Saleem Raza was so dominant male singer from 1957-65, that he also gave playback for two other big singers who acted in movies. First he sang for the top Punjabi singer and actor Inayat Hussain Bhatti in film Kartar Singh (1959) and then he sang a classical song for the top Urdu film singer Ahmad Rushdi who played the role of TanSen in filmJhalak (1964).
Saleem Raza (real name Noel Dias) was born in a Christian family in Amritsar, India on March 4, 1932 and died on November 25, 1983 in Canada.
Waheed Murad was the most popular and stylish romantic hero in Pakistan. His nicknames were Chocolate Hero andRomance ka Shehzada
He was a handsome person also the most well dressed hero of its times
He was a craze among his fans. He was the first actor in Pakistan whose fan clubs were made and still 25 years after his death, his fans celebrate a week by running his 7 movies on cinemas every year, also his hair style was adopted by people
He was Pakistan’s most favourite hero among girls. In his hey-days once he went to Sadar area of Karachi in his white car, realizing it is Waheed Murad’s car, a group of 30 college girls covered the vehicle with lipstick kisses
He is compared with Hollywood actor Elvis Presley due to some similarities between them. Both enjoyed early success, the status of being the most mesmerising personalities of their own countries, great fame and then sudden fall and tragic death
He is the first rock‘n’roll dancing hero in Pakistan and he gave new style of pasteurizing songs
He is the first Pakistani hero whose official website was launched at in 2002, now it is not available
He appeared in a guest role in film Sathi (1959), then he started his carrier as a film producer with Insaan Badalta Hay (1961) through his father’s production house Film Arts
His film Armaan (1966) was first ever platinum jubilee Urdu film in Pakistan. With the success of this film Waheed Murad became the top most star in Pakistan film industry and ruled next 10 years. The team of Waheed Murad, director Pervez Malik, musician Sohail Rana, singerAhmad Rushdi and lyricist Masroor Anwar was very popular in late 60s and they produced some successful films, later they were separated. His other platinum jubilee urdu films wereAnjuman (1970) and Aawaz (1978), while Shabana (1976) was his only diamond jubilee film
He became the first personality in Pakistani films who was hero, director, producer, script writer and singer in the same film, which was Ishara (1969)
Waheed Murad was born into a wealthy family in Karachi on October 2, 1938. He was called as Veedu at home. His father Nisar Murad was a film distributor in Karachi. His mother’s name was Shireen Murad. He was the only child of his parents.
He passed matric from Mary Colaso school, Karachi. He did B.A. in arts from S.M. college, then he did Masters in English literature from Karachi University.
His house was at Tariq Road, Karachi.
His height was 5’ 11”.
He fell in love with Salma when he was in 9th class, finally they married on Thursday September 17, 1964. His wife was the daughter of an industrialist, who was the owner ofH. M Silk Mills.
His one daughter died in infancy, He had other two children Aalia and Adil Murad, who also worked in films.
He suffered a serious accident at Ravi Road, Lahore in November 1983 but survived.
He died by heart attack in Karachi on Wednesday, November 23, 1983 at the age of 45. His father died in 1982, he died in 1983 and his mother died in 1984. He was buried in Gulberg graveyard, Lahore.
His wife Salma Murad could not see him after his death, when he died she was in USA, Salma’s sister phoned her, she couldn’t get flight but somehow reached London and then traveled to Karachi, when she reached here they had taken his body to Lahore, when she came Lahore he was buried.
By Muhammad Rizwan Anjum, Gujrat, Pakistan
(This article was published on Pakistan Film Magazine on 22.11.2008)
Film director, producer, writer, studio owner and Hafiz-e-Quran
He was a multi talented artist with great contributions..
Shabab Keranvi was producer, director, writer, lyricist and studio owner. Basically, he was a journalist and Hafiz-e-Quran who started his career from a film magazine Director from Lahore. His inaugural film as producer was Jallan in 1955. His first film as director wasSurayya in 1961 and he bought a film studio after the great success of his second filmMehtab (1962). Aina (1966), Insaniyat (1967), Insaf aur Qanoon (1971), Daaman aur Chingari (1973) and Mera Naam Hay Mohabbat (1975) were some of his big movies.
Shabab Keranvi was born in 1925 at Kerana, district Muzaffar Garh, Utter Pardesh, India. His two sons, Zafar Shabab and Nazar Shabab were also successful film directors. He died in Lahore on November 5, 1982.