Asha Posley

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Asha Posley
(Urdu: آشا پوسلے)
Asha Posley in the film Papiha Re.jpg
Asha Posley in the film Papiha Re
Sabira Begum

Died26 March 1998(1998-03-26) (aged 70–71)
Lahore, Punjab Pakistan
Other namesFirst heroine of Pakistani film industry[1]
OccupationFilm actress
Years active1944 – 1986
AwardsSpecial Award from Nigar Awards in 1982 for 30 years of excellence in acting

Sabira Begum better known as Asha Posley[2][3][4][5][6] (Punjabi, Urdu: آشا پوسلے) (1927 – 25 March 1998) was the first heroine of Pakistani films.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

Asha Posley was born Sabira Begum in Patiala, Punjab, British India in 1927.[7]

Asha Posley was the daughter of music composer Inayat Ali Nath, who worked with HMV in Delhi, and the sister of renowned film playback singer Kausar Parveen and another sister Rani Kiran. She made her debut as a supporting actress in Lahore-made Punjabi film Gawandi (1944), then the lead role in Hindi film Champa (1945), filmed in British India. She was given her professional name Asha Posley by the renowned music director Ghulam Haider. After the independence of Pakistan in 1947, she migrated with her family to the newly created Pakistan.[1][7][2]

She was the heroine of the first-ever released film in Pakistan in Urdu language, Teri Yaad (1948).[1] She played the female lead opposite Nasir Khan, famous Indian actor Dilip Kumar's brother, who played the male lead in the film.[2] After playing the female lead role in just a few films, she was cast mainly in supporting roles especially opposite comedian actors Nazar and Asif Jah in most of her films. She acted in 129 films during her film career spanning over 3 decades.[1]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Asha Posley received a 'Special Award from Nigar Awards for 30 years of excellence in acting' in 1982.[8]


Asha Posley died on 26 March 1998 at Lahore, Pakistan at age 70.[2][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d (Karan Bali) Asha Posley profile on website Retrieved 28 June 2021
  2. ^ a b c d e "Asha Posley - Profile". website. 13 September 2009. Archived from the original on 16 August 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2022.
  3. ^ Amjad Parvez (7 July 2018). "Kausar Parveen — a phenomenal singer who died young". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  4. ^ "70 years of Pakistan's film industry". Geo TV News website. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  5. ^ "Pakistani Cinema Had Its Own Way of Looking at Partition Too". The Wire. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  6. ^ Bali, Karan. "67 years ago today, Pakistanis lined up to see the first film made in their new nation". website. Retrieved 28 June 2021.
  7. ^ a b c Asha Posley's Profile on Pakistan Film Magazine ( website Retrieved 28 June 2021
  8. ^ Swami Ji. "Pakistan's "Oscars"; The Nigar Awards (1957 - 2002)". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. Archived from the original on 24 November 2017. Retrieved 29 January 2022.

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