Anwar Kamal Pasha

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Anwar Kamal Pasha (Urdu: انور کمال پاشا), (23 February 1925 – 13 October 1987) was the pioneer in the Pakistan film industry and an early Pakistani film director and producer from Lahore, Pakistan.[1][2][3]

He was the son of poet and scholar Hakim Ahmad Shuja and the husband of film actress Shamim Bano.[4]

Life and career[edit]

Pasha was a graduate from the Forman Christian College, Lahore, and went on to earn two Master of Arts degrees at the University of the Punjab. He generally scripted, produced and directed his own films, which dealt with such social themes as poverty, love, social strata, suicide, moral decay and death.[2]

Anwar Kamal Pasha trained and introduced many new people to the Pakistan film industry who later made a name for themselves, including film directors M. S. Dar, M. Akram, Altaf Hussain (film director), music directors Master Inayat Hussain and later his younger brother Master Abdullah. He also introduced Pakistani film actors Aslam Pervaiz, Sabiha Khanum, Musarrat Nazir, Nayyar Sultana, Bahar Begum and Rani. He made a total of 24 movies. Anwar Kamal Pasha died on 13 October 1987 at age 62 but left behind a legacy as one of the pioneer producers-directors of Pakistani cinema.[1][5]


Major films by Anwar Kamal Pasha, made between 1949 and the 1980s, are:

Awards and recognition[edit]

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  1. ^ a b Ammara Ahmad (25 March 2018). "A history of dreams". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  2. ^ a b Aijaz Gul. "A Short History of Pakistani Films". International Federation of Film Critics. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Anwar Kamal Pasha's Filmography on Pakistan Film Magazine website Retrieved 29 June 2021
  4. ^ Shamim's Profile and Filmography on website Published 27 May 2011, Retrieved 30 June 2021
  5. ^ Sumaira Jajja (25 May 2014). "In memoriam: The Rani of our hearts lives on". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  6. ^ a b Anwar Kamal Pasha's Nigar Award on website Published 13 May 2010, Retrieved 30 June 2021
  7. ^ Swami Ji (24 November 2017). "Anwar Kamal Pasha's Nigar Award - Special Award For 30 Years of Excellence in Films". website. Retrieved 30 June 2021.

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