Deeba: Pakistani Mona Lisa

Deeba, who was born in 1942, is the sister-in-law of director Baqar Rizvi. She is well known for her tragic roles in Pakistani films. Additionally, her ever-smiling face and her innocent looks, made her the Pakistani Mona Lisa.

Her early work
Deeba made her presence felt as a chld star named Chutanki in the film 'Faisla.'
she made her movie debut in a 1962 film called 'Chiragh jalta raha' in a side role in Fazal Ahmed Karim Fazli's movie. Her role in 'Chiragh jalta raha', Deeba worked in the movie. Her film ‘Jabsay deikha hai tumhain' was a huge hit.

Her first film as a heroine
In the film 'Phir subha hogee' she played the lead female role.

Her most successful films
Casting Deeba in the films seemed a safe bet. Like other aspiring artists of her generation, she worked zealously to prove her worth. As an actress, she had come completely into her own.

Her sustained efforts paid dividends in the film 'Phir subha hogee', in which she played the lead female role.

With the passage of time, her acting did sound better. Deeba achieved lofty heights in her next three movies:

She was the heroine in Rehman's film 'Milan', the film 'Meray bacchay meri Aankhein' and the film 'Dil diwanay'.

Further, there are enough success stories of Deeba to fuel the fever. Six are mentioned below:

The films 'Aashiq', director Aslam Dar's film 'Wada', director Shabab Kiranvi's super hit film 'Aa'ena', director Nazrul Dada's film 'Haqeeqat', the film 'Sir Taj' and the film 'Bay Qusur'.
Jubilant fans greeted the release of these films:

'Koshish', 'Sajna door deyaan', 'Tum he ho mehboob meray', 'Dil day kay deikho', 'Zindigi aik safar hai', director Zafar Shabab's film 'Sung dil'.
The stories of those films ring true even today:

The film 'Aansoo', director S. A. Bukhari's film 'Do Aansoo', the film 'Hum Dono' (director: Al- Hamid, released in 1966, popular ghazal:

'Unki nazroan say mohabbat ka jo paigham mila', sung by Runa Laila, pictured on Deeba, starring: Deeba - Kamal) the films 'Zameer', and 'Sajda'.
She increasingly found opportunities to show her abilities, notably in the films 'Khamosh raho', 'Dil diwana' and the film 'Daagh'.

Better yet, was the film 'Insaan aur farishta'.

Director Dil Jeet Mirza had cast Deeba in the role of the mentally retarded girl in his film 'Riwaaj'. Watching her role in 'Riwaaj' is an experience of a lifetime. Her character came precariously close to reality.

Her role in the film 'Seeta, Maryam, Margaret', was remarkable.

Beautiful, vivid and gracious, Deeba, by all accounts, completely captured the heart of Waheed Murad in the film 'Ik Nagina'. He looked right at her and smiled. It was quite a smile!
The following six films were an achievement that is still a worthy yardstick:

'Anila', 'Behan bhai', 'Doosri shadi', 'Pak Daman', 'Dil kay tukray', 'Aao pyar karain'.
Deeba was able to rekindle the passion in the following films:

'Neend hamari khwab tumharay', 'Maujiza', 'Zameen', director Luqman's film 'Pakeeza', director Qadeer Ghauri's film 'Mehmaan', 'Doraha'.
She scored big at the cinema, when the following films arrived in the theatres. Mega hit film 'Anjuman', 'Afsana', 'Madar-e-Watan', 'Jahan walay', 'Hum matwalay naujawan', 'Ruswaye'.
Deeba's convincing performances in the following films gripped the hearts of fans:

'Husn ka chore', 'Zinda laash', 'Ulfat', 'Dost dushman', 'Shehnai', 'Parosi'.
The movies are still fresh in the minds of cine-goers. They have stories to tell: The films 'C.I.D.', 'Ishara', director Zafar Shabab's film 'Dard', 'Dooor ki Aawaz', 'Fasana-e-dil', 'Chaudween sadi'.
Deeba, whose life has been a long, exciting trip in the film world, came up with more interesting movies like the following:

'Phir chand niklay ga', 'Perdais', 'Kaun dilan diyan janay', 'Meri mohabbat teray hawalay', 'Aik raat', 'Bhola sajan', 'Nasha jawani da', 'Subha ka tara', 'Sajan rang rangeela'.
In the final phase of her acting career, she appeared in more movies. Seven of them are listed below:

'Umar Mukhtar', 'Karam Daata', 'Deewanay teray pyar kay', 'Barsaat ki raat', 'Nikah', 'Saheb jee' and the mega hit film 'Chooriyaan'.

Her award
She earned the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Sajna dooor deyan' in 1970.

Mohammad Ali – Shehanshah e Jazbaat

Mohammad Ali was a legendry film actor in Pakistani film industry. He will be remembered as the best ever Urdu film hero and a great personality in the showbiz world. He died on March 19, 2006.

