|Birth name||Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh|
|Also known as||Baby Suraiya (early films)|
15 June 1929|
Gujranwala, Punjab, British India
(now in Punjab, Pakistan)
|Died||31 January 2004
Krishna Mahal, Marine Drive,Mumbai, Maharashtra India
|Occupation(s)||Actress,Hindi films singing star.|
|Years active||1937, 1941–1963|
Suraiya Jamaal Sheikh (15 June 1929 – 31 January 2004) was an Indian Hindi/Hindustani film actress and playback singer in Bollywood in the 1940s to early 1960s. She was the most popular singing star of the Indian sub-continent of her generation. Till 1943, as a child singer Suraiya gave play-back for one actress, namely, Mehtab in three films and also in some of her own films for her role as a child artiste. After which, she only sang for her films as an actress, and as a heroine after 1945 till 1963. From 1948 to 1950, she became the singing superstar of Bollywood, earning the highest amount for her performances, over all the performing actors of the times.
She was the only child of her parents. She had natural talent for singing, acting and dancing from childhood. She got basic music training in childhood, when her mother used to take her to Hindustani music trainer or 'masterji' for training. She first sang for a children's program for All India Radio in 1937. Later on Naushad gave her on the job 'training', while recording. She went on to become a most successful singing film star. She first sang for a children's program for All India Radio in 1937. She had received training in dancing from Mumtaz Ali, dancer-actor and father of famous comedian, Mehmood. She was also known for her North Indian Muslim feudal style acting or 'Adakari' in many of her films ( Mirza Ghalib, Phool, Afsar, Shayar, Jeet, Anmol Ghadi, Dastan). This style 'endowed modernity with an aura of tradition' and brought nostalgic feudal tinge to the scenes. Her performance 'expertly integrated gestures, music and speech'. Suraiya in her hey days was known as Malika-e-Husn (queen of beauty), Malika-e-Tarannum (queen of melody) and Malika-e-Adakaari (queen of acting), all rolled into one.
Suraiya was born in Gujranwala, Punjab (British India) to the owner of a furniture shop, Aziz Jamaal Sheikh. Soon, her father moved to Lahore and Suraiya was taken by her mother, Mumtaz Begum, and maternal grandmother, Badshah Begum to Bombay, where her maternal uncle, named Zahoor (also known as M. Zahoor) was already a well known villain in films. Suraiya's father, later came to live with her and he died on the day of 'Holi' in March 1963. She attended New High School, now known as, J.B. Petit High School for Girls in Fort, Mumbai.Later, 1942 onwards, when she started singing for films as a 12 year old, her school principal Miss P.F. Patuck told her father not to let her be absent from school during school days. She sang for Mehtab in three films in 1942-43 and also acted and sang in a few films as a child artiste. In her childhood, Raju Bharatan, a few years younger and later, a famous music and sports writer, critic and correspondent, actor Raj Kapoor and composer Madan Mohan, both a few years older, were her neighbourhood friends. Raj Kapoor and Madan Mohan, both used to sing with her in A.I.R.(All India Radio), when she was a six-year-old girl. In fact, Madan Mohan first introduced her to A.I.R.(All India Radio) as a child singer. Later in life, Raju Bhartan wrote extensively about Suraiya in his books, while Raj Kapoor was her hero in one of her films, Dastan (1950), and Madan Mohan composed music for her film, Khubsoorat (1952).
Suraiya made her debut as a child artist in Usne Kya Socha (1937). She got a prominent role as a child artiste with the help of her uncle M. Zahoor, 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 film), which was being directed by Nanubhai Vakil. Vakil noticing the charm and innocence of young Suraiya, selected her to play the role of young Mumtaj Mahal.
