Anjuman (actress)

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Anjuman
Native name انجمن
Born Anjuman Shaheen
Multan, Pakistan
Occupation Film Actress
Years active 1978–2000
Spouse(s) Mobin Malik (divorced)

Anjuman is a Pakistani film actress. She was one of the most successful Punjabi film heroines of Pakistan during the 1980s and early 1990s. Her real name is Anjuman Shaheen and she was born in Bahawalpur.[1] Anjuman's parents came from Ahmadpur East and settled in Multan and then migrated to Lahore. Anjuman was not only in this field from her family but her younger sister Gori was also an actress of lollywood and the both sisters were the most charming and talented.

Career[edit]

Her career spanned almost 20 years and she appeared in more than 300 films. She first appeared in the Urdu film, Soorath co-starring with Waseem Abbas, Afshan, Taj Niazi, in 1973 and she gave her last appearance in 2000 in the film Peengan. Soorath was not a success; her first major hit was Waadey Ki Zanjeer (1979).[1] She had major roles in Sher Khan and Chan Varyam and played a supporting role in Sala Sahib. All three films were diamond jubilee hits and were released the same day, a unique record, which she shared with her partner hero Sultan Rahi, her playback voice (singer) Melody Queen Madam Noor Jehan, and musician Wajahat Attre. Anjuman was a darling of the working classes, who went to the cinema frequently. She could dance according to their taste and she had the figure of a traditional Punjabi Mutyaar, which is the ideal of adult males, especially in Punjab.

She appeared with every hero of her era but with Sultan Rahi she ruled the Punjabi cinema for more than a decade. She also appeared with Ali Ijaz, Javed Sheikh, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Izhar Qazi and Nadeem. Her initial films were in Urdu but the bulk of her career was based on acting in Punjabi films. Her roles ranged from a traditional innocent village girl to modern sexy bombshell, romance to action packed.

Marriage[edit]

Anjuman married income tax commissioner, Mobin Malik, gave birth to two sons and one daughter. Zeeshan, Adnan and Iman, quit films, and lived in the United Kingdom with her family. During this period Sultan Rahi was murdered on the National Highway. Lollywood was deprived of its most famous star, and the Punjabi film industry virtually grounded to a halt.

Comeback in films[edit]

Anjuman returned to acting in 1999 in the title role in the film Chaudrani. The adoring masses welcomed their beloved Queen home and lifted Chaudrani to considerable success upon its release but soon the golden touch began to fade. Anjuman, however, perceived Chaudrani‍ '​s success as vindication of everything she had planned. She refused any further character roles, opting only for solo heroine projects and required a lofty salary of Rs. 300,000. She felt that she was in a position to be calling all the shots, but in any film industry you are only as good as your last hit and she was soon to taste the vagaries of stardom. Her next release was Jag mahi, opposite similarly dinosauric Ghulam Mohiuddin, in 2000. It had a tepid response and barely lasted a few weeks playing to largely empty halls. Anjuman's next release was a litmus test of sorts and this she failed disastrously. The film Peengan opposite Saud was met with derision.

Audiences started shouting slogans of Maan puttar (Mother and Son) and Buddhee ghori laal lagaam during the film. Yet, she refused to change her stance on character roles, as well as the size of her pay check. Suddenly, the industry began to mutter about Anjuman being a kiss of death if she was in the romantic lead.

There was much depression in her household as news spread through the industry that distributors had announced they would not be handling any film starring Anjuman for fear of financial loss. The producers with whom she had already signed suffered enormous losses. A few films which had been partly completed were recalled by the producers and shorn of any Anjuman involvement.

She was abruptly dropped from the film Badmaash, for which she had already canned two songs and numerous scenes, and replaced by upcoming starlet Noor. The producer felt they would be better off cutting Anjuman, and their costs, rather than going ahead with Anjuman as the leading lady.