Film career 
Mohammad Ali respected Z.A. Bukhari like his own father, who introduced him in film line. Bukhari introduced Mohammad Ali to Fazal Ahmad as a hero, but Mohammad Ali himself take the role of villain because the villain role was more powerful. This was the only Pakistani film in which Indian singer Talat Mehmood worked as a singer.
Film “Shakir” was completed with the name of “Chiragh jalta raha” (1962). This was a Karachi made film and was graced inauguration by Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah. This film went Islamabad for censor and was seen especially by President General Ayub Khan. Chiragh jalta raha celebrated silver jubilee in Karachi but was not released in the rest of the country.
Mohammad Ali worked as a villain in his first 3 films. His first film as hero was “Shararat” (1963). His first film as hero in Lahore was Khandan (1964). Later he moved to Lahore. He bought a flat in Gulberg then he built his own bungalow. He got breakthrough from film Khamosh raho (1964).

His awards  
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (The only film actor in Pakitan who was honored by this award, This is the second highest civilian award in Pakistan)
Pride of Performance (First film actor who receipt this award, This is the third highest civilian award in Pakistan)

Privat life 
When director Iqbal Yousuf take his unit to Karachi for the shooting of film Tum mile pyar mila, Mohammad Ali married Zeba, this was Zeba’s third marriage. Zeba had a daughter Samina from first husband Abdul-Smad. Mohammad Ali loved Samina like his real daughter and gave her name Samina Ali, because he had no child.
They produced films Aag (1967) and Jaise jante nahin (1969).
At the height of his carrier in 1969 he worked in a Radio Pakistan Lahore’s one hour drama Chand nahin nikla.

His illness
He was serious ill in 1977. He faced a serious problem of kidney in 1980, so one kidney was come out after operation. When he was recovered, he fell in Sugar (a disease).
After the release of film Doorian, Agha G.A. Gul went London and gave Dilip Kumar a gift of video of film Doorian. When Mohammad Ali went India for Urdu conference, Younis Ahmad (a member of National Assembly) gave him shawl as a gift. He went Bangladesh for Pakistani film Janey Anjaney, President General Irshad gave him Holy Quran as a gift. He was also awarded Noshad Award of India.

Last moments of his life...
On Sunday March 19, 2006, at 11.00 a.m., he got up from his bed to go to the bathroom. But he dropped down on the bedroom floor. Zeba summoned their servant, Abbas, who rested Mohammad Ali on the chair. According to eyewitness account, Mohammad Ali uttered Kalima-e-shahadat before he breathed his last at 1.30 p.m. Zeba’s daughter, Samina, rushed to Pakistan from U.S. Soon after Samina’s arrival, Mohammad Ali’s namaz-e-janaza was performed on the ground opposite Gulberg, Lahore on Tuesday at 2.00 p.m. He was buried in the threshold of Mazar of Hazrat Mian Mir sahib (reh), Lahore.
Mohammad Ali was seventy-five years of age. Millions of Mohammad Ali's devoted fans all over the world paid tributes to their favorite actor.

waheed murad cut

In the 1970s, Pakistani cinema was all the rage. The dressing style, the hair cut and melodious songs used to be liked and followed by people. His hairstyle became one of his great personal strength. Mr Murad’s hair cut was very popular among the young and was called the “Waheed Murad cut”. Basically, it was the profound faith of cine- goers in Waheed Murad's ability that kept him going.


She was born on 30th June 1941 in Bhera, Sargodha.

Her early work

First time she appeared as an extra standing in a mob scene in Hollywood's Bhwani Junction (1955) which was shoot in and around Lahore.

This is very interesting to know that Shabab Keranvi rejected her for films when she approached him for acting in films. Shabab sahib said: " this girl can not be a film actress, never never...

Her film career
 She started her career as supporting actress . Neelo’s first film was “Sabira” in 1956 .
Her Golden jubilee film 'Yakkay Wali', which theatrical release was on February 22, 1957, cast included, Neelo- Musarrat Nazeer- Sudhir. Producer, Bari Malik, director, M.J. Rana, music, Baba G.A. Chishti.
Super hit movie 'Saat Laakh', October 9, 1957, starring, Neelo- Sabiha- Santosh- Talish. Producer, Saif Uddin Saif, director, Jafar Malik, composer, Rasheed Attre, popular song, 'Aaye mausum rangeelay suhanay', singer, Zubeida Khanum, pictured on Neelo, dubbed as a mountain girl, waiting for her lover.
'Zeher-e-Ishq', April 21, 1958, stars included Neelo as supporting actress, Musarrat Nazeer- Habib. Producer, Sultan Jeelani- Khursheed Anwar, director, Masood Pervez. Music- story- screenplay, Khursheed Anwar.
In the film 'Jaan-e-Bahar', a song in Raag Darbari, was pictured on Neelo, 'Ab to jee bhar kay khanjar chala yain gey hum'.
'Koel', December 24, 1959, cast included Neelo- Noor Jehan- Aslam Pervez- Nazar. Producer- composer, Khursheed Anwar, director, Masood Pervez.
'Nagin', June 18, 1959, starring, Neelo- Ratan Kumar- Yusuf Khan- Saqi. Producer, Wazeer Ali, director, Khalil Qaiser.
'Neend', October 16, 1959, stars included Noor Jehan- Aslam Pervez- Neelo. Producer, S.A.Malik, director, Hasan Tariq, music, Rasheed Attre.
The film 'Azra', April 20, 1962, cast included Neelo- Aijaz- Nazar- Talish- Alauddin. Producer, G.A. Gul, director, Munshi Dil, composer, Inayat Husain.
 'Banjaran', September 14, 1962, stars, Neelo- Kamal- Azad- Alauddin. Director, Hasan Tariq, music, Deebu Bhatta Chariya.
The film 'Daman', October 4, 1963, cast, Neelo, - Sabiha- Santosh- Waheed Murad- Lehri. Producer, Santosh, director, Qadeer Ghauri, music, Khalil Ahmed.
The film 'Daachi', February 15, 1964, stars, Neelo- Sudhir- Naghma- Munawwar Zareef. Producer, G.A. Gul, director, Aslam Irani, composer, G.A. Chishti.
 The film 'Jeedaar', November 19, 1965, starring, Neelo- Sudhir- Habib-. Producer, Malik Mubarak, director, M.J. Rana, music, Rasheed Attre.
In Neelo's voice, the dialogues always seem appropriate. Below are six more interesting movies of Neelo:
 In director Ata Ullah Shah Hashmi's film 'Naya Daur', she worked opposite Yusuf Khan as supporting actress.
In director Jafar Bukhari's film 'Anjaan', too, Neelo appeared as supporting actress.
In the films 'Kacchian Kalyan' and 'Nai Larki' directed by Ameen Malik, she worked as lead actress.
 She worked as supporting actress in the films 'Aakhri Nishaan' and 'Yaar Beli'.
Neelo's fame knew no bounds after the enormous success of director Khalil Qaiser's super hit film 'Nagin'.

