Santosh Kumar – Profile
Santosh Kumar with Sabiha Khanum
Pakistan’s first ever romantic film hero Syed Moosa Raza aka Santosh Kumar was born on 25th December, 1925. He graduated from Usmania University Hyderabad Deccan with distinction as it was pre-requisite for higher Govt. Officer Job. While he was waiting for his interview a friend diverted his attention towards films. Since Santosh looked like a typical prince of a romantic movie with superb facial cuts, more than average height, quick wit, and praise-worthy etiquette – he didn’t have to work hard for a role in films. ‘Ahensa’ was the first film of Santosh as a hero, which was released in 1948, under the banner of Kashmir films. In 1948, he also appeared as a side hero in his second movie, ‘Meri Kahani’ which was released in 1949 at Nishat cinema, Karachi. Munawwar Sultana and Surendra played the lead roles. After independence, Santosh migrated to Lahore, Pakistan, along with his family. ‘Beli’ was his first film as a hero, which was shot and released in Pakistan. In 1949, director Anwar Kamal Pasha, son of Hakeem Ahmed Shuja Pasha, established his film studio, ‘Naubahar films’ and started the shooting of the film ‘Do Aansoo’, which was based on a novel, ‘Baap ka gunah’, penned by his father. ‘Do Aansoo’ was released in April 1950, in Jubilee cinema, Karachi, and it was also the first silver jubilee film of Pakistan. Santosh performed the role of ‘Aslam’ opposite two lead actresses, Sabiha and Gulshan Ara. Other performers were Shamim Bano, Himaliya Wala, Shahnawaz, Ajmal, Fazal Shah, Azad, Alauddin, Ghazala and a new comer, comedian , Asif Jah. ‘Do Aansoo’ not only gave a vintage quality to the performance of the entire film crew, but also proved to be a milestone in each and every participant’s career. From 1950 onwards, Santosh became the necessity for the films and he never looked back. One commercially successful movie after another kept its grip on his imagination and he worked relentlessly to pursue realistic goals.
Considering the changing times and trends in the 1960s film circle, he joined hands with a reputable international organization as the sales director, alongside he contributed to the Pakistani cinema as a producer and an actor, as well. Film ‘Shaam Dhalay’ was the only movie in his film career, which he produced, directed and played the lead role as well.
Santosh Kumar was highly educated and knowledgeable person as is evident from the fact that he participated in Tariq Aziz’s TV Quiz Show Neelam Ghar in 1980’s and won the Car. Santosh left for the eternal journey on June 11, 1982. Today, Santosh Kumar is no longer with us, but his memorable performances ignited a fire in the countless cine-goers that will never extinguish… (Source – Youtube article written by Dr. Hassan Bukhari)