Musarrat Nazir – Pakistani Folk Singers
Musarrat Nazir is a singer and actress who sang and acted in many Urdu and Punjabi films. She also sang solo, mostly wedding and folk songs. She was born to a middle class family on October 13, 1940. Her parents were of Kashmiri origin from Lahore. Her father, Khwaja Nazeer Ahmed, worked for the municipal corporation as a registered contractor at the time of her birth.
Despite their meager resources, Musarrats parents wanted her to be a doctor. They provided her the best possible education they could afford. Musarrat passed the matriculation examination with distinction. Two years later, she passed the intermediate examination from Kennard College, Punjab, Pakistan.
Musarrat married psychiatrist, Dr. Arshad Majeed and both settled in Canada in the mid-1960s. Dr. Arshad’s father, Sheikh Majeed, is an entrepreneur and has only Zaar cinema, Sialkot.
Despite their meager resources, Musarrat and parents wanted her to become a doctor. Provided that they have the best possible education they can. Musarrat passed the matriculation examination with distinction. Two years later, she passed intermediate examination of Kinnaird College in Lahore.
Musarrat lives with her husband in Toronto, Canada. Her three children, including Omar Majeed and all of them are married and two have children of their own. Musarrat his outgoing personality and enjoys laughter. Even after he retired from the film, years ago, and continued singing for the Pakistan Television (PTV) and until recently. She enjoys cooking.
She had a keen interest in music and singing and began to Radio Pakistan. However, I took the money is not enough of a radio director Anwar Kamal Pasha. She explained that the Pasha of strong desire to sing for films. Instead, Pasha suggested her to become an actress. Musarrat needed her parents’ approval. Pasha himself met Musarrat’s father and convinced him to allow his daughter to work in the film industry as a singer and actress.
Change the name of Pasha Musarrat to Chandni and signed her for the role in his film. Hence, Chandni made her debut with Nayyar Sultana in ‘Qatil’ Pasha film in 1955. And had a minor role, but strong.
Sheikh Lateef of capital films Lahore planned to make a Punjabi film. Lateef’s friend, poet and script writer, Baba Aalam sia poash, advised him to cast Chandni (Musarrat) in the film. Sheikh Lateef agreed. This was the debut of Musarrat in Punjabi films, with a nickname Chandni. And then Chandni appeared in the hit Punjabi film, Patan, with her real name, Musarrat Nazeer.She played the lead role opposite Santosh Kumar also. The producer was Sheikh Lateef and the film was directed by Luqman.
The film Patan opened the doors for Musarrat in the Punjabi film industry, which led her to the all time hit film Paatay Khan. She was the supporting actress. The film was Produced by Shami and Musarrat Nazeer acted along with Noor Jehan and Aslam Pervez.
Musarrat also gave performances in Pakistan cinema’s greatest melodramas like the films Maahi munda and Yakkay wali. It is said that, the films Yaar beli, ‘Kartaar Singh’ and Zeher-e-ishq were so interesting and emotional that they left audience with tears in their eyes.
Following is the list of Musarrat’s films:
Naukri, Aankh ka nashah, Baap ka gunah, Qismat, Naya zamana, Jatti, Watan, Raza, Sola aanay, Street number 77, Gudda guddi, Lukkan meti, Seestaan, Sahara, Rukhsana, Thandi sarak, Palkan, Sehti, Sunehray sapnay, Mirza Sahebaan, Jaaedaad, Jhoomar, Gulbadan, Ishq per zoar nahin, Chotay sarkaar, Mungoal, Muft bur, Gulfaam, Bahadur, Baaghi, Jaan-e-bahar.
The song Us bay wafa ka sheher hai in the mega-hit film Shaheed, is considered to be the most popular song even today.
Musarrat Nazir singing Mera Laung Gawacha at the PTV Awards 1985-86
One of Musarrat’s greatest achievements is the songs listed below:
Mera long gawaacha
Chalay to cut he jaaye ga safar aahistah, aahistah
Apnay haatoan ki lakiroan mein.
Lathe di chader uttay saleti rung mahiya
Chitta kukkar banairey tay
Best Actress Awards
Nigar Award for best actress in 1958, for the film Zeher-e-ishq.
Nigar Award for best actress in 1959, for the film Jhoomar.
Nigar Award for best actress in 1961, for the film Shaheed.
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