Sabiha Khanum (Urdu: صبیحہ خانم), born Mukhtar Begum, was a Pakistani film actress. She was a leading star of Pakistani cinema in the 1950s and 1960s and continued to play award-winning roles for films in the 1980s and 1990s. She also acted in some award-winning television dramas.
Some of his notable films include Gumnam (1954), Dulla Bhatti (1956), Sarfarosh (1956), Mukhra (1958), and Devar Bhabhi (1967).
Most of Sabiha's movies were with her husband playing the lead role opposite her, the late Santosh Kumar (Syed Musa Raza). Sabiha and Santosh were highly regarded as the "perfect couple" by the public and they had built up a substantial fan following.
1 Early life
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Mukhtar Begum or Sabiha Khanum is the daughter of Mohammad Ali (Maahia) from Delhi and Iqbal Begum (Baalo) from Amritsar, Punjab, British India. She was raised in a conservative rural environment by her grandparents, but got her first acting opportunity on stage in Lahore, after moving there to be with her father.
A cultural delegation visited a cinema house in Sialkot, Pakistan in 1948. Mukhtar Begum (then a young girl in 1948), who was part of the delegation, sang the Punjabi song "Kithhay gae yoon pardesia way" from the film Sassi Punnoon (which starred Baalu and Aslam). Her performance was praised, and soon Mohammad Ali introduced his daughter to a noted stage drama writer and poet, Nafees Khaleeli. Noting her determination, Khaleeli offered her a role in the drama Buut Shikan, which she accepted. Nafees Khaleeli gave her the screen name of Sabiha Khanum.
On Nafees Khaleeli's request, the film director Masood Pervez offered her a role in the film Beli (1950), giving Sabiha her debut as a film actress in 1950. Beli was also the first film of Masood Pervez as a director; the cast was Santosh Kumar, Shaheena and Sabiha Khanum.
Next Sabiha played the role of 'Noori' in famous director/producer Anwar Kamal Pasha's Silver Jubilee film Do Ansoo (1950), starring Santosh, Gulshan Ara and Sabiha.
Sabiha gained some more recognition in her next movie Aaghosh, directed by Murtaza Jilani, starring Santosh, Sabiha, and Gulshan Ara. Her role, in the film 'Ghulam', released in 1953, directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha, with Santosh was also well received.Film directors admired her ability to improvise because she was talented and ambitious.
Her role in the film Gumnaam (1954) was also appreciated by the movie-goers. The movie was directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha, starring Seema, Sudhir and Sabiha Khanum. This film is a story about a mentally retarded girl, played by Sabiha, is a pleasure to watch. She played the role of 'Nooran' in the romantic Punjabi film, Dulla Bhatti (1956) directed by M.S. Daar and this movie celebrated its Golden Jubilee at the Pakistani cinemas.
Sabiha was cast opposite all renowned actors of her time. However, she will be remembered most for her films with Santosh Kumar. Along the way, she found the love of her life - Santosh Kumar. Once married, they had a successful marriage and had 3 kids together.
Movie-goers were treated to a succession of films about popular romance like the film Waada (1957) starring Sabiha and Santosh. This film was followed by another spate of magnificent movies, which provided countless hours of pleasure to millions of their fans. Sheikh Chilli (1958), Aas Paas (1957), Sassi (1954), Sohni (1955), Choti Begum (1956), Daata (1957), Hatim (1956), Saat Laakh (1957), Dil Mein Tu (1958), Ayaz (1960), Mehfil (1955) , Pervaaz (1954), Toofan (1955) and Ishq-E-Laila (1957) are a few names to mention.
Sabiha's achievement along with Santosh Kumar in the following films is still noteworthy ; Mukhra (1958), Muskurahat (1959), Rishta (1963), Hasrat (1958), Ishrat, Shikwa (1963), Teray Baghair (1959), Mauseeqar (1962), Dulhan, Kaneez (1965 film), Dewar Bhabi (1967), Shaam Dhalay (1960), Pak Daman (1969), Anjuman (1970), Sarfarosh (1956), Inteqaam (1955), Qatil (1955), Sawaal (1966), Commander (1968), and Mohabbat (1972). Her role in the film Anjuman (1970 film) was very well-liked. Director Hasan Tariq's films Tehzeeb (1971) and Ik Gunah Aur Sahi (1975), Director Zia Sarhadi's film Rah Guzar (1960), Director Zahoor Raja's film Deewana (1964) and Director Jameel Akhtar's film Aik Raat.
