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Firdous

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 occasional appearances at the old gate of the palatial home of Nawab, who had died long ago. However, the film flopped due to some vital technical flaws in the film.

When Firdous started her career, she didn’t enjoy immediate success and most of her earlier films flopped including Khandaan, Malang, Lai Laag and Aurat. With the success of the Punjabi film Malangi in 1965, she was finally accepted by the audiences. One of the songs from this film “Mahi vay sanoun bhul na javein” sung by Noor Jehan and picturized on Firdous was one of the main reasons for the success of this film. The acceptance turned into adulation as her pairing with the Punjabi superstar Akmal clicked in a huge way and two started scoring one jubilee hit after another (Akbara, Chacha Jee etc). When Firdous danced those energetic thumka filled numbers with her hair let loose dervish style, the public was mesmerized by her charm. Soon Akmal and Firdous were having a torrid love affair (many people insist that they had married). Akmal died suddenly in 1967, and insiders in the industry claim that there was more to his death than just death by overdose or liver failure. Insiders claim that it was Firdous’ disgruntled brothers who were responsible for poisoning Akmal – a star who is still talked about as King of the 60’s.

Despite the loss of Akmal, Firdous soldiered on relentlessly and featured in many hit films with the top Punjabi actors  of that time including Habib, Sudhir, Yusuf Khan and the man who would eventually play a major part in her life – Ejaz Durrani. Producer Masood Parvez bought Firdous and Ejaz together for the folk tale of Mirza Jat in 1967 which became a raging success. Then he followed up with the same Firdous – Ejaz combination for the similar Murad Baloch and other producers quickly began to cash in on the hottest pair in Lollywood with films like Jawani Mastani, Dilan De Sauday, Sheran Dee Jorri, Hameeda, Yaar te Pyaar, Ishq na Poochay Zaat all following in rapid succession. Then Masood Parvez hit the jackpot in 1970 casting the two for the legend of Heer Ranjha. The film, its songs and its stars became a rage and is still considered to be among the finest films ever to have come out of Lollywood and certainly the best ever Punjabi film.

However, by then Ejaz and Firdous were involved with each other romantically and Noor Jehan refused to sing songs for any film featuring Firdous. Because of this, Firdous’ career started to go downhill and one by one producers stopped signing Firdous for their upcoming projects and work began to dry up completely for the once super-busy actress. Noor Jehan refusal to sing songs for her affected her career to such an extent that Firdous was forced to play character role in Urdu film Aansoo (1971) during the height of her career!

Based on Riaz Arshad’s novel “Andhi Jawani”, Aansoo was one of the best films made during the early period of colored Lollywood films. The film dealt with the sensitive issue of rape and its after effects. In Ansoo, Firdous played Shahid’s mother and reminded her adoring fans of her ability as a performer. She was quiet stunning, even if in the unfamiliar role of a mother.

However, even the success of Ansoo couldn’t save her career and that coupled with the arrival of new Punjabi heroines including Mumtaz, Aasiya and Anjuman plus her scandal with Shahid hit the final nail in her coffin. Firdous left film industry in 1976 and joined it again after 8 years in 1984 as an unsuccessful character actress in films including Yeh kaisey hua (1984), Hitler (1986) etc. Nowadays, Firdous lives a retired life in Lahore.

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26 Comments

  1. I always like to see only good films hence i have seen three good films of firdous 1)-Heer Ranjha, AANSOO, INSANIAT but he was heroine in HEER RANJHA while in others films,she performed only side roles.However4 his best film was Heer Ranjha in which she performed good acting.she was also one of the most beautiful women and she paid million of income taxes to govt but in spite of this, his liberty market was consficated by the income tax depart,ment and the same market was auctioned by the income tax departments and so she become so disheartede that she left the film industry and did not dperformed any acting in any more film for ever .I dont know whether she is akive or dead (Because no such information is available from internet) However I will appreciate that she was a good film actress of the Pakistan industries after nayyer sultana and sabiha.
    Our govt should courage such film actors.actresses who love pakistan very much and donate sufficient funds to the govt at the time of indo pakistan wars, floods. earthquakes or in others incidents etc.HENCE OUR GOVT SHOULD PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE FILM INDUSTRIES SO THAT GOOD FAMILY HITS FILMS SHOULD BE PRODUCED IN PAKISTAN JUST LIKE S,M, YOUSIF AND A,R,KARADAR ETC FOR THE IMPROVENT OF CHARACTERS OF PAKISTANI PEOPLES INTO A CIVILISED STAGE.BUT STERN AND DRASTIC ACTION SHOULD BE TAKEN AGAINST THOSE FILM PRODUCERS WHO ARE PRODUCING VERY BAD AND OBNIXIOUS FILMS FOR THE SPOILING OF MORAL CHARRACTERS OF THE NEW YOUNG GENERATION OF PAKISTAN
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    • firdous begum is alive mashallah and healthy,she got 2 sons and 1 daughter and all of them are married ,these days she is busy with her family and with her grandsons and a grandaughter,i saw her personaly sometimes she drive around and pick her grandsons from school ,and one more thing she still is the owner of famous land mark market named FIRDOUS MARKET in lahore,that were remours that firdous market was auctioned or she sell it ,she is living in a 8 kanal house on mm alam road gulberg lahore so u can say she is a billionnaire landlady these days ,her source of income is her market which is all rented out containing shop and flats.so u can her property worth billions of ruppes and u can also say that she is the most richest actress of pakistan till now , i am firdous begum son s friend so what i said is 100 percent truth.she is a great lady with a great heart she always help poor people ,one word for her she is great great lady .i personally met her several times and when i saw her she is soo simple and loving i cant describe,god bless her .

