Waheed Murad

Waheed Murad

Infobox actor
name = Waheed Murad

imagesize = 200px
caption = Waheed Murad in the film "Armaan"
birthname = Waheed Murad
birthdate = birth date|1938|10|2|mf=y
birthplace = Karachi, British India
residence = Lahore, Pakistan
deathdate = Death date and age|1983|11|23|1938|10|2
deathplace = Karachi [ [http://www.chocolatehero.com/ waheed murad, chocolate hero, filmography, biography, songography, fans following, stylish actor, romantic personality ] . Chocolate Hero. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [http://www.chowk.com/articles/4492 Chowk: : Rise and Fall of a Silver Screen Hero ] . Rise and fall of a silver screen hero. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [ [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0613420/ Waheed Murad ] . IMDB. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [ [http://mazhar.dk/film/stars/heroes/60s.htm Pakistani film heroes in the 60's ] . Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] , Pakistan
occupation = Film actor
yearsactive = 1959 – 1983
spouse = Salma Murad
othername = Chocolate Hero
Lady killer
website =
awards = Nigar Awards
Best Actor
"Heera aur pathar" (1964)
"Armaan" (1966)
"Andaleeb" (1969)
"Mastana mahi" Punjabi film (1971)
Best Producer
"Armaan" (1966)
Legend Award (2002)

Waheed Murad (Urdu: ﺩﺍﺮﻣ ﺪﻴﺣﻭ) (October 2,1938 - November 23, 1983) was a Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer. The only child of well-off film distributor Mr. Nisar Murad. He got his early education from Karachi Grammar School [http://www.despardes.com/Entertainment/news/nov03/nov22-waheed-murad-remembered.html Remembering the chocolate hero: Waheed Murad | DesPardes.com ] . Despardes.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [http://anisshakur.tripod.com/id87.html Waheed Murad: 101 facts ] . Anis Shakur. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] or Marie Colaco School [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/images/archive/061126/images3.htm The man who changed cinema -DAWN Images; November 26, 2006 ] . Daily Dawn. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [ [http://thecinezine.com/Waheed_Murad.html Waheed Murad ] . thecinezine.com. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] [http://anisshakur.tripod.com/id31.html Waheed Murad ] . Anis Shakur. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] , Karachi, did graduation from S.M. Arts College Karachi, and then masters in English literature from University of Karachi.

He is well-known for his charming expressions, tender voice and unusual talent for acting in films. His romantic style of acting made him popular as well as controversial. One of his block buster films is "Armaan", which was produced by himself, made a pivotal impact on the sub-continental film industry such that the Pakistani film industry was considered as the rising sun after Indian film industry. "Armaan" made him a superstar overnight and as equal to the Indian film titans such as Dilip Kumar, Raj Kapoor, Dev Anand, Ashok Kumar and Prithviraj Kapoor. Once, in an interview in 1967, he said that Dilip Kumar, too, is not an immortal actor. [http://www.chocolatehero.com/facts.html 101 facts of waheed murad,Great waheed murad, chocolate hero, complete filmography, history and biography, complete songography, waheedi fans, stylish, romantic, Waheed murad ... ] . Chocolate Hero. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.]

Film career

Waheed Murad started his film career in 1961 as producer of the film "Insaan badalta hai". As an actor he was firstly appeared in a supporting role in 1962's "Aulad" directed by S.M. Yousuf; the film got the Nigar award for the best film for the year. "Heera aur pathar" in 1964 was his first movie as lead actor and his major breakthrough film. He got the Nigar award in the best actor category for the same film.

In 1966, he acted in and produced "Armaan" which was directed by Pervaiz Malik. "Armaan" broke all the box office records at that time and completed 75 weeks in theatres, gave him the status of superstar or perhaps the first superstar of Pakistani films. The film is a romantic and melodious love story. The songs like "Koko korina...", "Akele na jana...", "Betaab ho udhar tum..." and "Zindagi apni thi ab tak..." became extremely popular among the youth esp. among the college girls. He received two Nigar awards for the categories best producer and best actor for the film "Armaan". During the same year, he starred in another superhit film "Jaag utha insaan" with co-star Zeba.

