Rani (actress)

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Rani
رانی
Born
Nasira Begum

(1946-12-08)December 8, 1946
DiedMay 27, 1993(1993-05-27) (aged 46)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationActress
Years active1962–1991
Spouse(s)Hassan Tariq
Mian Javed Qamar
Sarfaraz Nawaz

Rani (Punjabi, Urdu: رانی‎; December 8, 1946 – May 27, 1993) was a Pakistani film and television actress. She gained success in the late 1960s when she made a hit pair with famous actor and producer Waheed Murad. She remained one of the most successful actresses of the subcontinent and was also popular for her dance performances in films.[1] Rani died of cancer on May 27, 1993.

Acting career[edit]

Rani acted in both Urdu and Punjabi films and was a film heroine in Pakistani films. In 1962 Anwar Kamal Pasha, a veteran film director of the 1950s and 1960s, gave Rani her first role in the film Mehboob (1962 film).[2] For several years after Mehoob Rani appeared in supporting roles in films like Mouj Maila, Ek Tera Sahara and Safaid Khoon. Until 1965 she starred in other films, but when they flopped she was dubbed a jinxed actress.

However, after the success of Hazar Dastan and Dever Bhabi, Rani became a leading actress. Some of her more notable films are Chann Makhna, Sajjan Pyara, Jind Jan, Duniya Matlib Di, Anjuman (1970 film), Tehzeeb (1971 film), Umrao Jaan Ada (1972), Naag Muni, Seeta Mariam Margaret, Ik Gunah Aur Sahi and Surrayya Bhopali. She also acted in two TV serials Khowahish and Faraib in the early 1990s.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Rani was born on 8 December 1946 as Nasira in Mozang, Lahore to Malik Muhammed Shafi and Iqbal Begum in an Arain family.[2] Her father was a driver for Mukhtar Begum, a singer and the wife of Agha Hashar Kashmiri, a well-known Urdu dramatist. Mukhtar Begum took over and raised Rani herself. After being raised by Mukhtar Begum, Rani moved in with her mother with whom she was reconciled with. After her initial success in the late 1960s, she married renowned director Hassan Tariq, of whom she had a daughter, Rabia. Due to conflicts, Hassan Tariq divorced Rani in the late 1970s. She then married film producer Mian Javed Qamar, who divorced her when it was discovered that Rani had cancer.[2] During her treatment in London, she met famous cricketer Sarfaraz Nawaz. Soon they developed a good relationship with each other and got married. Rani helped Sarfraz in his election campaign in the late 1980s. But their relationship also did not last long and they parted.[2] After getting divorced for the third time, Rani was struck by the grief of loneliness. Cancer also struck back and this time with much more intensity as Rani did not have much desire to live but to see her daughter get married.[3]

Death[edit]

Graves of Rani and her mother

Rani died of cancer on 27 May 1993 at the age of 46 in Karachi, just a few days after her daughter Rabia's marriage. Shortly after Rani's death, her mother who was seriously ill and never knew of her daughter's death, also died. Rani's only sister also died three months later. Rani and her mother were buried side by side in Lahore in Muslim Town Cemetery.[2][3]

Awards[edit]

