Noor Jehan

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

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

- Noor Jehan

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Vocal genre or style of Indian music.

Jennifer Lopez performing at a pop music festival

Some other singers of thumri are Gauhar Jan (1873–1930), Begum Akhtar (1914–1974), Shobha Gurtu (1925–2004), Noor Jehan (1926–2000) and Nirmala Devi (1927-1996).

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

Recovery was evident with Noor Jehan's directorial debut Chanwey releasing on 29 April 1951.

Pran (actor)

Indian actor, known as the greatest villain ever in the history of Indian cinema and character actor in Hindi cinema from the 1940s to the 1990s.

Pran in a 1954 publicity photo
Pran at his 90th birthday in 2010.
Pran being felicitated by the then Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra Chhagan Bhujbal (left) at the Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Awards in 2010.

Directed by Moti B. Gidwani, the film featured Noor Jehan and Durga Khote.

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

Pakistani singer, songwriter, and music director, primarily a singer of qawwali, a form of Sufi devotional music.

Nusrat performing at the Royal Albert Hall
Faisalabad Arts Council's auditorium named after Khan

Khan, throughout his career, had great understanding with many south Asian singers such as Alam Lohar, Noor Jehan, A. R. Rahman, Asha Bhosle, Javed Akhtar, and Lata Mangeshkar.

Lata Mangeshkar

Indian playback singer and occasional music composer.

Mangeshkar in 2013
Childhood photo of Lata Mangeshkar
Mangeshkar in the 1960s
Mangeshkar's funeral in 2022

Initially, she is said to have imitated the acclaimed singer Noor Jehan, but she later developed her own style of singing.

Dilip Kumar

Indian actor and film producer who worked in Hindi cinema.

Dilip Kumar in 1946
Kumar in Jwar Bhata, his first film.
Kumar with actors Raj Kapoor and Nargis in a scene of the film Andaz (1949)
Kumar with actress Meena Kumari in Yahudi (1958)
Kumar with Madhubala on the sets of Mughal-e-Azam in 1954
Kumar with his wife Saira Banu in 2007
Kumar with actor Shah Rukh Khan in 2009
Kumar with Prime Minister Nehru (second from left) and fellow actors Dev Anand and Raj Kapoor (extreme right) (c. 1950s).
Kumar greets Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan at Meenambakkam Airport, Chennai (c. 1960). Kumar is the only Indian recipient of Pakistan's highest civilian award, Nishan-e-Imtiaz.
Kumar greets Prime Minister Manmohan Singh (c. 2005).
Kumar being awarded Lifetime Achievement Award by President Patil (c. 2008).
Kumar being awarded Padma Vibhushan by Home Minister Rajnath Singh (right), Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis (extreme left) and governor C. Vidyasagar Rao (extreme right) (c. 2015).

After two more unsuccessful films, it was his fourth film Jugnu (1947), in which he starred alongside Noor Jehan, that became his first major hit at the box office.

Mehdi Hassan

Pakistani ghazal singer and playback singer for Lollywood.

The same duet was also sung by Hassan and Noor Jehan.

Mohammed Rafi

Indian playback singer and musician.

Rafi's family tree.
Rafi on a 2016 stamp of India

Rafi sang "Tera Khilona Toota Balak" from Mehboob Khan's Anmol Ghadi (1946) and a duet with Noor Jehan in the 1947 film Jugnu, "Yahan Badla Wafa Ka".


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.

Trilok Kapoor

Indian actor and a member of the Kapoor family who worked in Bollywood films.

Kapoor in Baazigar

He acted as hero opposite Noor Jehan in the superhit film Mirza Sahiban, her last film in India in 1947 before Noor Jehan moved to Pakistan.