In 1967, he appeared as leading actor in masterpieces like "Devar bhabi", "Doraha", "Insaaniyat" and "Maan baap". "Devar bhabi" is considered as one of his best movies and completed 50 weeks in the cinemas. The story of "Devar bhabi" is based on Indo-Pak's unjust social thoughts and norms. "Insaaniyat" is also considered as one of his best movies in which he played a role of a dedicated doctor.

From 1964 to 1968, Waheed Murad and Pervaiz Malik made blockbusters like "Heera aur pathar", "Armaan", "Ehsaan", "Doraha" and "Jahan tum wahan hum". The successful combination of Waheed Murad, Pervaiz Malik, Masroor Anwar, Sohail Rana, Ahmed Rushdi and Zeba created a number of successful films. Waheed Murad brought Malik, Anwar and Rana under the umbrella of 'Film Arts'. But in late 1960s, dissension grew between Waheed Murad and other three team members of 'Film Art'. Pervaiz Malik was not happy with Waheed's taking away the credit for all the success of movies and giving little recognition to others. So the Film Arts broke up and Pervaiz Malik started creating his own projects with new actors. A total of seven films, including two films, i.e., "Usey dekha usey chaha" and "Dushman" released after a long gap of 6 years in 1974, were produced with the combination of Waheed and Pervaiz.

In 1969, Waheed produced, wrote and directed his own movie "Ishaara" but the movie flopped at box office. "Andaleeb" was released in 1969, which was directed by Fareed Ahmed. Other co-stars included Shabnam, Aliya, Talish and Mustafa Qureshi. Andaleeb proved to be one of the greatest films of the year. Moviegoers loved his acting esp. in the song "Kuch log rooth kar bhi..." in which Waheed is trying to flirt Shabnam in his red sports car. Waheed Murad received Nigar award in the best actor category for that film.

From 1970 to 1979, many of his films were superhit like "Naseeb apna apna" and "Anjuman" in 1970; "Neend hamare khuwab tumhare" and "Mastana mahi" (Waheed's first Punjabi film) in 1971; "Baharo phool barsao" in 1972; "Ishq mera naa" (Punjabi film) and "Shama" in 1974; "Jab jab phool khiley" in 1975; "Shabana" in 1976; "Saheli", "Parakh" and "Khuda aur muhabbat" in 1978; and "Awaz" and "Bahan bhai" in 1979. "Mastana mahi" was Waheed's first Punjabi film, which was also produced by him and directed by Iftikhar Khan. "Mastana mahi" was purely a romantic musical film. Waheed received Nigar award for the best actor for "Mastana mahi".

During early 1970s, Zeba, after her marriage with Mohammad Ali, was not allowed to work as heroine with Waheed Murad. Soon Shabnam's husband Robin Ghosh forced her to not work with Waheed. Even Nisho was not allowed to work with him. These were major setbacks for Waheed's career. Most of the top producers offered Waheed secondary roles in their films. In addition, Nadeem was giving him a stiff competition and in fact replaced him as the number one hero of Pakistani film industry in 1970s. So Waheed had been casted by less popular directors and producers and had been given the role of 'stereotypical romantic hero'. Films like "Naag Mani" (1972), "Mastani Mehbooba" (1974) , "Laila majnu" (1974), "Izzat" (1975), "Dilruba" (1975), "Raaste ka pathar" (1976), "Mehboob mera mastana" (1976), and "Naag aur nagan" (1976) gave him major setbacks. By late 1970s and early 1980s, Waheed was being casted in supporting roles either with Nadeem or with Mohammad Ali in the films like "Parastish" (1977), "Aadmi" (1978), "Khuda aur mohabbat" (1978), "Awaz" (1978), "Behan Bhai" (1979), "Wadey ki zanjeer" (1979), "Raja ki aaye gi barat" (1979), "Zameer" (1980), "Badnaam" (1980), "Gun man" (1981), "Kiran aur kali" (1981), "Gherao" (1981), "Ahat" (1982) and "Maang meri bhar do" (1983). The films "Hero" (1985) and "Zalzala" (1987) were released after his death. Films "Muqaddar", "Aankhon ke taare", "Aas paas" and "Andaaz" were either incomplete films or not released by the producers. [ [http://anisshakur.tripod.com/id85.html Waheed Murad: Movies ] . Anis Shakur. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] "Hero" was the last film of Waheed's life, directed by Iqbal Yousuf. The film was released after almost two years of Waheed's death in 1985. Another Waheed's delayed film "Zalzala" was released after 4 years of his death in 1987, which was also directed by Iqbal Yousuf. "Zalzala" did nothing on the box office, however, "Hero" completed its Silver Jubilee in Karachi.

