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Background information
Birth name Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh
Born (1929-06-15)15 June 1929
Gujranwala, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died 31 January 2004(2004-01-31) (aged 74)
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
Occupation(s) Singer, actress
Years active 1937, 1941–1963

Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh (15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004) (Urdu: ثریا جمال شیخ‎, Hindi: सुरैया जमाल शेख़) was a film playback singer and actress in Bollywood in the 1940s and 1950s. She was one of the most popular actresses and singers of the Indian sub-continent of her generation.

She was the only child of her parents. She was not formally trained in music; yet she went on to become a most successful singing film actress. She first sang for a children's program for AIR All India Radio or (Akashvani) in 1937. She was a disciple of legendary Radio broadcaster Baba-e-Nasharayat (Father of Broadcasting) Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari.

Early life[edit]

Suraiya[1] was born in Gujranwala, Punjab (British India) to the owner of a small furniture shop. Later her father moved to Lahore and Suraiya[2] was taken to Bombay on the request of her mother, maternal grandmother and a maternal uncle named Zahoor Ahmad. No information on Suraiya's father is available after that time as to where he went or lived at.

She attended New Girls' (also known as) J.B. Petit High School for Girls, in Fort, Mumbai. She also received religious Islamic teachings in Persian at home.

Her Career[edit]

Suraiya[3] made her debut as a child artist in Usne Kya Socha (1937). She got a prominent role as a child artist with the help of her uncle Zahoor Ahmad, who was then a popular villain in films. During a holiday from school in 1941, she accompanied him to Bombay's Mohan Studios to see the shooting of the film Taj Mahal (1941) which was being directed by Nanubhai Vakil. Vakil noticed Suraiya and not having in his mind, at that time, any particular young girl to play the role of young Mumtaz Mahal in his film Taj Mahal (1941), selected Suraiya to play that role.[4]

While she was singing for a children's program for AIR (Akashvani (radio broadcaster)) in which Raj Kapoor and Madan Mohan used to be her co-artists.The former attained fame as an actor and a film maker, and latter as a music director respectively. The legendary Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari was then the station director at the AIR (Akashvani (radio broadcaster)) Bombay Radio Station and once Music Director Naushad Ali heard Suraiya's voice,he chose her to sing as a 13-year-old for Mehtaab in Abdul Rashid Kardar's film Sharda[5] (1942). He became Suraiya’s mentor and she sang some of the best songs of her career under his baton. Later he gave hits after hits when Suraiya became full-fledged singing star in Anmol Ghadi (1946), Dard (1947), Dillagi (1949) and Dastaan (1950). Naushad Ali composed approximately 51 songs for Suraiya, coming at 2nd place after Husnlal Bhagatram for composing the highest number of songs for Suraiya.

As a child artist, Suraiya entered the film industry with film Taj Mahal (1941), for which maestro S.D. Burman, who was till then known for his Bengali songs, rendered his first Hindi song Prem ki Pyaari Nishani under the musical baton of Mishani Master. Suraiya's next assignment was for Tamanna (1942), for which she also rendered her first duet with then budding singer Manna DeyJaago aayi usha. It was tuned by Manna's uncle, the well known singer, music director and actor K.C. Dey.


Suraiya graduated to adult roles with film Ishara (1943), playing second lead opposite small-timer Satish with Prithviraj Kapoor and Sawarn Lata playing the leading roles. In this movie, she had only two songs to her credit, a solo (Panghat pe muraliya baaje) and a (Baaghon mein koyal boli) with Satish. In films Station Master and Ishara, her voice was used for the character she played. As an adult, Suraiya initially played secondary roles in K. Asif's Phool, Mehboob Khan's Anmol Ghadi (1946), which was written by Aghajani Kashmeri also known as Kashmiri, and Dard (1947). She got a break as a heroine for the film Tadbir (1945) at the recommendation of K. L. Saigal, who liked her voice during a rehearsal. She went on to costar with Saigal in Omar Khayyam (1946) and Parwana (1947 film). Although by then she had a couple of hit songs, but the four solo songs which she sang in Parwana for music director Khwaja Khurshid Anwar made her a genuine singer-film star. She used to consider composer of these songs, Khwaja Khurshid Anwar as her favourite Music Director for whom she sang just thirteen songs during 1943 to 1949 period. More opportunities arose for Suraiya after reigning famous actress Noor Jehan and Khursheed Bano migrated to Pakistan following the independence of Pakistan in 1947.