The following two national songs which she sang at the Pakistan Television program Silver Jubilee in 1982 were appreciated by the audience:
Sohni dharti Allah rakhay qadam qadam aabad tujhay
Jug jug jeeye mera pyara watan, lub pay dua hai dil mein lagun
In Anwar Maqsood's stage show, Silver Jubilee, she rendered the following song Yaad karoon tujhay sham saweray from the film Mauseeqar (1962). As the final lyrics faded away that evening, the audience stood up and applauded.
Sabiha Khanum, who has been in the public eye for four decades, finally retired, and now lives with her eldest daughter in the U.S.A. Her son and the youngest daughter are also settled there.
She lived with her daughter in Leesburg, Virginia until her death on 13 June 2020 at the age of 84.
Sabiha Khanum has won several Nigar awards during her lifetime:
Nigar Award for Best Actress in film Saat Lakh (1957)
Nigar Award for Best Actress for film Shikwa (1963)
Nigar Award Special award for film Dewar Bhabi (1967)
Nigar Award Special award for film Ik Gunah Aur Sahi (1975)
Nigar Award Special award for her thirty years of acting career (1981)
Nigar Award Best supporting actress in director Hassan Tariq's film Sangdil (1982)
Pride of Performance Award in 1986 by the President of Pakistan
1950 Beli (her debut film)
1950 Do Ansoo (first Silver jubilee film of Pakistan)
1950 Hamari basti
1954 Gumnam (played a mentally retarded girl role)
1954 Raat ki baat
1954 Sassi (first Golden jubilee film of Pakistan)
1956 Chhoti Begum
1956 Dulla Bhatti
1957 Bholey Khan
1957 Saat Laakh
1957 Aankh ka Nasha
1957 Aas Paas
1958 Dil Mein Tuu (Urdu)
1958 Sheikh Chilli
1959 Tere Baghair
1959 Aaj Kal
1960 Sham Dhalay
1965 Kaneez (1965 film)
1967 Devar Bhabi
1969 Maa Beta
1970 Matrai Maa
1970 Mohabbat Rang Laaey Gi
1970 Sajna Duur Daya
1971 Banda Bashar
1971 Bhain Bhara
1971 Jaltey Sooraj Ke Neechay
1971 Yaar Des Punjab De
1972 Ek Raat
1972 Sirr Da Saiin
1972 Aao Pyar Karein
1973 Khawab Aur Zindagi
1974 Miss Hippy
1974 Pyar Di Nishani
1974 Sayyo Ni Mera Mahi
1975 Bikhrey Moti (Urdu)
1975 Dhan Jigra Maa Da (Punjabi)
1975 Farz Te Aulaad (Punjabi)
1975 Ik Gunah Aur Sahi (Urdu)
1975 Isar (Urdu)
1975 Neki Badi (Urdu)
1975 Pehchaan (Urdu)
1975 Roshni (Urdu)
1975 Watan Iman (Punjabi)
1975 Zanjeer (Urdu)
1976 Aulad (Urdu)
1976 Rastey Ka Pathar (Urdu)
1976 Wardat (Punjabi)
1976 Zubaida (Urdu)
1977 Kalu (Urdu)
1977 Mere Hazoor (Urdu)
1977 Aag Aur Zindagi (Urdu)
1978 Abhi Tau Mein Jawan Huun (Urdu)
1978 Haidar Ali (Urdu)
1978 Shera (Punjabi)
1978 Tamashbeen (Punjabi)
1979 Do Raastey (Urdu)
1979 Raja Ki Aaye Gi Barat (Urdu)
1979 Waday Ki Zanjeer (Urdu)
1980 Badmashi Band (Punjabi)
1980 Rishta (Urdu)
1981 Anokha Daaj (Punjabi)
1981 "Chan Suraj" (Punjabi)
1981 Parvah Nahin (Punjabi)
1982 Sangdil (Urdu)
1982 Wohti Jee (Punjabi)
1984 Ishq Nachawey Gali Gali (Punjabi)
1984 Kamyabi (Urdu)
1985 Deewane Do (Urdu)
1985 Mehak (Urdu)
1989 Mohabbat Ho Tau Aisi (Urdu)
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