Nimmi

Nimmi

Wonderfully fresh and vibrant, Nimmi was a typical Pakhtoon beauty to hit the Lollywood screen of the 1970s. She made a quick impact on the film industry, she stunned the populace with her good performances. But, her tragedy was that she was found out, too late by directors like Parvez Malik and Aslam Dar. It was interesting to note that, while Nimmi worked with the Badar Munir’s bandwagon in a spate of action movies, she slowly and gradually came into the second string, with the likes of Najma, Chakori and Musarrat Shaheen. Unfortunately, she could not bridge the gap between the second and first tier of actresses of Lollywood. She wasn’t given enough chances by top directors to show her real caliber and to impress the gentry. If she had worked with top actors like Waheed Murad, Nadeem and Shahid, she could have made the grade. Eventually, she is called the B movie queen. Nimmi made her debut with Mumtaz Ali Khan’s superbly crafted action packed vehicle, Dulhan Aik Raat Kee(DARK), in 1975, whose Pushto version, Navae Da Yau Shpae was also released the same year. It was a daring film for the times, with startling cinematography and stunning stunts. Loosely based on the cowboy hits like For A Few Dollars More, The Good, The Bad & The Ugly and Gun Fight At O.K. Corral, Mumtaz Ali Khan inserted some of the most sensational songs and dances, apart from local brands of car and ferry chases in the film to make it worth watching. It was in this very film that Musarrat Shaheen made her debut. Mumtaz Ali Khan is known for introducing many youngsters, and this film was no exception.

The film was a major hit of the times, and both Nimmi and Musarrat Shaheen became overnight stars. Badar Munir, Naimat Sarhadi and Asif Khan were already well known to the Urdu audiences through earlier Urdu hits like Jahan Barf Girti Hai. After DARK, film makers noticed Nimmi, and she was contacted for more Urdu movies. But, for the moment, she was being cast by the filmmakers from the northern areas, like Mumtaz Ali Khan and Ansakh Saeedi, in films like Sholay Pe Shola and Yadon Kee Barat. As the pattern set in and the formula proved to be a hit, even Urdu film makers joined the band-wagon and Nimmi became hot cake. Iqbal Akhter’s Inteqam Ke Sholay and Iqbal Rizvi’s Qatl Ke Baad were structured on the same pattern, and proved to be moderate hits.

Nimmi had a golden heart, and as she lasted in the industry, which was till the early 1980s, she was a well behaved and kind hearted person. At times, she paid the technicians from her own purse. In Sholay Pe Shola, she played the girlfriend of TV’s heart throb, Talat Iqbal, which was an unusual combination. In Yadon Kee Barat, she acted opposite the most popular actor, Asif Khan. The film had a few musical hits, but did not win much favor of the audiences. With Aslam Dar getting interested in Nimmi’s progress, she had a brush with celebrity in Barey Mian Diwaney, when she picturised a few songs with Nadeem, although the heroine was Aasiya. In 1977, she had another hit in the mould called Teesri Qasam. That was followed by Baap Ka Gunah, Muqabla, Multan Khan, Maut Meri Zindagi, Smuggler and Shabab. Amongst these, the only film of note was Parvez Malik’s Hum Dono, which made a name for itself, with Nadeem and Shabnam playing light hearted roles. Even Mohabbat Aur Majboori had some novelty because of star cast like Babra and Ghulam Mohyuddin in it. In the meantime, she was also appearing in Pushto films. In 1985, after she seemed to have disappeared for a couple of years from the films, giving birth to rumors that she had married and gone off, Nimmi starred once again with his mentor, Badar Munir, in Darinda. Thus, Nimmi became limited to Pushto films. Her last movies were perhaps released in 1988, but even those were the Pushto versions of her Urdu films, and she had already faded from memory, with Yasmeen Khan and Shehnaz taking over from her in the Pushto realm.