As an actress, Suraiya had an edge over her contemporaries Kamini Kaushal and Nargis because she could sing her own songs. After three hits Pyar Ki Jeet (1948), Bari Bahen (1949), and Dillagi (1949), she became the highest paid female film star. But her reign at the top was brief; her films started flopping in the 1950s. She made a comeback in Waaris and Mirza Ghalib (film) (1954). Rustom Sohrab (1963) was the last film of her career.

In the late 1940s, she worked with Dev Anand. While shooting the film Vidya (1948), she became romantically involved with Dev Anand. The two of them were paired in seven films together: Vidya (1948), Jeet (1949), Shair (1949), Afsar (1950), Nili (1950), Do Sitare (1951) and Sanam (1951), all of which were successful at the box office. In these films, Suraiya was always first-biller in the credits, indicating that she was a bigger star than Dev Anand. She fell in love with him during the shooting of the song Kinare Kinare Chale Jaayen Gae from the film Vidya,while shooting the scene, the boat they were in capsized, and Dev Anand saved Suraiya from drowning. Their entire romantic affair was conducted in a clandestine manner, with friends like Durga Khote and Kamini Kaushal going out of their way to engineer secret meetings. On the sets of the film Jeet, Anand finally proposed to Suraiya and gave her a diamond ring worth Rupees 3,000 at the time. Her maternal grandmother opposed the relationship as they were Muslim and Anand was a Hindu.As it turned out, Suraiya remained unmarried by her own choice for the rest of her life.They stopped acting together after her grandmother opposed their partnership.

In a career spanning 22 years, Suraiya sang in five or six films and acted in approximately 65 movies which do not include the incomplete films like Jaanwar (with Dilip Kumar) and Paagal Khaana with Bharat Bhushan.

From the late forties to the early fifties, she remained the highest paid as well as the most popular star of the Indian cinema[6]

Suraiya as an Actress[edit]

As a child artist, she acted in Tamanna (1942), Station Master (1942), and Hamari Baat(1943).

Suraiya graduated to adult roles with Ishara (1943), playing second lead opposite small-timer Satish with Prithviraj Kapoor and Sawarn Lata playing the leading roles. In this movie she had only two songs to her credit, a solo (Panghat pe muraliya baaje) and a duet (Baaghon mein koyal boli) with Satish. In Station Master, and Ishara, her voice was used for the film character.

As an adult, Suraiya initially played secondary roles opposite dancer Mumtaaz Ali, in the Devika Rani -Jairaj starrer Hamari Baat, in K. Asif's Phool, Mehboob Khan's Anmol Ghadi (1946), which was written by Agha Jani Kashmiri (also known as) Kashmiri, and Munnawar Sultana of film (Dard). She got a break as a heroine for the film Tadbir (1945) at the recommendation of K. L. Saigal, who liked her voice during a rehearsal. She went on to co-star with Saigal in Omar Khayyam (1946) and Parwana (1947). Then after that, with movie Dard (1947) she rose to fame and soon in the 1948-1949 phase, with her trio of hits, Pyar Ki Jeet, Badi Behan and Dillagi, she became the highest paid female star who regularly broke hearts and records.

