The 81st birth anniversary of famous Pakistani comedian and film actor, singer, story-writer, producer and director Rangeela was observed today (Jan 1st).
He is regarded as one of the finest comedians of the Pakistani film industry. He performed in over 300 films in his career spanning over 4 decades. Rangeela’s real name was Muhammad Saeed Khan and he was born in Parachinar, Kurram Agency on January 1, 1937. His family moved to Peshawar when he was very young.
He took a keen interest in bodybuilding and physical exercises as a teenager. He moved to Lahore at a young age and earned his livelihood by painting billboards for the Pakistani film industry. Rangeela made his professional cinematic debut in a 1958 Punjabi film Jatti, directed by M. J. Rana. He started playing humorous roles in movies and, to everybody’s surprise, became highly popular. In 1969, he formed ‘Rangeela Productions’ to produce his own movies. He not only produced films but also directed his productions, sang songs, and wrote some scripts as well.
The film Diya Aur Toofan (1969 film) was Rangeela’s directional debut. The song `Gaa Mere Manwa Gaata Ja Re’, which is still fresh in the memories of the music-lovers, was sung by Rangeela himself and it featured in the same movie. He got several awards for his contributions to the industry.
Rangeela died on May 24, 2005 at the age of 68 and left hundreds of thousands of fans mourning after a lustrous career spanning over four decades in Pakistan film industry.
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17 November, 2019