Sangeeta: Living legend
Anis Ahmed Shakur
Perveen Rizvi, who was born in Karachi, proved to be an intelligent girl from her earlier days.
Her father, Syed Tayyab Husain Rizvi, provided her a good home environment. Hence, little Perveen’s talents
Perveen’s mother, Mehtab Rizvi, had been affiliated with the show business in her times.
Additionally, Perveen’s younger sister, Nasreen Rizvi and her brother, Raza Ali, were also associated with
the Pakistani cinema, when they grew up.
Actor-director Rehman discovered the hidden acting talents of Perveen. He offered her a role in his film ‘Kankgan’.
Perveen’s parents agreed to it. Since Perveen herself was too young to make her own dicisions.
Her name was changed from Perveen to Sangeeta and she debuted in the film ‘Kankgan’ in 1969. Starring,
Sangeeta and actor-director Rehman. ‘Kankgan’ was shown in the jubilee cinema, Karachi.
After an impressive start, she began appearing in films.
In the year 1969, Sangeeta also worked in the film ‘Koh-e-Noor’, as a child star. Cast, Zeba- Sudhir-
Alauddin- Saloni- Sangeeta. Directed by Agha Husaini.
From that point on, Sangeeta was a movie star, appearing in a string of hugely popular films.
Sangeeta is that one artist, who excels in all avenues of acting. More importantly, she took pride in living.
She moved to Lahore in 1971 and resumed her film career. In 1971, she played opposite actor Jamal, in the film
‘Garhasti’, directed by Nazar Shabab.
Later, she worked as supporting actress opposite Shahid, in the film ‘Ilzaam’. Starring, Sangeeta-
Zeba- Mohammad Ali- Shahid, directed by S.Sulaiman.
Sangeeta, an adept actress, traded smiles and knowledge with almost every one in the Pakistan film industry.
She also worked in the following three film by director S. Sulaiman, ‘Baharoan ki manzil’, ‘Anari’
and ‘Dil aik khilona’.
She used the vantage that came from experience.
Moreover, Sangeeta did a wonderful job in director Shabab Kiranvi’s film ‘Dil aik Aa’ena’
There are few gifts greater than friendship. Below is one such gift:
Her superb performance in visionary director, Riaz Shahid’s movie, ‘Ye Aman’, which was released
on November 20, 1971.
Sangeeta used her skills to invigorate every co-worker, who shared the enterprise with her. One of her greatest
achievement was to come up with magnificent performances in the seven films below:
‘Waardaat’, directed by Diljeet Mirza. ‘Waaris’ directed by Waheed Daar, ‘Khuda tay
maan’ , ‘Khoshia’, ‘Ajda maheen waal’, ‘Muqaddar’, and ‘Joora’ directed
by Haider Chaudhry.
The film ‘Naag muni’, spot lights one of Pakistani cinema’s multifaceted talents. (‘Naag
muni’, 1972, starring, Waheed Murad- Rani- Sangeeta- Qavi. Directed by Raza Mir, silver jubilee.)
As an actress, Sangeeta always heightened the sweetness of living. She is well known for her memorable roles in
the four films below, which were directed by Rangeela:
‘Subha ka tara’, ‘Ganwaar’, ‘Sona Chani’ and ‘Raja Rani’
Who else could have blended the beauty and the tragedy with such finesse and dignity, other then Sangeeta. The
six movies listed below, ends with a profound and poignant message for the movie buffs:
The film ‘Aadmi’, directed by M.A. Rasheed.
The film ‘Izzat’, starring, Waheed Murad- Neelo- Talish- Sangeeta, directed by Jafar Bukhari, released
The films ‘Ma’ashara’, and ‘Aurat aik paheli’, directed by Jafar Bukhari.
The film ‘Chiragh kahan roshni kahan’ directed by K.Khurshid.
The film ‘Khanan day khan parohnay’, directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha.
Sangeeta was smart enough to follow the instructions given to her by the directors. She also knew how to hone her
powers of perception.
She was successful in all instances, and achieved enduring fame in the seven movies below:
The film ‘Chandni’ directed by Iftikhar Khan.
The film ‘Naik Perveen’ directed by S.M.Yusuf.
The film ‘Shagna dee mehendi’, ‘Watan’ and ‘Emaan’, directed by M. Akram.