        • Today, I searched on the google about the whereabouts of Firdous Begum. I really pleased to know that Firdous Begum is extremely well off and living a life of peace and solace with a happy family. I Watched her movies, and even today I am impressed with her acting style and grace. I pray may she live even longer and be happy. I feel very pity when I read a news that some of our actors died in misery and poverty.

  2. Hello,
    Firdous is one of my most favourite actresses.I live in Lahore in Gulberg III and Firdous lives here as well actualy it is not liberty Market but Firdous Market(named after Firdous herself) that is just on the back side of Liberty Market which was owned by Firdous once.But Firdous still lives here and she is still alive.So it is FIRDOUS MARKET GULBERG III LAHORE. Even Muhammad Ali’s house is here and the road adjecent to Firdous Market is named AliZeb Road after Ali and Zeba.

  3. once i read on internet that afzal khan rambo is son of actress firdous.
    he was born when ejaz was in prison in uk and he left his wife firdous with his friend.firdous became pregnant from ejaz friend.ejaz divorced firdous later.rambo is her son from ejaz friend who was from havelian abbottbad.
    can anyone confirm it?
    i have seen rambo on eik din geo ke sath.you can see his father but there is nothing about his mother.

    • afzal khan is not her son,firdous begum son ali raza wedds with nisho begum younger daughter {sahibs sister} and rambo wedds with sahiba this is the relation of rambo is with firdous begum

    • Well that is bullshit, Rambo is from Hazara division in KPK. My friend would watch him in early 90’s, where he would wander around PTV Islamabad station. The only relation to Firdous is that, Sahiba’s sister( Nisho daughter from her second husband) is married to Firdous son, Ali Raza Khan.

  4. Firdous had tumultuous career as well personal life. Born in red light area of Lahore, her real name is Kauser. She married Punjabi film Dilip kumar named Akmal but his untimely death in 1967 rendered her wrecked. She then got involved with Ijaz Durrani while making Heer Ranjha, the most fatal liaison she ever had with neurotic Shahid( Kamran Shahid’s father) in mid-70’s both were found drunk in Miani Graveyard. She tried every drug to find solace during her filmi career ultimately she married his one time lover Ijaz Durrani secretary named Taj. At start of her career she was involved with Shabab Kiranwi as well. Now a days she is totally a reculuse

    • medom kaha chali gai ho?ik arsy tak screen pe raj karny wali aj b osi trah ho mery dil me.. apni zingi k bary me koch btaao ? me jan na chahta hoo /

  5. It is difficult to believe that Rambo is son of Firdous. Ijaz was in prision from 1978 to 1983. If Rambo was born while Ijaz was in prision then Rambo was not more than 12 years old in 1991 when he worked in TV series Guest House.

  6. AoA: Very informative tweets. thank you all guays. I imagine Firdous must be as glamorous now as was in Heer Ranjha…. I wish to see her herself or at at least latest photograph. I don’t know would she like to meet me if i visit her home as i am also from Lahore???

  7. i am imran.. graphic designer from lahore doing job in riyadh ksa.. i am big big fan of firdus begum….how can i got an appointment or contact number…plz i will be thankfull for everyone who will help me… imran ashraf…. 00966562290858

  8. Comment…firdous begem was a talented charming beautiful and heart thrilling actress. I am a great fan of her. I want to see her on some tv interview or his present photo. Nur jahan dealt her affair with ijaz durrani very aukwardly by stopping singing for firdous. So this charming actress faded away from cinema screen somewhat early. God bless u my charming girl of 60’s.

  9. i also a fan of cheering actress firdous .. but 70 awnward i hv seen her on screen …… wt coz . i want 2 know …..?where she is now .. why nt seen on media ..?… pl convay my smg to hr ……. that come on media .. and show ur face shar your past with fans ..///

    • firdous begum is alive mashallah and healthy,she got 2 sons and 1 daughter and all of them are married ,these days she is busy with her family and with her grandsons and a grandaughter,i saw her personaly sometimes she drive around and pick her grandsons from school ,and one more thing she still is the owner of famous land mark market named FIRDOUS MARKET in lahore,that were remours that firdous market was auctioned or she sell it ,she is living in a 8 kanal house on mm alam road gulberg lahore so u can say she is a billionnaire landlady these days ,her source of income is her market which is all rented out containing shop and flats.so u can her property worth billions of ruppes and u can also say that she is the most richest actress of pakistan till now , i am firdous begum son s friend so what i said is 100 percent truth.she is a great lady with a great heart she always help poor people ,one word for her she is great great lady .i personally met her several times and when i saw her she is soo simple and loving i cant describe,god bless her .

      • Dear brother if you are friend of firdous’s son plz send me your cell Nomber or contact Nomber of firdous’s son at this Nomber 03464522786 plz plz plz

  10. Firdous begam is the most beautiful and talented actress of Pakistani film industry she if she alive she is the academy for new coming actress of Pakistan. She introduced real Pakistani Punjabi culture with her acting in her films. I pray for her that May she live long and always happy.

  11. I am not concerned with personal life of Firdous Begum. But if I compare all the Top Punjabi Heroins right from 1950 to 2017. I vote to Firdous Begum as the most beautiful Heroin of Pakistan Film Industry.

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