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Najam-ul-Hasan

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Najam-ul-Hasan in Jawani Ki Hawa (1935)

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Real Name –  Najam-ul-Hasan

Profession – Actor (Hero)

Most Active/Popular Decades – 1930s / 1940s

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity – N/A

Date of Birth – N/A

Year of Death – 1980

Debut FilmJawani ki hawa (1935)

Last Film – N/A

Significant others in the Film Industry – N/A

Miscellaneous Info – Najam-ul-Hasan was considered as one of the most handsome actors of the 1930s. He was studying law but did not finish and went to Bombay where Himanshu Roy, founder of Bombay Talkies, persuaded him to become an actor. He was cast in the first film produced by Bombay Talkies Jawani ki hawa (1935), a thriller with shades of Agatha Christie. Roy’s wife, Devika Rani, who was related to Rabindranath Tagore, fell in love with Najam and the two ran away. Roy found her and got her to come back and forgave her but he never forgave Hasan. Najam also had a roaring love affair with Jahanara Kajjan, another major Indian actress of the ’30s.

After leaving Bombay Talkies, Najam joined the prestigious New Theatres and appeared in films like Anath Ashram, Jawani Ki Reet and Kapal Kundala.

He migrated to Pakistan after partition and appeared in few films as a character artiste. He died unsung in Lahore in 1980.

Related Youtube Video – Shamshad Begum singing for Kalawati in Daasi (1944) with Najam-ul-Hasan in the frame, mysic by Pandit Amarath.

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8 Comments

  1. Thanks again for the valuable information and the rare pictures from Jawani Ki Hawa (1935).

    Note that the girl in the Daasi song is Kalawati Ji, who started in the 1940s and did some films as a heroine – she migrated to Pakistan but failed to gain much fame there. She had Lahore, Punjabi base.

  2. Thanks for posting this info. Mr. Najam-ul-Hassan was my maternal grandfather (‘nana abu’). I was only 8 when he died. May he rest in peace. I am trying to collect all his movies, but they are VERY hard to find.

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