In this article "Train To Paksitan", those film related personalities are mentioned who were associated with Indian Film Industry prepartition or before migrating to Pakistan from India.
Those personalities are distributed under different segments like Heroes, Heroines, Actors, Directors, Musicians and Relatives.
In Relative segment you will read about those who were associated with Indian cinema before Partition and had a name and fame there, but after migrating to Pakistan they did not take part in Pakistani films but their kith & kin made their place in Paksitan film industry and got fame and name in showbiz.
We will describe briefly on those renowned film personalities who have already been printed in details in this magazine, and can be viewed in their related links.
We are not claiming that 100 % "Filmi log" are included/covered in this article, many might be missed especially from technical side film people like photographer, dance directors, peots and art directors etc. .
By Mohammed Ayub Qureshi, Saudi Arabia
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M Ismail started his career from silent movies and appeared
first time in Daughters of today (silent 1924). Some of his
other films in India were Raja Gopi chand (1933), Milap (1937) Poonji (1943), Wamiq
azra and Dak Bangla (1947).
From 1940's to 1970's, he worked a lot of films, some of were Hichkoley,
Baili, Anokhi daastan, Billo, Navaili, Ghulam, Mahbooba, Aghosh, Gumnam, Intiqam,
Dulla Bhatti, Nigar, Masoom, Naya zamana, Muskarahat, Insaaf, Naaji, Ran murid,
Daachi, Subah kaheen sham kaheen, Shikari, Paani, Jugnee, Jameela, Sher dee bachi,
Khota paisa, Aalya, Naya zamana, Heer sayal, Babul da wehra and maan jawani da
and many more.
Zahoor Shah was also a supporting character actor in Indian cinema. He appeared Dulla Bhatti (1940), Himmat, Maira mahi and Sahtee murad (1941), Gawandee and Patwari and Ghar sansaar (1942), Papee (1943), Shukraya (1944), Sheereen farhad, Zeenat and Rut rangeeli (1945), Khamosh nigahain and Paraey bas main (1946), Arsee and Director (1947).
In Pakistan, he acted in many films like Bharjai, Maa ke Aansoo, Dil da Jani etc...
Ajmal was a veteran actor of Ind-Pak film industry,
His character as “Kaido” in films Heer Ranjha (India and Pakistan)
was repeated by him more than one time. Some of his Indian films were Gul
bakaoli (1939), Choudhery (1941), Khandan and Zimindar (1942)
and Kaisay kahoon (1945).
Akmal, Punjabi film hero of 1950's and 1960's was his
younger brother. Ajmal worked in many films in Pakistan like Hichkoley,
Heer, Dilber, Bacha jamhoora, Sabira, Mahi munda, Ghabroo, Sohni Kumharan,
Guddi gudda, Yakkey wali, Nooran, Boodi shah, Naaji, Kirtar singh, Khan
bahadur, Bulbul, Jamalo, Aik see chor, Bay khabar, Bharjai, Azad, Tairey
sheher main, Shohrat, Wah bhai wah, Heer Ranjha and Khan chacha.
He died in 1989.
He was a renowned character actor artist in 1930's and 1940's films. Madhuri,
Noorani moti and Sati madlasa (1932), Dakoo kee larki, Tempel
bail, Aaj kal(1933), Naya zamana(1935) Kisan kanahya(1937), Kalyani and Kanya
dan(1940), Aladin laila(1941), Khandan and Zimindar(1942), Amar
aasha, Ghar kee bahu, Jugnoo and Lakhon main aik (1047), were his
In Pakistan, he appeared in films Tairi yaad (1948), Mundri (1949), Shimmi (1950),Chanway
and Ghairat (1951), Sassi (1954), Sarfarosh and Haqeeqat (1956), Data and Paasbaan (1959)
and Awaz dey kahan hay (1962).
He was a dashing and very handsome hero of 1930's. He was selected as hero by Deveka
Rani in film Achoot Kanaya (1936), but due to some reason,
he was cut from the cast and Ashok Kumar did that role.
Jawani kee hawa (1935), Mamta aur mian beevi (1936), Anath
ashram (1937), Dushman, Javanee kee reet, Kupal kundla (1939), Nartaki (1940), Meenakshee (1942)
and Daasi (1944), Kaisay kahoon, Raagnee (1945) were some of
In Pakistan, he was not successful as hero, he produced, acted and directed film Eid (1951)
and worked as supporting actor in many films, Heer ranjha, Mirza jat, Ashyana,Taxi
driver etc. Died in 1980.
His real name was Syed Hasan Ali, urf (alias) Majjan.