After the theatrical release of 'Nagin', Neelo worked as lead actress opposite Ratan Kumar in a few more movies.
The films 'Ghunghat', 'Saathi', 'Insaaf', 'Qatal kay baad', 'Aladin ka beta'.
 In 'Taj aur talwaar', Neelo is a genuine star triumphing over roles in movies like 'Naghma-e-sehra', 'Payal ki jhankar', 'Beti' and adding zest to such films like 'Gehra Daagh', 'Husn-O-Ishq' and 'Mumtaz'.
'Nehlay pay dehla', 'Mera mahi', 'Himmat', 'Doshiza', 'Nizam lohaar', 'Ravi Paar'.
She became one of the most enchanting stars of the 1950s and 1960s.
'Shair dee bacchi', 'Night club', 'Sehti', 'Jaddi', 'Shera', 'Abba jee', 'Jug beeti'.
Her greatness shines through in movies like 'Aankh ka nasha', 'Pholay Khan', and 'Subha kaheen shaam kaheen'.
 Likewise, her acting potential is quite evident in movies like 'Sheikh chilli', 'Changhez Khan' and 'Mr. Allah Ditta'. Furthermore, the choreography has zest in Neelo's film 'Oonchay mehal'.
She acted in the film 'Badnaam', co-starring Ejaz- Asad Jafri- Rangeela- Alauddin. Producer, -director, Iqbal Shehzad, music, Deebu, released under the banner of 'Montana films' on September 2, 1966.
Punjabi film 'Lado', released on August 26, 1966, starring, Neelo- Habib- Rangeela- Munawwar Zareef- Alauddin. Producers, Chaudhry Meraj Din- Safdar Masood, director, Sharif Nayyar, composer, Master Abdullah.
 'Payal ki jhankar', released under the banner of 'Ever new pictures' on November 18, 1966. Cast included Neelo- Darpan- Deeba- Nazar- Talish. Producer, G.A.Gul, music, Rasheed Attre.
Neelo's Punjabi film 'Dil da jani', released on March 23, 1967. Stars included Neelo- Habib- Saloni- Rangeela- Alauddin. Producer, Aftab, director, Riaz Ahmed Raju, composer, Wazeer Afzal.

Second phase
After the death of Riaz Shahid in order to live a respectable life and to raise her three children, she returned to show business.
The first film in which she worked after her come back was the mega hit film 'Khatarnaak'. Neelo enjoyed a second coming with her starring role in 'Khatarnaak', released on August 23, 1974. 'Khatarnaak' successfully completed diamond jubilees in Karachi and Lahore. Cast included Neelo- Yusuf Khan- Aneeta- Nazli- Mustafa Qureshi. Producer, Shahid Afzal, director, Rehmat Ali, music, Safdar Husain.
 Besides acting, Neelo also produced a film 'Baheesht', director, Hasan Tariq, composers, Rasheed Attre- A. Hameed. Writer, Riaz Shahid, released on November 29, 1974.
'Jatt kurian to darda', released on October 15, 1976. Cast included Neelo- Kamal- Nisho- Najma- Rangeela- Nayyar Sultana- Munawwar Saeed. Producer- director, Kamal, music, Wajahat Attre. This was Neelo’s another achievement.
She worked in 'Ajj dian kurian', November 22, 1977, stars included Neelo- Kamal- Nisho- Naghma- Badar Munir- Jamshed Ansari- Rangeela. Producer - director, Kamal, composer, Wajahat Attre.
 Her another Punjabi film 'Ghunda', March 10, 1978, starring, Neelo- Sultan Rahi- Najma- Iqbal Hasan. Producer, Jamal Masood, director, Masood Bin Aslam, music, Safdar Husain.
'Barood ki chaoon', 1989, cast included Neelo- Nadeem.
'Director Jafar Bukhari's film 'Izzat'. Also movies like 'Balunat Koar', 'Sultana Daku', 'Sar ka badla', 'Mera naa paatay Khan'.
The films 'Malik zada', 'Danka', 'Meray badshah chaman Khan', 'Inqilaab', 'Shareef shehri'.
The film 'Nagina' was presumably the last movie in which Neelo appeared as an actress.
'Nagina' was released on October 5, 1990, starring, Neelo- Madiha Shah, Shaan. Producer, Arif Chaudhry, director, Altaf Husain, music, M. Ashraf, double version, Urdu and Punjabi film.

