| Waheed Murad: A Legend
- Waheed Murad was the most popular and stylish romantic hero in Pakistan. His nicknames were “chocolate hero” and “romance ka shehzada”
- He was a handsome person also the most well dressed hero of its times
- He was a craze among his fans. He was the first actor in Pakistan whose fan clubs were made and still 25 years after his death, his fans celebrate a week by running his 7 movies on cinemas every year, also his hair style was adopted by people
- He was Pakistan’s most favourite hero among girls. In his hey-days once he went to Sadar area of Karachi in his white car, realizing it is Waheed Murad’s car, a group of 30 college girls covered the vehicle with lipstick kisses
- He is compared with Hollywood actor Elvis Presley due to some similarities between them. Both enjoyed early success, the status of being the most mesmerising personalities of their own countries, great fame and then sudden fall and tragic death
- He is the first rock‘n’roll dancing hero in Pakistan and he gave new style of pasteurizing songs
- He is the first Pakistani hero whose official website was launched at (www.waheedMurad.com) in 2002, now it is not available, but u can still visit it at http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.waheedMurad.com
- He appeared in a guest role in film Saathi (1959), then he started his carrier as a film producer with Insaan Badalta Hay (1961) through his father’s production house Film Arts
- As an actor he was casted in film Aulad (1962) in a supporting role, where he was the son of Habib and Nayyar Sultana.
- He got breakthrough from Heera aur Pathar (1964), which was the first movie by top director Pervez Malik.
- His film Armaan (1966) was first ever platinum jubilee Urdu film in Pakistan. With the success of this film Waheed Murad became the top most star in Pakistan film industry and ruled next 10 years. The team of Waheed Murad, director Pervez Malik, Musician Sohail Rana, Singer Ahmad Rushdi and Lyricist Masroor Anwar was very popular in late 60s and they produced some successful films, later they were separated. His other platinum jubilee urdu films were Anjuman and Aawaz, while Shabana was his only diamond jubilee film.
- Waheed Murad played villain role in Sheeshay ka Ghar.
- His first Punjabi film Mastana Mahi was super hit, his other Punjabi film Ishq Mera Naa (1974) celebrated platinum jublilee. He worked in 9 Punjabi and 1 Pashto film.
- His last released film in his life was Maang Meri Bhar Do (1983).
- Hero and Zalzala were released after his death
- He really wept while shooting of a touching scene in film Maa Beta
- His favourite movies were Armaan, Insaniyat, Anjuman and Andaleeb. Armaan had such a tremendous impact on him, he named his house in Lahore Qasr-e-Armaan
- His film Rishta Hay Pyar Ka(1967) was the first film of Pakistan which was shot abroad (In England)
- Film Naag muni (1972) was the first film in Pakistan, where hero and heroine played double roles, hero was Waheed Murad and heroine was Rani
- He was hero in Chand Sooraj (1970), the first Pakistani film which was based on two different stories.
- He invited Shabnam to then west Pakistan and cast her in film Samundar (1968)
- Top Pashto film hero Badar Munir was his driver before films, Waheed Murad introduced him in film Jehan Tum Wahan Ham (1968)
- He became the first personality in Pakistani films who was hero, director, producer, script writer and singer in the same film, which was Ishara (1969)
- Waheed Murad was born into a wealthy family in Karachi on October 2, 1938. He was called as Veedu at home. His father Nisar Murad was a film distributor in Karachi. His mother’s name was Shireen Murad. He was the only child of his parents.
- He passed matric from Mary Colaso school, Karachi. He did B.A. in arts from S.M. college, then he did Masters in English literature from Karachi University.
- His house was at Tariq Road, Karachi.
- His height was 5’ 11”.
- He fell in love with Salma when he was in 9th class, finally they married on Thursday September 17, 1964. His wife was the daughter of an industrialist, who was the owner of H. M Silk Mills.
- His one daughter died in infancy, He had other two children Aalia and Adil Murad, who also worked in films.
- He suffered a serious accident at Ravi Road, Lahore in November 1983 but survived.
- He died by heart attack in Karachi on Wednesday, November 23, 1983 at the age of 45. His father died in 1982, he died in 1983 and his mother died in 1984. He was buried in Gulberg graveyard, Lahore.
