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Directed by Qamar Zaidi
Produced by Najma Hassan
Written by Shams Hanafi
Starring Waheed Murad
Shamim Ara
Tariq Aziz
Santosh Rissal
Nighat Sultana
Asif Ali Zardari (as child artist)
Music by Nashad
Release date(s) 14 February 1969
Running time approx. 3 hours
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu

Salgira (Urdu: ﻩﺮﮕﻟﺎﺳ) (English: Birthday) is an Urdu-language Pakistani black-and-white film released in 1969. It is a melodious love story directed by Qamar Zaidi and produced by Najma Hassan and written by Shams Hanafi. The film cast Waheed Murad, Shamim Ara, Tariq Aziz, Santosh Rissal, Nirala, Nighat Sultana and Talish. Included in the soundtrack are two hits songs, Meri zindagi hai naghma... and Lay aai phir kahan par... sung by Noor Jehan.

Asif Ali Zardari, ex-president of Pakistan, acted as the young protagonist Waheed Murad. This is his only known film as a child actor.


Salgira was released on the Valentines Day of 1969. The film completed 20 weeks on main cinemas and 61 weeks on other cinemas of Karachi and thus became a golden jubilee film.[1]


The music of Salgira is composed by Nashad and the lyrics are written by Shevan Rizvi. Playback singers are Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan, Irene Parveen and Ahmed Rushdi.



Salgirah won 2 Nigar Awards in the following categories:[2]

Category Recipient
Best music Nashad
Best female play back singer Noor Jehan