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Naghma

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Naghma

It is only apt that film actress Naghma would strike the indigenously Punjabi dance pose of the bhangra in this scene from the Punjabi hit film ‘Langotia.’ Naghma was the archetypical Punjabi heroine and concentrated much of her vigorous career stretching from the early 60s to the present time in strictly Punjabi films and television roles. Along with actress Bahar, Naghma has made an easy transition as one of the most successful character actresses. And like her peers Anjuman, Saloni, Mumtaz and her figuratively speaking, later day cinematic soul sister, Saima, Naghma in her heyday exuded the same Rubenseque bordering in the obese voluptuousness. She was famous for her Jennifer Lopez-like posterior which she wiggled at every given opportunity. Naghma was often a leading heroine in many of the Punjabi films she acted in. She struggled to maintain this quasi-monopoly and succeeded – perhaps she had the unique aura of a rural damsel; an epicentral role of most Punjabi films. She was the ultimate Punjabi patakha: outspoken, brash and loud. Although she acted with a series of leading men, there was a slew of actors with whom she made some memorable Punjabi films. Sudhir acted with her in Sher Puttar; Sajawal; Behraam; while screen hunk Ejaz cavorted with her in Anwara; Asghara; and Aasoo Billa. A third actor Habib made several movies with the boxom belle including Mere Dharti Mera Pyar; Mali; Uchi Haveli; and the hugely successful Khuda da wair. She married Habib in the mid70s, but after a tumultuous marriage, she divorced him between the years 1988 and 1989. Other screen pairings included Kaifee (Mitrai Maa, Sucha Souda); Allaudin (Mehtab) and Yousuf (Yaar Des Punjab De). One highlight of Naghma’s career was her pairing with Waheed Murad in the latter’s first Punjabi film. This was Ifthikar Khan’s 1971’s Mastana Mahi with Aaliya in the lead role and Waheed Murad in a double role. The film won three Nigar Awards for Punjabi fims: For best actor (Waheed murad), special Award (Aaliya) and best music director, (Nazir Ali). In this dance sequence notice Naghma’s strong and proud Punjabi look. The bordered lacha with an elbow skimming Kurta and waist coat; the black laced dupatta; the knee-skirting paranda; the silver anklets; copious bangles and karrey; and the traditional Punjabi jewelry that include a three tiered silver floral necklace encrusted with semi-precious stones. The Punjabi Belle at her best!

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