Remembering Actress and director-producer Shamim Ara, who had been on the big screen for a long time, on her fourth death anniversary today.
Shamim Ara, who died in London at the age of 78 after a long illness, was born in 1938 in Aligarh during the British Raj. She suffered a brain haemorrhage, after which she underwent surgery in London but did not recover. She was in a coma from 2010 until her death.
Shamim Ara’s real name was Patli Bai whose family moved to Karachi after the partition of the subcontinent. Shamim Ara started her film career in 1956 with Najam Naqvi’s film “Kanwari Biwa”.
Her super hit films include Sohaili (1960), Qidi (1962), Naila (1965), Anar Kali (1958), Saeqa, and others. The actress has the honor of working with all the heroes of her time in the industry. She acted in a total of 503 films.
Shamim’s pairing with Waheed Murad and Mohammad Ali was much appreciated. Shamim Ara’s last film was the Punjabi film “Tees Mar Khan” released in 1989, after which she stepped into the field of directing and directed many of the most successful films.
As a director, she is credited with successful films such as “Playboy”, “Miss Istanbul”, “Mandabagra Jaaye”, “Elephant My Companion”, “Miss Hong Kong” and “Miss Colombo”.
Recipient of being Pakistan’s first most successful female director, Shamim Ara won six awards in acting and three in directing.
Speaking of personal life, after the death of her husband Sardar Rind in a traffic accident, Shamim Ara married film director Farid Ahmed, that marriage was short-lived for a few reasons.
After that, Shamim Ara married A.Majeed of Agha Color Film Company with whom he has a son Salman Iqbal. Shamim Ara was married for the fourth time to associate film producer and story writer Dabirul Hassan.