Monday, November 21, 2011

A Celebrity Too Popular To Be Forgotten

SUPER STAR (google image)
On October 2nd, 1938 Mr. Nisar Murad was so happy as his wife gave birth to  a baby son Waheed who was the only child of his parents. 
A few years later, the child Waheed was old enough to join  Karachi Grammar School for his early schooling, and then upon his graduation from S.M. Arts College, he also successfully finished his post grad degree (MA) in English literature from Karachi university.
He was naturally talented for the film arts. Not only was he well-known for his charming expressions, attractive personality, tender voice and unusual talent for acting in films but also his romantic style of acting made him popular amongst the youth of south Asia. One of his production of blockbuster films was ARMAAN, which left a pivotal impact on the film industry, and he became a superstar overnight as a result. Historically, Waheed had played a crucial role to uplift Zeba’s film career through inducting her in his films, and she became famous countrywide.
Devar bhabi is considered as one of his best movies which completed 50 weeks in the cinemas.
The story of Devar bhabi is based on Indo-Pak's unjust social mindset.
Insaaniyat is also considered as one of his best movies in which he played a role of a dedicated doctor.

Waheed Murad and Pervaiz Malik made blockbusters like Heera aur pathar, Armaan, Ehsaan, Doraha and Jahan tum wahan hum. Movie Armaan remained for 75 weeks in the cinemas; was starred by Waheed Murad, co-starred by Zeba and directed by Pervaiz Malik. According to the expert opinion, this film raised Waheed’s status overnight as Super Star to the level of Indian Stars - such as Dilip Kumar, Raj kapoor, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar and PrithviRaj Kapoor.

Moreover, there are many similarities/commonalities between Waheed Murad and Elvis Presley, both of these ICONS are well known for their era of romance and fairytale, and they looke alike as well. 
Waheed Murad is considered as one of the pioneering Rock n' Roll stars of Pakistan.
Due to his romantic and magical style of acting, brown complexioned Waheed earned a nickname of the “chocolate hero.” But  both, Waheed and Elvis were “lady killers” in the romantic sense.

Waheed's hair style, dressing up style and conversation style were really popular among the youth.
In fact, he was a cultural ICON of Pakistani film industry. As a legendary Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer, the late actor continues to be  considered as one of the most famous actors of the subcontinent.

Enjoy this short clip

Here is another old clip

He also gave some memorable performances in Punjabi films such as Mastana Mahi, Ishq Mera Naan, Sayyo Ni Mera Mahi, Akh Lari Badobadi and Jogi.

 Good one (Urdu)

Following  are "the Best Actor Awards" won by Waheed Murad:
Nigar Awards
1964 - Heera aur Pathar
1966 - Armaan
1966 - Best Producer/Actor for Armaan
1969 - Andleeb
1971 - Mastana Mahi
2002 - Legend Award
Rooman Awards
1965 - Eid Mubarak
1966 - Armaan
1969 - Andleeb
1974 - Phool Mere Gulshan Ka
Graduate Awards
1969 - Andleeb
1971 - Mastana Mahi
1975 - Jab Jab Phool Khile
Noor Jahan Awards
1966 - Armaan
1966 Armaan
Mussawir Awards
1975 - Jab Jab Phool Khile
1983 - Life Time Achievement Award
Sindh Awami Awards
1975 - Jab Jab Phool Khile
1976 - Shabana
PIA Arts Academy Award
1978 - Awaz
1979 - Behen Bhai
AlFankar Awards
1978 - Awaz
1980 - Badnaam
Shabab Awards
1967 - Insaniyat
1985 - Best Supporting Actor for Anokha Daj
Other Awards
1969 - Chitrali Award: Best Actor for Andleeb
1969 - Khalil Qaiser Award: Best Actor for Andleeb
1969 - Curtex Award: Best Actor for Andleeb
1975 - Aghaz Award: Best Actor for Jab Jab Phool Khile
1978 - Chaministan International Award: Most Popular Film Star
1979 - National Award: Best Actor for Behen Bhai
1981 - Riaz Shahid Award: Best Actor for Gherao
1982 - National Academy Award: Best Supporting Actor for Ahat
2010********Sitara-e-Imtiaz******** was posthomously awarded by President Zardari to the late ICON for his contributions in the industry.

A few months prior to his sad demise, Waheed Murad alongwith other actors and singers came on a show to pay tribute to Merhoum Ahmed Rushdi; however, the same group of artists showed up again six months later to pay tribute to Waheed Murad who passed away mysteriously.
It was  a tragic moment 28 years ago on November 23rd 1983, when the great legend of the sub continent at age 45 breathed his last and left for his eternal life in the Hereafter (burried near his father in Gulberg Lahore).


Asma Khan said...


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Sadaf Hafeez said...

I didn't know he died so young! Reminds me to one of the singers of Pitala Family from Pakistan who sang ' InshGee Untho Ab Kooch Kero'.perhaps his name was Asad...he died at a unripe age of 40something too.Untimely death is always more tragic.

