December 2009

Meena Chaudhary

By |December 25th, 2009|

Song and dance is the part and parcel of cinema. All pretty young things come to the industry with the wish to, sooner or later, do the lead role in the films. So was the case with Meena Chaudhary, a sweet starlet with a […]

Rozina

By |December 25th, 2009|

Rozina’s very name illicit strange ambiguity. Was the name and career posited for top heroine doom; supporting role mediocrity; vamp role status; western slapstick side parts; or eastern demureness? Actually Rozina’s movie career encompassed all of these cinematic spheres but never reached any great […]

Nazli

By |December 10th, 2009|

Loking objectively at this shot from the 80s farce Dollar man, which may or may not have been influenced by the occidental show ‘The Six Million Dollar Man’, one wonders how this look worn by B-actress Nazli ever got past the censors. Although the […]

Allaudin

By |December 10th, 2009|

Allaudin, one of the most versatile character-actors of Pakistani Film industry, began his career in undivided India. He belonged to the Kashmiri community of Rawalpindi, and his full name was Allaudin Butt. Handsomely built and blessed with a fine voice, Allaudin had reached Bombay […]

November 2009

Manorama

By |November 15th, 2009|

Yesteryears actress Manorama, known for her comic and negative roles, died on Feb 15th, 2008. She was last seen in Deepa Mehta’s Oscar nominated Water. The portly woman with exaggerated eyelashes and expressions was popularly known for roles like the wicked aunt in Seeta […]

Mumtaz Shanti

By |November 15th, 2009|

Mumtaz Shanti was a very popular movie star of the 40’s and her film Kismet (1943) is regarded as one of the biggest hits of Hindi cinema. Mumtaz started her career in the early thirties in Lahore, by working in a local theatre. She […]

Mohammad Ali

By |November 14th, 2009|

Born in 1935 at Rohtak in India into a religious family, Ali bhai, as he was affectionately referred to, and his family migrated to Pakistan soon after Partition. After temporarily settling in Multan, the family made Hyderabad their permanent home. Ali started his career […]

Neeli

By |November 13th, 2009|

Neeli, one of the most popular actresses of the Pakistan film industry, was born in Hyderabad. Her real name is Neelofar. She went to Saint Mary’s Convent where she completed her F.A. She liked sports and was never interested in her studies. Her father […]

Nasreen

By |November 8th, 2009|

Real name Zarina Agha, Nasreen was the daughter of actress Anwari and actor/music-director Rafique Ghaznavi, and mother of singing-star Salma Agha. She was cast as the leading lady in two pre-partition films Shahjehan (1946) and Ek Rooz (1947). She migrated to Pakistan after partition […]

Nina

By |November 8th, 2009|

Nina was introduced by director W.Z. Ahmed in Ek Raat (1942) as the ‘mysterious Nina’ in a country-wide publicity campaign. After the success of the film, she left her husband Mohsin Abdullah and married W.Z. Ahmed. She worked in many of her husband’s home […]