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Profile: Neeli May 12, 2008

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Neeli (Urdu: نیلی) is Pakistani film actress.

Neeli is considered a very talented actress of Pakistan film industry and acted in both Urdu and Punjabi films. She was married to Actor/director Javed Sheikh, but they later divorced. Her name ‘Neeli’ comes from the fact that she had blue eyes. Neeli worked in very few films and even fewer became hits. However she was one of the best actress of her times.

Filmography

  • Dulhan banti hain naseeboan waliaan (2006-Delayed re *Kudyoon ko daley dana (1996)
  • Chief Sahib (1996)
  • Jeeva (1995)
  • Jo Darr Gya Woh Marr Gya (1995)
  • Mushkil (1995)
  • Aakhri Mujra (1994)
  • Khuda Ghawah (1993)
  • Katwal (1993)
  • Sher Ali (1992)
  • Darindgi (1991)
  • Kaalay Chor (1991)
  • Insaanyat Ke Dushman (1990)
  • International Gorillay (1990)
  • Haseena 420 (1988)
  • Maula Baksh (1988)
  • Aakhri Jung (1986)

Profile: Shaan May 12, 2008

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Shaan (actor)

Shaan
Born Armaghan Shahid
April 27, 1971 (1971-04-27) (age 37)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Other name(s) Armaghan
Shaan
Occupation Actor, Director
Years active 1990 – present
 

Shaan (Urdu: شان), real name Armaghan Shahid (Urdu: ارمغان شاہد), is a popular film star in Pakistan. He is the son of actress Neelo and the famous film director Riaz Shahid. The Pakistani film industry was also privileged to work with his uncle “Fiaz Shahid” who was a cameraman and producer. His family is well known in Lahore, Pakistan.

The Bulandi Years

Shaan debuted in 1990 with Javed Fazil’s Bulandi where he starred opposite Reema, the current reigning diva of the Lahore film industry.[citation needed] Bulandi was received well upon its theatrical release and resulted in Shaan being deluged by a number of offers with the top directors of the time. However, none of the post-Bulandi flicks worked in a major way, therefore he decided to temporarily quit the movie industry.

The Comeback

Shaan made a comeback in 1996 with Syed Noor’s Ghoongat where he played the scheming psychotic villain destroying the matrimonial harmony of the lead couple. After a few months, the much delayed Sangam was released and the timing couldn’t have been better — the film was a huge success at the theaters all across Pakistan. However, the real boost that Shaan needed came in the form of being signed on as the face of one of Pakistan’s biggest companies, and leader of the cellular market, Mobilink. Once he started appearing for the company in ads and other media, his image was changed completely from being the Punjabi villain to a sophisticated modern man who could be called the Hugh Grant of Pakistan.

Guns and Roses — Ik Junoon

Ik Junoon

Shaan in Guns and Roses: Ik Junoon

Ik Junoon

A screenshot from Shaan’s directorial debut Guns and Roses: Ik Junoon

Keen on making a difference to the film making culture in Pakistan, Shaan launched his ambitious project called Guns and Roses — Ik Junoon (Urdu for Guns and Roses — An obsession), a project which given the time it took for completion ironically did turn into an obsession for its makers. The film went on the floors in early 1996 and was produced by the art entrepreneur Tanvir Fatima Rehman. Boasting of radically offbeat music and some refreshing avant-garde set designing the film promised to change the face of Pakistani cinema forever. Expectations were sky high, but the delayed release in 1999 along with some production glitches resulted in a dampened response from the theaters across the nation, though the film did manage to get a decent run in the more urbane Karachi. Guns and Roses — Ik Junoon starred Faisal Rehman, Shaan, Meera and Resham. The music was scored by the seasoned Lahore-based composer M Arshad while the veteran cinematographer Azhar Burki handled the camerawork.

