Asha Posley (actress)
(Urdu: آشا پوسلے)
|Died||26 March 1998 (aged 70–71)|
|Other names||First heroine of Pakistani film industry|
Sabira Begum better known as Asha Posley (Urdu: آشا پوسلے) (1927 – 25 March 1998) was the first heroine of Pakistani films. Asha Posley was born Sabira Begum in Patiala, Punjab, British India in 1927.
Early life and career
Asha Posley was the daughter of music composer Inayat Ali Nath 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.
She was the heroine of the first-ever released film in Pakistan in Urdu language, Teri Yaad (1948). She played the female lead opposite Nasir Khan, famous Indian actor Dilip Kumar's brother, who played the male lead in the film. 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.
Awards and recognition
Asha Posley received a Special Award from Nigar Awards for 30 years of excellence in acting in 1982.
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