Saeed Khan(Rangeela)
Saeed Khan(Rangeela)

It is as difficult to measure Rangeela’s influence, as it is to count his hyphens. This body-builder- painter- actor- hero- comedian- producer- director- writer- singer- distributor- composer also happens to be the great communicator. He was indeed a legend of Pakistani film industry.

Name:Saeed Khan
In urdu:سعید خان
Famous As:Rangeela
In Urdu: رنگیلا
Profession:Acting, Direction, writer, producer, Singer
Awards :Nigar Awards 8 times, Pride of performance Award
Date:1 January 1937
Place:Nanganhar, Afghanistan
Children:6 Sons, 8 Daughters
Relatives:Farah Deeba(daughter) PML-N leader
Date:24 May 2005
Rest Place:Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation(s):Acting, Production,Direction, Singing, Script writting
Serial & Movies
Name:Nooran, Gehra Daagh, Malangi,
Professional Work
Years Active:1958
Famous Acts:Rangeela, Diya or Toofan, 2 Rangeely,

Saeed KhanRangeelaRangeela in film ImandaarRangila's movieDiya or toofan


King pf Comedy
Below is a sentimental journey through the life and times of the comedy king, Rangeela. 


Mohammad Saeed Khan, Rangeela, was born on Jan 1, 1937, in Nanganhar, Afghanistan. He belonged to a Pashtun family from Afghanistan who came to Khyber-Pakhtoonkhwa (Former N.W.F.P) and then settled down in Lahore. His father was a Mouazan in a local mosque.

A passionate man

Rangeela started his career as a paint boy, making small hoardings for film publicity in Lahore. But soon he realized that following the humble career of bill-board painter would not sustain his talents. [1] passionate

Debut in Film

Once, when the shooting of a film was taking place, an actor for the film’s jolly character role was needed. The film director asked Mohammad Saeed Khan to play the part which he did. All those present during the shooting were amused by his acting style and he became an actor through sheer luck. Rangeela made his professional cinematic debut in a 1958 Punjabi film Jatti, directed by M. J. Rana. Cast included Musarrat Nazeer, Sudhir, and Rangeela. As it turned out, it was doable. Thus, Rangeela found his life’s calling-in the movies. With that commenced an exciting career that spanned over four decades. [2] acting

Journey of Success

He picked one success after another. Below are six examples:
Punjabi film, ‘Chooriyaan’, 1963, Urdu film,’Badnaam’, 1966, golden jubilee Urdu film ‘Humrahi, 1966, Urdu film ‘Sawaal’, 1966, Punjabi film ‘Bharia mela’, 1966, Punjabi film ‘Lado’, 1966. Hopes were accordingly high for his movies, and it is no mean accomplishment that he surpassed expectations with the theatrical release of the five films below: Punjabi film ‘Jigri yaar’, 1967, Punjabi film ‘Dil da jani’, 1967, golden jubilee Urdu film ‘Sungdil’, 1968, Punjabi film ‘Roti’, 1968, Punjabi film ‘Dillan day sauday’, 1969.

Direction Debut Rangeela Productions

Rangeela movie
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. His movies, to the surprise of many film industry stalwarts, attracted a large number of viewers. The film Diya Aur Toofan (1969 film), released on 9 May 1969, was Rangeela’s directional debut. He directed numerous movies under the banner of Rangeela Productions. His acting was showcased in the film Rangeela (1970), in which he played the title role. His third consecutive hit film was Dil Aur Dunya (1971), starring Habib, Aasia and Rangeela. He brought to the film Dil Aur Dunya, a sobering sense of a director’s prowess which is the opposite to his celluloid persona. [3] Direction  

Singing career

  When Rangeela produced film Dia Aur Toofan, he sang a song Gaa mere manwa gata ja re, janaa hai hamka duur. People of the film industry were taken aback to know Rangeela was producing a film. The film attracted a large number of movie-goers. His song also became very popular. No sound is more sublime than the human voice. Rangeela possessed that un-expressible pathos in his voice that brought tears to the eyes of the listeners. His forte was tragic songs, and he was proficient at slow numbers. Below are three examples of his charismatic voice, which gave new dimensions to the then tragic roles: [4] singing

  • ‘Ga meray munwa gata jaray, jana hai hum ka dooor’, the film ‘Diya aur tufaan’, pictured on Ejaz.
  • ‘Tut gaye ajj meray dil day taar’, the film ‘Do Rangeelay.’
  • Yahan qadar kya dil ki hogi, ye duniya hai sheesha garoan ki.’

