11 May 1938
|Years active||1957 – present|
|Known for||Playing Noori Natt|
|Political party||Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf|
|Children||Aamir Qureshi (son)|
|Honours||Pride of Performance|
Mustafa Qureshi is a Pakistani film and television actor. He has acted in more than 600 movies, in Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi languages. He is best remembered for playing the antagonist Noori Natt in the iconic movie Maula Jatt (1979), which became his trademark and he went on to adapt similar roles for many years to come.
Born into a Sindhi family, despite his later prominence mainly in Punjabi cinema. Qureshi won Nigar Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Lal Aandhi (1979). He then won his first Nigar Award for Best Actor for 1981 film Sher Khan. He won his third Nigar Award and second in best actor category for his role in Rustam Tey Khan. He was awarded Pride of Performance in 1988. He has voiced Germander in the Commander Safeguard animated series.
Early life and career
Qureshi was born in Hyderabad, Sindh, on 11 May 1938, into an educated family, and got his primary education in Hyderabad, combining both modern and religious studies, later on doing master’s in Islamic history from the Sindh University, being particularly influenced by the scholars Imdad Ali Imam Ali Kazi and Pir Ali Muhammad Rashdi, while after his graduation he began his professional career as a host on Radio Pakistan's programme Ahsan Jo Pakistan ("Our Pakistan" in Sindhi), in 1957.
One day he went to see the shooting of the film Aag Ka Darya (1966) and was spotted by cameraman and future film director Raza Mir, who asked him to act as a villain in his upcoming film, Laakhon Mein Ek (1967). Qureshi initially could not see himself becoming an actor, so he had to be convinced by Mir. Eventually Qureshi agreed to do the film, which became a box-office hit. As of 2016, his film career has spanned 45 years.
Having been associated with the Pakistan Peoples' Party since he met Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, describing himself as an "ideological worker" and at one point even becoming head of PPP’s culture wing, over the decades, like many Bhutto loyalists, he eventually became disillusioned with how the party evolved, and has since 2018 been associated with Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf.
He met his wife, Rubeena, a Sindhi folk singer, while both were working for Radio Pakistan, as she was a prominent singer who "sang about 10,000 songs and the total recording time of her songs was more than 50 hours."
Actor and musician Aamir Qureshi is his son.
- Lakhon Mein Aik (1967). Mustafa Qureshi's debut film. He was introduced in this film by film director Raza Mir
- Andleeb (1969)
- Maula Jatt (1979)
- Lal Aandhi (1979)
- Ghulami (1985)
- Jeeva (1995)
- Sargam (1995)
- Chief Sahib (1996)
- Zill-e-Shah (2008)
- Wohti ley ke jaani ay (2010)
- Shareeka (2012)
- Sultanat (2014)
- Two+Two (unreleased)
- Shor Sharaba (TBA)
Awards and recognition
- Won – Nigar Award for Best Supporting Actor – Lal Aandhi (1979)
- Won – Nigar Award for Best Actor – Sher Khan (1981)
- Won – Nigar Award for Best Actor – Rustam Tey Khan (1983)
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- "Mustafa Qureshi pays rich tributes to Dr Amir for promoting education" (10 January 2015), The News. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Sher Khan (14 April 2013), "No hope for PPP but some for the industry, says Mustafa Qureshi", The Express Tribune. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- "'Nawan Ayan Ae Sonhia': Veteran actor Mustafa Qureshi to join PTI" (30 May 2018), The News. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
- Nusrat Amin (2 April 2018), "Cross border music mergers", The News International. Retrieved 31 January 2019
- "Mustafa Qureshi, wife receive accolades" (17 June 2012), Dawn News. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
- Ahmed Sarym (4 August 2016), ""I know I'm not hero-material," says Aamir Qureshi", hip. Retrieved 1 July 2018.
- "'Shor Sharaba' enters post-production – The Express Tribune newspaper". 17 August 2016. Retrieved 9 September 2016.
- Nigar Awards - Complete History on janubaba.com website Retrieved 14 August 2020