Shyam (actor)

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Born Sunder Shyam Chadda
(1920-02-20)February 20, 1920
Sialkot, Pakistan
Died April 25, 1951(1951-04-25) (aged 31)
Education Gordon College
Occupation Actor
Years active 1942–1951
Spouse(s) Mumtaz Qureshi ('Taji') (m. 1940–51)
Children Sahira Kazmi (daughter)
Shakir (son)
Relatives Rahat Kazmi (son-in-law)
Ali Kazmi (grandson)
Nida Kazmi (grand-daughter)
Shayam (Actor)-By Rashid Ashraf
Shayam (Actor)-By Rashid Ashraf

Sunder Shyam Chadda (20 February 1920–25 April 1951) [1] was a Hindi/Hindustani film actor of Indian origin. He began his career in 1942 and worked in various films until his death during the shoot of the 1951 film Shabistan.[2]

He originally hailed from Sialkot but grew up in Rawalpindi.[3] Shyam graduated from Gordon College in Rawalpindi. He was a close personal friend of Saadat Hasan Manto and was the inspiration of many of his stories.[4] Even after partition their bond of friendship endured. One of his famous movies was Bazaar, released in 1949 where he starred with Nigar Sultana. He married a Muslim, Mumtaz Qureshi (nickname 'Taji'} with whom he had a daughter , Pakistani TV actress Sahira Kazmi, married to actor Rahat Kazmi, and a son named Shakir (born two months after his death), a psychiatrist based in UK. His wife migrated to Lahore, Pakistan, after his premature death in 1951, along with her elder sister, Zeb Qureshi, who was an actress in Bombay. Mumtaz later married a gentleman Ansari after Shyam's death. His children were raised as Muslims.[5]

Shyam acted in many memorable: Mann kee jeet (1944), Majboor (1948), Dillagi (1949), Patanga (1949), Chandni Raat (1949), Meena Bazaar (1950) and Samadhi (1950).Shyam died on the set of the film Shabistan(1951) in 1951 after he fell off a horse. The film was completed with a stand-in and body double in his place.[2]


  1. ^ "Shyam's Upperstall profile". 
  2. ^ a b Mishra, Vijay (2002). Bollywood Cinema. Routledge. pp. xiii. ISBN 978-0-415-93014-7. 
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  4. ^ Mufti, Aamir (2007). Enlightenment in the Colony. Princeton University Press. p. 206. ISBN 978-0-691-05732-3. 
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