Reverting to his songs, all of his music is vivid and powerful, but what is most striking about it is its sense of sadness. Recall the tremendous impact he made with songs like the three below:

  • ‘Hum nay tum say pyar kya hai, ulfat ka izhaar kya hai’.
  • ‘Bata aye duniya walay keh ye kaisi teri basti hai.’
  • ‘Jab pyar kisi say hota hai, to hota hai ye unjaam.’

Over the years, through his songs and movies, he worked his magic throughout Pakistan. Songs like the three below are a touchstone for all Rangeela’s admirers:

  • ‘Tera kisi pay Aaye dil, tera koi dukhaye dil.’
  • ‘Mein galyoan ka Raja.’
  • ‘Sunn meray kukku, sunn meray pappu.’ The film ‘Do Rangeelay’, 1972.

The three songs below inscribe in listener’s mind a sense of humanity that is exclusively its own:

  • ‘Chal meray hamrahi chal.’ The film ‘Dil Aur Duniya.’ 1971.
  • ‘Lay chal ray sanwarya sajaniya kay gaaon.’
  • ‘Apni sansoan mein basa lo to inayat hogi.’ The film ‘Aurat Raj’ 1979.

“My philosophy is to make people appear at their best,” said Rangeela. He and his film crew made a concerted effort, which paid dividends. Equally telling is the fact that Rangeela’s ability to get through the bone of what makes us tick as human beings and find humor in that relegated Rangeela to the topmost position in the Pakistani film industry as a singer also. He won the hearts of millions through songs like the four below:

  • ‘Chal bhaag yahan say.’
  • Mein tay maran ga.’
  • ‘Mera mehboob meray.’
  • ‘Mera pyar bhi.

All through those years, he worked relentlessly to make his music and movies leap to life. Rangeela established his national reputation, and his fame skyrocketed and extended beyond his imagination, after the release of the four songs below:

  • ‘Hum nay jo deikhay khwab suhanay.’
  • ‘Is duniya mein pyar.’
  • ‘Yeh duniya kya hai.’
  • ‘Kya mila zaalim tujhay kyon dil kay tukray kar deye, rang-e-mehfil deikh kar mehfil kay tukray kar deye.”

Kubra Ashiq

Rangeela found a way, in his exquisite fashion, to make his movies vivid and interesting.  Rangeela worked real hard for his production, ‘Kubra Aashiq’, 1973, which was the Urdu version of ‘Hunch back of Notre Dame.’ Rangeela filled in the lead role of Anthony Quinn in ‘Kubra Aashiq.’ Too bad, the movie ended as a recipe for disaster, and Rangeela was literally devastated. Essentially, he had invested his fortune in the film and he lost every single penny in the transaction. According to a movie critic, the film left Rangeela a hunch back in real life as well. Few actors have experienced as much tragedy and heart- break as Rangeela in ‘Kubra Aashiq.’ Though ‘Kubra Aashiq’ proved to be an unprecedented blow to Rangeela’s movie career, he did not lose heart. His road to movie stardom is fraught with success. Rangeela’s romance with Munawwar Zareef in the film ‘Rangeela aur Munawwar Zareef’, 1973, is worth applauding. In the film ‘Parda na uthao’, Rangeela played three roles. That of a grand father, father, and the grand son.

A creative mind

Rangeela, who loses himself in his work, is the creative mind of our film industry. His funny characters created one of Pakistani entertainment’s most enduring and beloved personas. Below are three examples: The films ‘Jatt kurian tu darda’, 1976, ‘Jabru’, 1977, ‘Miss Singapore.’ Those who have seen them could never forget innocence of those movies, reflecting the condition of the time. Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation. One may recall numerous movies to exemplify this point. Below are  such movies:

  • ