Ahmed Rushdi

Rushdi during recording
Rushdi during a live performance
Rushdi with Badar Munir, Sohail Rana and a film producer during a song composition
Ahmed Rushdi's grave at Sakhi Hassan cemetery, Karachi

Versatile Pakistani playback singer and was " an important contributor to the golden age of Pakistani film music."

- Ahmed Rushdi

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Cinema of Pakistan

The cinema of Pakistan, or Pakistani cinema, refers to the filmmaking industry in Pakistan.

Ahmed Rushdi, an award-winning playback singer
Waheed Murad, a method actor
Gundasa Culture in Lollywood

Syed Faqir Ahmad Shah produced his first film with a heavy budget in 1955 " Saqlain Rizvi and Murtaza Jillani were directors, Syed Faqir Ahmad produced his second film " Jagga "in 1958 directed by his son Saqlain Rizvi, the film remained mediocre in the cinema. As cinema viewership increased, Sassi released on 3 June 1954 by Eveready Pictures reached golden jubilee status staying on screens for 50-weeks. Legendary playback singer Ahmed Rushdi started his career in April 1955 after singing his first song in Pakistan "Bander Road Se Kemari".Umar Marvi released on 12 March 1956 became the first Pakistani film made in the Sindhi language. To celebrate the success of these endeavours, film journalist Ilyas Rashidi launched an annual awarding event on 17 July 1958. Named Nigar Awards, the event is since then considered Pakistan's premier awarding event celebrating outstanding performance in various categories of filmmaking.

Mehdi Hassan

Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer for Lollywood.

He earned numerous awards and accolades during his lifetime and remained a leading singer of Pakistani film industry along with another contemporary playback singer Ahmed Rushdi, and it is estimated that Hassan sang for over 300 films during his career.

Playback singer

Singer whose singing is pre-recorded for use in films.

Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar recorded thousands of songs
Pakistani playback singer Ahmed Rushdi performing live on stage in 1954

Mohammed Rafi and Ahmed Rushdi are regarded as two of the most influential playback singers in South Asia.

Noor Jehan

Pakistani playback singer and actress who worked first in India and then in the cinema of Pakistan.

Noor Jehan in 1945 film Zeenat
Poster of Yamla Jatt (1940) Noor Jehan, M. Ismail, Pran
Noor Jehan in 1946 film Humjoli
Jehan with singer Lata Mangeshkar
Jehan's gravesite at the Gizri Graveyard near the Saudi Consulate in Karachi

Along with Ahmed Rushdi, she holds the record for having given voice to the largest number of film songs in the history of Pakistani cinema.


Form of amatory poem or ode, originating in Arabic poetry.

An illustrated headpiece from a mid-18th century collection of ghazals and rubāʻīyāt
Amir Khusrow teaching his disciples in a miniature from a manuscript of Majlis al-Ushshaq by Husayn Bayqarah. Amir Khusrow is considered the first Urdu poet
Layla visits Majnun in the wilderness; the story of Layla and Majnun is one of the most famous Arabic tales of unrequited, unconditional love

In Pakistan, Noor Jehan, Iqbal Bano, Abida Parveen, Farida Khanum, Ghulam Ali, Ahmed Rushdi, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan, Parvez Mehdi and Mehdi Hassan are known for ghazal renditions.

Waheed Murad

Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer.

Waheed picturising a song sung by Ahmed Rushdi
Waheed's grave in Gulberg graveyard Lahore

The film were sung by Ahmed Rushdi.

Masood Rana

Masood Rana

Rana's grave at Karim Block cemetery, Lahore

Rana still holds the record of singing more than 300 film songs in each of the two languages - Urdu and Punjabi, an all-time record shared with Ahmed Rushdi and Noor Jehan.

Kishore Kumar

Indian playback singer and actor.

Kumar on a 2016 stamp of India
Kishore Kumar's ancestral home
Ganguly House (Gauri Kunj), Kishore's ancestral home
Kishore Kumar as a young man
Kumar alongside Meena Kumari in Naya Andaz (1956)
In a still from Bhagam Bhaag (1956)
Kishore Kumar memorial on the outskirts of Khandwa
Kumar on a 2003 stamp of India

In his later career, Kumar was also heavily influenced by playback singer Ahmed Rushdi and his liking towards Rushdi was to the extent that former paid a tribute at Royal Albert Hall in London to the latter by singing some of his songs.

Nadeem Baig (actor)

Pakistani actor, singer and producer.

In his career, Nadeem is mostly voiced by Ahmed Rushdi and latter Akhlaq Ahmed provided his voice.

Runa Laila

Bangladeshi playback singer and composer.

Runa Laila in 2017

Her style of singing is inspired by Pakistani playback singer Ahmed Rushdi and she also made a pair with him after replacing another singer Mala.