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Remembering Pakistani Movie legend Waheed Murad.
Pakistan’s silver screen legend Late Waheed Murad till date is claimed to be the only actor of South Asian film industry to secure the highest number of Platinum, Diamond, Golden and Silver Jubilees.
This week is Waheed Murad’s 75th birthday. He was born in 1938. The iconic film legend died on 23rd November, 1983 – when he was 45 years old (reasons depression and probable drug related issues). The only child of renowned Pakistani film distributor Mr. Nisar Murad, young Waheed received his early education from Karachi Grammar School, his bachelor’s degree from S.M. Arts College Karachi, and Masters in English literature from the Karachi University. Strong family and educational background provided Waheed Murad clear advantage over other film actors of his time.
Waheed Murad acted in a total of one hundred and twenty four films (two of his films were released after his death) out of which thirty eight were black and white and eighty six were in colour. He total acting tally for movies remains one hundred and fifteen in Urdu, eight Punjabi and one in Phusto. He also appeared as guest star in six films: three in Urdu & three Punjabi. As an actor, Waheed achieved four Nigar film awards in the best actor's category for the films Heera Aur Pathar, Armaan,Andleeb and Mastana Mahi. Waheed Murad is considered as one of the pioneering Rock n Roll stars of Pakistani showbiz world.. Due to his romantic and subtle style of acting, he became famously known as the 'Chocolate Hero' and 'Lady Killer'. His hair cut, dressing style and even his conversation style were very popular among the youth. One can say that he was on his way in becoming the first cultural icon of the Pakistani Film Industry. It is also said that once during the peak of his carrier he went to Saddar area of Karachi - Pakistan in his white car. Realizing that it was his car, a group of about thirty college girls covered the vehicle with kisses thus leaving lip stick marks all over his automobile.
The rise and fall of Waheed is quite similar to that of famous Elvis Presley (United States singing legend) and analogies have been drawn between these two icons. According to some Pakistani film critics, Waheed Murad was like Elvis Presley who enjoyed early success, the status of being the most mesmerising personality of his country. He earned great fame and then faced a sudden fall and had an untimely death. Despite hardship later in Waheed's life and suffering such a tragic death, he is born again as his movies are repeatedly shown on film festivals, cinemas and TV and are well received till date.
In November 2010, 27 years after his death, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari awarded him the Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Pakistan’s highest civil honor), the "star of excellence," an honour usually awarded for distinguished achievements in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine, and science.
We fondly remember this great legend on his birthday, who ruled the Pakistani film industry in its glory years. After all super stars like Waheed Murad are not born every day.
From the bottom of our hearts we pray that may the departed soul rest in peace....Ameen.
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