It’s been a LONG time between posts and I must apologise for that – I’m not even sure who, if anybody, is reading my website!
Shahnoza Shakirova, one of the original members of Shahrizoda, got married sometime in 2018. This definitely explains why she is no longer a member of the group. She posted a few of these photos to her Instagram and several were found via somebody else’s page. She looks beautiful! Tabriklaymiz!
Shahrizoda (Risolat, Zebo and Shahnoza) with their producer (on the right).
I’m so excited to have found this. An interview with the producer of Shahrizoda (Uzbek Cyrillic), Sa’dulla Abdullayev. I was able to get an Uzbek friend to translate the part about the girls for me. It’s quite insightful.
Shu paytgacha guruhda 12 ta qiz bo‘ldi, nechtasi turmushga chiqdi va men nechta nevarali bo‘ldim! (kuladi) Shuning uchun ham, qizlarga tayinlayman, “menga bir oy vaqt beringlar” deyman.
Translation: So far, there have been 12 girls in the group who have come and left. So many of them got married, and I became a grandfather to many grandchildren (laughs). That is why I tell girls to inform me in advance (“Give me a month’s time”) in case they are going to leave.
This got me really excited. I then did some more digging and found a couple of photos of the pair. It was definitely one of our original Shahrizoda members, just all grown up! Not only did we now have her real name (no last name as yet), but her husband starred in the film Panoh with other former member Muborak!
Left: Ulug’bek and Aziza attending an event in Uzbekistan; and right, a younger Aziza during her Shahrizoda days
There is even a video of the wedding. For some reason, a lot of Uzbek weddings of famous actors or actresses are filmed and then put on YouTube. Most of the time, it’s just showing people dancing. Singer Shohruhxon is a special guest (and lip-syncing, as Uzbek performers often do!). At 10 minutes and 40 seconds into the video you can spot Shahnoza dancing, and another girl who has been known to perform as part of the group (see: video for ‘Amira’).
I believe this is Ulug’bek’s second marriage, his first being in 2012 which ended months later.
Enjoy! We wish them every happiness, tabriklaymiz!