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Community members pay rich tributes to ‘First Lady of Pakistani Cinema’ Sabiha

Community members pay
rich tributes to ‘First Lady 
of Pakistani Cinema’ Sabiha

Pakistani community members in Qatar have expressed their heartfelt grief over the demise of Pakistan’s leading actress of yesteryear Sabiha Khanum, who passed away in the US after a protracted illness.
Acknowledged as the ‘First Lady of Pakistani Cimena’ and dubbed as one of the greatest actresses of the Pakistani silver screen, Sabiha had been living with her daughter and grandchildren in the US for more than a decade.
Sabiha, who died at the age of 85, was one of the most popular actors of the 1950s-60s. She was suffering from renal disease and had been bedridden for the last few months.
Besides working in more than 200 Urdu and Punjabi films, she also performed in theatre and sang patriotic songs for television such as ‘Sohni dharti Allah rakhay qadam qadam aabad tujhay’ and ‘Jug jug jeeye mera pyara watan, lub pay dua hai dil mein lagun.’
She also appeared in several television dramas, including the most popular ones likeDasht and Ehsaas.In most of her movies, Sabiha played the lead roles along with her husband, late Santosh Kumar (Syed Musa Raza).
Sabiha and Santosh built a substantial fan following as they were highly popular due to their on-screen chemistry. Together they starred in 47 movies and played a couple in a majority of them.
Sabiha’s debut movie was Beli,which released in 1950. Some of her notable films include Do Ansoo, Sassi, Gumnaam, Dulla Bhatti, Sarfarosh, Mukhra, Devar Bhabhi, Mere Hazoor, Aag Aur Zindagi, Abhi Tau Mein Jawan Huun, Haidar Ali, Shera, Tamashbeen, Do Raastey, Raja Ki Aaye Gi Barat, Ishq-e-Laila, Waday Ki Zanjeer, Badmashi Band, Rishta, Anokha Daaj, Qatil, Chand Suraj, Parvah Nahin, Sangdil, Hatim, Wohti Jee, Ishq Nachawey Gali Gali, Kamyabi, Deewane Do, Mehak, Mohabbat Ho Tau Aisi and Saranga.
Sabiha received several awards including five Nigar awards and Pride of Performance Award by the president of Pakistan in 1986.

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