Asha Posley – Profile
Asha Posley was undoubtedly one of the most modern, bold and flamboyant heroines of the local cinema and will always be remembered as the leading lady of Pakistan’s first ever released film Teri Yaad. Those well-arched eye-brows, deep almond-shaped set of eyes, high cheek bones, the square jaw, the curly jet black locks and the mischievous smile is hard to forget.
Asha Posley started her career as a cameo artiste in Punjabi film Gawandhi (1944). The same year, film Panchhi (1944) was Asha Posley’s first successful film. After that Asha started to work permanently in films that included Shehar sai Door, Barsat kie ek Raat, Papiha re, and Kamli. These films were not too successful at the box-office but owing to her looks, her spicy sense of humor and bold style of conversation, she became pretty famous in film circles. Other films that she worked in were Khamosh Nigahein, Aayi Bahaar, Champa, Paraye Bas Mein, Aarsi and Aik Roz.
After partition she worked as a leading lady in Teri Yaad, Ghalat Fehmi, and Bulbul, all of which proved to be failures. However, when she opted to play a vamp in Sassi, became the turning point in her career. Hence onwards began a long journey of vampish roles for Asha. Her occasional pairing with comedian Nazar in certain films too won accolades for her as a comedy star. One of her memorable films as a vamp was Intezaar featuring Noor Jehan and Santosh Kumar in the lead. Kismet and Dulla Bhatti were other successful ventures where she put in memorable performances. Her dances too were the main highlight of these films.
Asha’s younger sister Rani Kiran was also a film heroine. Her elder sister Kausar Parveen was a famous playback singer of the 50s who died very young.
Asha’s famous films include Toofaan, Mukhra, Hatim, Ashiana, Hum Aik Hein, Khizaan kei Baad, Son of Ali Baba, Mehandi, Pasbaan and others. She made occasional appearances on various television shows where she reminisced her past glory. For a woman who once charmed the cine-goers for so long did not have enough money to make her ends meet at her retirement. There was not a single day when she didn’t wait to be offered even a small role from the industry. When no one came from the industry to help her, she looked towards the public sector. She requested time and again for help but in vain. Such a talented actress of caliber was fast diminishing into oblivion but no one was bothered to save her. So finally she died unsung on March 26th, 1998. Such a sad ending is not what she deserved. But that is exactly what happened.