Rahat Kazmi and Sahira Kazmi are prominent names in the history of Pakistan showbiz particularly television. Both have proven themself in this field. Though both of them are not much active for more than one decade, their work is enough to provide them ever lasting recognition like drama Dhoop Kinaray which was directed by Sahira Kazmi, while Rahat Kazmi played the role of Dr. Ahmar.
This article is a brief summary of contributions by three generations of this family.
Mumtaz Qureshi (aka Taaji)
As a director Sahira totally overshadowed her acting career. She is definitely one of the leading directors in the history of television in general and Pakistan Television in particular. Sahira Kaxmi is known for her innovative work. She also produced few music programs from PTV Karachi centre. Alamgir’s famous song Dekha Na Tha Kabhi Hum Nay Yeh Saman was produced by Sahira Kazmi. Sahira also surprised the audience with the song ‘Tere Ishq Mein Jo Bhi Doob Gaya’, which was a fusion of Sindhi and Urdu starring legendary folk singer Allan Faqeer and pop star Muhammad Ali Shehki.
In early days of PTV Rawalpindi center Rahat worked in many dramas like ‘Goongay‘ in 1967. In ‘Koltaar’ in 1968 he acted opposite Nayyar Kamal who was a popular television artist of that era. ‘Koltaar’ was followed by another successful drama named ‘Anarkali‘ and later ‘Auraaq‘ written by Fatima Surrayia Bajiya sealed Rahat’s name as a leading performer. In the meantime Rahat also hosted a television show named Rahat Kazmi show. In 1973 all centres of Pakistan television were connected on a nation wide network. So now audience in Lahore can see a program telecasted from Karachi or any other centre. This nation wide network started a new era of popularity of television. Television stars became household names like film stars. Rahat Kazmi is indeed a leading contributor for the success of television in that era.
On television after in 1980’s Rahat appeared in few selective dramas. Sahira Kazmi quit acting in early 1980’s, Teesra Kinara in 1981 was her last major serial. After Teesra Kinara the next major serial of Rahat was Ehsaas a mini serial (six episode) in mid 1980’s again directed by Shahzad Khalil. Rahat appeared opposite a new comer named Marina Khan. Ehsaas was successful but further success for both Marina and Rahat was yet to come. In late 1980’s, Rahat and Marina starred in an all time classic named Dhoop Kinaray, directed by Sahira Kazmi. The play instantly achieved the status of classic and was the height of popularity of PTV drama. Marina never achieved that much success afterwards, however Rahat appeared in another powerful role in drama Nangay Paon in 1993. In Nangay Paon, Rahat brilliantly performed in the role of Azeem an egoistic and influential businessman opposite Saba Hameed.
Wrapping up this article, here are few songs from famous movies of Rahat Kazmi also featuring Rahat Kazmi
Song: Hamain Gham Mila Hamesha
Singer: Naheed Akhtar
Composer: M. Ashraf
Artists: Babra Shareef, Rahat Kazmi, Nayyara Sultana and others
Song: Ae ho abhi Betho to Sahi
Singer: Madam Noor Jehan
Music: Khalil Ahmed
Song: Tum bhi khafa ho
Singer: Mehdi Hassan
Artist: Rahat Kazmi, Najma
Music: Khalil Ahmed
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Some information about shyam and mumtaz qureshi is taken from this article http://apnaorg.com/articles/ishtiaq-20/
Rashid Nazir Ali