May 2010


By |May 7th, 2010|

Many famous artists of yesteryears were all-rounders who impressed people with their talent and variations. Amongst such artists, Zareef was one of those who appeared most frequently in films during the 1950’s. He was probably one of the two original comedians in Pakistani cinema, […]

Diljeet Mirza

By |May 7th, 2010|

These who are into Pakistani films must be familiar with an acting giant: Diljeet Mirza. Diljeet sahib hailed from Multan and his real name was Ghulam Hussain. It was only when he joined the film industry that someone suggested he change his name into […]


By |May 5th, 2010|

The serious and intense expressions belie a career full of mirth, irony, humor, and some would add an unspoiled, spontaneous cheekiness. There are some of the traits that made versatile film personality Rangeela, a huge and impermeable star for almost 40 years. Born Hafiz […]

Atiya Sharaf

By |May 5th, 2010|

The movie business with its meretricious appeal lures an onslaught of hopefuls, seeking instant fame, glamour and stardom. So one wonders what keeps someone in the biz, after they have been unanimously denied stardom and been relegated to secondary, matronly roles. This particular un-sex […]

Asad Jaffrey

By |May 5th, 2010|

It was in the early 1950’s that a handsome Youngman met the busy bee director, Hassan Tariq, who was working on his all-time great movie, Neend. In the very first assessment, the top director found his face expressive. He seemed somebody out of the […]

Ilyas Kashmiri

By |May 5th, 2010|

Ilyas Kashmiri, a strongly built, tall and handsome personalitywas one of the best artistes of his age. He proved his mettle not only as hero but also as an anti-hero along with cameo rules in most of the famous films of those days. In […]

Kumar – Profile

By |May 3rd, 2010|

With brilliant character actors of the level of Talish, Alauddin, Zeenat Begum, Kumar and Bibbo, Pakistan were fast coming up as a cinematic entity in the 1950s. After 1970s, the situation deteriorated, because most of these artistes had either died or become too old […]

April 2010


By |April 25th, 2010|

It has been said before that most of the early film artists were already fully out of the burner in India, and they literally put what they learnt in Bombay to better use in the Pakistani silver screen to illuminate it with a special […]

M . Ismail

By |April 25th, 2010|

M. Ismail, was a resident of the Inner Bhati Gate in Lahore. Well built and fair complexioned, Ismail had blue eyes, and was quite. attractive. Mian Abdul Rasheed Kardar (the famous A. R. Kardar), also belonged to the same area in Lahore. M. Ismail […]

Talat Siddiqui

By |April 25th, 2010|

Character artistes are the backbone of any film industry. Even in the sub-continent obsessed with the romantic films, the hero and heroine are not generally considered the best actor and actresses of the country, but the characters artistes get the critical acclaim. In Pakistan, […]