Her awards

Below is a look back at her Nigar Awards:

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best supporting actress in the film 'Koel' in 1959.

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best supporting actress in the film 'Daman' in 1963.

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Zarqa' in 1969.

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best producer and best film of the year 'Baheesht' in 1974.

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Khatarnaak' in 1974.

Neelo won the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Jat kuryan tu darda' in 1976.

Her private life
Neelo's real name was Cynthia Alexander Fernandes, after the marriage with Riaz Shahid, she converted to Islam and renamed Abida Riaz. A tragic incident happened one of those days. Neelo was compelled to sing and dance at a musical get-together, which was also attended by Riaz Shahid among others. Neelo's song- cum dance was totally unacceptable to Riaz. Hence, he lost his temper and started ignoring her thereafter. Desperate to get Riaz's attention, Neelo tried to commit suicide by swallowing sleeping pills. She was rushed to the hospital and within minutes doctors successfully brought her back from the clutches of death. Here is the silver lining to the true story. Neelo's unrequited love for Riaz became crystal clear to him. Because Neelo's sacrifice worked as a litmus test. Soon Neelo embraced Islam and married Riaz Shahid. Riaz gave Neelo her new Islamic name, Abida, and Neelo became Abida Riaz. They lived a storybook life. It was the extraordinary power of love, which brought them closer than ever to each other.
 Riaz's hearty tone made Neelo soar, while he gave her the meaning and drive of a true performer. Unfortunately, Riaz Shahid, who had been suffering from leukemia passed on October 1, 1972.
Neelo is the one of Pakistani film heroines who worked minor/extra and song item roles in a maximum number of films (about 20 films) like Sabira (1956), Anjam, Saat Lakh, Phooley Khan, Ankh ka nasha, and Sehti (1957), Jane Bahar, Shaikh chilli, Naya dour, Kacha kalian, Zehr-e-ishq, Nai larki, Darbar, Mumtaz, and Akhri Nishan (1958), Yaar beli, Sola aaney, Lukan mitti, Neend and Lalkar (1959). Neelo is also the mother of super star Shaan.



Nisho the famous and beautiful actress of Pakistani cinema was born in Gujrat. Her real name is Bilquis Begum. She gain fame, name and respect in Pakistani film Industry.

Her early work
She was offered the role of lead actress opposite Mohammad Ali and Nadeem in her debut, mega hit film ‘Baazi,’ in 1970. Around that time, Bilquis changed her name to Nisho and achieved name, fame and respect in times due course. Moreover, Mohammad Ali and Nadeem appeared together for the first time in the film ‘Baazi’ (Director, Late Iqbal Shehzad, composer, Sohail Rana.

Her private life
During her school days, Nisho fell in love with a boy, Inam Rabbani. The mutual devotion and understanding resulted in their marriage. Nisho had a daughter, Saheba, with Rabbani. It so happened that Rabbani left Pakistan and settled abroad. Years passed by and he did not return. Consequently, Nisho divorced Rabbani.
Poet Tasleem Fazli, who died in 1982, was Nisho’s second husband. Through perseverance and faith, Nisho overpowered her marital setbacks one after another. In 1988, six years after Tasleem Fazli's death, Nisho married for the third time. She had a son, Hamza, from her third husband.

Nisho’s film career
Nisho worked in sixty films.
The following three films of Nisho were released in 1971:
‘Yaar dais Punjab day’, ‘Baazi gar’, ‘Ye Aman’. The film ‘Ye Aman’ was written and directed by Riaz Shahid.
The year 1973 proved to be the best year for Nisho’s films. The following ten films of Nisho were released in 1973:
Nisho achieved enormous fame with the release of the super hit film ‘Nadaan’, directed by Iqbal Akhtar. ‘Nadaan’ made diamond jubilee.
The film ‘Sehray kay phool’, the film ‘Jaal’ (Nisho- Waheed Murad- Shaista Qaiser, director, Iftikhar Khan, silver jubilee).
The films ‘Insaan aur gadha’, ‘Aar paar’, ‘Farz’, ‘Tera gham rahay salamat’.
The films ‘Mulaqat’ (Nisho- Waheed Murad- Qavi- Lehri- director, Laeeq Akhtar, silver jubilee).
The films ‘Dulhan Rani’ and the film ‘Kubra Aashiq’ (producer-director-actor Rangeela)
The films ‘Bazaar’, ‘Angaray’ and ‘Matti kay putlay’.
‘Namak haram’, ‘Tiger gang’ and ‘Iman daar’.
The film ‘Samaaj’ (remake of director Jafar Bukhari’s film ‘:Bharosa’) ‘Baheesht’ and ‘Parda na othao’.
The film ‘Gumrah’, the film ‘Nelaam’ (first film of director Iqbal Kashmiri, producer, Qavi) the film ‘Surat aur seerat’, ‘Athra’, ‘Bikhray moti’ and ‘Shikwa’.
The films ‘Roshni’, ‘Ma’ashara’ and ‘Professor’.
 ‘Naik Perveen’, ‘Neiki badi’ and ‘Haiwan’.
The films ‘Society girl’ (first film of Sangeeta as director), ‘Jut kuryaan toon darda’ and ‘Zubeida’.
 ‘Raastay ka pathar’ (director, A.Rasheed, starring, Nisho- Waheed Murad, Sultan Rahi. The performance of all three artists were at its peak) the film ‘Dharkan’,’Budtameez’.
 ‘Aamna saamna’, ‘Aj deyaan kuryaan’, ‘Gora kala’.
The films ‘Dil kay daagh’, ‘Aadmi’ and ‘Mohammad Bin Qasim’ The film ‘Mohammad Bin Qasim’ is based on a real story, which is a true page turner. Zamarrud was dubbed as Raja Daher’s sister.
The films ‘Ehtejaaj’, ‘Lakha’ and ‘Hanstay Aansoo’.
‘Qudrat’, ‘Pyari’, ‘Nazuk rishtay’.
 ‘Siyasat’ and ‘Tufaan aur zindigi’.

