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 with Jinnah the movie as sound director of lip synchronization dubbing.
During nearly four decades of association with the film industry, Zia was a sound recorder for hundreds of films, documentaries and commercials for Pakistani and foreign clients, including multinational companies. He also directed docu-dramas called Sohni dharti, Chandi gul, which was sponsored by the Export Promotion Bureau and Pakistan Agricultural Pesticides Association. These programmes were telecast by PTV for three years. For the EPB, he also produced a documentary called Silver Cotton. He produced a feature film, Bhool na jana and was co-producer of drama serial Ilzam.
Zia also helped set up four major audio studios in Karachi and Hyderabad and worked on joint film ventures between Pakistan and Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
He has passed on his tradition to his son, Tariq, who is a singer and has appeared on TV. He has sung the main song for the coming film Pyar hi pyar mein and has recently released a cassette and CD of his latest hits. Tariq is also the youngest sound engineer of Pakistan’s film industry. —M.A.