It was an informative blog.

Zeba said...

I have never heard of him. But it was wonderful reading about him..

sunny said...

really informative

sunny said...

really informative

TheBluntBlogger said...

Waheed Murad and Elvis Presley...Not only he looks similar to Elvis, but very much like Indian Movie Stars too. A hint of many...

I did not know about him Tariq Ji. Recently, I was told I should watch Bol, the pakistani movie and I really liked Khuda Ke Liye too.

Hindi/Urdu cinema ki baat hi aur hai :) under-rated but amazing.

Tariq Mian said...

@Asma Khan
@Sadaf Hafeez
Thank you all for visiting and leaving valuable comments.

GUL said...

on his 28th death anniversary, I feel sad for the way the legend died mysteriously.

Anonymous said...

I still watch his movies.

Pari said...

I was still in high school, when I heard the sad news of legend's death. It was shocking the way he died - still unclear whether died naturally due to heart attack or was he poisoned or whether did he commit suicide.

Thinking said...

hmm...Tariq Mian Sahib...what a complete post. You have captured Waheed Murad perectly.

To be honest...I started watching his movies long after his death when I was big enough (as my parent thinks) to watch movies...hmm...

Indeed he won the heart of million of the ladies....

Thank you so much for shairing the post...

Tariq Mian said...

thank you anonymous

Tariq Mian said...

thank u PARI

Tariq Mian said...

Thank u GUL

Windsmoke. said...

Sounds like he'll be dearly missed, a sad loss indeed. Like your new look :-).

Tariq Mian said...

Thanks for liking my presentation "a tribute to the great man who had given the true message which needs to be understood by the newer generation exactly as the fans of his time knew his feelings very well.
Despite his death, he still maintains his status as the top superstar of the subcontinent.

Tariq Mian said...

Thanks for your beautiful remarks.

Tariq Mian said...

Thanks for visiting, yes I have the same feeling about the mystery.

Adil Shah said...

Well written Sir . He is my fav Hero from Old Pakistani Films.sorry I have been busy so could not catch up on your reads.

tariq said...

Thank u Adil Shah

Muhammad Israr said...

ah...waheed all time favourite...because of his style and personality... i think he was a legend and due to his unique style he made millions of fans in sub continent ...thanks man for writing such a wonderful description in such a brief post :)

Mishi said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww He is such a good looking man na..I remember how we used to beg to our parents to let us watch that Friday Film on Ptv ..we were very young then..but I do remember he was the only one that whose film used to get my parents interested if it was a waheed murad was easy to get permission..good old days
I was thinking about him too while seeing thru all those prgrammes on Tv on his Anniversary..well thought Tariq Sahib:)

tariq said...

Dear Muhammad Israr, I really thank you for saying all this in favour of the deceased legend.

TARIQ said...

Hey Mishi midhi, I truely like the way you have described and presented your sincere feelings about the lady killer chocolate hero.

Nasnin Nasser said...

You have told a lot about the wonderful actor in few words. And I really liked the way you presented it! Really informative! Thank you so much for this informative post and I think I should check out his movies since I haven't watched any of it:-)
Was caught up in a number of things...that's why this delayed response;)

Tariq Mian said...

@Nasnin Nasser:
It's so kind of you to read the post. Hopefully, you will make your opinion by watching some of films produced and starred by him.
You will find a philosophical touch in all of utterances and acting.
He is actually delivering a message to the society.

Akhtar Wasim Dar said...

Waheed Murad is the only superstar of Pakistan cinema, he was a celebrity that was looked with reverence, no actor in our film industry dead or alive holds that popularity and charm which came to Waheed Murad. He was an excellent actor, a brilliant producer and a very thoughtful story writer. I have witnessed his popularity in his acting days and has seen that growing after his passing away, and that is something exceptional, no actor after death has so much following which Waheed Murad commands, the reason is simple he loved the common people of society and the society in response love him and he lives in their hearts,

Tariq Mian said...

Waseem Dar Sb, your comment is so woderful that the young generation will get to know him better with more clarity.
Thanks again for such a thought provking addition to my post.

Humaira Anwar said...

your blog is so properly organized in terms of politics and general info. Really knowledgeable stay.

keep up the good work

Tariq Mian said...

@Humaira Anwer:
I am encouraged by your comment.
Hoping to see you in my blog.
You are always more than welcome here.
Keep coming over with your logical thinking and philosophical touch.

R. Ramesh said...

arre friend..which post r u saying i should visit yar?? confused

Tariq Mian said...

Ramesh, how can you ignore the legend of the sub-continent.

"A celebrity too popular to be forgotten"

Yaar ji

connie nash said...

Wow, what a lot of work here. There's so much to learn about this ONE great man.

tariq said...

@connie nash:

Thenks for your short visit and a short but encouraging comment.

Yusra said...

Sad loss indeed :(


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