One of Pakistan’s foremost leading film actresses, Sabiha Khanum has passed away in the United States at the age of 84, confirmed her family sources on Sunday.
According to the family sources, Khanum was suffering from renal disease
She is remembered as the First Lady of Pakistan’s silver screen. Sabiha Khanum won several awards including Nigar award.
“Sabiha Khanum died Saturday morning in Virginia,” confirmed her granddaughter, Sehrish Khan.
Khanum was born Mukhtar Begum. She ruled the Pakistani cinema in the 1950s and ’60s with superhit movies, including Kaneez, Mukhra, Anokha, Tehzeeb, and many others. She gave award-winning performances in films during the 1980s and 1990s as well.
In most of her movies, Sabiha played the lead roles along with her husband, late Santosh Kumar (Syed Musa Raza), playing the lead role opposite her.
The government of Pakistan conferred upon her the Pride of Performance award in 1986.
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