Nisho, a popular Pakistani signature, who helped inspire the movie, is retired from the industry. Once in a while, she makes her presence felt at a function or public place.

Her stories and proud memories lives on.

Waheed Murad's songs Picturization

Mr Murad was a celebrated hero when it came to the picturisation of romantic songs. He was the star of many of the golden oldies of Pakistani cinema and he enlivened the silver screen with his extraordinary talent in acting and song picturisation.

He was very-almost insanely-passionate about picturing songs on himself. His genius for song picturing earned him the title of 'King of song picturing.' Such an uncommon dazzle was a rarity then.
In fact, Waheed Murad captured the high spirits of one of the country's most- loved songs, while picturing 'Akele na jana' on him and Zeba.
you can watch the song akele na jana on link given below.
Akele na jana

He was absolutely, unequivocally as successful as an actor could be in the Pakistani movies.
Film critic Tufail Akhtar told Daily Times Waheed Murad was a one such hero whom Indian film stars Rajesh Khana and Jateendra copied but they could not give even a single performance like him. He said the late actor’s style of song picturisation was unique.

Some of his beautifully and artistically picturized songs are Tumhain Kaisay Bata Doon, Kuch Log Rooth Kar Bhi, Dil Tumko Dey Diya, Ko Ko Korina, Jhoom Aye Dil Wo Mera Jan-e- Bahar Aye Ga , Beetay Huway Khuch Din Aisay Hain Tanhai Jinhain Duhrati hey, Mujhe Tum Nazar Say Gira To Rahay Ho, Yun Kho Gaiy Teray Pyar Mein Hum and Socha Tha Piyar Na Karan Gain, Khamosh Hein Nazaray, and Aye Abre Karam Aaj Itna baras.
Murad’s favourite song was film Do Raha’s Bhooli Hui Hoon Dastan as he told to Khush Bakhat Shujaat in a radio interview a couple of years before his death.

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Zeba, gorgeous and graceful woman in Pakistan film industry

Zeba was one of the most respected, gorgeous and graceful woman in Pakistan film industry.

Zeba was born on 3rd October, 1943 in Anbala, Indian Punjab. Her real name is Shaheen. Her father name was Azam Khan. Her mother was known as Lali Begum. She was married and got a daughter when she began her film career. She also married Sudhir for a while.

Zeba’s early work:
She started her film career from Karachi where producer Noor Mohammed Khan offered a role of heroine in his film "Zindagi", which could not complete due to some reasons and then she was casted in other Karachi made film "Shakir" which was released with the name of “Chiragh Jalta Raha” in 1962. Other debut cast were Mohammed Ali, Deeba, Kamal Irani and Arif who was her hero.

Her first Golden Jubilee hit movie:
Her first Golden Jubilee hit movie 'Tauba', February 15, 1964, stars included Zeba- Kamal- Lehri. A tragic score like 'O ray sanam dil ye kaisay bataye', pictured on Zeba, captured the essence of what Zeba's superfluous acting really is about.

Her struggle days:
During the struggle days, Zeba was called by Shareef Nayyar to work for his under direction film "Ishq par zor naheen (1963)" from Karachi to Lahore. On trail, Zeba was declared Fail and Shareef Nayyar passed the remarks that she is not a suitable actress and could not be a big actress in future, then he decided to take Musarrat Nazeer instead.

Her most successful films:
Fame did not come over night to her. On the contrary, she had to work real hard, day in and day out to prove her worth.
Heera aur pathar:
She paired off with Waheed Murad in the mega hit movie, 'Heera aur pathar', December 11, 1964, producer, Waheed Murad, director, Pervez Malik, the film successfully completed 68 weeks and attained golden jubilee. 'Heera aur pathar', undoubtedly established her as an actress of high repute.
Eid Muabarak:
Film 'Eid Mubarak', producer, M .A Sarwar, director, S .M Yusuf, theatrical release was on July 2, 1965, it completed 26 weeks and attained silver jubilee. Stars included Zeba- Waheed Murad- Habib- Rukhsana.
It is impossible to overlook that 'Kaneez's star power and onscreen pairing had been promoted most appropriately. Apart from that, these celebrities did not disappoint the moviegoers. Theatrical release was on November 26, 1965, cast included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Waheed Murad. The sad song, 'Jab raat dhali', was perfectly pictured on Zeba and Waheed Murad. Zeba did her job in an admirable fashion. Producer, Ali Sufyan Afaqi, director, Hasan Tariq, it completed 67 weeks, and attained golden jubilee. Zeba hit a milestone after the release of 'Kaneez'.
After 'Kaneez' came the all time favorite 'Armaan', Zeba's number one movie of her career, the first platinum jubilee film of Pakistan and, to date, one of the greatest movie of all time. Theatrical released was on March 18, 1966, producer, Waheed Murad, director, Pervez Malik. Zeba was smartly dubbed as a poor servant, Najma. Najma may not be the part Zeba was born to play, but it might just be the one she grew old for.