Yet her reign at the top was brief and most of her 1950's films flopped till she made a short-lived comeback with Sohrab Modi’s film Mirza Ghalib (film) (1954), in which she made vivid, the role of the married Ghalib’s lover. Along with an emotionally fluid performance where her expressions of love, expectation and hurt just seemed to merge into one another, the queen of cadence also recorded what is still regarded by many as the definitive Ghalib. No less a personality than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru praised her by saying, Tumne Mirza Ghalib Ki Rooh Ko Zinda Kar Diya, (You have brought Mirza Ghalib to life).

After Mirza Ghalib (film), she continued to work in movies as singing actress in movies like Bilwamangal (1954), Waris (1954), Shama Parwana (1954), Kanchan (which was scheduled to release in 1949 as Amar Kahani) (1955), Inam (1955), Mr. Lambu (1956), Trolly Driver (1958), Miss 1958 (1958), Maalik (1958), Shama (1961) and Rustom Sohrab (1963) was her last film.

As an actress, she worked the most with director D.D. Kashyap in 5 films – Aaj Ki Raat, Badi Behan, Kamal ke Phool, Do Sitare and Shama Parwana; with Abdul Rashid Kardar in four films – Dard, Dillagi, Dastaan and Deewana and with M. Sadiq in 4 films – Jagbiti, Dak Bangla, Kajal and Char Din. She shared great chemistry with director A.R. Kardar and three out of the four films they worked together were hits (Dard, Dillagi and Dastaan).

Suraiya as a Singer[edit]

Suraiya was not a trained singer yet she enjoyed fame as singing star. As a singing star, Suraiya started her career as a playback singer for actress Mehtab. She sang for Mehtaab in Sharda (1942), Kanoon (1943) and Sanjog (1943).

As a child actress she sang songs for her movies like in Taj Mahal (1941), for which maestro S.D. Burman, who was till then known for his Bengali songs, rendered his first Hindi song Prem ki pyaari nishani under the musical baton of Madhulal Master. Suraiya’s next assignment was for Tamanna (1942), for which she also rendered her first duet with then budding singer Manna Dey – Jaago aayi usha. It was tuned by Manna’s uncle the well known singer, music director and actor K.C. Dey.

After few other rather insignificant singing and acting assignments (Ujala, Station Master) maestro Naushad selected her as the playback voice for leading lady Mehtab in Sharda (1942). The movie became a turning point in Suraiya’s career as a singer, with two of her songs Panchhi ja, peechhe raha hai bachpan mera and Mere dil ko sajan samjhado becoming very popular. Incidentally, Mehtab was the only actress to whom Suraiya lent her voice in three movies (Sharda, Qanoon and Sanjog).[7] Later, she continued to work with Naushad and in 1946 she worked with Noor Jehan in this movie she sang three songs and Man Leta Hai Angdai went viral. In a span of 22 years she had a number of hits. In her honey-rich voice in songs like Woh paas rahen ya door rahen, Tere naino ne chori kiya, Tu mera chaand main teri chaandni, Yaad karun tori batiya and the rare classical number, Manmor hua matwala, created hysteria. After many years of rendering her voice to other film actresses, she also sang for Nimmi in Shama (1961) besides singing for herself, because the other singer Suman Kalyanpur failed to dub her portion of the song. Also two of her songs – Hawa uda kar layi, O bewafa karke jafa – (music: Dhani Ram) recorded for an incomplete movie of hers, were later included in another film Taqdeer (1958) and picturised on its leading lady Shyama. Naushad Ali, Husnlal Bhagatram and Khwaja Khurshid Anwar played significant roles in Suraiya’s career but such stalwarts as Anil Biswas, S.D. Burman and Ghulam Mohammed also enhanced her popularity as a singer. Then there were other music directors she teamed up with just once or twice but rendered some extremely melodious though not so popular numbers.

Suraiya has the rare honour to work with many other singing-stars of her time including Noor Jehan (Anmol Ghadi), C.H. Atma (Bilwamangal), Talat Mahmood (Maalik and Waris), Mukesh (Mashuqa), K.L. Saigal (Tadbeer, Omar Khaiyyam and Parwana) and Surendra, (1857) and Anmol Ghadi.