Mujhe Chand Chahiye

This was the last film made by the Shaan-Tanvir Fatima Rehman duo. The combination worked really well because both shared an excellent sense of aesthetics. And that basically was the highlight of Mujhey Chand Chahiye – epic dance sequences, larger than life palatial sets and of course the beautiful music. The story had to be modified in the post-Guns and Roses Ik Junoon scenario, while Atiqa Odho and Javed Sheikh enacted their characters really well. The film starred Shaan, Atiqa Odho and Javed Sheikh and was released in March 2000. It turned out to be a major money maker at the Box Office and established Shaan’s credentials as a commercially viable director.

The Later Films

Moosa Khan is better known for its soundtrack, composed by Jawad Ahmed while Daku was more of a mass-oriented commercial film. Yes ofcourse shaan is a versatile actor which is smarter than even indian actors

Upcoming Projects

Shaan is all geared to blaze the theater screens with Shoaib Mansoor‘s upcoming project Khuda Ke Liye (In the name of God/For God’s sake). The film has been extensively shot on various locations in the United States and the UK. It is expected to be released in the theaters sometimes this year. A festival run is also scheduled. Khuda Ke Liye stars Iman Ali, Shaan Hameed Sheikh & Fawad, of the band, Entity Paradigm. Ajnabee Shehr Mein is another project which is blipping on the radar screens of all major Pakistani movie buffs, where Shaan will be seen alongside greats like Samina Peerzada and the teen heart-throb Ali Zafar. Saqib Malik directs while the film is being independently produced by Khalid Sadaf.

Filmography

1990

  • Bulandi
  • Nageena

1991

  • Dil
  • Gulfam
  • Hussan da Chor
  • Ishq
  • Ishq Deevana
  • Mard
  • Nadira
  • Nigahen
  • Naag Devta
  • Pyar hi Pyar
  • Pyar karn toon nein darna
  • Sailab

1992

  • Ashqi
  • Be Naam Badshah
  • Boxer
  • Chahat
  • Chhakka Punjabi Gori
  • Fateh
  • Mehbooba
  • Naela
  • Shama
  • Silsala Pyar da
  • Aag

1993

  • Anjuman
  • Chakori
  • Chandi
  • Hina
  • Ilzam
  • Insaniyat
  • Jadoo Nagri
  • Neelam
  • Teesri Duniya
  • Aan milo Sajna

1994

  • Akhri Mujra
  • Jan
  • Mohabbat di Agg
  • Munda Kashmiri
  • Naseeb

1995

  • Awargi
  • Main ne pyar kiya
  • Naam ki Suhagan

1996

  • Ghunghat

1997

  • Barsat ki raat
  • Fareb
  • Mohabbat hai kya Cheez
  • Sangam

1998

  • Do boond Pani
  • Doli saja ke rakhna
  • Duniya dekhe gi
  • Ehsas
  • Haseena numbri Aashiq dasnumbri
  • Insaaf ho to aisa
  • Kabhi haan kabhi naa
  • Kahin pyar na ho jaye
  • King maker
  • Nikah
  • Perdesi
  • Too meri main tera
  • Very good Duniya very bad loag

1999

  • Babul da Wehra
  • Chohdrani
  • Daku Rani
  • Dekha jaye ga
  • Desan da Raja
  • Dil mein chhupa ke rakhna
  • Dil to pagal hai
  • Guns & Roses
  • Ishq zinda rahe ga
  • Jannat ki talash
  • Jazba
  • Koela
  • Kursi aur Qanoon
  • Sala bigra jaye
  • Waris

2000

  • Abhi nahin to kabhi nahin
  • Angarey
  • Bali Jatti
  • Barood
  • Ghar kab ao ge
  • Ghulam
  • Ham Khilari pyar ke
  • Ishtehar Gujjar
  • Jug Mahi
  • Jugg wala mela
  • Kahan hai Qanoon
  • Khuda ke Chor
  • Long da lashkara
  • Mr. Faradiye
  • Mujhe Chand chahiye
  • Pehchan
  • Sangdil
  • Sultana Daku
  • Tere pyar mein
  • Yaar Badshah
  • Yaar Chann warga
  • Aag ka Darya

