34th death anniversary of the Legendary Waheed Murad will be observed on Thursday.
Waheed Murad (2 October 1938 – 23 November 1983) was a Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer, famous for his charming expressions, attractive personality, tender voice and unusual talent for acting.
Waheed is considered as one of the most famous and influential actors of South Asia.
He is often referred to as “Chocolaty Hero” or “Chocolate Hero”. Born in Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan, did graduation from S.M. Arts College Karachi, and then masters in English literature from University of Karachi.
He started his film career as cameo in 1959 in the film Saathi when he was 21 years old. His naughty facial gestures, bold romanticism and alluring performance style during picturisation of songs made him immensely popular.
One of his films, Armaan, which was produced by him, made a pivotal impact on the sub-continental film industry, the film made him a superstar overnight.
Once, in an interview in 1967, he said that Dilip Kumar, too, was not an immortal actor. Waheed was known as a cheque which could be cashed anywhere in the country and is the only actor of film industry to secure the highest number of platinum, diamond, golden and silver jubilees.
He mesmerized Pakistani nation during 1960s and 1970s more than anyone before or after and is considered to be evergreen chocolate hero of Pakistan’s silver screen history.
He acted in 125 feature films and earned 32 film awards.
In November 2010, 27 years after his death, the then Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari awarded him the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, third highest honour and civilian award by the State of Pakistan, given in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science.
He died of heart attack on November 23, 1983.