The film ‘Teray meray sapnay’, actress- producer, Sangeeta, directed by Iqbal Rizvi.
The film ‘Mohabbat aur mehengai’ directed by Iqbal Rizvi.
She frequently was cast as a lead romantic actress, and soon became one of the most enchanting stars of modern
Through persistent hardwork and perseverance, Sangeeta reached the pinnacle of a remarkable career.
Movies like the six listed below, spurred a new generation of viewers to pursue lofty imaginations:
The film ‘Ladla putar’, directed by Rasheed Akhtar.
The film ‘Zulm dee Akheer’, directed by S.A. Bukhari.
The film ‘Badlay gee duniya saathi’, directed by S.T.Zaidi.
The film ‘Hong Kong kay sholay’ , directed by Jan Mohammad.
The film ‘Qismat’, and ‘Allah Ditta’, directed by Iqbal Kashmiri.
She made a series of outstanding films in the 1970s and 1980s. Her fame continued to grow with every new movie.
Below is a journey with Sangeeta to the grandest of all times—the golden era of the Pakistani films:
A long established star of the big screen, she gave convincing performances in director Wazeer Ali’s film
‘Pannoo dee sassi’, directed by Masood Pervez.
Sangeeta received applause from the public for the films ‘Aashiana’, ‘Mehendi’, and ‘Jan
Baaz’, directed by Altaf Husain.
The films ‘Sajan dushman’ and ‘Taqat wur’ directed by Hasnain, re- ignited her career.
Sangeeta, her entire life, her rise as an actress and later, as director, her marriages—continues to be the
subject of fascination and inspiration in Pakistan and abroad.
Just think of the movies which were class acts: The film ‘Mastani mehbuba’, 1974, cast, Waheed Murad-
Sangeeta- Kavita, directed by Laeeq Akhtar, silver jubilee.
She worked in numerous other movies. Prominent among them was the golden jubilee film ‘Khalish’ 1972,
starring, Waheed Murad- Rani- Sangeeta- Qavi, directed by Laeeq Akhtar.
The film ‘Charda tufaan’, directed by Masood Butt.
Movies like ‘Meri zindigi hai naghma’ were brought to life by the winning performance turned in by
Sangeeta, director- songwriter, Shewan Rizvi.
The film ‘Munjhee kithay daawaan’, director, Haroon Pasha, cast, Sangeeta- Munawwar Zareef, was a real
feast to an attentive public.
Sangeeta, a great performer of the film ‘Pathar kay sanam’, received applause form the cine-goers.
One wonders as one watches Sangeeta’s movies, that the world would have been a lesser place without her.
She is second to none in the Pakistani show business.
She proved time and again, her uncanny ability to attract sizable crowds in almost every film. Below are eight
more success stories of her:
The films ‘Tumsa nahi dekha’, ‘Guddi’, and ‘Baat bun jaaye’
The films ‘Naya tufaan’, ‘Dewar’, ‘Disco dancer’, ‘Sauday baaz’
and ‘Shikra’, directed by Musarrat Shaheen.
Sangeeta’s brand of romanticism and her down- home style had wide appeal. She has achieved reverential status
and she reaped applause from the public for the following two Pushto movies as well:
‘Pukhtoon pa wilayat kaneer’, director, Javed Sajjad, 1981, cast, Waheed Murad- Sangeeta- Asif Khan-
The film ‘Yaar badshah’.
Having achieved her ambition in acting, Sangeeta moved on to another project—direction. Her first film as
director was ‘Society girl’ in 1976.
That also marked the debut of Syed Noor, as scriptwriter and later he became director.
Sangeeta played the title role in ‘Society girl’ and directed the film. ‘Society girl’
was released on April 16, 1976, starring, Sangeeta- Kavita- Ghulam Mohyedin- Nisho- Bahar- Qavi. Composer, Nazeer Ali.
Sangeeta married actor- villain, Humayun Qureshi. She had a daughter from him. In all probability, Sangeeta must
have become grandmother by now.
Unfortunately, her marriage did not work out quite well with Humayun Qureshi. In times due course, they separated.
Naveed Butt happened to be the second husband of Sangeeta.
