Syed Ishrat Abbas

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Darpan
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Born Syed Ishrat Abbas
1928
Uttar Pradesh, India
Died 8 November 1980 (aged 52)
Lahore, Pakistan
Occupation Actor
Years active 1950–1980
Spouse(s) Nayyar Sultana

Syed Ishrat Abbas (سید عشرت عباس), better known by his stage name Darpan (Urdu: درپن‎), was one of the original romantic heroes of the "golden age" of Pakistan's film industry (also commonly known as Lollywood).[1] He belonged to a well-educated Shia family originally from Uttar Pradesh, India, where he was born in 1928.[2]

His brother, Santosh Kumar, was also a film actor. Another brother, S. Sulaiman, is a film director.

Darpan started his film career with the Pakistani Punjabi film Billo in 1951.[3] After starring in a few more films produced in Lahore, he decided to try his luck in India, where he only had moderate success. Notable films from this period include Barati (1954), and Adl-e-Jehangir (1955) opposite Meena Kumari. Critics applauded his lead role performance back in Pakistan's film Saheli (1960) in which he starred alongside Nayyar Sultana and Shamim Ara.[4] He won a Best Actor Nigar Award for his performance in Saheli (1960), as well as a Presidential award.[5]

He died in Lahore on November 8, 1980.[6]

Career[edit]

Darpan was a top hero in the early 1960s. He was introduced in the film Amanat in 1950. After only one more film, Billo (1951), he left Pakistan and tried his luck in Mumbai, where he appeared in two Indian films, Barati (1954) and Adl-e-Jahangir (1955). He was more active in non-professional activities there, and became involved with the Indian actress Nigar Sultana,[7] who played 'Bahar' in the classic Indian film Mughal-e-Azam (1960).

Darpan came back to Lahore after a few years, where the film industry was then booming, and he acted in his first film, Baap Ka Gunah (1957). He had a breakthrough with his self-produced film Sathi. Raat Ke Rahi (1960), Saheli, Gulfam, Qaidi, Anchal, Baji, Shikwa, Ik Tera Sahara and Naela (1965) were some big films in which he played vital roles. His last big film as hero was Payal Ki Jhankar in 1966. He was the hero in two of Waheed Murad's produced films Insaan Badalta Hai and Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhen. He played the villain in Ik Gunah Aur Sahi, and was a supporting actor in Khuda Te Maan, Jub Jub Phool Khile (1975) and a few other films.[8]

Filmography[edit]

  • 1950 Amanat
  • 1951 Billo
  • 1957 Baap Ka Gunah
  • 1957 Noor-e-Islam, with Swaran Lata and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1958 Rukhsana
  • 1959 Sahara
  • 1959 Khul ja sim sim, with Yasmeen and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1959 Shama, with Neelo, Swaran Lata and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1959 Saathi, with Husna and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1960 Noukri
  • 1960 Saheli
  • 1961 Insaan badalta hai
  • 1961 Gulfam
  • 1961 Lakhon fasane
  • 1962 Qaidi
  • 1962 Mousiqaar
  • 1962 Aanchal
  • 1963 Jab se dekha hai tumhen
  • 1963 Yahudi ki larki
  • 1963 Baji
  • 1963 Shikwa
  • 1963 Dulhan
  • 1963 Ik tera sahara
  • 1963 Tange Wala
  • 1964 Baap ka Baap
  • 1964 Shikari
  • 1964 Inspector
  • 1964 Shabab
  • 1965 Koh-e-Qaaf
  • 1965 Naela
  • 1966 Al-hilaal
  • 1966 Hamrahi
  • 1966 Jalwah
  • 1966 Mere mehboob
  • 1966 Pail ki jhankar
  • 1966 Mojza
  • 1967 Sham savera
  • 1967 Bahadur
  • 1967 Sitamgar
  • 1967 Shola aur shabnam
  • 1968 Baalam
  • 1968 Ik musafar ik haseena
  • 1968 Saiqa
  • 1969 Meri bhabi
  • 1969 Fasana-e-dil
  • 1970 Hamjoli
  • 1973 Azmat
  • 1973 Khuda te maan
  • 1974 Jawab do
  • 1975 Izzat
  • 1975 Ik gunah aur sahi
  • 1975 Jub Jub Phool Khile

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Darpan Syed Ishrat Abbas Film Actor, Producer Showbiz". Urduwire.com. 1980-11-08. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ "Darpan". Anisshakur.tripod.com. 1981-11-08. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  3. ^ MairaS (734 Posts) (2012-11-07). "Top Ten Films by the Most Romantic Hero of Lollywood: Darpan | Film and Movies". Filmsplusmovies.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  4. ^ "Darpan – Nayyar Sultana". Cineplot.com. 2009-11-26. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  5. ^ http://www.janubaba.com/c/forum/topic/20869/Lollywood/Nigar_Awards__Complete_History, Darpan's Best Actor Nigar Award for film Saheli (1960) on janubaba.com website, Retrieved 5 Aug 2016
  6. ^ "The News International: Latest News Breaking, Pakistan News". Retrieved 27 March 2016. 
  7. ^ "Livevision Enterainment". Livevisionusa.com. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Darpan". Mazhar.dk. Retrieved 2016-03-27. 

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