While she was singing for children's programs for All India Radio, Mumbai, as a six year old, Raj Kapoor and Madan Mohan who were her playmates in her neighbourhood and were 5–6 years older to her, used to be her co-artists. In fact, they first introduced her to AIR. Raj Kapoor, later, attained fame as an actor and a film maker, while Madan Mohan became well-known music director. Both were associated with her, later as an adult, as her hero and as her music director respectively in films. In AIR, Zulfiqar Ali Bukhari was then the Station Director at the Bombay Radio Station. Once, music director Naushad Ali heard Suraiya's voice, he chose her to sing as a 13-year-old for Mehtab 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 and also sang in Tamanna (1942), Station Master (1942), and Hamari Baat(1943). As an adult, Suraiya initially played as a co-star with the heroine 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 acted as a heroine in the film Tadbir (1945) on the recommendation of K. L. Saigal, who liked her voice during a rehearsal. She went on to co-star with K. L. 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 had high regards for Khwaja Khurshid Anwar for whom she sang 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 Partition of India 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 film star, earning 1-2 lakhs of rupees per film, when male actors got much less. When 'Pyar Ki Jeet' was released, it drew large crowds outside Suraiya's house that had to be controlled by posting an inspector and four constables outside her house. During the premiere of "Badi Behan", there was a very large crowd outside the cinema hall and the police had to lathi-charge when Suraiya was walking into the hall. People even pulled at her clothes, so that after that, Suraiya stopped going to the premieres of her films. 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 from 1947 to 1952.Her contract with A. R. Kardar ended with Deewana, after which she reduced her assignments in films.She made national news with Sohrab Modi's film Mirza Ghalib (film) (1954), which won national award, the President's Gold medal for the Best Feature Film. In the film, 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 songs, which are still regarded by many as the definitive Ghalib renditions and the standard by which Ghalib's gazal singing is measured. No less a personality than Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru praised her singing and acting by saying, Tumne Mirza Ghalib Ki Rooh Ko Zinda Kar Diya, (You have brought Mirza Ghalib to life).
After Mirza Ghalib (film), she acted 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) and Shama (1961). Rustom Sohrab (1963) was her last film. The song, 'Yeh kaisi ajab daastan ho gayi hai' from the film, which was one of her finest songs, was also her last song, as with this song Suraiya also said "adieu" to her singing career, along with her film career.
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 had a very sweet voice from childhood. She could sing all types of songs with ease, whether sad, with pathos in her voice, or romantic with amorous love, or comic with playful jest. Suraiya was initially, not a classically trained singer in Hindustani music, knowing the 'grammar' or theory of Hindustani music, yet she was a practical singer by nature. She became the most outstanding singing star of her times from 1945-1963 and reached dizzying heights during 1947-1950 in her popularity as an actress.
Suraiya's first song as a child-singer was "Boot karun main polish babu" (as a playback singer) in the film Nai Duniya (1942), composed by Naushad. She went on to sing playback for Mehtab for Sharda, Kanoon and Sanjog (1942–43) under him, when her principal, Miss P.F. Puttack, took a strong view of her truancy from school, and her ‘adventure’ came to an abrupt halt. As a singer, Suraiya sang as a playback singer for actress Mehtab in Sharda (1942), Kanoon (1943) and Sanjog (1943), with Naushad as the music director and A R Kardar as director and producer. At first, seeing baby Suraiya, Mehtab was hesitant to have her as her playback singer, but on hearing her, she wanted Suraiya to sing all her songs in her films. Suraiya debuted with Manna Dey in his first Hindi film song in 'Tamanna' in 1942, for which his uncle, famous K. C. Dey was the music director. Again in 1942, Suraiya paired with Rajkumari in 'Station-Master' for the song 'sajan ghar aye'.
A few years later, the great singer actor, K.L. Saigal was so impressed by 16 years young Suraiya's singing, that he readily agreed to have her in his film 'Tadbir' as a co-artiste and a singer in 1945. Saigal had Suraiya as his heroine and a singer in films in 'Omar Khayyam (1946)' and 'Parwana (1947)'. Parwana was Saigal's last film and was released after his death.