2001

  • Allah Badshah
  • Badmash Gujjar
  • Badmash Puttar
  • Baghi
  • Daket
  • Daldal
  • Doulat
  • Ghunda Tax
  • Gujjar 302
  • Hakumat
  • Hamayun Gujjar
  • Khanzada
  • Makha Jatt
  • Mehar Badshah
  • Mere Mehboob
  • Meri pukar
  • Moosa Khan
  • Mukhra Chann warga
  • Musalman
  • Sangram
  • Shehnshah
  • Sher-e-Lahore
  • Toofan Mail
  • Aaj ki Larki
  • Aasoo Billa

2002

  • Achhoo Sheedi
  • Allah Rakha
  • Araen da Kharak
  • Babbu Khan
  • Badmash te Qanoon
  • Baghawat
  • Behram Daku
  • Border
  • Budha Gujjar
  • Budha Sher
  • Chiragh Bali
  • Dada Badmash
  • Daku
  • Ishtehari
  • Jagga Tax
  • Jahad
  • Kalu Shahpuria
  • Lahori Ghunda
  • Majhu da wair
  • Manila ke Jasoos
  • Raju Rocket
  • Raqasa
  • Sher-e-Azam
  • Sher-e-Pakistan
  • Shikari Haseena
  • Sholay
  • Tohfa pyar da
  • Toofan
  • Veryam
  • Wehshi Jatt

2003

  • Commando
  • Darindah
  • Darr
  • Dil totey totey hogeya
  • Foja Amritsaria
  • Halaku
  • Jatt da wair
  • Kaliya
  • Kundan
  • Lara Punjab da
  • Mehar da Medan
  • Meri awaz sunu
  • Moula Sher
  • Pappu Lahoria
  • Pyar hi pyar mein
  • Qiamat
  • Shagna di Mehndi
  • Shararat
  • Sher Puttar
  • Ultimatum
  • Yeh Wada raha
  • Yeh waada raha

2004

  • Amman ke dushman
  • Bhola Sajjan
  • Billo Ghantagharia
  • Curfew Order
  • Dehsht
  • Guddu Badshah
  • Ham ek hain
  • Jabroo
  • Jagga Baloch
  • Loha
  • Medan
  • Mulla Muzaffar
  • Munna Bhai
  • Nagri Daata di
  • Sakhi Sultan
  • Wehshi Haseena

2005

2006

2007

2008

Filmography (as a director)

2006 Majajan Punjabi Saima, Madiha Shah, Saud, Adeeb, Shafqat Cheema
2005 Ziddi Rajput Punjabi Sana, Saud, Shafqat Cheema
2005 Wada Chodhary Punjabi Saima, Babur Ali
2005 Sarkar Punjabi Saima, Shafqat Cheema
2005 Parcham Urdu Sana, Arbaz Khan, Izhar Qazi
2005 Papu Shehzada Punjabi Saima, Shafqat Cheema
2005 Musti Khan Urdu Saima, Resham, Saud
2005 Kurian Shehar Dian Punjabi Saima, Resham, Saud
2005 Khatarnaak Punjabi Sana, Saud, Shafqat Cheema
2005 Daku Haseena Punjabi Sana, Babur Ali
2005 Bhola Sunyara Punjabi Saima, Saud, Aliya
2003 Daku Punjabi  
2001 Moosa Khan Punjabi  

Profile: Shabnam May 12, 2008

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Shabnam ((Bengali: শবনম, from the Persian word meaning dew drops on the flowers) is a Bengali actress. She was active in the Pakistan and Bangladesh film industries from the early 1960s to much of the 1990s. Born in Dhaka East Bengal (now Bangladesh), she was considered a versatile, romantic and popular actress of the then Pakistan and later Bangladesh.

Shabnam is actually her film-name. Her real name is Jharna Basak (Bengali: ঝর্ণা বসাক). Her father is the well known Nani Basak, the Scout master and football referee from Dhaka. Shabnam is married to Robin Ghosh, a well known music composer.