He belonged from a respected Nawab family from Lucknow. He worked in silent
films and most of his films were successful. Some of his films were Alhilal,
Najma, Jhankar and Dharam kee daivee and Sajio
moorti (1935), Hamari baitian (1936) Maira
intiqam and Taaj mahal (1941), Kal jug (1942), Dhuai (1943), Daivar (1946), Darbaan, Abida and Doosri
shadi (1947) and Mughal-e-Azam (1961). He performed a memorable
role of “Sangtarash” in Mughal-e-Azam (Madhobala-Dilip kumar)
and popular song sung by Mohammed Rafi “Zinda bad, zinda bad aey mohabbat zinda
baad”…. was picturized on him.
In early 60’s migrated to Paksitan and appeared first time in film Touba (1964),
directed by his son S.A. Hafiz who became a successful film director
and many hit films are on his credit. Kumar did not work a lot in Pakistani
films, some of his films were Head constable, Sanam,
Hamdono, Choti Ammi and Aik Musafir aik haseena. He died in 1982.
Ghouri was a busy actor in 30’s and 40’s movies in India.
He acted many films there like Sati savatri (1932), Bhool
bhulayan, Miss 33, Bhola shikar (1933), Gun
sundree (1934), College
girl, Noor-e-watan (1935), Lehri lala, Rangeela
raja, Sipahi kee sajni (1936), Mitti ka putla,
Sharafi loot, Zameen ka chand (1937), Rakshaw
wala (1938) Nadi kinarey (1939), Thundar and Holi,
Sajni (1940), Baiti, Holiday in bombay and Shadi (1941), Kisi say na kahna (1942), Ismat (1944), Oo
punchi, Laal havaili, Zahar, Pia Milan and Najma (1945) Circus girl (1946), Qasam and Mehndi (1947).
In Pakistan, he did not work in many films, only Shikar and Mandi (56) and some more are in the record.
Majeed was also one of
supporting actors in India, He appeared so many films there like Sandaisa (1940), Darpan, Parbhat, Pias and Suhana
geet (1941), Kal jug (1942), Marvi urf mairi dunya,
Society and Suhagan (1942), Chair char, Chiragh, Khanzanchi kee baiti and Najma (1943), Dulha, Jeevan chaya and Saathi (1946), Bhanwar and Nateeja (1947).
After migrating to Pakistan, he was a busy actor in 50’s films
Awaz, Parwaaz, Roohi, Qismat, Choti Baigum, Intizar, Noor-e-Islam,
Suhag and Kaley log.
Shaikh Iqbal appeared in Kamli (1946) and Arsee (1947)
In Pakistan, he acted in some films like Mundri,
Anjaam, Sachey moti, Gulbadan, Prohna, Jind jaan and Qudrat
ka intiqam and some more.
Gul Zaman was also a supporting actor. His films
in India were Mard
ka bacha (1936), Sehti murad,
Gawandi and Mangti (1942).
we do not see him in a lot of films; some of them were Chan
mahee, Shair jawan and Heer Ranjha etc.
Shakir was a supporting actor in pre-partition,
and worked in films Sach hay (1939), Sajnee (1940), Darshan,
Sikandar, Suhana geet (1941), Dawat (1943) and Geet (1944), Sanyasi (1945), Bindia and Umar
Khayyam (1946) and Samandaron
kee malka (1947).
In Paksitan, in few films he appeared like Shahida and Kundan.
Here our journey Train to Paksitan is almost
finished. Beside the above mentioned film personalities, there
were some also who were associated in Indian films industry and
moved to Paksitan, but their work in India was not considered notable,
like G.N. Butt (actor), Hakeem
Ahmed Shuja (Story writer and
father of Anwar Kamal Pasha), Hasrat Lucknawi (story writer).
Shahnawaz was a popular villain in Indian films of
1930’s and 1940’s. Some of his films were Kahan hay manzil tairi (1939), Desh
Bhagat, Jang-e-azadi, Punar Milan and Sardar (1940) Jhoola,
Maira sansar (1941)
and Masterjee (1943), Mulaqat and Ailan (1947).
In Pakistan, from 1950’s to 1960’s he worked in few films like Hamari
basti, Awaz, Gulnar, Sassi, Ayaz, Aurat aur zamana and Neik
AGHA SALIM RAZA
He was one of villains in Indian film industry and from late 1930’s to late 1940’s
worked in many films like Gul Bakaoli (1939), Gul Balouch and Koil (1944), Reehana (1946), Director and Aik
After migration to Pakistan his first film was Ghalat fahmi (1949).
Till mid of 1960’s he performed in many films like Sassi, Iltija,
Seestan, Baap ka gunah, Jagga, Aik thi maan, Room mati baaz bahadur and Ghalib.
His last film was Shatranj (1964), died in 1965.
His real name was Mohammad Afzal having huge personality. He
acted in many films in India Kis kee beevi and Maata (1942), Vishwash (1943), Qismat
wala (1944), Humayun, Nal damentee (1945), Shahjehan, Jagbeeti (1946), Ailan and Samandaron
kee malka (1947).