Later, Suraiya continued to work with music director Naushad in a few films and in 1946, she appeared with actress Noor Jehan in Anmol Ghadi as a co-star and Naushad as the music director. She sang three songs in the film, which became popular, of which Man Leta Hai Angdai went viral throughout the country. In a span of 22 years, she gave a number of hits. In her honey-rich voice, songs like Woh paas rahain, ya door rahein", Tere naino ne chori kiya, Tu mera chaand, main teri chandni, Yaad karun tori batiya and the rare classical number, Man mor hua matwala created hysteria in the country.
Khursid Anwar was the music director in Suraiya's three films, viz. 'Ishara (1943)', 'Parwana(1947)' and 'Singar(1949)'. Suraiya sang 13 songs in these films. Some outstanding songs of 'Parwana' are "Jab tumhi nahin apne", "Mere munderey na bol", and "Papi papiha re".
With music directors duo, Husnlal-Bhagatram, Suraiya worked in 11 films and recorded the highest number of songs for any music director from 1948-1958. The films were Pyar Ji Jeet (1948), Aaj Ki Raat(1948), Naach(1949), Balam(1949), Bari Behen(1949), Amar Kahani(1949), Sanam(1951), Shama Parwana(1954), Kanchan(1955), Trolley Driver(1955). Her song 'O, door janewale, wada na bhul jana' in 'Pyar Ki Jeet' in 1948 became a hit all over India.
Suraiya did only three films with music composer Sachin Dev Burman, viz. Vidya(1948) (with Dev Anand), Afsar (1949) (with Dev Anand) and Lal Kunwar (1952)), as she was associated with other composers and SD Burman came late into the scene in Bombay. Yet, most of their songs are memorable. 'Man mor hua Matwala' (Afsar), 'Nain Dewane' (Afsar), 'Layi khushi ki dunia' (with Mukesh in 'Vidya') and 'Preet sataye teri yaad na'(Lal Kunwar) being some of them.
All of Suriya's songs from her film 'Mirza Ghalib'(1954) have become classical songs and have enhanced the beauty of his ghazals for the connoisseur and the layman alike. The songs 'Yeh na thi hamari kismat', 'Nukta- cheen hai gam-e-dil', 'Dil-e-nadan tujhe hua kya hai', 'Aah Ko Chahiye', 'Rahiye ab aisi jagha' are the finest examples of ghazal singing.
Another movie of Suraiya which has evergreen songs is 'Shama'(1961). The lyrics were written by the stalwart lyricist Kaifi Azmi and the music composer was another 'Great', Ghulam Mohammed . The memorable songs sung by Suraiya are 'Mast aankhon mein shararat', 'Dhadakte Dil Ki Tamanna ho','Aap se pyaar hua jata hai'.
Suraiya was the only singing actress, who also worked as a heroine and co-star with many other singing-stars of her times, 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). Her last film as a singing actress was Rustom Sohrab, with the song 'Yeh kaisi ajab dastan ho gayi hai", being her last, yet one of the most remembered songs.
Suraiya was recognized as the first Melody Queen of the sub - continent and was the first singer to be given the honorific "Malika-e-Tarannum" (Melody Queen) for her singing talent before partition, ahead of any other singer.
Suraiya was an ardent fan of the Hollywood star Gregory Peck, who paid her a surprise visit at 12 o'clock at night, when he came to Bombay in 1954 for the first Filmfare Awards. In 1952, Suraiya had given Frank Capra, a signed photograph of hers to be delivered to her idol, Gregory Peck, when Capra came to India for 20 days to attend the International Film Festival.
In the late 1940s, Dev Anand used to enact Gregory Peck's mannerisms to please Suraiya, as she was a fan of Gregory Peck and she often expressed this to Dev Anand. Their love-affair continued for four years from 1948 to 1951. During the shooting of director Rana Pratap's film 'Jeet', both Dev Anand and Suraiya, with the help of the film members, namely Durga Khote (actress), Dwarka Divecha (cinematographer) and others, had made plans for marriage in a temple, and elopement, but at the last minute, an assistant director, jealous of their marriage, informed Suraiya's grandmother, who dragged her home from the scene. Suraiya's grandmother, Badshah Begum, who controlled the family, was fiercely opposed to Suraiya marrying Dev Anand. She was also supported by Suraiya's maternal uncle and some film persons, viz. composer Naushad, director-producers AR Kardar and M. Sadiq.