Further news arrived that Anjuman's scenes in the film Badmaash tey Qanoon had also been dropped and edited out of the film, and that she had been replaced by Nargis. This was the final straw for Anjuman, the humiliation proving too much to take. She announced her immediate retirement, that she was just hanging around to complete her on hand assignments, and that she would shortly be leaving Pakistan altogether for a life of anonymity in the UK where her former husband Mobin Malik owned a flat in Knightsbridge, London. Her final two movies were Jatti da vair in 2000 and Ik dhee punjab di (Daughter of Punjab), they were a huge hit.[2]

End of career[edit]

Her departure may have been a crushing blow to many of her die hard fans, who admired the thumkas (pelvic thrusting dance manoeuvres) of Anjuman. In the mid-1980s, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi and Anjuman dominated the industry to such an extent that a film was not considered a viable project unless they were present. Film after film was launched with all the three stars, with different names, but merely repeating their roles from the previous efforts. Nonetheless, the public lapped it up and all three became icons of an era.

Anjuman in action films[edit]

Action was the essential element of the Punjabi films; Sultan Rahi gained a reputation as an action hero but in many films Anjuman herself played an action heroine. The audience saw her fighting with bad guys and displaying her powers along with her dances simultaneously in those movies. Some of her action films include Hunter wali, Dulari, Qatil haseena, Daku Haseena, Kali Charn, Sultana, Nangi Talwar, etc.

She was seen in action films, riding horses, driving motor bikes and doing stunts thus giving a new dimension to female roles in Lollywood movies, which were previously based on a shy and innocent girl. Plots of Anjuman's action films were based on revenge, although she played a don in Insaniyat ke dushman. Anjuman can be considered as the first established action heroine of the Pakistan film industry. Her viewers not only liked her acting and dances but also her action skills.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9]

Filmography[edit]