Her second film as director was ‘Mujhay galay laga lo’, which was a success. Starring, Sangeeta- Kavita-
Ghulam Mohyedin- Nayyar Sultana- Bahar. Composer, Nazeer Ali.
She became a quick success and won the hearts of her admirers. What is more, she did so between segments.
In a succession of movies, she had developed a persona as the star of her era. She directed the film ‘Ishq
ishq’, 1977, cast, Sangeeta- Nadeem- Ghulam Mohyedin- Kavita- Qavi- Ali Raza- Talish. Composer, Kamal Ahmed, popular
song, ‘Ishq saccha hai to phir wada nibha na hoga’
A lot of credit judiciously went to director Sangeeta. The public keep clamoring to hear more from her.
The 1978 film ‘Laad pyar aur beiti’ , which was released under the banner of ‘Al- Fatah’
films, could not succeed at the box office.
But there are enough success stories of Sangeeta to fuel the fever. Her highly successful career should serve as
a role model to the starters.
The 1978 film ‘Muthi bhar chawal’ was a huge success. Cast, Sangeeta- Ghulam Mohyedin- Nadeem- Kavita-
Saqi- Romana- Rahat Kazmi- Shehla Gul- Kamal Irani. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
Sangeeta, one of Pakistan’s best-loved entertainers, has a new generation humming along. The stirring true
story of Sangeeta is replete with challenges.
The 1979 film ‘Mein chup rahoon gee’ was a mediocre movie.
Cast, Actress- director, Sangeeta- Usman Peerzada- Kavita- Bahar- Qavi. Composer, Nazeer Ali.
An accomplished film director, she always found the niche that needed filling. Further, she has filled her movies
with characters who became Pakistani icons.
The 1979 movie ‘Lal Aandhi’ was released under the banner of ‘Suroor Sakhira’s ‘Dhanak
pictures’. Starring, actress- director Sangeeta- Asif Khan- Mustafa Qureshi- Kavita- Bahar- Qavi- Musarrat Shaheen.
Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
Sangeeta’s films also dealt with the social realities of the day. Her way, as one of the most distinguished
directors, she had come completely into her own.
Her 1980 film, ‘Mehel meray sapno ka’ described the decisive role she played in the lives of her myriad
fans. Cast, actress- director Sangeeta- Ghulam Mohedin- Nadeem- Kavita- Saqi- Najma Mehboob- Shahnawaz. Composer, M. Ashraf.
Sangeeta, who has been an innovator on quite a few occasions, went on to direct the 1980 film ‘Mehendi lagi
meray haath’. The ambiguity of the story brought laurels to her. Cast, actress- director Sangeeta- Rangeela- Azad, Humayun
Qureshi. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
More participation in movies gave her more national prominence. She virtually set the standard for cinematic suspense
with more interesting films. The films moral imperative seems to be to stay alive.
Her following three films were released in 1982: ‘Aaj aur abhi’ was made under the banner of ‘Wazeer
pictures’, starring, actress- director Sangeeta- Kavita- Anjuman- Asif Raza Mir- Ishrat Chaudhry- Tamanna. Composer,
‘Mian bewe razi’ completed platinum jubilee, starring, actress- director Sangeeta- Nadeem- Kavita-
Agha Sikander- Tahira Naqui- Nanha- Saqi. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
‘Thori see bay wafai’ silver jubilee, starring, actress- director Sangeeta, Nadeem- Kavita- Habib-
Romana- Nanha- Ishrat Chaudhry- Tamanna. Most of the location shooting was done in London. Music by M. Ashraf.
She found her life’s calling—in the cinema. Through her movies, she renews the passion in our lives.
Remarkable people like Sangeeta inspired some of our favorite movies. Below is one of them:
The 1984 film ‘Jeenay nahi doon gee’, completed golden jubilee. Cast, actress- director Sangeeta- Javed
Sheikh- Zamarrud- Faisal- Kavita- Bahar. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
Quality films aspire to grandeur and seriousness. To her fans, she personified the ideal actress. As for Sangeeta,
she found her mission in life and pursued it.
Sangeeta’s first Punjabi film, ‘Baazi’ was released in 1984, under the banner of ‘Tina
production’. Cast, actress-director Sangeeta- Shabnam- Sultan Rahi- Rangeela.