She shot to fame with the hit Bengali film “Harano Din” 1961 and attained all Pakistan stardom with the box office Urdu hit “Chanda” 1962. Both the films were produced from Dhaka.

“Talaash” was an even bigger than all Pakistan hit that followed next year. By mid sixties she became one of the most popular actresses of Pakistan. Professional commitments eventually took her to Karachi, Pakistan where she settled down in 1968. By early 1970s Shabnam established her position in Lollywood (Lahore) to ultimately become the most popular heroine in the history of Pakistan films. She reigned supreme as an actress in Pakistan until the lull in the Pakistan film industry in mid 1980s. Shabnam plays the leading role in Aina; which holds the distinction for being the longest running Pakistani film on record.Most popular song ‘Soch tha piyar na kareny..was picturized on shabnum with waheed murad in Ladla,written by ‘Kaif Rizvani’ made her more popular.

Around 1988 she switched on to character acting and was again doing films in her native Dhaka and Lahore. During her career of nearly 40 years she acted in about 180 movies which included innumerable hits.She won the coveted Nigar award 13 times and also bagged the Pakistan national award thrice. Her last film was the Bangla super hit “Amma Jan” 1999, a Dhaka production.She is now settled in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Nadeem and Shabnum

Nadeem and Shabnum

Filmography

  • Chanda
  • Ladla
  • Talaash
  • Aakhri Station
  • Samander
  • Andaleeb
  • Raja Sanyasi
  • Jowar Bhata
  • Darshan
  • Nacher Putul
  • Dosti
  • Sharafat
  • Ehsas
  • Chahat
  • Anmol
  • Aaina
  • Qurbani
  • Bandish
  • Zeenat
  • Biwi Ho To Aaisi
  • Saiyan Anari
  • Anari
  • Dehleez
  • Naheen Abhi Naheen
  • Aas
  • Dooriyan
  • Gumnam
  • Achey Mian
  • Andaleeb
  • Sheesh Nagin
  • Talaaq
  • Aabshar
  • I Love You
  • Maang meri bhardo
  • Naya Andaaz
  • Mere Hamsafar
  • Shabnam Sharma-a teacher in D.P.S. Gandhidham
  • Amma Jan
  • Mere Hazoor

Profile: Nadeem May 12, 2008

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Nadeem (Urdu: ندیم born [1941]) is a film star in Pakistan. He has played leading roles in more than 200 movies.

Nadeem and Shabnum

Nadeem and Shabnum

Career

Nadeem was born in Vijaywada (Madras, British India) as Nazeer Baig Mughal (Urdu: نذیر بیگ مغل), and wanted to be a playback singer in the movie industry.He was fond of singing. He was given the opportunity to go to Dhaka to sing playback songs for a film “Chakori” (1967) and was offered a leading role in the movie. This very first film skyrocketed him to big fame. Film was a hit and Nadeem became a superstar in the Pakistan film industry overnight.

Nadeem shuttled between Karachi, Lahore and Dhaka to act in movies. In 1971 after the fall of Dhaka and formation of the Independent state of Bangladesh, he settled in Lahore which became his home. Now he shifted again from Lahore to KARACHI.

He appears to be the last superstar of Pakistani film industry. In the year 2000, with the deteriorating condition of the film industry, he debuted in a successful TV serial, starting his career in television.

Nadeem has a website which is entirely developed and is managed by his fans, it is a comprehensive website.

Nadeem and Rehber

Nadeem is currently singing as a play back singer with Music Directer Rehber Hussain in his up coming movie Zindagi Khoobsoorat Hae.

Interview: Shabnam May 12, 2008

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10.jpgNo one word can even begin to describe the Lollywood diva that was Shabnam. Talented and extremely down-to-earth, there was and still is an overpowering aura about her that takes a firm hold on anyone meeting her, or speaking to her for that matter, for the very first time.

