The 13th death anniversary of legendary versatile and film star of Pakistan’s silver screen Muhammad Ali is being observed today (March 19). Mohammad Ali was a Pakistani actor. He was known as Shahenshah-e-Jazbaat. A highly versatile actor, he performed in historical, biographical and patriotic roles; in costume and art movies. He has starred in over 250 movies playing both heroes and villains.
Mohammad Ali was born in Rampur, British India on 19 April 1931. Muhammad Ali joined Radio Pakistan Hyderabad station as a broadcaster in 1956, where his elder brother Irshad was already working as a drama artist. After some time working there, he moved to Bhawalpur station and from there finally moved to Radio Pakistan, Karachi.
Mohammad Ali started his film career with Fazal Ahmad Karim Fazli’s film Chiragh Jalta Raha (1962). Chiragh Jalta Raha was premiered by Fatima Jinnah on 9 March 1962 at Nishat Cinema, Karachi. He won 10 Nigar awards in his film career starting from 1964 to 1984. Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1984 which is the third highest civilian award in Pakistan from former president Zia ul Haq in recognition of his lifelong services to the entertainment industry of Pakistan. Later, he was also honoured with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the second highest civilian award in Pakistan.
Mohammad Ali died on March 19, 2006, due to a heart attack in Lahore.
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20 June, 2019