Personal life[edit]

Suraiya was declared the first Melody Queen (Malika-e-Tarannum) in the sub-continent and much later Noor Jehan was awarded with the same title.

Her greatness can be judged by these comments. You have put life in the soul of Mirza Ghalib, were the remarks of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Indian Prime Minister.[8] Suraiya was an ardent fan of the Hollywood star Gregory Peck. So much so that Dev Anand's initial years saw a lot of influence of Gregory Peck's mannerisms and style. Dev sahib had himself gone on record to say that there was a time when he was impressed by the Hollywood legend. In connection with the shooting of some film, he happened to visit Mumbai where Suraiya met him after many years.[9]

Her Last Years and Death[edit]

Suraiya lived in her apartment Krishna Mahal Marine Drive in Mumbai until her death in 2004 at age 74.[10]

She was buried at Badakabarastan in Marine Lines, Mumbai.

Her Honours and Recognitions[edit]

A postage stamp, bearing her face, was released by India Post to honour her on 3 May 2013.

Her Filmography[edit]

Year Film Director Producer Role Cast Music Director Other notes
1937 Usne Kya Socha Child artist
1941 Taj Mahal Nanubhai Vakil Mohan Pictures Baby Mumtaz Kumar, Sarojini, S. Nazir, Suraiya, Indurani, Khalil, Ram Marathe, Mubarak Madhavlal Damodar major break as child artist
1942 Station Master C.M. Luhar Prakash Usha Pratima Devi, Jagdish Sethi, Prem Adib, Jeevan, Umakant, Kaushalya, Shakir, Amirbai, Suraiya, Gulab, Ratnamala Naushad
Tamanna Phani Majumdar Laxmi Production Jagdish Sethi, Shanta Kumari, Jairaj, Leela Desai, K. C. Dey, Karan Dewan, Suraiya, Rani K.C. Dey First duet with Manna Dey also first song for Manna Dey.
1943 Ishara J. K. Nanda D. R. D. Production Jagdish Sethi, Pratima Devi, K. N. Singh, Prithviraj Kapoor, Swarnalata, Suraiya, Satish, Vatsala Kumtekar, Masood Khurshid Anwar
Humari Baat M. I. Dharamsey Bombay Talkies Arun Kumar, Kamta Prasad, Dulari, Suraiya, Devika Rani, David Abraham, Shah Nawaz, Raj Kapoor, Prabha, Mumtaz Ali, Jairaj Anil Biswas
1945 Yateem Zia Sarhady Gautam Chitra E. Billimoria, Chandraprabha, Yakub, Suraiya, Uday Kumar, Bhudo Advani, David Abraham, Lalita Pawar, Charlie Khurshid Anwar
Tadbir Jayant Desai Jayant Desai Production Sugana Rehana, Jilloo Maa, K. L. Saigal, Mubarak, Suraiya, Salvi, Rewa Shankar, Shashi Kapoor, Shalini Lal Mohammed
Samrat Chandragupta Jayant Desai Jayant Desai Production Ishwarlal, Mubarak, Nayampally, Renuka Devi, Suraiya, Sulochana Chatterji C. Ramchandra
