Syed Ishrat Abbas

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Born Syed Ishrat Abbas
1346-1347 A.H/ 1928 A.D
Uttar Pradesh, India
Died Saturday, 29 Zulhijja, 1400 A.H/ November 8, 1980 (aged 52)
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–1980
Spouse(s) Nayyar Sultana

Syed Ishrat Abbas (سید عشرت حسین) better known by his stage name Darpan (Urdu: درپن‎) was one of the original romantic heroes of the "golden age" of the Pakistan Film Industry (also commonly known as Lollywood).[1] He belonged to an educated Shia family originally from Uttar Pradesh, India where he was born in 1928.[2]

His brother, Santosh Kumar, was also an actor and another brother, S. Sulaiman, is a director. He started his film career with the Punjabi film Billo in 1951.[3] After starring in a few more films produced in Lahore, he decided to travel to India to try his luck there, where he only had moderate success. Notable films from this period include Barati (1954), and Adl-e-Jahangir (1955) opposite Meena Kumari. Critics applauded his performance in Saheli in which he starred alongside Nayyar Sultana and Shamim Ara.[4] He won a Nigar Award for his performance in Saheli as well as a Presidential award. He died in Lahore on November 8, 1980.[5]


Darpan was a top hero in the beginning of the 60s. He was introduced in film Amanat in 1950 and after only one more film Billo, he left Pakistan and tried his luck in Mumbai, where he appeared in two Indian films Barati and Adl-e-Jahangir. But he was more active in non-professional activities there and became involved with the Indian actress Nigar Sultana[6] who played Bahar in the classic Indian film Mughal-e-Azam. Darpan came back to Lahore after a few years, where the film industry was booming and he acted in his first film Baap Ka Gunah. But he got breakthrough from his self-produced film Sathi. Raat ke rahi, Saheli, Gulfam, Qaidi, Anchal, Baji, Shikwa, Ik tera Sahara and Naela were some big films in which he played vital roles. His last big film as hero was Payal Ki Jhankar in 1966. He was hero in Waheed Murad's two produced films Insaan Badalta Hai and Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhen. He played the villain in Ik Gunah Aur Sahi and supporting actor in Khuda Te Maan, Jab jab Phool Khiley and a few other films.[7]


  • 1950 Amanat
  • 1951 Billo
  • 1957 Baap ka gunah
  • 1957 Noor-e-Islam' ' with sawarn lata and naeem hashmi
  • 1958 Rukhsana
  • 1959 Sahara
  • 1959 Khul ja sim sim' ' with yasmeen and naeem hashmi
  • 1959 Shama' 'with neelo, swarn lata and naeem hashmi
  • 1959 Saathi' ' with husna and naeem hashmi
  • 1960 Noukri
  • 1960 Saheli
  • 1961 Insaan badalta hai
  • 1961 Gulfam
  • 1961 Lakhon fasane
  • 1962 Qaidi
  • 1962 Mousiqaar
  • 1962 Aanchal
  • 1963 Jab se dekha hai tumhen
  • 1963 Yahudi ki larki
  • 1963 Baji
  • 1963 Shikwa
  • 1963 Dulhan
  • 1963 Ik tera sahara
  • 1963 Tange Wala
  • 1964 Baap ka Baap
  • 1964 Sikari
  • 1964 Inspector
  • 1964 Shabab
  • 1965 Koh-e-Qaaf
  • 1965 Naela
  • 1966 Al-hilaal
  • 1966 Hamrahi
  • 1966 Jalwah
  • 1966 Mere mehboob
  • 1966 Pail ki jhankar
  • 1966 Mojza
  • 1967 Sham svera
  • 1967 Bahadur
  • 1967 Sitamgar
  • 1967 Shola aur shabnam
  • 1968 Baalam
  • 1968 Ik musafar ik haseena
  • 1968 Saiqa
  • 1969 Meri bhabi
  • 1969 Fasana-e-dil
  • 1970 Hamjoli
  • 1973 Azmat
  • 1973 Khuda te maan
  • 1974 Jawab do
  • 1975 Izzat
  • 1975 Ik gunah aur sahi
  • 1975 Jab jab phool khiley

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