Author: Aijaz Gul
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8189766465
India split into India and Pakistan and forced people to opt for one or the other. It affected all sectors including the film industry. Singer-actress Noorjehan represented the generation that suffered the most. After becoming immensely popular across the country in the 1930s and 1940s, she opted for Pakistan after the Partition.
But physical location of artists has often failed to divide them or their fan following. This was very true of Noorjehan. The magical quality of her voice continued to wield a charm on both the countries. Fans treated her as a common treasure and a symbol of shared tradition and values.
She was born in Qasoor (Punjab) of undivided India in 1926. She perfected her classical singing under Ustad Ghulam Mohammad Khan and enthralled audience with her personality which was a rare blend of beauty, voice, acting and success. She passed away in Pakistan in 2008/ Her first visit to India after Partition was in 1982, when she was welcomed with open arms by one and all including the then Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi. She was also received by Dilip Kumar and Lata Mangeshkar. The audience had got one more opportunity to her sing live Awaz De Kahan Hai… Her voice had not lost the magic touch.
The 10,000 songs she rendered in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi and Sindhi acted as a vibrant link between both sides of the border reminding people of their glorious past.
Her first major hit was Khandaan in 1942, after she married its director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi and shifted to Bombay. Soon followed other hits such as Duhai, Naukar, Nandan, Dost, Badi Maa, Gaon ki Gori, and Anmol Ghari. In Jugnu in 1943, her lead actor was Silip Kumar. In Zeenat, she popularised
Qawwali with songs such Aahein Na Bhari Shikwein Na Kiya.
While her professional side was exemplary, here was turmoil in her personal life. She had a series of flings, two divorces and many scandals. She was very possessive and thought she could hold people through emotions. Her failure to retain she considered dear hurt her and left her heart-broken.
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The End of the Journey