Her movies with Mohammad Ali:

'Tum milay pyar mila', February 7, 1969, are still popular with the populace. Stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali. 'Aap ko bhool jayain hum', was pictured on Zeba- Mohammad Ali.

'Insaan Aur Aadmi', May 15, 1970, was a brilliant movie and a huge commercial success. Stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Talat Husain. The super hit song, 'Tu jahan kaheen bhi jaaye', was pictured on Zeba.

Zeba's achievement in 'Salam-e-Mohabbat', August 6, 1971, similarly is laudable. Starring, Zeba- Mohammad Ali. The romantic number 'Salam-e-Mohabbat bara khubsurat', was beautifully pictured on Zeba.

Her role in 'Afsana zindigi ka', January 7, 1972, is a visual experience of breathtaking scope. Stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali. The song, 'Zindigi kay safar mein akeley thay hum', was pictured on Zeba.

During the peak years of her popularity, from 1962 through the 1980s, Zeba worked in such films as 'Mohabbat', creating frenzied interest in movie buffs. 'Mohabbat' was released on June 2, 1972, stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Andaleeb- Santosh- Sabiha. The perennial song, 'Banwara mun aisay dharka na tha', was pictured on Zeba.

The film 'Daman Aur Chingari', has become the gold standard of trend setting. Theatrical release was on October 28, 1973. Cast included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Nadeem. The song, 'Dais paraye janay walay', was pictured on Zeba.

'Phool meray gulshan ka', is a film as awesome as its images. Stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Waheed Murad- Nadeem. The song, Tu hai phool meray gulshan ka', was pictured on Zeba.
Zeba's dialogue nourishes ones soul as one watches her movies like 'Jab jab phool khilay', November 21, 1975, stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali-Waheed Murad- Nadeem.

More often, audiences and critics are amazed at Zeba's versatility in a movie like 'Naukar', December 12 1975, Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Barbara Sharif.

Her marriage with Lala Sudhir:
In the 1960s, Zeba was hard at work as usual, trying to secure her slice of the movie dream. Along the way, Zeba married actor Lala Sudhir. Bad luck, Zeba's marriage to Sudhir did not last long and it resulted in their separation. Zeba's daughter,Samina, who was born from a non-film person, before Zeba started her movie career, grew up, got married and settled in life.

Ali-Zeb couple:
A prestigious and respectable couple in Pakistani Film Industry. They married on 29 September, 1966 and appeared in 70 movies together - 59 films as the main pair (hero/heroine) which is a world record!
Mohammad Ali passed away on March 19, 2006.

Zeba’s last film with Mohammad Ali:
Zeba's last film with Mohammad Ali was 'Mohabbat ho to aisi ho', September 11, 1989, stars included Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Talish.

Her Awards:
Zeba earned the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Armaan' in 1966.

Zeba earned the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Insaan aur Aadmi' in 1970.

Zeba earned the Nigar Award for best actress in the film 'Mohabbat' in 1972.

During her twenty- seven- year acting career, Zeba's star never set in Pakistan.

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Pakistan film history from 1896-1947...

Pakistan shared its film history with India from 1896 to 1947. Lahore produced many films and a big number of Pakistani artists debuted in this period.
» Pakistani artists before 1947
The Lumier Brothers of France exhibited their short films in December 1895 at Grande Cafe, Paris. The following year, they brought the show to India and held its premiere at the Watson Hotel in Bombay on 7 July 1896. It was a package of 6 films viz, Entry of cinematograph, Arrival of the train, The sea bath, A demolition, Leaving the factory and Ladies and Soldiers on wheels. From 18 July 1896, films were released at the Novelty Theatre on a regular basis. Entrance tickets ranged from four annas to one rupee.
The first silent film from Lahore was The Daughter of Today released in 1924 and the inaugural Punjabi or talkie film from Lahore was Heer Ranjha in 1932.
» Film Milestones from 1913-47
Eid Day's:
0 film on Eid-ul-Fittar (1366 hijri), Monday August 18, 1947
0 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Saturday October 25, 1947

