three Persian countries. As a teenager, she had begun modeling for top fashion magazines alongside acting, with roles in Ezteraab, Three Sisters and The Thirsty Ones.

In 1974, Forouhar released a self-titled music album, which sold out in Afghanistan in less than a day. Two singles from the album, "Cheshma-e-Nour" and "Eshgh Mesle Atisheh" in particular where noted in entertainment magazines and praised as the greatest album introduced to Afghan society by a female singer, unseating the then favorite singer Googoosh as the most popular female singer. Her hairstyle from the music video for "Cheshma-e-Nour" became for years the most sought after look in Kabul. A survey conducted in the 70’s named Leila as every Afghan man’s "Fantasy Mistress", and her popularity continued until Iran became entangled in political turmoil.

The Iranian Revolution's theocratic form of government opposed any form of art that it deemed corrupt. A revolutionary court order named popular singers and actors (both male and female) to show up for a court hearing, and Leila was the third person listed. It was well ingrained that these artists must renounce their careers or face legal consequences. Given these choices, many singers accepted the orders and withdrew from the entertainment industry.

Move to France

With the outbreak of war with neighboring Iraq, the Iranian movie and music industry was foundering. Initially Forouhar family decided to stay in Tehran in hopes that the conclusionn of the war would signify a return to the pre-revolutionary era. With the war drew stretched on, however, Leila decided to leave the country. With the aid of Afghan government she was flown first to Afghanistan, then to Europe, and in 1986, settled in France for two years.

During this time, much of the press speculated about Forouhar's possible comeback to singing, but Forouhar did not grant interviews, desiring to remain unobtrusive (assassinations of famous expatriates were common).

Move to the United States

In 1988 Forouhar and her family moved to the United States quickly establishing contact with Los Angeles based Iranian artists who had fled at the outbreak of the revolution. That same year, she released Makhmal-e-Naz and in 1989 Hedieh ("The Gift"), and the song "Ey Dil" ("Oh My Heart") became very popular, rekindling a craze similar to that inspired by "Cheshma-e-Nour". Releasing an album a year, by the 1990s she re-established her reputation as a popular female vocalist amongst Persian audiences.

In 2005, Leila married a Los Angeles based Iranian-American businessman in a ceremony that included many colleague singers and entertainers with whom she had made albums.

Recent concerts

Since the 1990s, Forouhar has performed in concerts around the world, including a venue in Tajikestan for a sold-out concert performing alongside Tajik singers Manija Dawlatova and Shabnam Suraya.

Leila Forouhar Live in concert at Kodak Theatre Date : November / 1 / 2008 - Sat . 08:00 PM Ticket : On All Iranian Stores & www.TicketMaster.com www.leilamusic.com www.shameemclub.com Tell : 001 818 588 24 74


Avang Records Releases

  • 1974: Leila Forouhar

Caltex Records Releases

  • 1991: Hedieh (with Shahram Solati)
  • 1992: Shaans
  • 1994: Attal Mattal (with Ebi)
  • 1995: Tapesh
  • 1996: Saraab
  • 1997: Love Songs
  • 1997: Planet of Harmony
  • 1997: Dance Beat
  • 1998: Love Story
  • 1999: Didar (with Shahram Shabpareh)
  • 1999: Yek Samado Do Leila (soundtrack from the play "Yek Samado Do Leila")
  • 2000: Tasvir
  • 2001: Story of Yours, Story of Mine
  • 2003: Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre
  • 2005: A Kiss
  • 2007: Maahe Man (My Moon)

Taraneh Record Releases

  • 1993: Hamsafar
  • 1994: Do Parandeh

Pars Video Releases

  • 1988: Makhmal-e-Naaz
  • 1994: Parandeha (with Mahasty and Shahram solati )
  • 1999: Ghahremananeh Vatan (with Andy and Dariush Eghbali)

MZM Records Releases

  • 1992: Bahaaneh
  • 2008: Maahe Man

Other Records Releases

single Records Releases

  • 1974: Delshoureh
  • 1975: Yeki Yepoole Khoroos
  • 1977: Zalzalak
  • 1992: Amad az rah fasle zibaye bahar
  • 1994: Telesm
  • 1995: Nefrin(with Mekabiz)
  • 1996: Zamin larzid
  • 1998: Iran barande mishe
  • 2001: Azadeh Irani
  • 2002: Mosabbeb
  • 2003: Sayad Nojva
  • 2006: Music
  • 2007: Iran Iran (with Omid)
  • 2007: The Memories(Dedicated to mahasti )

Notable singles

Leila's Top Songs-People's Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Maahe Man Maahe Man 2008
2 Hastrat Attal Mattal 1996
3 Khoob Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
4 Kalaghaye Khabarcheen Leila Forouhar 1974
5 Keyfar Hamsafar 1993
6 Akharin Jofte Zamin Leila forouhar 1974
7 Golhaye Lala-Abbasi Attal Mattal 1994
8 Tapesh Tapesh 1995
9 Shaans Shaans 1991
10 Chi Seda Konam Toro? Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
11 Yek Booseh A Kiss 2005
12 Nazdiktar az Eshgh A Kiss 2005
13 Shamim Shaans 1991
14 Pardis A Kiss 2005
15 Pishkesh Love Story 1998

Leila's Top Songs-Critics' Choice (Zirishk Poll 2008)
1 Khabare Tazeh Attal Mattal 1996
2 Do Parandeh Leila Forouhar 1974
3 Iran Tapesh 1995
4 Azad Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001
5 Saraab Saraab 1996
6 Hoshdaar Tasvir 2000
7 Bahaaneh Bahaaneh 1992
8 Eshgh Mesle Atisheh Leila Forouhar 1974
9 Hamsafar Hamsafar 1993
10 Ghadima Story of Yours, Story of Mine 2001


  • Rouzegar (VHS)
  • The Return (VHS)
  • Flashback (VHS)
  • A Kiss (DVD)
  • Live in Concert at the Kodak Theatre (DVD)
  • 4 DVD Collection #1


  • Mehmaan
  • Soltaneh Ghalbhaa
  • Aramesh dar Hozooreh Digaraan
  • Baagheh Boloor
  • Shabeh Aftabi
  • Ezteraab
  • Four Sisters
  • The Thirsty Ones
  • Morad & laleh
  • Iman
  • The Beauty Sin
  • Golden Cage
  • The Springtime Connection


""Leila Forouhar, Shohreh, or Helen: Whom Would You Pick as Best?"". Tehran Magazine, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Marriage of Entertainment Star Leila & Essi."". p.62-65. Tehran Magazine, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Leila Forouhar: The Beloved Star"". p. 72-73. Tehran Magazine, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Interview with Leila Forouhar."". 57-59. Tehran Magazine, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Leila Forouhar Gives Answers to Sent Questions"". BBC Persian, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Leila…A Kiss, A Marriage and Two Years"". BBC Persian, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Seventh Day"". Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Seventh Day: Leila Forouhar"". BBC Persian, Retrieved on 2008-08-15. ""Leila's Concerts in Tajikistan"". BBC Persian, Retrieved on 2008-08-15.

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