Veteran actress Shamim Ara remembered on fourth death anniversary


Renowned Pakistani film actress Shamim Ara is being remembered on her fourth death anniversary on Wednesday (August 5).
She was born in 1938 in Ali Garh, India and had an interesting career; her first film Kunwari Baywa tanked at the box office but her role had the industry buzzing. Shortly after that, she got a string of hit films under her name, such as Devdas, Bhool, Doraha, Humraz and others.

Shamim Ara’s also had the distinction of being the first woman director of the Pakistan film industry.

Her acting career came to a halt when she retired as a leading lady in the early 1970s but continued being a part of Pakistani film industry as a producer and director.

However, none of those films reached the level of success Shamim Ara had at the height of her acting career. Jaidaad (1959) and Tees Maar Khan (1989) were the only two Punjabi movies in which she performed.

In 1968, she produced her first film Saiqa (1968) which was based on the novel by Razia Butt. The film attracted a large number of viewers especially females.

For her immense contribution to Pakistani cinema, she was honored by Nigar Award for 4 times.

The actress breathed her last in 2016 at the age of 78 after a prolonged illness.