Anmol Gharri

Mehoboob Production Ltd. (Bombay)
Anmol Gharri
Realesed in: 1946
One of the most memorable and melodious film by Noushad Ali from the 40s with to legendry singer/actresses Noor Jehan and Surayya in main roles. Surindra and Zahoor Raja were other main characters in directors Mehboob's big film.
Actors Noor Jehan, Surender, Surayya, Zahoor Raja, Leela Mishra, Anwari Begum, Bhudo Anvari, Murad
Producer & Director Mehboob Khan (1907-64)
One of the greatest film director in the history was illiterate..!
Music Naushad Ali is regarded as one of the greatest Music Directors of Indian Cinema.
Assistent: Ghulam Ahamd (Pakeeza fame)
Lyrics Tanvir Naqvi was a relative of Madam Noor Jehan and a very successful lyricist....
& Anjum Batalvi
Singers Noor Jehan was the most impressive film personality in the IndoPak film history. She was dominating since her debut as a child star 1935....
Surayya was another famous singer/actress from the 40s and 50s. Born in Lahore, she debuted as a child star with Taj Mahal (1941)...
Shamshad Begum was the first generation of top Punjabi film singers (followd by Zubaida Khanum (ind the 50s) and Madam Noor Jehan (from 60s-90s), respectively). I cann't forget Shamsad's megahit Punjabi songs as:
- Batti baal ke Banerey utte rakhni aan
- Meri lagdi kise na wekhi, te tutdi nu jugg janda
- Ni tutt jaye Rail Gadiye, too rok leya Chann mera
- O wela yaad kar...
- Jutt Kurdian toon darda mara
also Zohra Bai Anbalewali, Mohammad Rafi and Surindra

Film songs:

Uran Kathole pe ur jaun, tere haath na ayun... Shamshad Begum,
Zohra Bai
Tera Khilona tuta Balik, hai qismat ne tujh ko... Mohammad Rafi
Woh yaad aa rahe hein, guzre hue zamaney... Sunrindra
Aaja meri barbad mohabbat ke sahare ... Madam Noor Jehan
Awaz de kahan hai, dunya meri jawan hai Surindra,
Madam Noor Jehan
Main Dil mein dard basa lai, Naino se Nain... Surayya
Mere bachpan ke saathi mujhe bhool na jana... Madam Noor Jehan
Mann leta hai angrai, jeevan peh jawani chhai... Surayya
Jawan hai mohabbat, haseen hai zamana... Madam Noor Jehan
Socha tha kya kya ho geya... Surayya
Kya mil geya Bhagwan tumhe dil ko dukha ke.. Madam Noor Jehan
Ab koun hai mera, kaho, ab koun hai mera.. Surindra?

Pakistani film industry 1896 to 1947

پاکستانی اور انڈین فلم انڈسٹری دونوں کا آغاز ایک ہی وقت میں ہوا تھا۔  تقسیم سے پہلے یعنی 1896 سے 1947 تک۔ لاہور سے بہت سی فلمیں پروڈیوس کی گئیں اور بہت سے بڑے اداکاروں نے اس عرصہ کے دوران اپنے فلمی کرئیر کا آغاز کیا۔

1947 سے پاکستانی اداکار

فرانس کے "لمئیر براداز" نے دسمبر 1895 میں "گرینڈ کیفے" پیرس میں اپنی شارٹ فلموں کی نمائش کی۔ اگلے سال وہ اپنی فلمیں انڈیا لے کر آئے اور ان کا پریمئیر بمبے کے "ویسٹرن ہوٹل" میں 7 جولائی 1896 میں کیا۔ اس پیکج میں 6 فلمیں شامل تھیں۔ "انٹری آف سینماٹوگراف"، "ارایول آف ٹرین"، "دی سی باتھ"، "اے ڈیمولیشن"، "لیونگ دی فیکٹری" اور "لیڈیز اینڈ سولجرز آن وہیلز"۔ 18 جولائی 1896 سے یہ فلمیں ناولٹی تھئیٹر میں باقاعدگی سے دکھائی جانے لگیں۔ داخلے کی ٹکٹ چار آنے سے ایک روپیہ تک تھی۔

لاہور سے پہلی خاموش فلم 1924 میں ریلیز کی گئی جس کا نام تھا "ڈوٹر آف ٹو ڈے" اور اس کے بعد بولتی فلم کا افتتاح لاہور سے ہوا فلم کا نام تھا "ہیر رانجھا" جو کہ 1932 میں نمائش کے لئے پیش کی گئی۔

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Sabiha Khanum, the first lady of Pakistani cinema.

Sabiha Khanum the first lady of Pakistani Cinema:
Born to famous pre-partition Punjabi actress Balo, Sabiha reigned supreme in the hearts of the film-goers. Her innocence, her coy smiles and entrancing personality earned her the title of First Lady of Pakistani Cinema. Whereas most actors have one definitive forte, Sabiha won over audiences and critics with strikingly versatile characterizations

Sabiha khanum’s career:
Nafees Khaleeli offered her a role in the drama 'Buth shikan'. She enthusiastically accepted the offer. Additionally, Nafees Khaleeli changed the name of Mukhtar Begum to Sabiha Khanum.
On Nafees Khaleeli's request, the film director Masood Pervez offered Sabiha a role in the film 'Beli' and Sabiha Khanum made her debut as a dancer in Masud Pervaiz’s Beli (1950), based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s story about the perils of the 1947 exodus, with Shahina Ghaznavi and Santosh Kumar in the lead.

Her second film:
Her next film Do Ansoo in which she played the role of Noori, was Pakistan’s first silver jubilee Urdu film. 'Do Aansoo' takes a realistic approach to the tragedy both in scenery and characterization. After that Sabiha never looked back.
The secret of Sabiha's success in the Pakistani cinema includes flexibility, rooted in love and understanding.
Next to all of that is the fact that Sabiha is an embodiment of courage, kindness and decency.
In the annals of Pakistani film industry, Sabiha stands out. Sabiha dazzled cine-goers in the 1950s.

