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|Birth name||Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh|
15 June 1929|
Gujranwala, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
|Died||31 January 2004
Mumbai, Maharashtra India
|Years active||1937, 1941–1963|
Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh (15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004) was an Indian 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.
Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab (British India) to the owner of a small furniture shop. Later her father moved to Lahore and Suraiya was taken to Bombay on the request of her mother, Mumtaz Begum, maternal grandmother, Badshah Begum and a maternal uncle named Zahoor Ahmad (also known as M. Zahoor.) Suraiya's father, Aziz Shekh lived with her when he died on the day of 'Holi' in March 1963. 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.
Suraiya 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.
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 (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, she acted in Tamanna (1942), Station Master (1942), and Hamari Baat(1943). 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.
From the late forties to the early fifties, she remained the highest paid as well as the most popular star of the Indian cinema
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).
As a singer
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 Anand had himself gone on record to say that there was a time when he was impressed by the Hollywood legend. Their love-affair continued for four years from 1948 to 1951, but could not culminate in marriage because of fierce opposition by her grandmother, maternal uncle and some film persons,viz. Naushad, AR Kardar and M. Sadiq, who were opposed to the marriage. Rather, M. Sadiq, who was a married man, himself wanted to marry her. Suraiya refused to marry anyone, in spite of effort by her family to persuade her to marry certain film directors and businessmen of her community. Suraiya and Dev Anand later did meet on a few occasions in parties as friends in Mumbai in their lifetime. Suraiya gave up her professional career as an actress and singer in 1963 and even later refused to sing for music directors, like Naushad and music companies, like HMV and Polydor, despite their requests.
Last years and death
Suraiya lived in the same rented apartment, Krishna Mahal, Marine Drive in Mumbai from early 1940s until her death in 2004 at age 74. She possessed several apartments in Worli and some orchards in Lonavala. In January 2004, she was admitted for a brief period for hypoglacemia, ischemia and insulonoma to Harkshandas hospital in South Mumbai by Thakars', her neighbours and family friends. In the hospital, actor Sunil Dutt, music director, Naushad and Pratap A. Rana, writer-producer of her films, "Jeet" and "Vidya", visited her during this period. She died at 9.25 AM on 31 January 2004. Actor Dharmendra also attended her funeral. She was buried at Badakabarastan in Marine Lines, Mumbai.
Honours and recognitions
In 1948, Suraiya got a gold medal from the noted theatre personality, Adi Pherozeshah Marzban, for her role in the film "Kajal", in which she acted as a sixteen year old to a sixty year old woman.. In 1954, Mirza Ghalib (film), a film in which Suraiya acted, was awarded the President Gold Medal and her acting was highly appreciated and extolled by the then Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru. In 1994, a retrospective of Suraiya's films was held at Mumbai by the "Cine Club" during 21–26 March 1994, which was inaugurated by the then Chief Minister of Mumbai, Vilas Rao Deshmukh, in Suraiya's presence, wherein she gave an introductory talk about her films and the prevailing trends in Bollywood films. This event is recorded in Youtube as "Suraiya-Khusboo ka Safar". In 1996, Suraiya was awarded the Screen Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by the actor-politician Sunil Dutt In December, 1998, she was especially honoured by the then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee during Mirza Ghalib celebrations in New Delhi conducted by the Urdu Academy. In 1999, she was honoured with the Bimal Roy Award, instituted by the the Bimal Roy Memorial and Film Society, Mumbai. In 2003, she was honoured by the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy and Screen World Publication at a special function on the 134th birth anniversary of Dada Phalke, the occasion was chaired by the Cultural Minister of Maharashtra, Ashok Chavan. A postage stamp, bearing her face, was released by India Post owned by the Government of India to honour her on 3 May 2013, on the occasion of the "100 Years of Indian Cinema". In 2013, in a poll conducted by the ethnic Indian brand Seven East,in association with the International Indian Film Academy, as part of the 100 years of Indian Cinema, Suraiya was voted as the "Best On Screen Beauty with the Most Ethnic Look", followed by film Indian actresses Mumtaz, Waheeda Rehman, Madhubala, Meena Kumari, Sharmila Tagore and Hema Malini.
Tributes to Suraiya
On her death on January 31, 2004, the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpayee in a condolence message said Suraiya was "not only a good actress but a talented singer" and the legendary singer was endowed with a mellifluous voice. Information and Broadcasting Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Suraiya was "one of the most popular singing superstars of the forties and her famous honey voice and rich songs will remain popular for all times to come. Her contribution to the development of the Indian cinema will be remembered for long". O.P. Dutta, director-writer who worked with her in "Pyar Ki Jeet", remembered her as "a lonely heart and bundle of unforgettable qualities". Dilip Kumar, veteran actor, said on her passing away, "She was a caring girl, very affectionate, particularly with junior artistes,". "Suraiya will be sorely missed, even though she had been a recluse for decades." Dev Anand said on her death, "I felt sad when she died. One does feel sad at death. I did not go to her funeral because I would have been reminded of the her past. I cried from a distance." The Outlook (magazine) wrote after her death: "She evoked the kind of hysteria [in the late 1940s] that can be compared only with Rajesh Khanna in his heyday from 1969 to 1972. Ask any old-timer and they would confirm that people bunked offices, schools and colleges, even shops closed on the opening day of her films, to see her films first day, first show."
|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|
|Jeet||a||xxx Pictures||Dev Anand, Suraiya, Madan Puri|
|1945||Main Kya Karoon||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 1958||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 (film)||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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