Pakistani cinema: A selective retrospective – E.4 (last)

By Anis Shakur
Monday - January 29, 2018
ISLAMABAD: Janab Fatima jigar-e-Rasool kay Aagey Shaheed ho kay kiya maa ko surkhuru tum nay, janab Hazrat-e-Zainab gawahe dayti hain Shaheed rakhi hai behno ki Aabru tum nay, Watan ki baytiyaan maayain Salaam kehti hain.

Surraiya Multanikar’s number one song was ‘Baray bay murawwat hain ye husn walay,’ Mehdi Zaheer’s number one national song was ‘Allah o Akbar,’ Runa Laila’s number one ghazal was ‘Aziz itna he rakho,’ Iqbal Banu’s number one film song was ‘Ulfat ki nai manzil ko chala,’ Naseem Begum’s number one national song was ‘Aye rahay haq kay shaheedo.,’ Naseem Begum’s number one tragic song was ‘Hum nay jo phool chunay,’ Nahid Niazi’s number one song was ‘Raat saloni Aaye. Saleem Shehzad’s number one song was ‘Mohabbat kay diye jala lo,’Akhlaq Ahmed’s number one song was ‘Sona na chandi na koi mehel janay mun,’ Saleem Raza’s number one romantic song was ‘Janay baharaan,’ Saleem Raza’s number one tragic song was ‘Zindigi mein aik pal bhi chayn Aaye na,’ Saleem Raza’s number one non film song was ‘Aao baccho sair karayein .’

Nigar Awards were first announced in Pakistan for female singers in 1958 and for male singers in 1960. This explains why prominent singers like Saleem Raza, Muneer Husain, Sharafat Ali and the likes of them could not earn the Nigar Awards for their superb songs prior to 1960.

Above are merely a few instances of many, but they all have one main theme: Devotion. In fact, we are in the midst of a stupendous journey that had its beginnings in 1948.

‘The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.’ Is a statement made by Helen Keller.

That said it is our sanguine hope that our entertainment performers will continue to deliver on their promise to work diligently to elevate Pakistan’s stature the world over.