Mohammad Saeed Khan
1 January 1937
Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan
|Died||24 May 2005 (aged 68)|
|Years active||1957 – 1994|
Mohammad Saeed Khan (1 January 1937 – 24 May 2005), better known as Rangeela, was a Pakistani Lollywood actor, singer and director. He is regarded as one of the finest comedians of the Pakistani film industry. He performed in over 300 films in his career spanning over 4 decades.
Early life and career
His birth name was Mohammad Saeed Khan and he was born in Nangarhar Province, Afghanistan. His family moved to Peshawar, Pakistan when he was very young. He took a keen interest in bodybuilding and physical exercises as a teenager. He moved to Lahore at a young age and earned his livelihood by painting billboards for the Pakistani film industry. Once, when the shooting of a film was taking place, an actor for the film's jolly character role was needed. The film director asked Mohammad Saeed Khan to play the part which he did. All those present during the shooting were amused by his acting style and he became an actor through sheer luck. Rangeela made his professional cinematic debut in a 1958 Punjabi film Jatti, directed by M. J. Rana.
He started playing humorous roles in movies and, to everybody's surprise, became highly popular. In 1969, he formed 'Rangeela Productions' to produce his own movies. He not only produced films but also directed his productions, sang songs, and wrote some scripts as well. His movies, to the surprise of many film industry stalwarts, attracted a large number of viewers. The film Diya Aur Toofan, released on 9 May 1969, was Rangeela's directional debut. He directed numerous movies under the banner of Rangeela Productions. His acting was showcased in the film Rangeela (1970), in which he played the title role. His third consecutive hit film was Dil Aur Dunya (1971), starring Habib, Aasia and Rangeela. He brought to the film Dil Aur Dunya, a sobering sense of a director's prowess which is the opposite to his celluloid persona.
When Rangeela produced film Dia Aur Toofan, he sang a song Gaa mere manwa gata ja re, janaa hai hamka duur under the music direction of Kamal Ahmed. People of the film industry were taken aback to know Rangeela was producing a film. The film attracted a large number of movie-goers. His song also became very popular.
Rangeela died of a cardiac arrest on 24 May 2005 at the age of 48. Rangeela was a dominant actor in Pakistani cinema for over forty years. He was married three times and had eight daughters and six sons. One of his daughters is a CPA accountant in America and the other daughter was a member of parliament in Pakistan.
- Nigar Award for best screenwriter, for film Rangeela in 1970
- Nigar Award for best comedian, in the film Dil Aur Dunya in 1971
- Nigar Award for best comedian, in the film Insaan Aur Gadha in 1973
- Special award from Nigar Awards for simultaneously playing three roles in the film Meri Zindigi Hai Naghma in 1972
- Special award from Nigar Awards for his comic role in the film Naukar tay Maalik in 1982
- Nigar Award for best story- writer, in the film Sona chandi in 1983
- Nigar Award for best director in the film Sona Chandi in 1983
- Nigar Award for best comedian in the film Miss Colombo in 1984
- Nigar Award for best comedian in the film Baghi Qaidi in 1986
- Nigar Award for best comedian in the film Teen yakkay teen chakkay in 1991
- Nigar Award Special Awards, Millennium Award in 1999
- Pride of Performance Award in 2005 by the President of Pakistan for his contributions to the Pakistan film industry
|1967||Imam Din Gohavia|
|1969||Diya Aur Toofan|
|1971||Dil Aur Duniya|
|1973||Rangeela Aur Munawar Zarif|
|1973||Insaan Aur Gadha|
|1979||Maula Jatt||Cameo appearance in song "A te wela aap dasse ga"|
|1980||Nahin Abhi Nahin|
|1981||Khan -E- Azam|
|1984||Tere Ghar ke Samne|
|1989||Madam Bowery||Double Role|
|1989||Rangeelay Jasoos||Double Role|
|1990||International Guerillas||Double Role|
|1992||Abdullah the Great||Double Role|
As a Director
- Amanat (1981)
- Aurat Raj (1979)
- Kubra Ashiq (1973)
- Dil Aur Duniya (1971)
- Rangeela (1970)
- Diya Aur Toofan (1969)
- Meri Mohabbat Teray Hawalay
- Ickey ickey wacha
- Subha Ka Tara
- Namak Halal
- Kaka Jee
- Raja Rani
- Sahab Bahadur
- 1969 (Film: Dia Aur Toofan - Urdu) ... Ga Meray Manwa, Gata Ja Ray, Jana Hay Ham Ka Door, Music: Kamal Ahmed, Poet: Rangeela
- 1971 (Film: Dil Aur Dunya - Urdu) ... Bata A Dunya Walay, Yeh Kaisi Teri Basti Hay, Music: Kemal Ahmad, Poet: Kaleem Usmani
- 1971 (Film: Dil Aur Dunya - Urdu) ... Lay Chal Ray Chhailva, Sajania Kay Gaun Mein, Music: Kemal Ahmad, Poet: Kemal Ahmad
- 1972 (Film: Main Bhi To Insaan Hon - Urdu) ... Mera Mehboob Meray Pyar Ka Qatil Nikla, Music: M. Ashraf, Poet: Shabab Kiranwi
- Rangeela (1970)
- Aurat Raj (1979)
- Profile and obituary of actor Saeed Khan Rangeela on Dawn newspaper Published 25 May 2005. Retrieved 27 June 2021
- 11th death anniversary of film director Rangeela observed Dunya TV News, Published 24 May 2016, Retrieved 27 June 2021
- 'Remembering legendary Rangeela on his 10th death anniversary' ARY TV News website, Published 24 May 2015, Retrieved 27 June 2021
- Aijaz Gul (1 October 2016). "Mandwa to screen 'Diya Aur Toofan' today (includes film review of Diya Aur Toofan (1969))". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 30 December 2021.
- "Children of most veteran artists shun showbiz, find future in other fields" Dunya TV News website, Published 22 March 2017, Retrieved 27 June 2021
- (Associated Press of Pakistan) 11th death anniversary of legendary comedian Rangeela observed Daily Times (newspaper), Published 24 May 2016, Retrieved 27 June 2021
- "The Nigar Awards (1957 - 1971)". The Hot Spot Online website. 17 June 2002. Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
- "The Nigar Awards (1972 - 1986)". The Hot Spot Online website. 5 January 2003. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 30 December 2021.
- "Rangeela: Songography". Pak Film Magazine. Retrieved 24 May 2022.