Pakistani Film actress Rani was born on 8th December 1946 and was raised by MUkhtar Begum. She marked her name in Pakistani Cinema with her brilliant performance in several Films. She got married thrice and died in 1993 due to cancer in very short age but her name is still alive in Pakistani cinema because of her brilliant performance.
|Famous As:||Film Actress|
|Profession:||Rani was a Pakistani film and television actress.|
|Date:||8 December 1946|
|Place:||Lahore, Punjab Pakistan|
|Spouse:||She married thrice with Hassan Tariq, Mian Javed Qamar and Sarfraz Nawaz|
|Parents:||Raised by Mukhtar Begum|
|Siblings :||1 sister|
|Date:||27 May 1993|
|Rest Place:||Karachi, Sindh Pakistan|
|Years Active:||1962 – 1991|
Rani was born on December 8, 1946 as Nasira Sarfraz in Mozang, Lahore. Her Arain father was a driver for Mukhtar Begum, a singer and the wife of Agha Hashar Kashmiri, a well-known Urdu dramatist. Mukhtar Begum took over Rani for proper upbringing. Mukhtar Begum settled in Karachi and wanted Rani to follow, but Rani’s voice was not suitable as singer. Rani was interested in dancing and later performed in her films. Mukhtar Begum suggested the stage name Rani; she would also later give Noor Jehan her screen name from Allah Wasai.
Career in Cinema
It was Mukhtar Begum that recommended 19-year old Nasira to seasoned film director, Anwar Kamal Pasha. Pasha changed Nasira’s name to Rani Mukhtar, since Mukhtar Begum addressed Nasira as Rani beti, and offered her a minor role of a dancer in his film ‘Mehboob’ in 1961. Thus, Rani Mukhtar debuted from the film ‘Mehboob’ in 1961. Later, she took off the word ‘Mukhtar’ from her name and came to be known as Rani. From 1961 to 1964, Rani worked in numerous movies. With the exception of a few films, the rest were failures. During those days, there were rumors circulating about Rani that she was an average actress at best. The film ‘Saaz Aur Aawaaz’ was Rani’s first film in which she appeared as the lead lady opposite Waheed Murad. The movie was a success, it was directed by Usman Qasim, released on April 30, 1965, starring, Rani-Waheed Murad-Habib. The masterpieces began to flow, as they would in the next two decades. Expert film director, Hasan Tariq, was determined to take a chance with Rani, despite her past failures. He worked zealously with Rani and the rest of the film crew and came out with a mega hit movie, ‘Dewar Bhabhi’ , on May 5, 1967, starring: Rani- Waheed Murad- Santosh- Sabiha, status: Golden jubilee. Following the release of ‘Dewar Bhabhi’, Rani became the ‘super- star’, that was always there, but unknown to most others.
After being raised by Mukhtar Begum, Rani moved in with her mother with whom she was reconciled. Rani was married three times. Her first husband was film director Hassan Tariq who divorced her in the 1970s. Shortly after her marriage to producer Mian Javed Qamar, it was discovered that Rani had cancer. During her treatment in London, she met and married famous cricketer Sarfraz Nawaz Malik. She died just a few days after her daughter Rabia’s marriage to Dr. Anwar. Shortly after Rani’s death, her mother who was seriously sick and never knew of her daughter’s death, also died. Rani’s only sister also died 3 months later.
|Baharon Phool barsao||1972|
|Meri Gairat Teri Izzat||1972|
|Siran Naal Sardarian||1971|
|Ucha Naa pyar Daa||1971|
|Des Mera Jeedaran Daa||1971|
|Dunia Matlab Di||1970|
|Rub Di shaan||1970|
|Ghabru Putt Punjab Di||1969|
|Diya aur Toofan||1969|
|Neche Nagan Baje Been||1965|
|Ik Tera Sahara||1963|
Sarfraz Nawaz and Rani
The wedding between Sarfaraz Nawaz was Rani’s third marriage. They met during the 1980s when she went to London for treatment for her cancer. Sarfaraz Nawaz was, at that time, a popular Pakistani Test cricketer. During the years prior to their wedding, Sarfaraz Nawaz played 55 test matches as well as 45 one day internationals. During his cricketing career he was instrumental in introducing the reverse swing to cricket. Rani, meanwhile, made her career in television and Pakistani films until her illness forced her to seek treatment abroad. From 1985 onwards Sarfaraz Nawaz became a politician: a member of the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab.
In Memory of Pakistani Actress Rani
Exactly 22 years since Lollywood’s one-of-a-kind leading lady passed away on May 27, 1993. Though gone, she is not forgotten. A woman known for her expressive eyes, sensuous curves and superb dancing skills which landed her the title of ‘a face that launched a thousand mujras’ from the catty English press, Rani proved herself to be the ultimate superstar during the golden era of Pakistani cinema, a time when it wasn’t known with the tacky moniker of Lollywood nor was it in the doldrums. Though Lollywood’s golden age remains a distant memory and its revival a far-fetched fantasy, Rani continues to shine through as a performer par excellence. She was of that world. That was the whole era where you were a little coquettish and knew how to flirt with the camera, and yet you were measured. You never revealed all but rather left something to the imagination. She had that mystique. This is the reason Rani remains larger than life. She had that something special and if she was in Bollywood, she would have been equally successful.
Awards and Her T.v Serials
Rani’s contributions extend beyond the films. She worked for Pakistan television, as well. She appeared in two drama serials, ‘Khwahish’ and ‘Faraib’. She garnered more fame and added new fans to her long list of admirers. She won a Nigar Award for her superfluous acting for the film ‘Mera ghar meri jannat’ in 1968 andShe won a Nigar Award for best actress for the film ‘Sona Chandi’ in 1983.