Year Film Role Co-stars
1973 Soorath Waseem Abbas, Afshan, Taj Niazi
1977 Dameena Dameena Yasmin Khan, Badar Munir, Asif Khan, Anjuman, Naemat Sarhadi
1979 Waday Ki Zanjeer Waheed Murad, Mohammad Ali, Sabiha, Ali Ejaz, Nannah
Do Rastay Mumtaz, Nadeem, Shahid, Shehla Gil, Nanha, Sabiha
Aap Se Kya Parda Mohammad Ali, Rangeela, Ali Ejaz, Shahnawaz, Saiqa, Ishrat Chaudhry
1980 Sardar Asiya, Yousuf Khan, Iqbal Hassan, Rangeela, Talish
Rishta Shabnam, Nadeem, Sabiha, Allauddin, Saqi, Sabiha, Najma Mehboob
1981 Sher Medan Da Asiya, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Adeeb
Sher Khan Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Aliya, Nazli, Bahar, Habib, Nana, Adeeb, Seema, Iqbal Hassan
Chann Veryam Sultan Rahi, Iqbal Hasan, Afzaal, Mustafa Qureshi
Sala Sahab Mumtaz, Ali Ejaz, Nanha, Sultan Rahi, Nazli, Iqbal Hassan
Chacha Bhateeja Ali Ejaz, Nanha, Durdana Rehman, Khalid Saleem, Tamanna, Saqi, Mustafa Qureshi
Milega Zulm Da Badla Sultan Rahi, Chakori, Kaifi, Mustafa Qureshi
Varyam Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Mumtaz, Adeeb
Jeedar Sultan Rahi, Chakori, Haifi, Mustafa Qureshi
Muftbar Sultan Rahi, Ali Ejaz, Huma Daar, Afzaal
Chhanga Te Manga Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Chakori, Bahar, Talish
1982 Do Bheega Zamin Mumtaz, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Ilyas Kashmiri
Shaan Mumtaz, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Quresh, Adeeb, Bahar
Aina Aur Zindagi Ayaz, Waseem Abbas, Seemab, Sajjad Kishwar, Munawwar Saeed
Dostana Ali Ejaz, Nana, Shujaat Hashmi, Ilyas
Jatt Mirza Yousuf Khan, Fazil Butt, Nazli, Bahar, Ilyas
1983 Sahab Jee Ali Ejaz, Nana, Durdana, Rangeela
Qudrat Ali Ejaz, Nana, Rangeela, Sultan Rahi
Dashat Khan Shahid, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Habib, Allauddin
Heera Moti Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Nazli, Chakori
Chorun Qutab Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Nazli, Naghma
Shagird Moula Jatt Da Ladla, Nazli, Shujait Hashmi, Zummurd
Lawaris Sultan Rahi, Iqbal Hassan, Adeeb
Khan Veer Iqbal Hassan, Shahid, Nazli, Bahar, Durdana
Rustam Te Khan Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi
Dushman Pyara Ali Ejaz, Nanha, Rangeela, Iqbal Hassan
Dara Baloch Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan, Zummurd
1984 Mela Te Medan Yousuf Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Aliya
Sholay Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Ejaz, Anwar Khan
Lal Toofan Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Rangeela, Kahnum
Commander Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan
Taqat Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Kaifi, Chakori
Baghi Mustafa Qureshi, Mumtaz, Shujait, Rangeela
Khanu Dada Iqbal Hassan, Mustafa Qureshi, Sultan Rahi, Nazli
Kaliyar Ejaz, Iqbal Hassan, Zamarrud
Dulla Bhatti Yousuf Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Talish, Rangeela
Baz Shehbaz Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Naghma, Iqbal Hassan
Pardesi Aain Piar Reeta, Musthaq Changezi, Nasreen, Roshan
Chann Cheeta Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan, Firdous
Lagaan Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Shahida Mini
1985 Nikah Ali Ejaz, Nanha Rangeela, Gori, Ilyas
Chooriyan Ali Ejaz, Nazli, Nanha
Badle Di Aag Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan
Dhee Rani Ali Ejaz, Yousuf Khan, Talish, Nanha
Rishta Kaghaz Da Ali Ejaz, Nanha, Nazli
Qismat Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Arifa Siddiqi, Ilyas Kashmiri
Maa Puttar Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan
Lakha Daku Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Nazli
Ajab Khan Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Babra, Afzal
Sauday Bazi Sultan Rahi, Ali Ejaz, Sangeeta, Nazli
Khuddar Rani, Mustafa Qureshi, Iqbal Hassan, Talish
Jagga Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Afzal, Yousuf
Shah Behram Sultan Rahi, Kaifi, Mohammad Ali, Iqbal Hassan
