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Monday, 10 June 2013
He dominated Punjabi movies in the mid 1960s..
Akmal started his film career as a makeup artist and appeared in some movies as an extra artist. He was a tall and handsome man and a pre-peared film hero but got his first film Jabroo in 1956. He struggled many years to become a successful film hero. In this period, he also appeared as villain actor, especially in film Baghawat (1963) againstSudhir, who was a dominating Punjabi film hero in the 1950s.
Akmal got breakthrough from super hit Punjabi film Choorian in 1963 and the next four years, he dominated Punjabi movies. His all time best film was Malangi in 1965 which ran for double golden jubilee in Odeon Cinema Lahore.
Akmal (real name Asif Khan) was born in the old city of Lahore in 1929 and died on June 11, 1967. His sudden death was a big shock for film fans. His pairs with Shirin, Naghma and Firdous was very popular and he also married Firdous. His son (from first wife) Shehbaz Akmal was seen in few movies in the 1980s but he failed. His elder brother Ajmal Khan was a legendary character actor in Pakistani movies.