Tuesday, March 25, 2014

NOOR JEHAN

Noor Jehan, because of her sweet singing style and melodious voice was given the honorific title 'Maliika -e- Tarammum'.The meaning of this Urdu title is 'Melody Queen'.No doubt she was the melody queen of South Asia who sang more than 10000 songs in languages like Hindi,Urdu.Punjabi,Sindhi etc.She was the first woman Film Director of Pakistan and acted in several films also in Pre-Partition India and Pakistan.
She was born as 'Allah Wasai' in Kasur, Punjab in a family of Musicians on Sept 21, 1926.She was interested in music as well as acting from the childhood.She acted as Baby Noor Jehan in films like 'Missar Ka Sitara'(1936), 'Heer Sayyal'(37).She recorded her first song for the super hit film 'Gul Bakavli' of 1939  which was produced by Pancholi Art Pictures.
As an adult her first appearance was in the film 'Khandan'(1942) in which Noor Jehan and Ghulam Mohd paired.




She came to Bombay to act in 'Duhai' which was directed by Maganlal Vyas and V.Kumar.It was followed by 'Naukar' directed by Shaukat Hussain Rizvi.
Then came hits like 'Nadan,Dost, and Lal Haveli'.
In 1945 she played the lead role alongside Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle in the movie 'Badi Maa'.It was the only film in which they acted together.
In 1945 'Zeenat' was a hit film directed by Shaukat Hussain Rizvi in which Yakub and Karan Dewan acted.She sang for this film the first ever Qawali recorded in female voices in South Asian Films with Kalyani Mitra and Sohrabai Ambala and the music was by Meer Sahab.It was the highest grossing film of that year.
In 1946 Mehboob Khan's 'Anmol Ghadi' was a super hit film in which Surendra and Suraiya acted along with her and the music was handled by Naushad.
Noor Jehan acted opposite Dilip Kumar in 'Jugnu' when Dilip Kumar was only 24 years old.That film was produced by Noor Jehan and her husband 'Shaukat Hussain Rizvi'.It was released in 1947 and became a big hit.Shashikala and Sulochana(Ruby Mayers) also acted in it along with Noor Jehan.
She finished her film 'Mirza Sahebaan' in 1947-48 and moved to Pakistan  and settled there with her husband.
Noor Jehan sang 127 songs in India and acted in 69 films and in 12 silent films also during the period 1932-47.
She died on December 23, 2000 in Karachi,Pakistan.
Selected Filmography
Sheela
Gul Bakavli
Imandaar
Sajni
Chaudhry
Red Signal
Susral
Umeed
Nadaan
Dheeraj
Faryad
Khandan
Duhai
Naukar
Dost
Zeenat
Gaon Ki Gori
Badi Maa
Dil
Sofia
Jadoogar
Maharana Pratap
Mirza Sahibaan
Jugnu
Abida
Mirabai

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