Rozina

Rozina

Rozina’s very name illicit strange ambiguity. Was the name and career posited for top heroine doom; supporting role mediocrity; vamp role status; western slapstick side parts; or eastern demureness? Actually Rozina’s movie career encompassed all of these cinematic spheres but never reached any great heights per se. Her screen persona was all bubbles and effervescence all through her career as a supporting actress, heroine and her final transmogrification as a vampish dancer.

Rozina began her with small yet noteworthy and noted roles in such hit films as Iqbal Yousf’s Josh (1966) with Waheed Murad, Zeba and Sudhir; and Pervaiz Malik’s Ehsan (1967) again Waheed Murad, Zeba and Nirala. Like other actresses of the era, Rozina was sometimes slated to act ad infinitum with one particular actor, in this case the evergreen Waheed Murad. They acted in a slew of movies; a few in which she played the heroine. These included Rafiq Ghuri’s Samandar (1968) with Shabnum; Shabab Kiranvi’s Tum He Ho Mehboob Maray (1969) with Deeba and Saqi. Another 1969 movie was the Waheed Murad produced, directed and scripted film Ishara (Waheed also sung in the film but this was Waheed’s first and last attempt at directing and singing.) the movie was a cinematic flop but Rozina won a Nigar Award for best supporting actress for her role as the other woman to Deeba’s prissy heroine; Rozina somehow also got to act with Mohammad Ali and Zeba in 1968’s Aag paired with Lehri.

The early 70’s saw Rozina’s career on an upswing with director Luqman’s 1970 Afsana (Waheed Murad, Deeba); Rafiq Rizvi’s Phir Chand Niklay Ga (1970) again with the aforementioned couple. Rozina’s star rose and she acted as a heroine in Shaer Lukhnavi’s flop film Chand Sooraj (1970) opposite Waheed with Nadeem paired opposite Shabana; the successful; Sughat (1970) with Nadeem; and Qamar Zaidi’s flop Rim Jhim (1971) with Waheed Murad and Zumarad, Rozina’s star status at par with the latter’s. During Expo 70 Rozina shot up in Jameel Akhtar’s Khamosh Nighaein (1971) with Waheed Murad and Munawar Zareef.

From 1970 till 1975 Rozina was also offered some Punjabi movies and she packed on the requisite poundage. These included Tha and Wardat with Sudhir. Many of the songs that were picturized on Rozina became huge singable hits. These include Pyar Ka Haq Hai Zamana from Ishara; Naghma-O-Sher Se Hai Pyar Mujhe from Saughat; and the huge hit Pyar Ke Naghmein Kis Ne Chere Main To Kho Gai; from Baharein Phir Bhi Ayengi.

Film aficionados concur that if there had not been such a surfeit of sultry and accomplished actresses during that era, such as Shamim Ara, Zeba et al, Rozina’s career would have been much more successful. During the 80’s Rozina was completely absent from the screen. She was happy to live anonymously in Karachi until her daughter began acting in TV dramas and the mother/daughter team moved to Lahore. Faced with few opportunities and less work, they moved back to Karachi where Rozina still lives.