Munawwar Sultana singing for Master Ghulam Haider in Ghulam (1953)
Master Ghulam Haider’s name needs no introduction on Indo-Pak music scene. Ghulam and Gulnaar were the last 2 films composed by Ghulam Haider in Pakistan before his untimely death in 1953 and both were studded with beautiful music. Pakistani film industry was at its initial stages then and producers couldn’t afford the salary Haider was making in Bombay. This kind of disappointed Haider and it is said that he died of broken heart in 1953.
Gulnaar was produced by Noor Jehan’s husband Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. Unfortunately, the print of the film doesn’t exist anymore because Shaukat destroyed all the negatives of this film after Noor Jehan-Nazar scandal. Ghulam starring Sabiha Khanum, Santosh Kumar, Shammi, Shamim and Himalayawala was a superhit film of its time and songs sung by Munawwar Sultana became very popular. This is one of my favorites from this soundtrack -
Munawwar Sultana sings for Sabiha Khanum in Ghulam (1953), music by Ghulam Haider.