Mehndi Javed Shaikh, Sangeeta, Nanha, Rangeela, Afzal
Ziddi Khan Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Shahida Mini
Wadera Ghulam Mohayuddin, Arifa Siddiqi, Mustafa Qureshi
1986 Chann Te Surma Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Mumtaz, Zummurud
Do Qaidi Sultan Rahi, Chakori, Mustafa Qureshi
Qaidi Sultan Rahi, Zumurrud, Firdous, Afzal
Joora Yousuf Khan, Ali Ejaz, Sangeeta, Bindia, Iqbal Hassan
Chann Bahadur Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Yousuf Khan
Insaaf Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Rangeela, Nazli
Akbar Khan Sultan Rahi, Gori, Mustafa Qureshi, Zummurud
Hitler Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Firdous, Habib
Qarz Sultan Rahi, Mohammad Ali, Irfan Khoost, Nana, Naghma, Bahar, Mustafa Qureshi
Puttar Shahiye Da Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi
Kali Basti Sultan Rahi, Bazgha, Mustafa Qureshi
Sanjhi Hathkari Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Gori, Zumurrud
Dara Gujjar Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Zumurrud, Naghma
Haq Such Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Kaifi
Qeemat Sultan Rahi, Yousuf Khan, Zumurrud, Khanum
Malanga Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Ilyas Kashmiri
Mela Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Zumurrud, Gori
Sher Bahadur Sultan Rahi, Afzaal, Urooj, Zummurud
1987 Jugnu Sultan Rahi, Talish, Babar, Sitara, Arifa
Doli Te Hathkari Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Bahar, Durdana
Jurnel Singh Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Chakori, Nanha, Adeeb
Disco Dancer Yousuf Khan, Asif Khan, Rangeela, Nanha, Sheva
Faqeeria Sultan Rahi, Arifa Siddiqi, Mustafa Qureshi
Silsila Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Talish, Durdana
Allah Rakha Yousuf Khan, Sultan Rahi, Talish, Zumurrud
Dulari Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Ismail Shah
Janbaz Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Sitara
Ik Si Daku Yousuf Khan, Mustafa Qureshi, Shahid, Afzal
Bagroo Shahid, Shehbaz, Talish, Akmal, Sawan, Sapna
Tiger Sultan Rahi, Sheeva, Sashma Shahee
1988 Shaka Shehbaz Akmal, Babar, Afzal, Soniya, Nemat Sarhadi
Bardasht Izhar Qazi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Ismail Shah
Qismat Wala Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi
Noori Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Afzal Ahmed, Ilyas
Disco Leonei Badar Minir, Sangeeta, Rangeela, Nemat Sarhadi
Roti Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Humayun Qureshi
Hunter Wala Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Rangeela, Humayun Qureshi
Aakhri Muqadama Ghulam Mohayuddin, Bahar, Iqbal Hassan
1989 Sikandra Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Mustafa Qureshi
Super Girl Sultan Rahi, Gori, Hamayun Qureshi, Rangeela, Albela
Qatil Haseena Sultan Rahi, Akbar, Rangeela, Humayun Qureshi
Maula Saeen Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Rangeela, Mustafa Qureshi
Aakhri Qatal Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Mustafa Qureshi, Adeeb
Zabardast Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Talish
Bilawal Sultan Rahi, Talish, Afzal, Sitara, Albela, Jahanzeb
Kalka Sultan Rahi, Asif Khan, Afzal, Shahida Mini, Adeeb
Daket Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Mustafa Qureshi
Changeza Sultan Rahi, Hamayun Qureshi, Rangeela, Humayun Qureshi, Afzal, Abid Ali
Achhoo 302 Sultan Rahi, Talish, Humayun Quresh, Afzal Ahmed
Nangi Talwar Javed Shaikh, Talish, Ghulam Mohayuddin
Mazdoor Sultan Rahi, Gori, Adeeb, Bahar, Humayun Qureshi
1990 Hoshiar Sultan Rahi, Javed Shaikh, Kavita, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Ismail Shah
Shera Baluch Sultan Rahi, Naghma, Sangeeta, Deeba, Sonia
Allah Waris Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Humayun Qureshi
Insaniyat Ke Dushman Sultan Rahi, Nadeem, Neeli, Izhar Qazi, Abid Ali, Hamyun Qureshi, Afzaal