Blame her screen image and the fact that Shabnam ruled the Pakistan film industry for over three decades – or simply the fact that like all great personalities she is humility personified.

It was very painful when the majestic star who ruled people’s hearts across Pakistan suddenly disappeared from the silver screen. And there has hardly been any news of her ever since. One assumed that she probably wanted it that way. The fact is that Shabnam left Pakistan for Bangladesh not for greener pastures, as contrary to expectations, but to be with her family.

Shabnam says she does not miss the greasepaint or the studio lights, as she was ready to call it quits when she did. She now spends her days in Dhaka, cooking and cleaning, and generally looking after her long-time husband and renowned music composer Robin Ghosh. She is the dutiful housewife that is to be the ultimate character she plays in this lifetime.

She also has fond memories of Pakistan and its people, calling it her “second mother” who took care of her. Hardly a day goes by when she does not cherish the wonderful memories, her films and moments spent in the loving company of co-stars particularly Nadeem Baig who she says is “not just a good actor but a great human being, too.”

Shabnam has the distinction of being the only actress who has worked in the maximum number of films and done a wide variety of roles – be it of a club dancer in Zanjeer (1975), a nautch girl in Sharafat (1974), a suffering wife in Bandish (1980) or a well-meaning older woman whose affections are misinterpreted by a younger man (played by film actor Faisal Rehman) in Nahin Abhi Nahin (1980). Her personal favourite, however, was her character in Dooriyan (1984) for which she won many accolades, including the National Film Award. Another memorable role which she found difficult to play was that of Zeenat in the self-titled film (1975), wherein she plays the double role of the mother and daughter.

It was known to all at the time that Shabnam chose her roles with great care. She also had a reputation for being punctual, something unheard of these days (rumour has it that film technicians used to sneak in from the studios’ back doors to avoid running into the leading lady).

As a professional, she worked hard on both her roles and wardrobe, and is on record for being one of the most well-dressed heroines of her time. But in spite of being a successful commercial artiste, Shabnam also did many off-beat films – such as Javed Fazil’s Aahat (1982). She recalls how Robin Ghosh predicted its failure as he thought it was ahead of its time.

Shabnam’s last movie in Bagladesh was Amma Jaan which, according to her, did good business but failed to revive her career in films in that part of the world. She attributes the cold response to the lack of quality roles, hence resulting in a self-induced retirement. But that does not mean she is not open to offers if the role is good and her health allows her to take up any such offers.

Shabnam says that she keeps in touch with the goings on in Pakistan by watching the FilmAzia channel regularly and even today, whenever any of her films run on it, she closely watches her performance and still feels that she could have done much better.

Why did you leave Pakistan so abruptly and without goodbyes. Why the mad rush?
Shabnam: I did not leave in a huff. My parents were not well … in fact, I couldn’t be by their side at the time of their death. There eventually came a time when I realised that in old age one wants to be close to his/her family.

Besides, good roles were no longer coming my way and all my assignments were complete. I decided that it was better that I make a graceful exit rather than hang around and be forced to take up insignificant roles.

But why vanish. I mean there has been no news of you at all?
Shabnam: Because I am no more a part of the Pakistan film industry.

Did you not miss Pakistan and all your fans you left behind?
Shabnam: How could I not? I have spent so many years of my life in Pakistan. I have friends over there, people whom I have worked with. I still believe I have two mothers – one gave birth to me (Bangladesh) and the other brought me up (Pakistan). I owe my name, fame and success to Pakistan but I had no options. My parents were old and needed me. Though I wanted them to come live with me in Pakistan, they had a language problem and when they died, the only family I was left with was my elder sister. Now, I live close to where she lives and my in-laws are also close by so I am enjoying my old age. I had spent all my life working and away from my family, so it was high time I was with them.

Don’t you miss the studio life?
Shabnam: Honestly speaking, I don’t. After Aaina (1977) I was expecting my downfall but God has been very kind to me. I enjoyed a long innings in the Pakistan film industry but I knew at some point there would come a time when I would have to say adieu to my film career. I like my new role of a housewife who cooks, cleans and looks after Robin as there only the two of us at home now.