The film like ‘Naam mera budnaam,’ 1984, did appealed to audiences. Cast, actress-director Sangeeta-
Shabnam- Kavita- Mohammad Ali- Ayaz. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
Sangeeta’s brilliant direction in most of her movies kept the audiences and the critics on their seat’s
edge through the entire film.
The 1987 movie ‘Qasam munnay ki’ was an average film. Starring, actress- director Sangeeta- Neeli-
Babra Sharif- Faisal- Mohammad Ali- Afzal Ahmed. Composer, Kamal Ahmed.
In 1986, double version film ‘Ik Shehanshah’ happened to be a failure. Director, Sangeeta, Producer,
Mehmud Butt, cast, Babra Sharif- Ismail Shah- Sultan Rahi- Kanwal- Afzal Ahmed. Music, Kamal Ahmed.
Quickly Sangeeta was in her element again. The 1989 mega hit film ‘Taqat ka tufaan’ completed golden
jubilee. Director Sangeeta, stars, Salma Agha- Nadeem- Ghulam Mohydin- Jahan Zaib- Rangeela- Afzal Ahmed. Composer, Zulfiqar
Ali, producer, Shehanshah.
She reaped enormous appreciation from the movie goers for being an integral part of the popular entertainment.
Below is another successful chapter in her resplendent career.
Her following three films were shown at the theaters in 1990: ‘Kaali’, cast, Babra Sharif- Ismail Shah-
Nasarullah Butt- Mustafa Qureshi.
At the height of her fame, she directed the film ‘Tayzaab’, starring, Gori- Ismail Shah- Ajab Gul-
Shaheda muni- Talish- Shafqat Cheema.
The film ‘Zeherilay’, cast, Javed Sheikh, Reema- Ajab Gul- Madiha Shah- Khushbu- Shafqat Cheema. Director
The 1991 double version movie, ‘Bay taab’ could not succeed at the box office. Five years later, in
1996, the film ‘Khilona’ was a super hit movie. Stars, Meera- Saima- Saud- Shan- Saleem Sheikh. Composer, Zulfiqar
Ali, director Sangeeta.
Living legend, Sangeeta, directed the 1997 film ‘Aashiqi kheil nahi’; it was the remake of director
Shabab Kiranvi’s film ‘Mera naam hai mohabbat’. Cast, Babra Sharif- Gullu.
Then in 1998, she directed the super hit film ‘Nikah’, which was the remake of director Dada Nazrul
Islam’s super hit film, ‘Aa’ena’. Cast, Reema- Shan- Deeba- Tamanna- Abid Butt- Nirma- Ehsan- Goshi
She came up with direction of dramatic caliber in the 1998 film ‘Harjaaye’, which was a big hit. The
cast included Neeli among others.
She graced the showbiz with her wistful appearance and directed the following three films with plenty of zest:
‘Do boond pani’, ‘Jeet’, and ‘Ehsaas’.
However, the film ‘Dream girl’, which was the remake of ‘Society girl’ could not succeed.
Essentially, her initial movie roles helped her to direct her later films like the three below:
‘Samaaj’, ‘Qaid’ and ‘Pasand’.
The film ‘Qaid’, directed by Sangeeta, stars, Zeba Bakhtiar- Saud.
One of Pakistan’s most cherished directors; she worked relentlessly all her life. Below are details of her
She earned the Nigar Award for best supporting actress for the film ‘Ye Aman’ in 1971.
She earned the Nigar Award for best director for the film ‘Society girl’ in 1976.
She earned the Nigar Award for best actress for the film ‘Society girl’ in 1976.
She earned the Nigar Award for best actress for the film ‘Muthi bhar chawal’ in 1978.
She earned the Nigar Award for best director for the film ‘Muthi bhar chawal’ in 1978.
She earned the Nigar Award for best actress for the film ‘Sona chandi’ in 1983.
She earned the Nigar Award for best supporting actress for the film ‘Naam mera budnaam’ in 1984.
Sangeeta, who is in her thirty fourth year of movie career, will most definitely be considered as one of Pakistan
film industry’s true trail blazers.
Working as she did for so long among the film giants, but admitting all the same how temporary she was, just a
shadow among the eternities of rock.
But Sangeeta did cast a long shadow after all. She will continue to do so long
after her retirement from the films.