- His wife Salma Murad could not see him after his death, when he died she was in USA, Salma’s sister phoned her, she couldn’t get flight but somehow reached London and then traveled to Karachi, when she reached here they had taken his body to Lahore, when she came Lahore he was buried.
Waheed Murad’s important films
Heera aur pathar, Eid mubarak, Kaneez, Armaan, Jaag utha insaan, Dever bhabi, Ehsaan, Doraha, Maan baap, insaniyat, dil mera dharkan teri, Jehan tum wahan hum, Salgira, Andaleeb
Afsana, Anjuman, Neend hamari khwab tumhare, Mastana mahi (Punjabi), Khalish, Naag muni, Daulat aur duniya, Baharo phool barsao, Ishq mera naa (Punjabi), Tum salamat raho, Mohabbat zindagi hai, Phool mere gulshan ka, Laila majnu, Dushman, Shama, Jab jab phool khile, Shabana, Awaz, Behan bhai
Badnam, Dil ne phir yaad kiya, Gherao and Hero
Waheed Murad: As Producer, director, Script writer
- He produced 11 films. The hero of his first 2 films was Darpan, since film Heera aur Pathar he was hero in all his produced films
- He introduced director Munawar Rasheed in Insaan badalta hai, musician Sohail Rana in Jab Say Dekha Hay Tumhen, top director Pervez Malik and script writer M. Aqeel khan in Heera aur Pathar.
- His last 2 films Jaal and Hero were color.
- His only 2 films were flop, Jab Say Dekha Hay Tumhen and Ishara.
- His produced films are Insaan Badalta Hai (1961), Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhen (1963), Heera aur pathar (1964), Armaan (1966), Ehsaan (1967), Samundar (1968), Ishara (1969), Naseeb apna apna (1970), Mastana Mahi (1971), Jaal (1973) and Hero (1985)
- He directed only a single film Ishara in 1969, which was flopped.
- He wrote scripts for 4 films which were Armaan, Ehsaan, Ishara and Hero.
Waheed Murad's directors
Waheed Murad worked with 52 directors. His first director was S.M. Yousuf and last director was Iqbal Yousuf. His pair with director Pervez Malik was very popular in 60s, he also worked in some memorable films with director Hassan Tariq. Waheed Murad also directed his one film Ishara.
Here is the list of his top director.
- Hassan Tariq (9 films – best film: Anjuman)
Other films: Kaneez, Dever Bhabhi, Maa Beta, Laila Majnu, Deedar, Dilruba, Naag aur Nagan, Suraiya Bhopali
- Iqbal Yusuf (9 films – best film: Badnam)
Other films: Josh, Hill station, Surat aur Seerat, Khuda aur Mohabbat, Gun Man, Gherao, Hero, Zalzala
- Iqbal Akhter (8 films – best film: Jab jab phool khile)
Other films: Anhoni, Mohabbat zindagi hai, Phool mere gulshan ka, Apne huye paraye, Zameer, Chhotay nawab, Dil ne phir yad kiya
- Pervez Malik (7 films – best film: Arman)
Othr films: Heera aur Pathar, Ehsan, Doraha, Jehan tum wahan hum, Use dekha use chaha, Dushman
- S. M. Yusuf (5 films – best film: Eid Mubarak)
Other films: Aulad, Honhaar, Zindagi ek safar hai, Goonj uthi Shehnai
- Iftikhar Khan (5 films – best film: Mastana Mahi)
Other films: Sayyo ni mera Mahi, Raja ki ayegi Barat, Parvah nein
- Nazar Shabab (5 films – best film: Shabana)
Other films: Shama, Nazrana, Behan Bhai, Tarana
- Shabab Kiranvi (4 films – best film: Insaniyat)
Other films: Tum hi ho Mehboob mere, Saheli, Waday ki Zanjeer
- M. A. Rasheed (4 films – best film: Dil mera dharkan teri)
Other films: Tum salamat raho, Rastay ka Pathar, Aadmi
He also worked with other top directors like Khalil Qaiser, Luqman, S. Suleman, K. Khurshid, Jameel Akhtar, Raza Mir, M. Sadiq, M. Akram, Nazar-ul-Islam, Haider Chaudhary, Aslam Daar, Zafar Shabab, Shamim Ara, Rangeela, Javed Fazil and M. J Rana.