The principal reason of opposition was that Dev Anand was of a different religion and the covert one was that Suraiya was the only earning member of the family. The film people had also their own professional and personal interests in opposing an early marriage of their popular singing star. Rather, M. Sadiq, who was a married man, himself wanted to marry her. Suraiya's parents wanted her to marry Dev Anand, but being a mellow couple, their voice was ignored by the grandmother.
The painful dalliance with Dev Anand, left her bruised emotionally, a phase from which many said she never recovered. A retreat from the public atmosphere was followed by a return in films like Mirza Ghalib (1954,) for which she received praise even from the Prime Minister, Jawahar Lal Nehru, but she never attained the dizzy public popularity she had attained earlier on. Suraiya refused to marry anyone in future, in spite of efforts by her family to persuade her to marry certain film directors and businessmen of their community. Dev Anand who was very depressed on her reluctant refusal to marry him, and was counselled by his brother Chetan Anand to recover and stand up from the break up, went on to marry Kalpana Kartik after four years in 1954 in a hurried simple marriage, but as he said in his auto-biography, Suraiya was his first true love.
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 on refused to sing for music directors, like Naushad and for music companies like HMV and Polydor, despite several requests by them. She went on to live life away from media and public eye thereafter,except appearing on a few public occasions later in life in the 1990s and thereafter.
Later life and death
Suraiya's maternal grandmother, Badshah Begum, who played a major part in her career and even personal life, later went to Pakistan to live with her brother, and she was left alone with her mother, Mumtaz Begum. The time with her mother were her happy years, when her mother took care of her daily needs and she would occasionally go to her film world friends. She had a few friends like old timer Jairaj, Nimmi,Nirupa Roy and Tabassum, whom she met once in while.
After her mother's death in 1987, Suraiya started feeling lonely in her rented apartment in Krishna Mahal, Marine Drive in Mumbai, where she lived from the early 1940s until her death in 2004 at the age of 74. She possessed several apartments in Worli and some orchards in Lonavala.
She died on 31 January 2004 aged 74, after being hospitalized for a few days. In her last six months, she was taken care of by her neighbour and family friends, Dhimant Thakar's family, with whom she stayed during this period. She was very close to the two daughters of Dhimant Thakar. She was admitted for a brief period for hypoglacemia, ischemia and insulonoma to Harkshandas hospital in South Mumbai by Thakars'.
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, who was her ardent fan, also attended her funeral. She was buried at Badakabarastan in Marine Lines, Mumbai.
Honours and recognitions
In 1948, Suraiya was awarded a gold medal by the noted theatre personality, Adi Pherozeshah Marzban, for her role in Kajal(film), in which she acted as a sixteen year old to a sixty-year-old woman.
In 1955, Mirza Ghalib (film), a film in which Suraiya acted, was awarded the President's Gold Medal for the Best Feature Film of 1954 (first Hindi film) during the 2nd National Film Awards 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 four parts.
In December, 1998, she was especially honoured for perpetuating Mirza Ghalib's memory by her acting and songs by the then Prime Minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee during Mirza Ghalib celebrations in New Delhi conducted by the Urdu Academy and Sahitya Academy.
 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.
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".
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."
Lata Mangeshkar, Suraiya's co-singer in Balam, Sanam and Diwana, spoke about her immense popularity, her charm and gentleness, her tragic love affair with Dev Anand and her loneliness, narrated to Subash K Jha of Times of India.
Singer Nitin Mukesh said Suraiya had played heroine opposite his father, playback legend Mukesh, in his first movie, "Mashuqa"(1953), as lead actor.‘‘Papa was very fond of her. She met me at a couple of award functions and was always affectionate.’’
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 Sohrab||Vishram Bedekar||Ramsay Productions||Murad, Prithviraj Kapoor, Suraiya, Premnath, Mumtaz, Azad, Merlyn, Hiralal, P. Kailash, Sajjan||Sajjad Hussain|
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