Waheed Murad, in his entire 25-year career, paired with several actresses like Zeba, Shamim Ara, Rani, Naghma, Aaliya, Sangeeta, Kaveeta, Aasia, Shabnam, Deeba, Babra Sharif, Rukhsana, Bahar, and Neelo. He acted in a total of 124 films (2 films were released after his death) of which 38 were black and white and 86 were in colour. He acted in 115 Urdu films, 8 Punjabi films and 1 Pushto film, and earned 32 prestigious film awards including ones for best producer and for best actor.

Film Art productions

Waheed Murad produced several films under his father's established 'Film Art'. He was the youngest film producer in the industry at that time. As producer, Waheed Murad was a successful producer. Most of his produced films were either Golden Jubilee or Silver Jubilee. During 1960s and early 1970s, he produced films like "Insaan badalta hai" (1961) (his first film as producer), "Armaan" (1966), "Ehsaan" (1967), "Naseeb apna apna" (1970) and "Mastana mahi" (Punjabi film of 1971). However, during his days of struggle, in late 1970s and early 1980s, he produced few films, including his last film "Hero" (1985).

As director, he had directed and also produced "Ishaara" (1969) with co-star Deeba. The film failed to achieve the viewers' expectances.


Waheed was the first Rock n' Roll dancing star in South Asia. He was famously known as the 'Chocolate Hero' and 'Lady Killer'. His dressing style, the hair style, dialogues and songs used to be liked and followed by people. Waheed's hair cut was very popular among the young and was called the 'Waheed Murad cut'. In his hey days Waheed once went to Saddar area of Karachi in his white car. Realising it was Murad’s car, a group of 30 college girls covered the vehicle with lipstick kisses.

He enlivened the silver screen with his extraordinary talent in acting and picturisation esp. in romantic songs. Some of the songs that still turn many nostalgic are "Tumhain kaisay bata doon", "Kuch log rooth kar bhi", "Dil tumko dey diya", "Koko korina", "Jhoom aye dil wo dera jaan-e-bahar aye ga", "Beetay huway khuch din aisay hain tanhai jinhain duhrati hey", "Mujhe tum nazar say gira to rahay ho", "Yun kho gaiy teray pyar mein hum", "Socha tha piyar na karan gain", "Khamosh hein nazaray" and "Aye abre karam aaj itna baras".

Personal life

Early life

Waheed Murad was born on October 2, 1938 in Karachi. He was the only son of the famous Pakistani film distributor Mr. Nisar Murad and Mrs. Shireen Murad. Since childhood he has been given an exposure to famous actors who used to visit his father regularly and inspired him to pursue an acting career. In his childhood, he used to wear a guitar around his neck and was famous as a good dancer among his friends. In his school life he played parts in several plays, which made him more popular. His best friends were Iqbal Yousuf and Pervaiz Malik who joined the same profession Waheed joined and thus remained associated with him for the rest of his life. Waheed passed matriculation in 1954 from the Marie Colaco School, Karachi. Waheed's parents persuaded him to complete his education prior to embarking on a film career. He graduated in arts from S.M. Arts College, Karachi and then completed masters in English literature from the University of Karachi. A strong educational background placed Waheed Murad at an advantage compared to other film producers and actors of his time.


