Pervez Malik (1937 in Karachi – 18 November 2008) was a Pakistani film director. 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.
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.
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 film Armaan (1966 film) and film 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 them, he decided to start films with other film heroes like Nadeem and Mohammad Ali.
Some popular films as director
- Heera Aur Pathar (1964)
- Armaan (1966) (a Platinum Jubilee film)
- Ehsaan (1967)
- Doraha (1967)
- Anmol (1973)
- Pehchaan (1975)
- Talaash (1976)
- Pakeeza (1979)
- Intikhab (1978)
- Hum Dono (1980)
- Qurbani (1981)
- Kamyabi (1984)
- Gharibon Ka Baadshah (1988).
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1992
- Nigar Award for Best Director twice for films Armaan (1966) and Qurbani (1981)
Death and legacy
- Asif Noorani (29 November 2008). "OBITUARY: Farewell, Pervez Malik (Obituary and Profile)". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Filmography of film director Pervez Malik on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 11 January 2019
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