sheher ki galyaan choroon kaisay
yahan, rooh yahan, jaan yahan.
Pakistani show business is rich with tales of
legendary artists who risked all to chase their dreams. Their vision and perseverance won them success. Here is a true-life
story of one such actor, the great Waheed Murad.
‘The brain is wider than the sky.’
Said Emily Dickinson. Let us explore how the great Waheed Murad used his intelligence to come up with the greatest movies
of all time.
Waheed Murad was born with a silver spoon in
his mouth on Wednesday, October 2, 1938, in Karachi. He was the only child of Nisar Murad and Shireen Murad.
Nisar Murad used to be a reputed film distributor
in his time. Waheed Murad, who is popularly known as Veedu, passed his matriculation examination in 1954 from the Marie Colaco
School, Karachi. He received his bachelor’s degree from S.M. College and master’s degree in English literature
from Karachi University in 1963.
Waheed Murad stepped into Pakistani cinema as
a filmmaker. His first film as producer was ‘Insaan badalta hai’, in 1961. His second production was ‘Jab
say dekha hai tumhain’, in 1963.
Noticed by visionary film director, S.M. Yusuf,
Waheed Murad was offered a secondary role in the film ‘Aulad’.
Hence, Waheed Murad debuted as an actor in the
film ‘Aulad’, in 1962, in which he played the screen son of Habib and Nayyar Sultana.
He was always ambitious and motivated, and he
passed on his optimism and faith to his colleagues. He incorporated the essentials of the movie business rapidly.
Waheed Murad played a side role in ‘Daman’
He learned some thing new every day and shared
his thoughts with his co-workers. ‘Now that the Pakistani public is acquainted with me I will endeavor to work even
harder.’ Waheed Murad said modestly in the early 1960s.
‘Heera aur pathar’, golden jubilee,
was his first film as lead actor, in 1964, which established Waheed Murad as hero and put him on the road to lasting fame.
Waheed Murad was married to Salma on Thursday,
September 17, 1964, in Karachi. His daughter, Sadia, died in infancy, and both Waheed Murad and Salma were inconsolable. However,
their two children, Aalia and Adil brought happiness and comfort to their lives.
Waheed Murad’s romantic-tragic characters
created Pakistani cinema’s most enduring and beloved personas.
Essentially, Waheed Murad’s movies are
the essence of his creative spirit, the vital force of the human heart. Also, partly it was the sheer novelty of him. Waheed
Murad was an actor who stood out in 1964.
His role came precariously close to reality
in the film ‘Doctor’, in 1964. Waheed Murad was very fond of reading English novels and his favorite poet was
His hobbies included playing cricket, listening
to music and photography. Renowned Egyptian singer, Umme-e- Kulthum, was his favorite singer.
Reverting to the show business, movies like
‘Eid Mubarak’, 1965 and ‘Kaneez’, 1965, are still fresh in the minds of moviegoers. They have stories
For the sake of record, Waheed Murad and Zeba
paired off in seventeen movies.
Waheed Murad and Shabnam teamed off in thirteen
Waheed Murad and Rani worked together in twenty
Waheed Murad and Shamim Ara appeared together
in twelve movies.
Waheed Murad and Deeba acted together in thirteen
‘Armaan’ is the most popular film
of Waheed Murad and Zeba, which also happens to be the first platinum jubilee film of Pakistan.
In fact, Waheed Murad captured the high spirits
of one of the country’s most- loved songs, while picturing ‘Akele
na jana’ on him and Zeba. He was absolutely, unequivocally as successful as an actor could be in the Pakistani movies.
Of all the artists we have seen, none hold a
place in our hearts like Waheed Murad. He has achieved almost reverential status and rightly so.
His role of a dedicated doctor in ‘Insaniyat’,
1967, golden jubilee, was remarkable enough to attract a huge crowd to the cinema halls. Perhaps, Waheed Murad was never closer
to perfection as he was in ‘Insaniyat.’
At this point, dear reader, let me concede one
truth regarding Waheed Murad: He loved to drive very fast. He mostly drove a Mercedes and a Volk’s wagon
One feels nostalgic as one encompasses all those
shared moments about Waheed Murad, like the films ‘Jaag utha insaan’, 1966, golden jubilee, and ‘Dewar bhabhi’,
1967, golden jubilee.
Dwelling on his personal life, Waheed Murad’s
mother tongue was Punjabi. His height was five feet, eleven inches and his weight was one hundred fifty eight pounds, when
he was in good health. He addressed his wife, Salma, as ‘Bibi’ at home.
In his twenty- three- year movie career, 1960-
1983, Waheed Murad worked in one hundred twenty three movies.
Movie buffs definitely enjoyed watching movies
like ‘Ehsaan’, 1967, silver jubilee, ‘Rishta hai pyar ka’, 1967, silver jubilee and ‘Doraha’,
1967, silver jubilee.
