July 2010

Talat Mahmood – Part 1

By |July 3rd, 2010|

Profile – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4
Fact File – Filmography – Interview – Photo Gallery
Back to Legends – Talat Mahmood

The year is 1949. A young singer from Calcutta named Tapan Kumar who was soon to earn fame as […]

June 2010

Zeenat Begum

By |June 20th, 2010|

[ Zeenat Begum’s Song List ]
Zeenat Begum (not to be confused with actress Zeenat) was a kothewali (courtesan). Her first recorded songs mostly composed by Pandit Amarnath and mostly sung in Punjabi language for HMV and Jienophone appeared around 1937.

Her first success as a […]

Pankaj Mullick (1905 – 1978)

By |June 20th, 2010|

A venerated composer, singer, and actor, Pankaj Mullick was one of the leading music directors of the early days of the sound era. Born in Calcutta, Mullick had an early interest in music. He gave up college to concentrate solely on music, and went […]


By |June 13th, 2010|

Real name Parveen, Firdous was introduced by Nakshab in Fanoos (1963) as a supporting actress, while the main leads were played by Komal and Salam Peerzada. The film was about a haunted Haveli, where a dancer is seen performing her classical dances, and making […]


By |June 12th, 2010|

Younger sister of actress Salma Mumtaz, Shammi belonged to very poor family. Shammi (Shimmi) was introduced by director Munshi in the Punjabi film of the same name Shammi (1950), opposite Santosh Kumar, Ajmal and Shola. At that time Pakistani film industry was at its […]

May 2010


By |May 19th, 2010|

He may have made his debut as Pakistan’s answer to Dilip Kumar but Mirza Nazeer Baig Mughal has evolved from a super-hit actor into a superstar during his 43-year career. The journey that began with Chakori in 1967 is still going strong. Not only […]

Yousuf Khan

By |May 12th, 2010|

He may have started his career as a second lead but veteran actor Yousuf Khan — the first actor in Pakistan to complete a Golden Jubilee in Lollywood — became a force to reckon with as he matured as an actor. He worked extensively […]

Hassan Zia

By |May 11th, 2010|

Hassan Zia, sound recordist, who died of a heart attack last month in Karachi, was a winner thrice of the Nigar Film Awards. He was a pioneer for the Pakistan film industry in sound effects and film dubbing and felt proud he was associated […]

Roshan Ara Begum

By |May 11th, 2010|

Twenty years ago on December 6, 1982, Pakistani classical music in particular and that of the subcontinent in general, was impoverished by the death of vocalist Roshan Ara Begum, who was known as Malika-i-Mauseeqi — the queen of music. Although she hailed from Calcutta, […]

Naseebo Lal

By |May 11th, 2010|

Once upon a time (well, not so long ago), there lived a queen. She sang and ruled over the hearts of her listeners. Her reign lasted for 60 long years. In her seventh decade, she fell sick and died. The whole kingdom was berieaved […]