Phool K. Asif Famous Pictures Wasti, Veena, Suraiya, Prithviraj, Yakub, Dixit, Ashraf Khan, Agha, Mazhar Khan, M. Esmail, Jilloo Maa, Sitara, Durga Khote Ghulam Haider
Main Kya Karu Sudhir Sen Flora Pictures Shah Nawaz, Suraiya, Pahari Sanyal, Hansa Wadkar, Bikram Kapoor, E. Billimoria Ninu Majumdar
1946 Jag Biti M. Sadiq Din Pictures Suraiya, Shakir, Sulochana Chatterji, Abbas, Himalayawala, Bibi, Sadiq Ali Ghulam Haider
1857 Mohan Sinha Muarai Pictures Wasti, Surendra, Suraiya, Nigar, Madan Puri, Leela, Menaka, Ganju, Munshi Khanjar, LaxmiSuraiya, Shakir, Sulochana Chatterji, Abbas, Himalayawala, Bibi, Sadiq Ali Sajjad Hussain
Anmol Ghadi Mehboob Khan Mehboob Production Basanti Surendra, Noorjahan, Suraiya, Zahur Raja, Leela Misra, Anwari, Bhudo Advani, Murad, Amir Banu Naushad Sliver Jubliee
Omar Khaiyyam Mohan Sinha Muarai Pictures Suraiya, K.L. Saigal, Wasti, Benjamin, Shakir, Leela, Madan Puri, Muzammil Lal Mohammed
1947 Parwana J.K. Nanda Jeet Productions Gopi K. N. Singh, K. L. Saigal, Suraiya, S. Nazir, Azurie, Najam Khurshid Anwar
Natak S.U.Sunny Kardar Productions Pratima Devi, Amar, Suraiya, Sofia, Kanwar, Shyam Kumar, Amir Ali, Nazir Vedi, Nawab, Suleman Naushad
Do Dil Jagdish Sethi Jamana Production Badri Prasad, Motilal, Suraiya, Karan Dewan, Gulab Gobind Ram
Dard A.R. Kardar Kardar Productions Pratima Devi, Badri Prasad, Husn Banu, Munawwar Sultana, Nasrat, Suraiya, Shyam Kumar Naushad
Dak Bangla M.Sadiq Indian National M. Esmail, Suraiya, Gope, Kamal Kapoor, Wasti Naresh Bhattacharya
1948 Aaj ki Raat D.D Kashyap Famous Pictures Motilal, Suraiya, Yakub, Leela Misra, Raj Mehra, Anita Sharma, Sangeeta, Shah Nawaz Husnlal Bhagatram
Vidya G.Tripathi Jeet Pictures Vidya Suraiya, Maya Banerji, Gulam Mohamed, Madan Puri, Amibai Karnataki, Cuckoo, Munshi Khanjar, Dev Anand S.D. Burman
Shakti S.I. Hasan Greater Bombay Pictures Kailash, Karan Dewan, Suraiya, Sofia, Maya Devi, Seeta Bose, Cuckoo, Mumtaz Ali, Murad Ram Prasad
Rang Mahal Pandit Anand Kumar Eastern Pictures Suresh, Suraiya, Anant Marathe, Lalita Pawar, Shah Nawaz K. Datta
Pyar Ki Jeet O.P. Dutta Famous Pictures Gyani, Rehman, Suraiya, Gope, Raj Mehra, Manorama, Leela Misra, Yashodhara Katju, Niranjan Sharma Husnlal Bhagatram
Kajal M.Sadiq Ratan Pictures Suraiya, Jayant, Gope, Sharda, Ram Kamlani, Cuckoo, Wasti, Amir Banu Ghulam Mohammed
Gajre R.D.Mathur Ailled Art Production Motilal, Suraiya, Agha, Nihal, Sangeeta, Geeta Nizami, Sankatha Prasad, Murad Anil Biswas
1949 Singaar J.K.Nanda Haldia Nanda Production Jairaj, Suraiya, Madhubala, Madan Puri, Randhir, K. N. Singh, Durga Khote Khurshid Anwar
