Salma Mumtaz made her film debut as an actress in the 1960 Urdu language film, Neelofar (1960). A dancer in addition to an actor, Mumtaz acted in more than three hundred films, mostly Punjabi language films during her career.
She also became known for portraying mothers and motherly figures opposite well known Pakistani and Indian actors, including Waheed Murad, Mohammad Ali, Shahid and Punjabi language films actor, Akmal. Some of her best known films included Dil Mera Dharkan Teri (1968), Puttar Da Piyar, Heer Ranjha (1970), and Sheran Di Jori. Mumtaz also worked behind the camera as a film director and producer.
Salma Mumtaz was born in Jalandhar, present-day India, in 1926. Mumtaz's brother, Pervaiz Nasir, was a film producer. Mumtaz moved to the city of Lahore, Pakistan, with her family following the independence of Pakistan in 1947.