Pervez Malik

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Pervez Malik
پرویز ملک
Pervez Malik.jpg
DiedNovember 18, 2008
Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Film director
Years active1964 – 2008

Pervez Malik (1937 in Karachi – 18 November 2008) was a Pakistani film director. He was the director of Pakistan's first platinum jubilee film, "Armaan" (1966). He directed more than 20 films, mostly in Urdu language, and received excellent reviews for many of his films from both film critics and the public.[1]

Early life[edit]

Pervez Malik was nine years old when Pakistan became independent in 1947. His family had a background in military service, but he was influenced by his class fellow, Waheed Murad, whose father, Nisar Murad, ran a film distribution business, named Film Arts. With the passage of time, they both learned the art of making and marketing films from Nisar Murad and his colleagues who were mostly film-industry personalities. After graduation, both decided to study film-making in the US, but Waheed Murad was his parents' only child and couldn't be allowed to go away to the US for four years. So Pervez Malik went alone while Waheed Murad was admitted to Karachi University to pursue his second highest passion, English Literature. Pervez Malik received his master's degree in film-making from University of Southern California in Los Angeles and returned to Pakistan in 1963.[1]

Film career[edit]

Masroor Anwar, Sohail Rana, Waheed Murad and Pervez Malik during the composition of song Ko Ko Korina, Karachi, 1965

After returning, he joined the country's most widely circulated English language magazine, Eastern Film, as assistant editor. During this period, Waheed Murad had already produced his own two films under the banner of his father's Films Art. When Pervez Malik joined him, they made hit films like Heera Aur Pathar, Armaan (1966) and Ehsaan (1967). Pervez Malik won the prestigious Nigar Award for Armaan and Qurbani (1981) as Best Film Director. During his film career, Pervez almost always wrote his own screenplay. But due to some differences which arose between Waheed Murad and Pervez Malik, Pervez Malik decided to start films with other film heroes like Nadeem and Mohammad Ali. He then never cast Waheed Murad in his films any more.[1]

Some popular films as director[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Death and legacy[edit]

Pervez Malik died on 18 Nov 2008 due to a cardiac arrest having directed over 20 films for the Pakistani film industry. His survivors included two sons Imran and Irfan besides his wife.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Asif Noorani (29 November 2008). "OBITUARY: Farewell, Pervez Malik (Obituary and Profile)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Filmography of Pervez Malik". Pakistan Film Magazine website. 2 April 2016. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e "Filmography of film director Pervez Malik". Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website. 10 December 2015. Archived from the original on 12 January 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2022.
  4. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 7 February 2022.

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