Waheed Murad fell in love with Salma, a daughter of Karachi based industrialist and a Memon Fact|date=July 2008Ibrahim Maker, when both were in grade nine in Grammar School, Karachi. Their marriage took place on Thursday, September 17, 1964. The wedding ceremony was arranged at Nisar Murad's house in Tariq Road, Karachi. He addressed his wife as "Bibi" at home. They had two daughters (Aaliya and Sadia) and one son (Adil). Sadia died in infancy and both Waheed Murad and Salma were became inconsolable. However, their two children, Aalia and Adil brought happiness and comfort to their lives.

Days of struggle

By late 1970s, Waheed was being casted in supporting roles either with Nadeem or with Mohammad Ali, or being offered by 'B class' film directors. Most of the leading heroines like Zeba, Shabnam and Nisho were not allowed to play lead roles with Waheed by their husbands. The heart-throbing actor Waheed Murad could not take such an ignominious treatment meted out to him by industry, but kept silent and did not seek help from his friends. Pervaiz Malik, who was became an established director and producer by late seventies, wrote in a local newspaper:"Not even once during that time Waheed come to me seeking work in my films." Waheed was becoming depressed. His close friends revealed that he was becoming addicted to alcohol, oral tobacco and sleeping pills. Even his domestic life suffered and his wife Salma left for the United States.

A combination of bad habits and stress caused ulceration in Waheed's stomach in 1981. He suffered from bleeding and had to undergo stomach removal to save his life. His many fans came to the hospital to donate blood to save the life of their favorite hero. Although, he recovered, he lost a significant amount of weight. Even then, Iqbal Akhtar and Iqbal Yousuf, who proved to be real friends in difficult times, cast Waheed Murad in their movies. Waheed appeared pathetic in "Dil ney phir yaad keya" and "Ghairao". Even his loyal admirers felt that it was all over for him.

In 1983, Anwar Maqsood - a famous TV writer and anchor and a close friend of Waheed from the university days, invited Waheed to his TV comedy show "Silver Jubilee". At only 90 pounds, Waheed appeared pencil-thin on the screen, but attempted to put up a brave front. He said:

"Once my film "Hero" is released, I will recapture my number one position."

However, the keen observers could see that Waheed would be unable to spellbind the public as he did in the past. Only during the singing of "Tumhe kaisey bata doun..." by Aalamgir in the "Silver Jubilee" show, Waheed's smiles reflected a shadow of his former self-probably in his mind he was still the young hero 20 years earlier.

Babra Shareef, a top actress of the time, revealed that during filming of a scene of "Hero", Waheed lost his balance while walking briskly toward her and fell down. He took several minutes to catch his breath prior to standing up on his feet again.

In July of 1983, Waheed was driving his car too fast, one of his favorite hobbies, his car struck a big tree. Waheed had a narrow escape, but was left with a large scar on his face. A few days after the accident, Waheed asked his friend Pervaiz Malik for a role. Malik knowing that Waheed was not ready for an acting assignment said, "Veedu you get better and you will be the lead in my next film." With his still razor-sharp mind , he replied, "You give me the role and I will get better." He was going to Karachi to get the scar fixed in order to complete the last few scenes of "Hero" when he met the chief editor, Ilyas Rasheedi, of the film magazine 'Nigar' at the airport. Rasheedi wrote in his magazine:

"By chance a famous film producer was also present in the waiting area and Waheed put him on the spot by asking if he had a role for him for Javed Sheikh's father in his movie. The producer had a difficult time dodging Waheed."
During the flight Waheed was very bitter. He told Rasheedi that he was reduced to working in a Pushto film produced by Badar Muneer, who used to be his car driver and help him with his household work in the late sixties, and subsequently became a successful movie star.