There were rumours that you were suffering from a serious ailment. Is it true?
Shabnam: I had a stroke when I was in Pakistan but then I went through extensive treatment for it. Then later in Bangladesh I developed complications but thank God I am fine now. I had gained a lot of weight but I am shedding it off.

You have played a wide variety of roles in countless movies. Which film is the closest to your heart?
Shabnam: Oh, there have been so many of them. Let’s see, there was Anmol (1973), Bandish, Aaina, Lazawal (1984), … but I loved doing Dooriyan as mine was a beautiful role and it won many awards, too. But the most difficult was Zeenat’s wherein I played a double role of mother and daughter. I was completely without make-up in the mother’s role so that the audience could see the difference.

What about 1982’s Aahat. It was a beautiful Javed Fazil film?
Shabnam: It was a good film but was made much ahead of its time. In fact, Robin was giving the music for the film and when he heard the subject, he told Javed that the film would not run. The audience at the time was not prepared to see a wife having an affair outside the marriage.

You have done the maximum number of film with Nadeem. How was it like working with him, considering you were working with other leading men, too?
Shabnam: Nadeem and I were of the same age so working with him was a lot of fun. We would rehearse and improvise in each shot – if I liked something he did in a particular scene I would tell him and vice versa. With (Mohammed) Ali bhai it was different as he was older and so there was a level of respect. I could never open up in front of him. Shahid was another actor whom I enjoyed working with.

I believe you never called Zeba when Mohammed Ali died?
Shabnam: I was very sad when I heard about Ali bhai’s death. In fact, I tried to call Zeba but the phone number had changed so I couldn’t reach her. Working with Ali bhai was a wonderful experience as he was a great man and a wonderful actor.

You and Nadeem shared a special on-screen chemistry. Some say that if he signed a film then you would not even look at the script. How true is that?
Shabnam: It’s not true. I always took a good look at my role and who my co-star was always secondary. I agree working with Nadeem was a good experience, taking into account that he was not just a good actor and a super human being but also a family friend. Ehtesham saheb was like a father-figure to me. When he was leaving for Bangladesh, he told me he was leaving his daughter Farzana (Nadeem’s wife) in my hands.

How was it working with Nazar-ul-Islam. He gave you the biggest hit of your career – Aaina?
Shabnam: Dada was absolutely great. He was spontaneous and very creative. In fact, so involved was he with his work that he wanted to shoot one of Aaina’s songs, Haseen Wadiyoon Se Poocho, in snow in Muree. The entire unit reached Muree only to find no snow there. He was heartbroken and disappointed. Nevertheless, we went to settle down in our rooms and suddenly Nadeem came running inside, shouting and asking us to come out. What we saw outside amazed us as it had started snowing. I reminded Dada that God helps those whose intentions are good.

Why did you always prefer to do solo heroine films? Was it because you lacked the confidence to star along with the other talented heroines of your time?
Shabnam: It was not because I was not confident but due to a bad experience I had with the late film-maker Hasan Tariq. He had signed me on for a film with his then wife and film actress Rani. Later, I found out that what was told to me in the script was completely different from what was being shot on location. I decided then that I would not do any such movies.

How do you rate yourself as an actress?
Shabnam: I think I was pretty good. I was hardworking. I went through my role in the script, was always punctual, rehearsed with my co-stars and would even design my own costumes. In fact, some my saris came all the way from India. My mother and sister used to send them to me.

Do you see any of your old films?
Shabnam: I watch my movies on FilmAzia every now and then. I look my performance and still feel I could have done better.

Are you in touch with people and happenings in Pakistan?
Shabnam: Yes, whenever anyone from Pakistan comes to Dhaka, I go and meet them to find out about what is happening back in Pakistan. Let me tell your readers that I still love Pakistan the way I loved it before I left. I hope you will convey my feelings to the people of Pakistan the way I have passed them on to you.

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