Shair Chawla Jagat Pictures Vidya Cuckoo, Dev Anand, Kamini Kaushal, Murad, Suraiya, Agha, Sulochana, Shyama, Dulari Ghulam Mohammed
Naach Ravindra Dave Kuldip Pictures Shyam, Suraiya, Kuldip, Raj Mehra, Gulab, Yashodhara Katju, Sofia, Shyama, Wasti, Om Prakash Husnlal Bhagatram
Lekh G.Rakesh Liberty Art Production Anand Pal, Cuckoo, Motilal, Suraiya, Ishu, Jagirdar, Sitara Krishan Dayal
Jeet Mohan Sinha Raj Kriti Chitra Shree Bhagwan, Durga Khote, Dev Anand, Suraiya, Kanhaiyalal, Madan Puri, Suraiya Choudhary, Habib Anil Biswas
Duniya S.F Hussain Fazli Bros Anwari, Karan Dewan, Suraiya, Yakub, Bhudo Advani, Shakila, Zubeida, Jankidas C. Ramchandra
Dillagi A.R.Kardar Kardar Production Chandabai, Amir Banu, Shyam, Suraiya, Sharda, Amar Naushad
Char Din M.Sadiq Ratan Pictures Badri Prasad, Om Prakash, Shyam, Suraiya, Jayant, Randhir, Mohana, Shyama, Cuckoo Shyam Sunder
Balam Homi Wadia Wadia Movietone Wasti, Nigar Sultana, Suraiya, Masood, Jayant, Agha Husnlal Bhagatram
Badi Bahen D.D. Kashyap Famous Pictures Suraiya, Ulhas, Gulab, Roop Kamal, Tabassum, Shanti Madhok, Niranjan Sharma, Ram Avtaar, Geeta Bali, Pappu, Rehman, Pran Husnlal Bhagatram
Amar Kahani Baij Sharma Kamal Kunj Chitra Jairaj, Suraiya, Mehta, Ranjana Husnlal Bhagatram
1950 Shaan Jayant Desai Kuldip Pictures Pratima Devi, Cuckoo, Suraiya, Sapru, Manorama, David Abraham, Rehman Hansraj Behl
Nilli Ratibhai Punatkar Ranjit Film Company Vidya Suraiya, Agha, Shyama, Dulari, Cuckoo, Dev Anand S. Mohinder
Khiladi Talwar Talwar Films Ashok Kumar, Suraiya, Kumar, Indu, E. Tarapore, Anoop Kumar, Narbada Shanker, Sunder, Cuckoo Hansraj Behl
Kamal Ke Phool D.D. Kashyap Famous Pictures Badri Prasad, Suraiya, Jeevan, Raj Mehra, Leela Misra, Niranjan Sharma, Shakuntala, Amarnath Shyam Sunder
Dastan A.R. Kardar Musical Pictures Pratima Devi, Raj Kapoor, Al Nasir, Murad, Suraiya, Veena, Suresh, Shakila Naushad
Afsar Chetan Anand Nav Ketan Rashid Khan, Suraiya, Manmohan Krishna, Kanhaiyalal, Krishna Dhawan, Zohra Sehgal, Anand Pal, Dev Anand S.D. Burman
1951 Shokiyan Kidar Sharma Ambitious Pictures Nazira, Shanta Kanwar, Premnath, Suraiya, Jeevan, Kamlesh, Achla Sachdev, Rajendra Vyas, Ramesh Sinha Jamal Sen
Sanam Nandlal Jaswantlal United Technicians Vidya Jilloo Maa, Pratima Devi, Suraiya, Gope, Meena Kumari, Dev Anand, K. N. Singh Husnlal Bhagatram
Rajput Lekhraj Bhakri Jubilee Pictures Shakuntala, Jairaj, Suraiya, Sapru, Kuldip Kaur, Mumtaz, Maruti, Randhir Hansraj Behl
Do Sitare D.D. Kashyap Famous Pictures Suraiya, Kuldip Kaur, Mumtaz, Baij Sharma, Prem Nath, Dev Anand, Shakuntala Anil Biswas