Palay Khan Sultan Rahi, Shahida Mini, Rangeela, Bahar, Humayun Qureshi
Governor Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Abid Ali, Humayun Qureshi
Daku Haseena Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Rangeela, Humayun Qureshi
Lutera Sultan Rahi, Adeeb. Durdana, Kanwal, Albela
Sultana Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Humayun Qureshi, Sonia
Kali Charan Sultan Rahi, Akbar, Sameena Peerzada, Rangeela, Shafquat Cheema
Shadmani Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Naghma, Rangeela, Humayun Qureshi
Loha Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Sitara, Babra, Gori
Waliya Sultan Rahi, Sonia, Babar, Bahar, Adeeb, Tengeela
Malanga Sultan Rahi, Qazi, Bahar, Albela, Humayun Qureshi
Makhan Gujjar Sultan Rahi, Babra Sharif, Rangeela, Bahar, Albela
Paisa Naach Nachawe Sultan Rahi, Javed Shaikh, Shakeela Qureshi
Sarmaya Sultan Rahi, Javed Shaikh, Waseem Abbas, Sonia, Shakeela
Allah Shehanshah Yousuf Khan, Javed Shaikh, Abid Ali, Bahar, Ilyas Kashmiri
Jangi Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Sahar, Naghma, Humayun Qureshi
Sholay e Sholay Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Muniza Shaikh, Asif Khan
1991 Bhangra Sultan Rahi, Sawan, Bahar, Humayun Qureshi, Asif Khan
Election Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Gori, Saima, Humayun Qureshi
Wehshi Dogar Sultan Rahi, Hamyun Qureshi, Shahida Mini, Abid Ali
Maula Te Mukho Sultan Rahi, Madiha Shah, Tarique Shah, Ilyas Kashmiri
Chiragh Bali Sultan Rahi, Izhar Qazi, Ghulam Mohayuddin
Billoo Badhshah Sultan Rahi, Afzaal Ahmed, Muniza Shaikh, Jahanzeb
Qanoon Apna Apna Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Naghma, Humayun Qureshi
Riaz Gujjar Sultan Rahi, Hina Shaheen, Humayun Qureshi
1992 Khooni Sholay Babra Sharif, Sultan Rahi, Nadeem, Bahar
Bulanda Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Shahida
Hasinon Ki Baarat Sultan Rahi, Javed Shaikh, Mohammad Ali
Kakay Da Kharak Sultan Rahi, Shahida Mini, Bahar
Majhoo Sultan Rahi, Reema, Ghulam Mohayuddin
Hijrat Sultan Rahi, Kavita, Izhar Qazi
Surpa Sultan Rahi, Ghulam Mohayuddin, Saiqa
Wadera Sain Ghulam Mohayuddin, Mustafa Qureshi
Mehbooba Reema, Shaan, Nadra, Nadeem, Hamayun
Gawah Te Badmash Sultan Rahi, Gori, Adeeb, Talish
1993 Subay Khan Sultan Rahi, Reema, Javed Shaikh, Rangeela, Humayun
1994 Khandan Sultan Rahi, Reema, Nadeem, Hamayun Qureshi
Gujjar Badshah Sultan Rahi, Reema, Izhar Qazi, Humayun
Jabroo Te Malangi Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Humayun Qureshi
Bala Peeray Da Sultan Rahi, Reema, Umer Sharif, Bahar, Humayun
1995 Dam Mast Qalandar Sultan Rahi, Mohammad Ali, Rembo
Madam Rani Sultan Rahi, Reema, Nadeem, Hamayun Qureshi
Mangal Khan Sultan Rahi, Humayun Qureshi
Golden Girl Sultan Rahi, Shahida Mini, Izhar Qazi
Khoon Da Hisab Sultan Rahi, Humayun Qureshi
1999 Chohdrani Saima, Shaan, Saud, Sabira, Shafqat Cheema
2000 Jug Mahi Sana, Shaan, Saud, Nargis, Rembo, Ghulam Mohayuddin
Peengan Saud, Sana, Babu Ali, Irfan Khoost, Sardar Kamal
Jatti Da Wair Saud, Moamar Rana, Nargis, Afzal, Humayun

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Anjuman at the Wayback Machine (archived December 17, 2009). cineplot.com
  2. ^ Khan, Omar. Anjuman Finally Abdicates for Good at the Wayback Machine (archived June 13, 2012). thehotspotonline.com
  3. ^ Early Days and a Brief History (To the 1980's). Brns.com. Retrieved on 2014-03-22.
  4. ^ Revenge is sweet – the Bandit Queen syndrome. Brns.com. Retrieved on 2014-03-22.
  5. ^ Janbaaz : la chronique de Nanarland. nanarland.com
  6. ^ sultan rahi in lollywood. Foxybronx.free.fr. Retrieved on 2014-03-22.
  7. ^ JATTI DA VAIR (2000) at the Wayback Machine (archived November 15, 2011). thehotspotonline.com
  8. ^ SUPERGIRL (1989) at the Wayback Machine (archived November 15, 2011). thehotspotonline.com
  9. ^ Jug Mahi (2000) at the Wayback Machine (archived February 13, 2007). thehotspotonline.com

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