Famous Novelists – Hameeda Jabeen

Hameeda Jabeen was a fiction writer from Lahore, who was famous in the decade of 60’s and 70’s. Hameeda Jabeen was married to Jameel Malik, who himself is a story writer and radio presenter. His program Saat Rang was quite famous from Radio Pakistan Lahore, and aired for more than 20 years. Hameeda Jabeen passed away in 1997, while her husband Jameel Malik passed away in 2007.

Hameeda Jabeen wrote many novels and short stories, which were also adapted for films and dramas, though none of these were a major hit.

Parayee Aag
This film was produced by Hameed Sheikh, a renowned leftist and journalist (Father of Saba Hameed), but on credits his spouse Saadia Hameed was named as producer. Released in 1971, Parayee Aag was based on a novel of Hameeda Jabeen.  Directed by Raza Mir, Khursheed Anwar was composer while Shamim Ara, Nadeem and Aasia were in leading roles. Despite a solid story, Parayee Aag was not much successful. The music composed by Khawaja Khursheed Anwar was also quite popular. Famous poet Habib Jaalib wrote lyrics of few songs in this film.


Shamim Ara has produced few films adapted from novels. Her first film Saiqa was on the novel of Razia Butt, another film Suhaag was on a novel by Hameeda Jabeen. The film was released in 1972. Nadeem and Shamim Ara were in lead roles. Directed by Farid Ahmed, Nashad was the music composer. Suhaag has a different story, but the film was not much successful.


Coming to television dramas, one drama of PTV was based on novel of Hameeda Jabeen.

Rashid Daar, a senior director of PTV adapted a novel of Hameeda Jabeen for his play Musaftain in 1997. It was the first play of Jia Ali for PTV. Asad Malik and Nisar Qadri were the other leading artists. It was dramatized by Jameel Malik, husband of Hameeda Jabeen. During shooting Rashid Daar, has complains regarding acting abilities of Jiya Ali who was a new comer then, and drama was also not much successful.

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