1952 Resham Lekhraj Bhakri Jubilee Pictures Sunder, Jairaj, Suraiya, Sapru, Naaz, Achla Sachdev, Khurshid, Ramesh Thakur, Jagdish Hansraj Behl
Moti Mahal Ravindra Dave Nigaristan Films Vidya Ajit, Veera, Suraiya, Jeevan, Tabassum, Satish Hansraj Behl
Lal Kunwar Ravindra Dave Nigaristan Films Nasir Khan, Suraiya, Jairaj, Usha Kiran, Agha, Durga Khote S.D.Burman
Khubsoorat S.F. Hussain Fazli Bros. Nasir Khan, Suraiya, Yakub, Bhudo Advani, Zubeida, Jankidas Madan Mohan
Goonj Phani Majumdar Kwarta Art Production Bhagwan, Suresh, Suraiya, Sapru, Majnu, Madan Puri, Randhir, Ravikant Sardul Sharma
Diwana A.R.Kardar Kardar Production Suresh, Suraiya, Sumitra Devi, Shyam Kumar, Ramesh, Madan Puri, Banerjee, Amirbai Karnataki, Amir Ali Naushad
1953 Mashuqa Shanti Kumar Chitrakar Suraiya, Agha, Kuldip Kaur, Durga Khote, Amirbai Karnataki, Mukesh Roshan
1954 Mirza Ghalib Sohrab Modi Minerva Movietone Bharat Bhushan, Murad, Durga Khote, Jagdish Sethi, Suraiya, Nigar Sultana, Mukri, Baij Sharma, Kumkum, Sadat Ali, Iftekhar, Roshan Ghulam Mohammed
Bilwamangal D.N. Madhok Minar Movies Vidya C. H. Atma, Suraiya, Nirupa Roy, Ulhas, Asha Mathur Bulo C Rani
Waris Nitin Bose Minerva Movietone Shobha Jagdish Sethi, Suraiya, Talat Mehmood, Nadira, Sadat Ali, Meheli Modi, Yakub, Achla Sachdev, Roopmala Anil Biswas
Shama Parwana D.D. Kashyap Kashyap Production Shammi Kapoor, Suraiya, Roop Mala, Ulhas, Sunder, Mubarak Husnlal Bhagatram
1955 Kanchan Baij Sharma Kamal Kunj Chitra Jairaj, Suraiya, Mehta, Ranjana Husnlal Bhagatram
Inam M.I. Dharamsey Zodiac Pictures Pratima Devi, Nasir Khan, Suraiya, Yakub, Bimla Kumari, Mukri S. N. Tripathi
1956 Mr. Lambu N.A.Ansari Sheikh Mukhtar Bhagwan, Helen, Sheikh Mukhtar, Suraiya, Kamaljeet, Vijayalaxmi, N. A. Ansari, Minoo Mumtaz O.P.Nayyar
1958 Trolly Driver Gajanan Jagirdar Divya Jyot Production Rehman, Cuckoo, Pratima Devi, Bhagwan, Suraiya, Jagirdar, Usha Kiran, Madan Puri Husnlal Bhagatram
Miss Kuldip Kahar A.K. Movies Om Prakash, Suraiya, Karan Dewan, Madan Puri, Naaz, Krishna Kumari N. Dutta
Malik S.M. Yusuf Sunny Art Productions Jagdeep, Lalita Pawar, Roopmala, Suraiya, Talat Mehmood, Jeevan, Mukri, Radhakrishen, Kumar Ghulam Mohammed
1961 Shama Lekhraj Bhakri Tasveeristan Kumud Tripathi, Nimmi, Vijay Dutt, Suraiya, Kumar, Kammo, Tarun Bose, Mumtaz Begum, Tuntun, Leela Misra, Renu Maker Ghulam Mohammed
1963 Rustam-E-Sohrab Vishram Bedekar Ramsay Productions Murad, Prithviraj Kapoor, Suraiya, Premnath, Mumtaz, Azad, Merlyn, Hiralal, P. Kailash, Sajjan Sajjad Hussain


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