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Musarrat Nazir

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Musarrat Nazir
Born (1940-10-13) 13 October 1940 (age 83)
Lahore, Punjab, British India
Occupation(s)Singer, film director, film actress
Years active1955 – 1989
Known forFilm actress, Punjabi folk music
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1989
Won 3 Nigar Awards during her career

Musarrat Nazir Khawaja (Urdu: مسرت نذیر; born 13 October 1940) is a Pakistani singer and film actress, who acted in many Urdu and Punjabi films. She, many years later, also sang solo, mostly wedding and folk songs.

Early life[edit]

Her parents were a Punjabi middle-class family of Kashmiri origin from Lahore.[1] Her father Khwaja Nazir Ahmed, worked as a registered contractor in Lahore Municipal Corporation.[2][3] Early in her life, her parents wanted her to be a doctor, and provided her with the best possible education they could afford. Musarrat passed the matriculation examination (10th grade) with distinction and passed the intermediate examination (12th grade) from Kinnaird College in Lahore.[2][3]


She had keen interest in music and began singing for Radio Pakistan in the early 1950s. However, insufficient money from the radio took her to the film director, Anwar Kamal Pasha in 1955. She explained to Pasha her strong desire to sing for the movies. Instead, Pasha suggested to her to become an actress. Musarrat needed her parents' approval. Pasha himself met Musarrat's father and convinced him to allow his daughter to work in the movie industry as a singer and actress.

Pasha changed Musarrat's name to Chandani and signed her up for a side role in his movie. Hence, Chandani made her debut with Sabiha Khanum and Nayyar Sultana in Pasha's film Qatil in 1955. Her role was secondary but effective.[2]

Sheikh Lateef of Capital Films, Lahore planned to make a Punjabi film, 'Pattan (1955)'. Lateef's friend, poet and script writer, Baba Aalam Siah Posh, advised him to cast Chandani (Musarrat Nazir) in the film. Lateef agreed. This was the debut of Musarrat Nazir, aka Chandani, in Punjabi films. Then she appeared in the hit Punjabi film, Pattan (1955), under her real name, Musarrat Nazir and played the lead role opposite Santosh Kumar in Pattan. The producer was Sheikh Lateef and the film was directed by Luqman. The film Pattan opened the doors for Musarrat in the Punjabi film industry, which led her to the hit film Patay Khan (1955). She was the supporting actress. The film was produced by film actress Shammi and Musarrat Nazir acted in a supporting role along with Noor Jehan and Aslam Pervaiz. Her main competitor actresses, in those days, were Sabiha Khanum, Yasmin and Noor Jehan.[4]

Personal life[edit]

She was born on 13 October 1940 .[5] She is married to a physician Arshad Majeed and has lived in Canada since 1965.[4] They have three grown-up children in 2005. Musarrat Nazir gave up her film career that was then at its peak for her would-be husband and agreed to move to Canada with him.[2]

Musarrat Nazir and Arshad Majeed wanted to return to Pakistan and settle in Lahore in the late 1970s. Arshad Majeed wanted to set up a hospital in Lahore and they had gone ahead and bought a home there for this purpose which they still own and maintain in 2005. After spending a lot of money, months of struggle and running around, Arshad Majeed gave up.[2]


Musarrat also gave performances in Pakistan cinema's greatest melodramas like the films Mahi Munda (1956) and Yakke Wali (1957).

Following is the list of Musarrat's films:

  • Qatil (1955)
  • Pattan (1955),[6]
  • Paatay Khan (1955)
  • Mahi Munda (1956)
  • Peengaan (1956)[6]
  • Kismet (1956)
  • Mirza Sahiban (1956)[6]
  • Guddi Guddi (1956)
  • Baghi (1956),[4]
  • Aankh Ka Nasha (1957)
  • Baap Ka Gunah (1957)
  • Palkaan (1957)
  • Yakke Wali (1957)[6]
  • Naya Zamana (1957)
  • Sehti (1957)
  • Jatti (1958)
  • Zehr-e-Ishq (1958)
  • Street number 77
  • Seestaan (1957)
  • Thandi Sarak (1957)
  • Jaan-E-Bahar (1958)[6]
  • Lukkan Miti (1959)
  • Jaidad (1959)
  • Kartar Singh[6]
  • Raaz (1959)[4]
  • Sola Aanay (1959)
  • Jhoomer (1959)[2]
  • Clerk (1960)
  • Gul Badan (1960)
  • Naukari (1960)
  • Sunehre Sapne (1961)
  • Shaheed (1962)[6]
  • Ishq Par Zor Nahin (1963)
  • Chotay Sarkaar
  • Mangol (1961)
  • Muftbar (1961)
  • Gulfam'' (1961)[6]
  • Bahadur (1967)[6]

The film song Us bay wafa ka sheher hai in the mega-hit film Shaheed (1962), is considered to be one of the popular songs in 2022. Even after she retired from her film career in 1963, she had continued to sing for Pakistan Television until recently.[2][3]


Musarrat Nazir made an appearance on Pakistani television's Tariq Aziz Show in 1983. Songs from that show became highly popular in Pakistan.[4]

Her popular songs are listed below:

  • Gulshan ki baharon mein
  • Mera laung gawacha (1983), song lyrics by Khawaja Pervez was a runaway hit song[2][4]
  • Chalay to kat hi jaaye ga safar aahistah, aahistah[4]
  • Apnay haathoan ki lakiroan mein
  • Lathe di chader uttay saleti rung mahiya, a traditional folk song of Punjab
  • Chitta kukkar banairey tay
  • Mehndi ni mehndi
  • Jogi (1985)[4]

Awards and nominations[edit]


  1. ^ Khalid Hasan (18 March 2005). "Looking for Musarrat Nazir (her Profile)". Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA). Retrieved 24 April 2022. ... She was also chaperoned by her father to the studios: being just a simple, artless girl from a middle class family of Punjabi Kashmiris who had broken into the movies. ...
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Khalid Hasan (18 March 2005). "Looking for Musarrat Nazir (her Profile)". Academy of the Punjab in North America (APNA). Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Musarrat Nazir: the iconic heroine – Part II". Daily Times (newspaper). 31 August 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Zurain Imam (27 September 2009). "Profile of Musarrat Nazir". Cineplot.com website. Archived from the original on 10 November 2011. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  5. ^ "فلمی مٹیاراں". Samaa TV. 15 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Filmography of Musarrat Nazir". Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website. Archived from the original on 4 February 2019. Retrieved 24 April 2022.

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