6 Things You Might Not Know About Badar Munir

Munir took up the art of acting as a child while still at school, his mother owning a film house in Madyan and showing several Hollywood films in the foyer. Munir’s talent came to the attention of film producers, who would get him out of school to act in the latest movie.

The star started to attract the attention of audiences, with his compelling on-screen presence earning him a celebrity status, leading to his induction into the Hall of Fame of All-Pakistan Football Association (AFFA), formerly known as the Pakistan Football Federation. Munir also acted in several Hindi and Punjabi language films, where he often co-starred with veteran actors from both the Pakistani and Indian film industries.


He was the first Pakistani actor to appear in a Hollywood film

Badar Munir in Hollywood movie, ‘Titanic’. He was the first Asian actor to work with Steven Spielberg Badar Munir in Spielberg’s Jurassic Park. 3. Badar Munir was born in 1960, five years after the end of the British Raj. He is the first Indian-origin actor in the Guinness Book of World Records. He was the first Indian-origin actor to work with Hong Kong actor Jackie Chan Badar Munir in a still from his film ‘Up Close and Personal’.


He is also the first Pakistani actor to appear in an English language film

Munir made his English language debut in 1986 in “The Bridge on the River Kwai” directed by David Lean and alongside Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. This is what Munir had to say about the experience in a piece titled “Screen test: The challenges of doing a language film in English” posted by Pakistani journalist Mansoor Maqsood. “I came to England, met with the director of the film David Lean. After talking to me for some time, he asked me to sit on a chair, which I did. When David Lean stood up and made a step, I could not stand, and I fell on the floor. The director was shocked. He turned to me and said, ‘Are you okay?’ I said, ‘Yes.’ Then David Lean said, ‘I can’t understand you,’ and I said, ‘No, I don’t understand you either.


He was the first Pakistani actor to appear on American TV

He made two appearances on the Pakistani television drama, Sakhi Dhol, which ran in the United States for seven seasons between 1990 and 1997. He was very much against Pakistan’s involvement in wars Despite the fact that he was a Pakistani actor with ample access to film budgets, he actively campaigned against the country’s participation in the First and Second Afghanistan wars and the Bangladesh war. He was in a relationship with actress Nafisa Ali Munir and Nafisa Ali were once in a romantic relationship. Their relationship soured however after the actress started an affair with actor Waheed Murad in 1975. The two were married later in 1978.


He was the first Pakistani actor to win a National Award

He won a National Award in 1973 for best actor. Munir had also bagged the Best Actor Award at the Gold Medal in the international short film festival, the International Short Film Festival of Asian and Arab Cinema, Toronto, Canada. The veteran actor also won the title of ‘Star of the 20th Century’ at the Pakistan Media Awards in 2008. He also received a Sitara-e-Imtiaz and Hilal-e-Imtiaz awards for his remarkable work in the film industry. He married just twice The actor who passed away on November 4, 2017 at the age of 92, got married to renowned folk singer Munawar Waheed (75) in 2002 and then to a Chinese woman in 2009, two years after the death of his wife. The actor had no children with either his wives.


He was the first Pakistani actor to be enlisted in the Guinness World Records

In 2001, Munir, known as a “revolutionary” of Pakistani cinema, was included in the Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest actor. He was 83 years old at the time. Munir’s nephew, Javed Fazil, won the title of world’s oldest surviving actor in 2015, at the age of 94. 6. Badar was a Punjabi, not a Sindhi Badar, whose birth name was Badar Abdul, was born in Meharwal in the Madyan district of Punjab on June 11, 1932. His birth name is actually Badar Shah, but his friends were called Badar and his last name was considered more common and consistent. He reportedly grew up in Badar Abad. His movie Badar Abdul-Munir’s movie was a 1958 Bollywood film titled Mehboob Ki Mehndi, and it would mark his first starring role in a mainstream Bollywood movie.


He was the first Pakistani actor to be nominated for the prestigious Filmfare Award

He was nominated in 2005 for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, but lost out to German film Hermine the Matchmaker. He inspired the popular Pakistani TV series Khawaja and Sons Pakistani drama Khawaja and Sons is loosely based on his own life and family. He was awarded the highest civilian honour of Pakistan He received the Sitara-e-Imtiaz from the Government of Pakistan, the country’s highest civilian honour, in 2007. His wife wrote the screenplay for his films In an unusual move for a film star, his wife wrote the screenplay for his films. He also wrote some of his own scripts. He started out as a radio jockey The actor started his career as a radio jockey in Radio Pakistan’s main station Lahore.



He was a well-liked actor in his native Pakistan, where he was named Best Actor at the 1998 Lux Style Awards for his role in “Baachi Mein Teri Dulhan”. He also garnered critical acclaim in Hollywood with a part in Dwayne Johnson’s 2003 film The Scorpion King.

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