Sabiha’s memorable films:
Sabiha gained immense prominence after her challenging role of a mentally retarded girl in the film Gumnaam (1954), which she executed with rare pathos.
She embarked on the road to fame and stardom in a big way with the release of Sassi (1954). Sassi was a big budget movie and was filmed around the most picturesque areas of the country. Sabiha was cast in the title role, as the daughter of the chief of the washerman’s clan of Sindh. The remaining cast included Sudhir who played Punhu, Shahnawaz, Ghulam Mohammed, Bibbo, Nazar, and Asha Posley. Sassi was a great commercial hit by J.C. Anand and created an all time record for being the first golden jubilee film of Pakistan.
Dulla Bhatti:
Sabiha played the role of 'Nooran' in the romantic Punjabi film 'Dula Bhatti', directed by M.S. Daar. Sabiha's character in the film 'Dula Bhatti' is, indeed, an achievement of a life time.
Sabiha with her coquettish Madhubala-like charm won the hearts of film-goers and can be reckoned as the first leading lady of Pakistani cinema. G.A. Chishtis’ composition Wasta e Rab da, too javain de kabootra picturized on Sabiha remained on the top of the popularity list for months. It is said that the film netted so much profit that it enabled Agha Gul to build his own well-equipped New Evernew Studios at Multan Road, Lahore.

Her heroes:
Although she was cast opposite all famous heroes of her time including Yosuf Khan, Habib, Masud, and Aslam Pervaiz, her pairing with Santosh Kumar generated sparks both on and off screen

Sabiha’s relation with Santosh Kumar:
Sabiha was cast opposite all renowned actors of her time. However, she will be remembered most for her films with Santosh Kumar. Along the way, she found the love of her life-Santosh Kumar. It is said that during the making of the film Hasrat (1958), Sabiha and Santosh got married. Once married, they had a great future together. Their screen pair remained popular for almost a decade.
Sabiha's achievement along with Santosh Kumar in the following films is still a worthy yardstick:

'Saat lakh', 'Darbar', 'Sardar', 'Saltanat', 'Mukhra', 'Muskurahat', 'Rishta', 'Hasrat', 'Ishrat', 'Shikwa', 'Teray baghair', 'Mauseeqar', 'Dulhan', 'Kaneez', 'Dewar bhabi', 'Shaam Dhalay', 'Shahen Shah Jehangir', 'Pak Daman', 'Anjuman', 'Sarfarosh', 'Inteqaam', 'Qatil', 'Sawaal', 'Commander', and 'Mohabbat'.

Sabiha’s Awards:
She received the encomiums from her admirers whenever she won the Nigar awards:

Sabiha won the Nigar award for best actress for the film 'Saat Lakh' in 1957.

Sabiha won the Nigar award for best actress for the film 'Shikwa' in 1963.

Sabiha won the Nigar award for best actress for the film 'Dewar bhabi' in 1967.

Sabiha won the Nigar award for best actress for the film 'Aik gunah aur sahi' in 1975.

Sabiha won the special Nigar award for her thirty years of acting career in 1981.

Sabiha won the Nigar award for best supporting actress in director Hasan Tariq's film 'Sungdil' in 1982.

The Last Big "Pakistani" film before partition

The Last Big "Pakistani" film before partition was made under Shoukat Arts Productions
It was Realesed on 1947 in urdu language. This film was the last big film by Madam Noor Jehan and her husband director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi before partition. It was a big musical and romantic film. Madam Noor Jehan was on peak of her film career as singer and film heroine. Dillip Kumar and Mohammad Rafi got breakthrough from this film.
Actors Dilip Kumar - the acting legend - got breakthrough from this mega hit film. He was born in Peshawar...
Noor Jehan, Shashikala, Sulochana, Agha, Latika, Zia, Jillo, Mohammad Rafi and Ghulam Mohammed
Producer & Director Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi was a successful film director in India with Khandan, Zeenat and Jugnu but he was a flop film director in Pakistan...
Music Feroz Nizami completed hat trick of three great musical film, first Jugnu in 1947, then Chann We in 1951 and Dopatta 1952 - all with Noor Jehan...
G. A. Chishti was a legendry musician in Punjabi films. He dominated Pakistani film music until the beginning of the 70s...
Lyrics Nakhshab, Shari Bhopali, Asghar Sarhadi & Adeeb Saharn Puri
Madam Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum,
Mohammad Rafi was a legend and he left behind a rich legacy of songs in Urdu/Hindi, Punjabi and many other languages. Started his singing career from Lahore...
Roshan Ara Begum was acclaimed the best exponent of Kirana gharana style of khayal singing in the subcontinent...

Film songs:

Woh apni yaad dilane ko ik ishq ki Duniya chhor geye... Mohammad Rafi & Co.
Umangen dil ki machlin, muskrai zindgi apni... Madam Noor Jehan
Lot jawani phir nahin aani, beet geyi to... Shamshad Begum
Desh ki pur kaif rangeen si fizaon mein kahin... Roshan Ara Begum
Aaj ki raat saze-dile-pudard na chher Madam Noor Jehan
Yahan badla wafa ka bewafai ke siwa kaya hai Mohammad Rafi, Madam Noor jehan
Tum bhi bhula do main bhi bhula doon... Madam Noor Jehan
Hamein to sham-e-gham mein katni hai... Madam Noor Jehan

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