Rani won a Nigar Award for the film Mera ghar meri jannat in 1968.[3] She also won another Nigar Award for best actress for her role in the film Sona Chandi in 1983.[3]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Ref.
1962 Mehboob[4]
1963 Ik tera sahara
1963 Mauj Mela
1964 Aurat ka pyar
1964 Chhoti Ammi
1964 Chhoti Behan
1964 Ik Dil do deewane
1964 Safaid Khoon
1964 Shatranj
1965 Aakhri Station [5]
1965 Aurat [6]
1965 Hazar Dastaan [5]
1965 Nache Nagan Baje Been [citation needed]
1965 Sanam [5]
1965 Saaz-o-Awaz [6]
1965 Shabnam [6]
1965 Yeh Jahan Wale [6]
1966 Bhai Jaan [7]
1966 Ghar ka Ujala [7]
1966 Goonga [7]
1966 Insaan [7]
1966 Joker [7]
1966 Woh Kaun Thi [8]
1967 Bereham [9]
1967 Devar Bhabi [10]
1967 Hokumat [10]
1967 Kafir [10]
1967 Nadira [10]
1967 Shab-ba-Khair [10]
1967 Sitamgar [9]
1967 Yatim [9]
1968 Adalat [11]
1968 Behan Bhai [citation needed]
1968 Chan Choudvin Da [12]
1968 Chan Makhnan [13]
1968 Cheen Le Azadi [13]
1968 Commander [11]
1968 Dara [11]
1968 Dil Mera Dharkan Teri [13]
1968 Eik Hi Rasta [11]
1968 Mara Ghar Meri Janat [11]
1968 Sajjan Pyara [12]
1968 Zalim [13]
1969 Dilbar Jani [14]
1969 Dil-e-Baitab [15]
1969 Diya Aur Toofan [14]
1969 Ghabru Put Punjab De [16]
1969 Jindjan [15]
1969 Khoon Nahaq [15]
1969 Kochwaan [16]
1969 Maa Beta [15]
1969 Mukhra Chan Warga [15]
1969 Panchi te Pardesi [14]
1970 Aakhri Chattan [17]
1970 Anjuman [18]
1970 Chan Sajna [18]
1970 Dil Diyan Laggian [17]
1970 Do Nain Sawali [17]
1970 Duniya Matlab Di [19]
1970 Mehram Dil Da [17]
1970 Mr. 420 [19]
1970 Rab di Shan [18]
1970 Sajjan Beli [17]
1970 Shama Aur Parwana [17]
1970 Taxi Driver [18]
1971 Babul [20]
1971 Des Mera Jidaran Da [20]
1971 Do Baghi [21]
1971 Ishq Bina ki Jeena [20]
1971 Jeyo Jatta [20]
1971 Mr. 303 [21]
1971 Rab Rakha [21]
1971 Sakhi Lutera [20]
1971 Siran Nal Sardarian [citation needed]
1971 Sucha Sauda [21]
1971 Tehzeeb [20]
1971 Uncha Naa Pyar Da [20]
1971 Wehshi [citation needed]
1972 Azaadi
1972 Badley Gi Duniya Saathi
1972 Baharo Phool Barsao
1972 Bhai Bhai
1972 Dhol jawanian mane
1972 Dil naal Sajjan de
1972 Ghairat te Qanoon
1972 Khalish
1972 Meri ghairat teri izzat
1972 Naag Muni[4]
1972 Sodagar
1972 Umrao Jaan Ada (film)[2]
1973 Ek thi Larki
1973 Jeib Kutra
1973 Pyasa
1974 Deedar
1974 Laila Majnoo
1974 Zulm kade nein phalda
1975 Dilruba
1975 Ik gunah aur sahi
1975 Pulekha
1976 Aulad
1976 Naag aur Nagin
1976 Surraya Bhoopali
1976 Zaroorat
1977 Begum Jan
1977 Kaloo
1978 Nazrana
1978 Parakh
1978 Saheli
1978 Seeta, Maryam, Margret[4]
1979 Ab Ghar jane do
1979 Aurat Raj
1979 Behan Bhai
1979 Ibadat
1979 Josh
1979 Khushboo
1979 Mr. Ranjha
1979 Naqsh-e-Qadam
1979 Nawabzadi
1979 Nai Tehzeeb
1979 Tarana
1980 Badnaam
1980 Haye yeh Shohar
1980 Lahoo de rishte
1980 Sheikh Chilli
1981 Gun Man
1981 Watan
1982 Kinara
1982 Aas Paas
1983 Bigri naslen
1983 Deewana Mastana
1983 Wadda Khan
1983 Kala Sumandar
1983 Sona Chandi
1984 Chor Chokidar
1984 Dada Ustad
1984 Devar Bhabhi
1984 Iman te Farangi
1984 Ishq Pecha
1984 Jagga te Reshma
1984 Judai
1984 Laraka
1984 Raja Rani
1984 Sajawal Daku
1984 Ucha Shamla Jatt da
1984 Aag ka Sumandar
1984 Aaj ka Inssan
1985 Ann Parh
1985 Babur Khan
1985 Chandni
1985 Chann Baloch
1985 Do Hathkarian
1985 Ek Dulhan
1985 Ghulami
1985 Khoon aur Pani
1985 Khuddar (1985 film)
1985 Muqaddar
1985 Sahib Bahadur
1985 Thugg Badshah
1986 Chall so Chall
1986 Qulli
1986 Shehnai
1987 Kala Toofan
1987 Zalzala
1987 Zidbazi
1989 Aap ki khatir
1991 Truck Driver

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Parvez, Amjad (17 October 2019). "Rani: top class heroine of Pakistani cinema's golden era — Part I". Daily Times. Archived from the original on 17 December 2020. Retrieved 17 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "In memoriam: The Rani of our hearts lives on". Dawn (newspaper). 25 May 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2019.
  3. ^ a b c d e Sarfaraz Nawaz and Rani: Their Wedding and Beyond Asian Women Magazine, Retrieved 4 July 2019
  4. ^ a b c Parvez Jabri (8 December 2017). "Renowned actress Rani remembered today". Business Recorder (newspaper). Retrieved 4 July 2019.
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