In Pakistan he acted in many films Shahida (1949), Sailab (1953), Roohi (1954), Shararey (1955), Rakhshi and Wehshi (1956), Saat
Lakh (1957), Husn-o-ishq and Shaheed (1962)
and Yahudi kee larki (1963).
Talish (Agha Ali Abbas Qazalbash) started his film career pre-partition from Indian films. He appeared in two films there Samrat Ashok and Saraey key bahar (1947) and then moved to Pakistan.
He was the real hero of Pakistani cinema as an international standards actor. A lot of characters played by him are on his credit, historic, drunken person, English man, Nawabs, Jageerdars etc. He played as hero in some films Apna Paraya (with Reehana 1959), Touheed (Nayyar Sultana+Laila), and side hero in some other films.
His some best films were Neend, Shaheed, Frangi, Zerqa, Yeh aman, Umrao Jan Ada, Hamraaz and Kaneez. He was known in film industry as Agha Talish, died in February 1998.
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Allauddin will be known always a great versatile
performer in Pakistani films. Before partition he worked in some
films and also sung some songs for Indian films. He acted a role
of father of Nargis in
Indian film Maila (Dilip Kumar-Nargis).
In Pakistan, throughout his film career he performed different
type of characters from all walks of life and his performance was
applauded by the cine goers.
He appeared in many films as hero opposite leading film actresses
ara, Zeba, Shirin, Firdous, Naghma,Yasmeen, Neelo, Saloni, Zamurrad etc.
He was known in film world as “Papa”, died in 1983.
Adeeb was one of best known villains in costume films in Pakistani films in 60's and 70's. His real name was Muzaffar Adeeb. He was an assistant of S.M. Yousuf in India and worked in his films like Pak daaman, Rambo, Zabak, Simporan Nirane and Mahndi. He was also villain in Prathvi Raj's film Insaan.
In early 60's he moved to Pakistan and his first released film in Pakistan was Daal Main Kala (with Bahar-Kamal 1962) and since then he became very busy villain in the films. His last film was Majajan (2006), died on May 26, 2006 in Lahore.
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He started his career from Indian film Malka (1947), and then moved to Pakistan.
He acted as hero in some films but got fame as villain. He produced and acted in film Ishq par zor naheen (1963), that was one of classical films in Pakistan.
Some of his films were Mundri (1949), Pinjra (1951), Sabira and Hatim (1956), Yakkey wali, Laila majnoon, Shohrat and Waada (1957), Jatti (1958), Alam ara, Shera and Naghma-e-dil (1959), Saltanat (1960) and many more.
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||A SHAH SHIKARPURI
A Shah Shikarpuri was a prominent comedian of 30's and 40's Indian films. Some of his films were Fidaey Touheed (1934), Daughter's of India (1939), Kurmai (1941), Armaan, Sharda (1942), Sanjog (1943), Bahar (1944), Aik din ka sultan (1945), Qeemat (1946). He directed and acted one film in 1947 named Shikarpuri.
In Pakistan he appeared in many films and was a famous comedian in 50's and 60's. Some of his films are Noukar, Dachi, Moujmaila, Naela, Chooriyan, Chughul khor and Ak nikah hor sahi etc.
His real name was Noor Mohammed and acted in
a lot of Indian films (silent/talkies) as comedian and directed some
films also from 30's to 40's. Some of his films were Pakdaman Raqqasa (1932), Nadra,
Sitamgar (1934), College girl, Deshwasi, Noor watan (1935), Jawala
mukhi, Lahri lala, Rangeela raja and Sipahi kee sanjni (1936), Mitti
ka putla, Sharafi loot, Zameen ka chand, Rakhsha wala, Nadi kinarey (1937), Musafir (1940), Nurse,
Taqdeer, Pagli and Sanjog (1943), Manorma, Rounaq and Us paar (1944),
and Chand tara (1945).
In Pakistan he could not get the same success. From late 40's, Mundri in
1949 to mid 60's Ustado ka ustad in 19 67. He worked hardly
in 12 films, died in 1983.
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Best comedian of his time, started his career from Indian film Mohni (1947)
and moved to Pakistan. Started working in first ever released film Tairi
Yad. Most popular comedian in our film industry from late 40's to early
60's. He was the hero opposite Naghma in film Inspector in 1964.
One interesting thing about him, he was always scared from flying in plane. Only
one time he flew to Dacca (there was no other choice) for some films functions
there. His last film was Bandhan (1980), died in 1992.
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Short height comedian performed in many films in India before migrating to Pakistan in 50's. He was associated with S.M. Yousuf's group and mostly worked in his films like Naik perveen, Gumashta, Ghristi etc.
In Pakistan he acted in many films like Soutaili maan, Aulad, Zamana kia kahaiga, Raat key raahi and Daal main kala, Ashyana and Son of undata etc.