November 2009

Nazar

By |November 8th, 2009|

Nazar was Pakistan’s first indigenous comedian. He made his debut in Punjabi film Gul-Baloch (released on 28th February 1944), which also introduced Indian Playback singer Mohd. Rafi. After partition, he acted in Pakistan’s first feature film Teri Yaad (1948). Later he acted in Pheray […]

Saloni

By |November 8th, 2009|

When one recount Saloni’s name a couple of times, one is instantly reminded of Salome and her seven veils. Not that Saloni didn’t have her own chance to don tissue and chiffon and do a few twirls of her own.

Saloni entered the Pakistani film […]

Renuka Devi

By |November 8th, 2009|

Renuka Devi was famous Bollywood actress of the early forties. Mostly associated with Bombay Talkies, she acted in few of their films including Jeevan Prabhat (1937), Bhabhi (1938), and Naya Sansar (1941). Also sang some hit songs including Jhuki aaye re badariya sawan ki […]

Shabana

By |November 8th, 2009|

Bengali actress Shabana’s career was inextricably linked with Pakistani film actor Nadeem. In fact when the erstwhile star made his screen debut in the Urdu hit film Chakori in 1967, he was paired with the actress who began her career in the late 50’s […]

Suchinda

By |November 8th, 2009|

In a land ruled by the arts and artistes, and romanticized by poetry and music, the gifts of creativity were many. The curve of the eyebrow, the charisma of lovely eyes and the wave of the fragrant hair ruled the enigmatic Bengal. Our own […]

Tarana

By |November 8th, 2009|

Although she was originally from Iran, Tarana made herself very much at home in Pakistan’s dances and movie worlds. She was discovered by a Lahore filmmaker while waltzing and fox-trotting at Karachi’s myriad dance halls. The movie that made her immensely famous throughout the […]

Shahpara

By |November 8th, 2009|

Shahpara was renowned Iranian actress who was invited by producer Mohsin Shirazi (later a popular host of TV chat shows) to work in his production Jaan Pehchan (1967). It was shot under the direction of Fareed Ahmed on locations that were never seen before […]

Rahman

By |November 8th, 2009|

In an era ruled by Waheed Murad, Mohammad Ali and later Nadeem, Rahman was the only Bengali actor-director to rule the box office with his romantic-musical films in the former West Pakistan film industry.

Born Abdur Rahman on February 27, 1937, in erstwhile East […]

Nisho

By |November 8th, 2009|

Nisho made quite a sensation when she first made her appearance on the big screen in the early 70’s with Baazi. At first people thought she would occupy the slot left by Shamim Ara, which is to say the traditional mashriqui […]

Nabeela

By |November 8th, 2009|

Nabeela was popular supporting actress of Pakistani cinema, mostly active in 60s and 70s. She is best remembered for her powerful performance as Tangawallah’s wife in Badnaam (1966), a film based on Saadat Hassan Manto’s short story Jhumke. The film depicted the tragedy in […]