The magnificence of his acting led to one success
after another. Where- ever Waheed Murad went, the limelight flooded him.
Waheed Murad, whose life had been a long, exciting
trip in the real world, was a graceful man with the smarts to succeed. Such is the greatness of that irreplaceable super performer.
Successive movies continued to garner popularity.
One may recall many movies to exemplify this point. Below are two examples:
‘Phir subha ho gee.’ 1967, golden
‘Samandar’, 1968, silver jubilee.
Equally impressive was the film ‘Dil mera
dharkan teri’, 1968, golden jubilee. With his national renown at an all- time peak, Waheed Murad worked in ‘Jahan
tum wahan hum’, 1968, silver jubilee.
Waheed Murad’s caricature of an obedient
son in ‘Maan beta’, 1969, silver jubilee, made him a great movie hero to exultant countrymen. In one scene in
‘Maan beta’, Waheed Murad cries bitterly. Those were genuine tears welling up in his eyes during one of his greatest
In terms of emotion and prowess, there was no
equal to the talents of Waheed Murad. Truly was Waheed Murad a charismatic actor.
Just think of the spell he cast through movies
like ‘Saalgira’, 1969, golden jubilee. In reality, he came to the Pakistani film industry with the essence of
acting and production. Most of all, with his impeccable Urdu diction.
Additionally, his unparalleled style in the
then Pakistan’s vibrant cinema appealed to the masses. In the words of Ilyas
Rashdi, founder of Nigar Awards, ‘Waheed Murad was a born hero.’
In the long list of mega hits are films like
‘Andaleeb’, 1969, golden jubilee.
His hairstyle became one of his great personal
strength. Basically, it was the profound faith of cine- goers in Waheed Murad’s ability that kept him going.
Moreover, a seemingly endless procession of
releases appeared in the years to follow. He had emerged as a hugely powerful actor in ‘Ik nagina’, 1969, silver
jubilee. He worked in ‘Afsana’, 1970, silver jubilee, in the spirit of those days gone by.
He made a splash in the film ‘Phir chand
niklay ga’, 1970, silver jubilee, and a role in the film ‘Naseeb apna apna’, 1970, silver jubilee, took
him even farther.
He learned from life then moved on. Furthermore,
he showed a watchful intelligence, which struck chord in cine- goers that still resonates as one recalls his movie ‘Anjuman,
1970, platinum jubilee. In one scene in ‘Ajuman’, Waheed Murad drank to drown his sadness. No other actor could
have done it the way he did that part.
Most of all, the vibrancy of Waheed Murad’s
profound presentation is all the more evident in the 1971, golden jubilee film ‘Neend hamari khwab tumharay.’
Waheed Murad, the great, glittering star on
the horizon of movies delivered dialogues with inspiring conviction. It stirred the movie lovers like nothing else. That made
him a very special person.
The 1971, silver jubilee film, ‘Afshan’,
is an example of Waheed Murad’s effective presentation.
A yardstick does not measure great artists.
It is all the more true to Waheed Murad, who remained peerless throughout his life. Making film after hilarious film, Waheed
Murad became the most enchanting star of the Pakistani public.
mahi’, 1971, golden jubilee, is a classic movie to be enjoyed for generations.
He was very—almost insanely—passionate
about picturing songs on himself. His genius for song picturing earned him the title of
‘King of song picturing.’ Such an uncommon dazzle was a rarity then.
No statistics could measure the fame he achieved
as an actor. The scent of his memory never leaves its presence.
There had never been an actor like Waheed Murad
and there never will be.
Waheed Murad’s myriad of fans take pleasure
in the fact that he never let them down. The film ‘Khalish’, 1972, golden jubilee, is a case in point. His very
attractive voice and great looks made him the super star.
He maintained his national reputation and his
popularity skyrocketed and extended beyond his life. To an extent, where a street was named as Waheed Murad Road in Karachi.
Waheed Murad’s favorite Pakistani city
was Karachi, where he was born and died. His favorite foreign country was Japan. His favorite color was blue, and his favorite
foods were fish, shrimp and rice.
He continued to challenge himself in his later
films, such as in ‘Daulat aur duniya’, 1972, golden jubilee, and ‘Bandagi’, 1972, silver jubilee.
Waheed Murad left behind an enormous and varied
legacy of great performances, like the 1972, golden jubilee film ‘Baharo phool barsao.’
Additionally, he scored big at the cinema with
the theatrical release of ‘Ishq mera naa’, 1974, platinum jubilee.
His adoring admirers are proud of the fact that
Waheed Murad never badmouthed any body and he kept his distance from hypocrites.
Thus, to his loyal fans, Waheed Murad personified
the most ideal actor. His adorers stockpile his memories like firewood, to relight the blaze of their devotion to him.
