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 one that sounded more filmi.
Diljeet started off doing comic parts in Pakistani films. His comedy had certain uniqueness to it and reeked of meaningfulness and substance. He wasn’t someone who would resort to slapstick or cheap body distortions to induce laughter.
Diljeet sahib’s first film as a comic actor was Shabab Kirvani’s Jalan. The film shot him to instant fame and he was recognized as a good actor. This resulted in a number of movies coming his way, some of which are Chhoti Begum, Data, Farishta, Murad Baloch, Ajnabi, Kohqaaf, Baji and Badnam. In Badnam (directed by Iqbal Shahzad) Diljeet sahib played sidekick to Ejaz and was widely appreciated. Late Hameed Wine also featured in the biopic.
Diljeet Mirza made sure that he didn’t label himself as a typical actor. He made a conscious effort to do as versatile parts as was possible for him. For instance, his devilish character In Riwaj stunned many in the industry.
The master actor’s multidimensional talent also led him to establish a film production house, DM Films. Under the banner of DM Films he made a film, Barsat, which did reasonable business. The film had a stellar cast including Neelo, Ejaz, Aslam Pervaiz, Nayyar Sultana and Alauddin. Barsat instilled in him tremendous encouragement and he carried on to make movies like Riwaj, Janab-e-Aali, Raja Jani, Thah, Khabardar, Wardat, Dushman Ki Talash, Badla, Fatafat, Wadda Khan, Pehla Waar, and Ruqa. In Ruqa, Diljeet sahib’s son featured as one of the characters. Be it acting or directing, Diljeet sahib worked as a thorough professional and did his level best to come up with quality stuff.
Diljeet sahib’s doesn’t work anymore. And bearing in mind the mediocre films that these days one sees, it is hoped that the great actor/director would return to the industry to churn out worthwhile biopic.