Hero (1985 film)

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Hero film3.jpg
Scene from the film
Directed by Iqbal Yousuf
Produced by Waheed Murad
Written by Waheed Murad
Starring Waheed Murad
Babra Sharif
Distributed by Film Arts
Release date
  • 11 January 1985 (1985-01-11)
Running time
180 minutes
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu

Hero is 1985 a Pakistani Urdu colour film starring Waheed Murad, Babra Sharif, Mumtaz, Aslam Pervaiz, Saqi, Adil Murad (as child star & guest star) and Nadeem (as guest star). It was produced by Waheed himself and directed by his close friend Iqbal Yousuf. Waheed Murad died leaving this film incomplete.[1] It was later completed by Iqbal Yousuf using 'cheat shot' techniques[2] and released after two years of Waheed's death on 11 January 1985 countrywide.

In those days, Waheed Murad was in trouble and was being cast in either supporting roles or being offered by 'B-class' film directors. So he decided to produce his own film and chosen his best friend Iqbal Yousuf as film director. The script and story was written by Waheed himself. Waheed's expectations were high for this film, as he once said in an interview in Anwar Maqsood's programme 'Silver Jubilee':


Hero is a romantic and action movie. Waheed Murad played double role in this film. It is based on a story of two different persons but with similar faces, one is very innocent and the other is a gangster.


Hero was released on 11 January 1985, i.e., after two years of Waheed Murad's death. The film was released on Lyric Cinema of Karachi and Firdous Cinema of Hyderabad.[1] The film had average success and completed 35 weeks on cinemas with 5 weeks on main cinemas and thus became a Silver Jubilee film.[3]


During those days, Waheed Murad was depressed, frustrated and suffered from his illness. He had to undergo for a stomach removal surgery. After surgery, he recovered, but lost significant amount of weight, which could be seen in Hero. Babra Sharif revealed that during filming of a scene of Hero, Waheed lost his balance while walking briskly toward her and fell down. He took several minutes to catch his breath prior to standing up on his feet again. In July 1983, Waheed also had a car accident, which left a large scar on his face. He moved to Karachi to get the scar fixed (plastic surgery) in order to complete the last few scenes of Hero, but died one day before his surgery.


The music of the film was composed by M. Ashraf with Tasleem Fazli and Khwaja Pervaiz as lyricist. Ahmed Rushdi, Noor Jehan, Mehdi Hassan and Mehnaz were the lead singers. The songs are:


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