Anwar Kamal Pasha

Anwar Kamal Pasha

Pakistani film producer and director

Anwar Kamal Pasha (Urdu: انور کمال پاشا), (23 February 1925 13 October 1987) was the pioneer in the Pakistan film industry and an early Pakistani film director and producer from Lahore, Pakistan.[2][3][4]

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Life and career

Pasha was a graduate from the Forman Christian College, Lahore, and went on to earn two Master of Arts degrees at the University of the Punjab. He generally scripted, produced and directed his own films, which dealt with such social themes as poverty, love, social strata, suicide, moral decay and death.[3][5]

Pasha trained and introduced many new faces to the Pakistan film industry who later made a name for themselves, including film directors M. S. Dar, M. Akram, Altaf Hussain (film director), music directors Master Inayat Hussain and later his younger brother Master Abdullah. He also introduced Pakistani film actors Aslam Pervaiz, Sabiha Khanum, Musarrat Nazir, Nayyar Sultana, Bahar Begum and Rani. He made a total of 24 movies.

Personal life

He was the son of poet and scholar Hakim Ahmad Shuja and the husband of film actress Shamim Bano with whom he had five children, three sons and two daughters.[6]


Anwar Kamal Pasha died on 13 October 1987 at age 62 but left behind a legacy as one of the pioneer producers-directors of Pakistani cinema.[2][7]


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Awards and recognition

See also


  1. "Anwar Kamal Pasha's Nigar Award". website. 13 May 2010. Archived from the original on 15 October 2011. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  2. Ammara Ahmad (25 March 2018). "A history of dreams". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  3. Aijaz Gul. "A Short History of Pakistani Films". International Federation of Film Critics. Archived from the original on 26 April 2014. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  4. "Anwar Kamal Pasha's Filmography". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Archived from the original on 27 March 2019. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  5. Aijaz Gul (8 May 2016). "'Anarkali' screened at Mandwa". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  6. "Shamim's Profile and Filmography". website. 27 May 2011. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  7. Sumaira Jajja (25 May 2014). "In memoriam: The Rani of our hearts lives on". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 11 June 2022.
  8. "Anwar Kamal Pasha's Nigar Award - Special Award For 30 Years of Excellence in Films". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 11 June 2022.

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