Published On:06 October 2013
Posted by Indian Muslim Observer

Remembering Waheed Murad -- The Superstar of Pakistan Film Industry

By Rohail Khan

Waheed Murad, Pakistani film super star, producer and script writer, is well-known for his charming expressions, tender voice, and unusual talent for acting. His romantic style of acting made him one of the most loved and popular Pakistani film artist.

Waheed Murad remains the only actor of South Asian film industry to secure the highest number of Platinum, Diamond, Golden and Silver Jubilees.

Born on 2nd October, 1938, the iconic film legend died on 23rd November, 1983, when he was 45 years old. The only child of renowned film distributor Mr. Nisar Murad, young Waheed received his early education from Karachi Grammar School, his bachelors degree from S.M. Arts College Karachi, and Masters in English literature from the Karachi University. Strong family and educational background provided Waheed Murad clear advantage over other film producers and actors of his time.

One of his first block buster films “Armaan”, produced by him in 1966, broke all box office records at that time and completed straight 75 weeks in theatres, giving Waheed Murad the elite status of the first superstar of Pakistani films. Armaan made a phenomenal impact on the entire sub-continental film industry such that the Pakistani film industry was considered as the rising sun after Indian film industry. Armaan, making Waheed Murad an overnight superstar, placed him next to Indian film titans such as Dileep Kumar, Raj Kapoor, and Dev Anand.

Waheed Murad started his film career in 1961 as producer of the film: “Insaan Badalta Hai”. As an actor he appeared in a supporting role in 1962's “Aulad” directed by S.M. Yousuf. This debut film got the Nigar award for the best film for the year. “Heera Aur Pathar” in 1964 was his first movie as lead actor and his major breakthrough film. He received the coveted Nigar award in the best actor category for the same film.

Waheed Murad is considered a pioneering “Rock n' Roll” star of Pakistan. Due to his unique romantic style of acting, he became famously known as the 'Chocolate Hero' and 'Lady Killer'.

His hair style and even his conversation style were very popular among the youth. One can say he was the cultural icon of the Pakistani Film Industry.

A real “heart throb”, once he went to downtown Saddar area of Karachi in his white Cadillac.

Realizing it was his car, a group of 30 college girls covered the entire vehicle with lipstick kisses.

Waheed Murad enlivened the silver screen with his extraordinary talent in acting specially in romantic and tragic songs. His ever-green songs are:

1) Bhooli Huee Houn Dastaan

2) Tumhain Kaisay Bata Doon

3) Kuch Log Rooth Ker Bhee

4) Dil Tumko Dey Diya Hai

5) Koko Koreena

6) Beetay Huey Kuch Din

7) Mujhe Tum Nazar Say

8) Youn Kho Gaye Teray Pyar Main

9) Socha Tha Piyar Na Karengay

10) Khamosh Hain Nazaray

11) Aey Abre Karam Aaj Itna Baras

12) Meray Dil Kee Hai Awaaz

13) Bheegi Bheegi Raatoun Main

14) Kertay Hain Mohabbat Sabhi

15) Dil Ko Jalana Humnay Chore Diya

Waheed Murad’s top films are: Heera aur Pathar, Armaan, Ehsaan, Doraha, Jahan Tum Wahan Hum, Naseeb Apna Apna, Ishaara, Dever Bhabi, Maan Baap, Insaniyat, Andaleeb, Anjuman, Neend Hamari Khuwab Tumharay, Mastana Mahi, Baharo Phool Bersao, Ishq Mera Naa, Shama, Jab Jab Phool Khiley, Shabana, Saheli, Parakh, Khuda Aur Mohabbat, Awaaz, Behan Bhai, Naagmani, Mastani Mehbuba, Laila Majnu, Izzat, Dilruba, Raaste Ka Pathar, Parastish, Aadmi, Wadey Ki Zanjeer, Raja Ki Aaye Gi Baraat, Zameer, Badnaam, Kiran Aur Kali, Gherao, Aahat, Maang Meri Bhar Dou. Two films Hero (1985) and Zalzala (1987) were released after his death.

Waheed Murad married his college-days-love Salma on 17th September 1964. They had two daughters (Aaliya and Sadiya) and one son (Adil). Sadiya died an infant. Aaliya and Adil are carrying his name.

Waheed Murad, during his 25 year career, paired with all top actresses like Zeba, Shamim Ara, Rani, Naghma, Sangeeta, Kaveeta, Aasiya, Shabnam, Deeba, Babra Sharif, Bahar and Neelo.

He was decorated with Life Time Achievement Award and Sitara e Imtiaz. The Super star acted in a total of 124 films of which 38 were black and white and 86 were in colour. He earned 32 prestigious film awards, for best actor and best producer.

The rise and fall of Waheed Murad is quite similar to that of Elvis Presley; since many incredible analogies have been drawn between these two icons. According to a film critic, Waheed Murad was like Elvis Presley who enjoyed early success and status of being the most mesmerising personality of his country. He earned great fame and then faced a sudden fall and had an untimely death.

Despite hardships in Waheed's later life and suffering an untimely tragic death, Waheed is born again. His movies are repeatedly shown on film festivals, Cinemas and TV and are well received. Ilyas Rashidi, the founder of Nigar Awards, wrote in his magazine: "Waheed Murad was a born hero."

Ghulam Mohiuddin, a top Pakistani film actor, said: "Waheed Murad was not an individual but he was an era in his own right which ended when he was sidelined by those who took over the industry in early 1980s. He was a great artiste, who recreated the image of a romantic hero. His acting was natural. He had a great deal of musical sense and was immaculate when it came to picturizing songs."

Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood super star, said in his interview with Shama magazine:"After seeing a lot of movies of Waheed Murad, I admit he was a great actor and admire his matchless performance."

[Rohail Khan, a Canadian-Pakistani with strong parental roots in India as well, is a Senior Banker and CFO based at Jeddah. He is also Chairman, Urdu Academy International (UAI), Washington, D.C. He can be contacted at rohailkhan00@gmail.com]

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