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Bibbo

Profession – Actress, Singer, Music Director

Most Active/Popular Decades – 1930s – 1960s

Nationality – Pakistani

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity – N/A

Date of Birth – N/A

Date of Death – 1972

Debut FilmMaya Jaal (1933)

Last FilmPehla Pyar (1947). Pehla Pyar was her last film in India before she migrated to Pakistan and resumed her career there.

Significant others in the Film Industry – N/A

Miscellaneous Info – Singing star Bibbo was the first female music director of Indian films. Read more Here

Profile

Amongst the most graceful character actresses of the Indo-Pak film industry, Bibbo must rank as one of the topmost ones. At her peak, she was a stunning heroine, and the only film actress of the region whose dresses and shoes were studded with diamonds and expensive stones and she flaunted her wealth sometimes in an ostentatious display.

Bibbo’s real name was Ishrat Sultana, and she belonged to the Ishratabad Chawari Bazar area of Delhi, where her mother, a famous singer and courtesan, Hafeezan Bai, used to hold count. Bibbo was blessed with an even more enhanced beauty and made people her diwana. When her films started coming to the theatre regularly, she became a rage. Her beauty was fully on display in Sair-e-Parrastan, which also had Master Nisar in the lead. Other films include Vasu Data, Gharib Parvar, Man Mohan, Jagirdar, Dynamite, Gramophone Singer, Pyar Kee Maar, Shaan-e-Khuda and Sagar Ka Sher. In many of these films she did very well. But this lovely sweetheart got entranced by a handsome lead, Khalil Sardar, and they got married. After this intense love affair, they went off to Lahore. In celebration of this wedding, they made a film, Qazzaq Kee Larki, but it flopped. Very soon, romance dissipated and the wedding broke up. She returned to Bombay. Barey Nawab Sahab, Naseeb and Pehli Nazar were her other powerful films.

Bibbo had hobbies like the men of the time. She was a very witty person, and in fact her remarks even stunned the men with their hard-hitting repartee. She lived like a princess and was obsessed with collecting handkerchiefs. She was always present at the best horse races and knew the names of most of the horses in Bombay. In later days, after Partition, her first films in Pakistan were Duppata and Gulnar. She proved to be a fine character actress in Pakistan and worked in films like Shararey, Nazrana, Mandi, Qatil, Kanwari Bewa, Zaher-e-Ishq, Salma, Ghalib and Fanoos. In Fanoos, you can see her working diligently to establish a perfect relationship with another master of the big screen, Azad. Fanoos was all about a well bred family, which was living for a long time on the hills, and the son of this pair, Salman Peerzada is entranced with a female from a haunted house, played by Komal. It was a charming performance by both Bibbo and Azad. But, the film flopped due to some vital technical flaws in the film.

Similarly, in Ghalib, she played a vital role, and drew praise from the best of the critics. Bibbo used to wear robes mostly due to her obesity and physical form. She delivered her dialogues perfectly and her pronunciation was so perfect that the young girls who joined the industry would ask her how to deliver the lines. In Zehr-e-Ishq, in 1958, she got the Nigar award for the best character actress.

It is said that Bibbo was married to Shahnawaz Bhutto, and used to visit Bhutto in the last days, traveling in a rickshaw. But all this could have been because of her links with the Nawab of Junagadh, whose Secretary of State was Shahnawaz Bhutto. Bibbo died in 1972 – Zulqarnain Shahid (The Weekly MAG Pakistan)

Filmography

Filmographies might not be 100% accurate or complete because of various reasons including artistes with similar names

Title
Year

Country
Producer
Director
More Info
Maya Jaal
1933
India
Ajanta Cinetone
Shanti Dave
Rangila Rajput
1933
India
Ajanta Cinetone
M. Bhavnani
Dukhtar-E-Hind
1934
India
Ajanta Cinetone
A. P. Kapoor
Mill (Mazdoor)
1934
India
Ajanta Cinetone
M. Bhavnani
Sair-E-Paristan
1934
India
Ajanta Cinetone
M. Bhavnani
Vasavdatta
1934
India
Ajanta Cinetone
Altekar
Pyar Ki Maar
1935
India
Ajanta Cinetone
A. P. Kapoor
Garib Parwar
1936
India
Ajant Cine
M. Bhavnani
Manmohan
1936
India
Sagar
Mehboob
Capt. Kirti Kumar
1937
India
Sagar
C. M. Luhar
Click
Jagirdar
1937
India
Sagar
Mehboob
Qazzak Ki Ladki
1937
India
Rainbow Films
K. Sardar
Sagar Ka Sher
1937
India
Sagar
Yakub
Dynamite
1938
India
Sagar
C. M. Luhar
Gramophone Singer
1938
India
Sagar
V. C. Desai, R. Thakur
Click
Postman
1938
India
Sagar
M. Thakore, Zia Sarhady
Three Hundred Days & After
1938
India
Sagar
S. Badami
Watan
1938
India
Sagar
Mehboob
Bhola Bhale
1939
India
Sagar
Zia Sarhady
Ladies Only
1939
India
Sagar
S. Badami
Sadhana
1939
India
Sagar
V. C. Desai, M. Thakore
Service Ltd
1939
India
Sagar
C. M. Luhar
Laxmi
1940
India
Circo Production
Mohan Sinha
Sneh Bandhan
1940
India
Great India Pictures
J. P. Advani
Suhag
1940
India
Circo Production
Balwant Bhatt
Akela
1941
India
Great India Pictures
Pesi Karani
Mere Raja
1941
India
Paramount Film Company
T. S. Mani
Bade Nawab Saheb
1944
India
Silver Films
Vedi
Click
Pehli Nazar
1945
India
Mazhar Art Production
Mazhar Khan
Click
Zeenat
1945
India
Eastern Pictures
Shaukat Hussein
Sassi Punnu
1946
India
Vaswani Art Production
J. P. Advani
Pahala Pyar
1947
India
Sagar M.
A. P. Kapoor
Dupatta
1952
Pakistan
Sabtain Fazli
Sabtain Fazli
Click
Gulnaar
1953
Pakistan
Mian Rafiq
Imtiaz Ali Taj
Click
Sassi
1954
Pakistan
J.C. Anand
Daud Chand
Click
Jheel Kinarey
1955
Pakistan
A.Majeed
Nizam Nakhuda
Click
Qatil
1955
Pakistan
G.A.Gul
Pasha
Kaarnama
1956
Pakistan
M.M.Hussain
lqbal Hussain
Kunwari Baiwa
1956
Pakistan
A.G.Mirza
Najam Naqvi
Click
Mandi
1956
Pakistan
Nisar Ahmed
Aziz Ahmed
Aaj Kal
1959
Pakistan
M.H.Qasim
M.H.Qasim
Click
Ghalib
1961
Pakistan
S.Attaulla Shah
S.A.Shah
Click
Fanoos
1963
Pakistan
Nakhshab
Nakhshab
Marvi
1963
Pakistan
Fazlani
Shaikh Hasan