Last days

Waheed's son Aadil was in Karachi staying with his grand mother. A day before his face surgery, Waheed celebrated his birthday. He bought several gifts for Aadil and wished him a happy year. He returned late to spend the night at Anita Ayub's mother Mumtaz Ayub's house. When Waheed did not wake up until late, the door had to be forced open and Waheed was found lying on the floor, dead for several hours. A paan leaf with 'something' in it was found in his mouth. Nobody knows for sure if it was a heart attack or suicide. [ [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/dmag/archive/070311/dmag7.htm Fame and fidelity -DAWN Magazine; March 11, 2007 ] . Daily Dawn. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.]


The rise and fall of Waheed is quite similar to that of Elvis Presley and analogies have been drawn between these two icons. According to a film critic, 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. [http://www.dawn.com/2007/11/24/local12.htm KARACHI: Murad remembered as a legend -DAWN - Local; November 24, 2007 ] . Daily Dawn. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.] Despite hardship later in Waheed's life and suffering such a tragic death, he is born again. His movies are repeatedly shown on film festivals, cinemas and TV and are well received.

Ilyas Rashidi, the founder of Nigar Awards, wrote in his magazine:

"Waheed Murad was a born hero." [http://www.anisshakur.tripod.com/id31.html]

Ghulam Mohiuddin, a famous Pakistani film actor, said:
"Waheed Murad was not an individual but he was an era in his own right which ended when he was sidelined by those who took over the industry in the early 1980s, ... he was a great artiste, who recreated the image of a romantic hero. His acting was natural; he had a great deal of musical sense and was matchless when it came to picturising a song."
Lehri, one of the greatest film comedian, said:
"He was a great companion, an unforgettable friend and a humble man so rich in terms of money and fortunes."

Sangeeta, well-known director and actress, said:
"For me, it was a great time when I had been working with him."
In the recent Hollywood film , actress Leilah Isaac’s character Sabeen remembers Waheed Murad. Frankie Muniz, reprising his role as Agent Cody Banks, discloses to his cosmopolitan band members that he is a secret agent. To this, a Nigerian boy claims to be Spiderman while another girl calls herself Lara Croft. As the actors associate themselves with their favourite comic book characters, Sabeen says: "And I’m Waheed Murad." This entices all to ask "what?" to which she replies, "Famous Indian actor." [ [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/images/archive/051225/images10.htm Starbuzz -DAWN Images; December 25, 2005 ] . Daily Dawn. Retrieved on 2008-09-10.]

"Waheed Murad was a superb actor and probably one of the best who ever graced Lollywood. His failure in movies was not owing to lack of talent. In fact, he was the most stylish and original actor in Pakistan. He improved the image of industry by shining through their mediocre scripts; they repaid him by contributing to his downfall. Bad luck, his own strong personality and rendezvous with several actresses also ruined him. He, however, still lives on in the hearts of millions of fans. As his daughter Aaliya said, "If Dad knew that he had such a following, he would not have died.""


"For a detailed filmography, see Waheed Murad filmography".


"For a list of his songs, see List of Waheed Murad songs".

See also

*Cinema of Pakistan


External links

* [http://www.chocolatehero.com/ Fanclub]
* [http://www.pakistanimusic.com/articles/waheedmurad_onehundredandonefacts.html Biogragphy of Waheed Murad]
* [http://mazhar.dk/film/database/movies/waheedmurad_films.htm Complete database of Waheed's films including 2 films released after his death and 1 film as guest star released in 1959]
* [http://www.dawn.com/weekly/images/archive/061126/images3.htm The man who changed cinema - DAWN.com]
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0613420/ Waheed Murad Profile - IMDb.com]
* [http://www.despardes.com/Entertainment/news/nov03/nov22-waheed-murad-remembered.html Waheed Murad Remembered]

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