|Born||13 November 1952
Patiala, Punjab, India
|Died||9 March 2013 (aged 61)
|Years active||1970–mid 1990s|
|Awards||2 Nigar Awards|
Aasia Begum, better known as Aasia, (born 1952 – died 9 March 2013) was a Pakistani film actress who was active in the 1970s and 1980s in the film industry. She was given major roles by many directors. She was born in 1952 as Firdous in Punjab, India. She emigrated from India to Pakistan. She resided in Canada after retiring from her career, where she died on 9 March 2013, aged 61.
|Naukar Wohti Da||1974||Punjabi|
|Chitra Te Shera||1976||Punjabi|
She had made her debut in the Pakistani film industry in 1970. She was introduced to Lollywood by film director Riaz Shahid in his movie, Gharnata (1970). She acted in more than 179 Punjabi movies. She starred in several Urdu and Punjabi films. Aasia shot to fame after playing the iconic role of 'Makhoo' in the Punjabi super-hit film Maula Jatt (1979). This role made her truly a star because it redefined the concept of 'Jatti' and 'Chaudhrani' in Pakistani Punjabi language films. Film actress Anjuman said that she modeled herself after her role in that film. Aasia had adopted her Punjabi language accent for film Maula Jatt (1979) based on people's accent from Sargodha and Jhang areas of Punjab.
She had married a Karachi-based businessman, and they had four children together.
Aasia had long been living in Canada. Aasia ended her film career in the mid 1990s, and had been residing in Canada with her husband and four children. She never tried to rejoin the film industry once she quit it. Although she had travelled back to Karachi a couple years before she died for treatment of her illness at Agha Khan Hospital. She died on 9 March 2013 in Canada aged 61, from undisclosed causes. She was survived by her husband and four children.
- "Film star Aasia is no more". Dawn.com. 10 March 2013. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- INP. "Veteran Pakistani actress Aasia dies in Canada". The Nation newspaper. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007545/?ref_=nmbio_bio_nm, actress Aasia's Filmography on IMDb website, Retrieved 8 October 2016
- Khan, Sher. "Transition: Aasia Begum passes away in Canada". The Express Tribune newspaper. Retrieved 8 October 2016.
- http://www.janubaba.com/c/forum/topic/20869/Lollywood/Nigar_Awards__Complete_History, Actress Aasia's 2 Nigar Awards info listed on janubaba.com website, Retrieved 8 October 2016
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