Rozina: courtesy counts (E.1/2)

By Anis Shakur
Sunday – October 13, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): The difference between the impossible and the possible lies in a person's determination. Ivy was proactive, decent and charming from her earliest days. Most importantly, she was determined to make her way to the Pakistani cinema. In the early 1960s, she lived with her sister, Raheela, and her mother, at Pakistan Chowk, Karachi.

Talents alone do not guarantee success. Hence, apart from talents, Ivy had a good demeanor towards every one she encountered in her daily life.

Additionally, she never hesitated to be the first one to say ‘Thank You’ for every little favor she received from others.

Likewise, she always said ‘Sorry’ for every little mistake on her part. Such praise-worthy acts became one of her great personal strengths.

As time passed by, she earned tremendous respect and admiration for herself. What a wonderful thing it is to have that kind of impact on another person's life. She got her start in the movies in 1962.

Touched by her immense acting potential and beauty, actor- director, Butt Kashir, signed Ivy for his film 'Hamay jeenay do'. ('Hamay jeenay do' happened to be the first and last film of Butt Kashir as director).

Thus, Ivy became Rozina and debuted from 'Hamay jeenay do' in 1962, as supporting actress. It launched her into filmdom. Zamarrud and Hanif played the lead roles.

Rozina's performance in her first film was enough to stir interest in genre among Pakistani film directors.

Rozina’s first leading role came up in the film 'Chori chupay', directed by Jameel Akhtar. A new comer, actor-comedian, Sethi, played the hero opposite Rozina.

Stiff challenges from her co-workers spurred Rozina to be more competitive. In 1965, she appeared in the film 'Ishq-e-Habib'. She worked opposite Mohsin, who also happened to be a new comer. Talat Siddiqui and Ibrahim Nafees played the lead roles. Popular Qawwali, 'Bhar day jholi', by Sabri Qawwal, music composer, Zafar Khurshid.

Quickly thereafter, Rozina's identity as an actress began to emerge. An insatiable drive for success led her to more hard work.

She made her mark in the Pakistani cinema as a romancing girl as well. She appeared as supporting actress in director Iqbal Rizvi's film 'Azadi ya maut'. Tarannum and Hanif played the lead roles.

Moviegoers had been watching her for quite some time. However, Rozina etched in their minds with her most memorable role of 'Dolly' in one of the greatest movies of all time, 'Armaan'.

She had no idea how many people eventually would watch the movie and profoundly affected. With the theatrical release of ’Armaan’, Rozina's popularity increased with astonishing rapidity.

Rozina paired on numerous occasions with Waheed Murad the great. Consistent efforts on Rozina's side led to movies that are more successful.

Rozina cast with Waheed Murad in 'Josh', 1966, directed by Iqbal Yusuf. Starring, Waheed Murad, Zeba, Rozina, Sudhir. 'Josh' successfully completed golden jubilee.

'Ehsaan', 1967, director Pervez Malik, cast, Waheed Murad, Zeba, Rozina.

Rozina’s , 1968 film ‘Samandar,’, director Rafiq Rizvi, stars, Waheed Murad, Shabnam, Rozina. Silver Jubilee.

In the late 1960s, Rozina gained enormous popularity for her ever popular, and splendidly filmed 'Lipton' tea jingle for Pakistani television.

Acting had been the most pleasing occupation of her life and the most congenial to her temperament.

Talking of movies, she brought out all her emotions in the three films below: 'Ishara', 1969, director, Waheed Murad, starring, Waheed Murad, Deeba, Rozina.

'Tum he ho mehbub meray', 1969, director, Shabab Kiranvi, cast, Waheed Murad, Deeba, Rozina, Saqi. Silver Jubilee.

'Afsana', 1970, director Luqman, stars, Waheed Murad, Deeba, Rozina. Silver Jubilee.

Brimming with romantic tunes and interesting characters, the following three films certainly delivered the goods:

'Phir chand niklay ga', 1970, director, Shore Lukhnavi, cast, Waheed Murad, Rozina, Nadeem.

'Rim Jhim', 1971, director Qamar Zaidi, starring, Waheed Murad, Rozina, Zamarrud.

Rozina unleashed her power to succeed. It was the faith of movie buffs in her ability that kept her going. She made a splash in the three films below:

'Khamosh nigahain', 1971, director Jameel Akhtar, stars, Waheed Murad, Rozina, Munawwar Zareef. Silver Jubilee.

'Daulat aur duniya', 1972, directed by Khalifa Saeed, starring, Waheed Murad, Aaliya, Rozina, Nanha. Golden Jubilee.

'Esay dekha esay chaha', 1974, Pervez Malik, cast, Waheed Murad, Rozina, Arsh-e-Muneer. (To be continued...)

Info: Eminent storyteller, Anis Shakur, is a Pakistani born United States (US) citizen. He works for the US federal and State government. He resides at a stone-throw distance from the darting shores of the Atlantic ocean in New York, for the past three decades.