Zubaida Khanum: Blessing to Pakistan (E.2/6)

By Anis Shakur
Sunday – February 24, 2019
NEW YORK (United States): Discipline is key to success in any field. One of Khanum’s good deeds was to foster discipline in work. What is more, Khanum maintained a humble approach to her numerous accomplishments throughout her life. Khanum’s fame skyrocketed after recording the tragic musical score ‘Teri ulfat mein sanam dil nay bohut dard sahay aur hum chup he rahay,’ in the 1956 super hit film ‘Sarfarosh,’ music composer, Rasheed Attre, pictured on Meena Shori.

Better yet, Almighty God made her looks divinely simple. For the sake of records, Khanum was cast in a minor role in the 1956 film ‘Dulla Bhatti,’ as well. Zubaida Khanum played Sabiha Khanum’s friend in director M.S. Dar’s film ‘Dulla Bhatti.’

One of the most sought after songs, ‘Laila, Laila, Laila,’ in the 1956 film ‘Ishq-e-Laila,’ music composer, Safdar Husain, poet, Qateel Shifai, pictured on Asha Poslay. Immediately after recording ‘Laila,’ Khanum literally became a singer everyone new.

Likewise, Khanum is widely acclaimed for her romantic score, ‘Aye chand un say ja kar mera salaam kehna,’ the 1956 film ‘Sarfarosh,’ music composer, Rasheed Attre, lyricist, Tufail Hoshiar puri, pictured on Meena Shori, movie director, Ahmed Kamal Pasha.

Besides, Khanum’s performing art, against the odds, holds on to its integrity as it did in the song, ‘Mera nishana, deikhay zamana,’ the 1956 film ‘Sarfarosh.’

Khanum’s unmatched asset was her singing voice that she availed to the best of her ability. As is evident in the romantic number, ‘oh my handsome, oh welcome,’ in the 1957 film ‘Murad,’ music composer, Safdar Husain, poet, Qateel Shifai.

Moreover, Khanum’s immense appreciation of salubrious weather is self-explanatory in the song, ‘Aye mausum rangeelay suhanay,’ incidently, it happened to be Khanum’s most favorite song as well in the 1957 film ‘Saath Lakh,’ music composer, Rasheed Atttre, poet, Saif Uddin Saif, pictured on Neelo.

Similarly, the song, ‘Ghoonghat uthaon keh ghoonghat nikaloan,’ in Khanum’s singing voice is apparently one to listen. Ultimately so is the film, ‘Saath Lakh,’ pictured on Sabiha Khanum. Khanum’s mellifluous voice that enthralled millions of moviegoers, in the melancholy strains of ‘Shah-e-Madina,’ in the 1957 film ‘Noor-e-Islam,’ is hugely popular to this day among the masses. (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.