Moreover, Waheed Murad is still remembered for
his role in the film ‘Tum salamat raho’, 1974, golden jubilee.
He let the performance speak, and he felt good
with that. A quick example is ‘Phool meray gulshan ka’, 1974, golden jubilee.
He made a series of outstanding movies like
‘Dushman’, 1974, golden jubilee.
In order to exhibit good performance, Waheed
Murad kept himself utterly committed, willing and trusting to his character. He gave the film below an audience appeal that
is worth praising:
‘Shama’, 1974, golden jubilee.
He increasingly found opportunities to show
his dramatic abilities, notably in the film ‘Jogi’, 1975, golden jubilee.
His stories and images continue to keep his
memories fresh. Particularly when one thinks of the 1975, golden jubilee movie, ‘Mohabbat zindigi hai.’
As the topmost artist, Waheed Murad took tremendous
interest in his profession. The public applauded his ability to improvise.
Besides, his looks scored with the show business
people and the audience alike.
The three movies below accorded Waheed Murad
instant fame, which he well deserved:
‘Surat aur seerat’, 1975, golden
‘Jab jab phool khilay’, 1975, golden
‘Shabana’, 1976, diamond jubilee.
If you are a long time adorer of Waheed Murad,
then you must have observed that he could inflame any audience through his highly refined acting.
Heartthrob of millions of moviegoers, Waheed
Murad’s fame knew no bounds soon after the theatrical release of the three movies below:
‘Saheli’, 1978, golden jubilee.
‘Parakh’, 1978, golden jubilee.
‘Khuda aur mohabbat’, 1978, golden
Acting had been the most pleasing occupation
of this chocolate hero’s life and the most congenial to his temperament as well.
Also, Waheed Murad’s focused determination
took him where he wanted to go – to the top in the Pakistani movie industry.
As usual, the utmost admiration of his loyal
fans was commendable immediately after the release of the three movies below:
‘Aawaz’, 1978, platinum jubilee.
‘Behan bhai’, 1979, golden jubilee.
‘Aurat raaj’, 1979, golden jubilee.
The unrequited love and total admiration which
innumerable adorers lavished on Waheed Murad made him the Pakistani Elvis Presley.
His fans can’t say enough good things
about the actor who gave so much of himself to the public.
Memories of ones childhood floods back as one
listens to the familiar mega hit songs pictured on the great Waheed Murad.
Recall the enormous impact he made with his
role in the film ‘Pyari’, 1980, golden jubilee.
In mainstream movie arena, and even more so,
in popular entertainment, Waheed Murad came out number one. Intelligent, charming and driven—he had an extraordinary
gift of performance.
Excellence of his huge acting potential was
evident in the film ‘Kala dhanda goray loag’, 1981, golden jubilee.
Waheed Murad owed much of his optimism, tenacity
and admirable thought to his loving parents and his beloved wife, Salma.
Waheed Murad, who became a time, honored insignia
of success brought respect and credibility to the Pakistani movies through his unique acting and vast knowledge of filmmaking.
His dedication was absolute on the movie shoot
of ‘Kiran aur kali’, 1981, golden jubilee.
The greatest good you can do for another is
not just to share your riches, but also to reveal to him his own riches.. This is precisely what Waheed Murad did in his fabulous
movie career. He introduced talented young people like Sohail Rana and Badar Muneer to Pakistani show business. Such people
reaped enormous fame in times due course.
Waheed Murad earned the Nigar Award in 1964
for best actor in ‘Heera aur pathar’.
Waheed Murad earned the Nigar Award in 1966
for best actor in ‘Armaan.’
Waheed Murad earned the Nigar Award in 1969
for best actor in ‘Andaleeb.’
Waheed Murad earned the Nigar Award in 1971
for best actor in ‘Mastana mahi.’
The matinee idol, Waheed Murad, whose movies
provide countless hours of pleasure to millions of moviegoers left for his final journey on November 23, 1983. He was forty-
five years of age.
Hearts heavy, his admirers lamented his death.
His last film was ‘Hero’, which was released after his death.
The intensity of response to the passing of
the great Waheed Murad, an extremely likeable actor, seemed to surprise even his fans.
Memories of the blissful moments which public
enjoyed with him come crowding over them, especially on his death anniversary.
Hopefully, Waheed Murad’s lovely and romantic
remainders of bygone days will be allowed to survive.
Kuchh saathi chutay chutay say kuchh rishtay tutay tutay say
Kuchh bigri bigri taswerain kuchh naqsh ye hairaan hairaan say
Kuchh aks ye larzaan larzaan say kuchh itnay dhundlay saaye hain
Kuchh moti dhalkay dhalkay say kuchh Aansu chalkay chalkay say
Soon after his death, it occurred to every one who ever knew him that in dying, Waheed Murad had taught others
how to live.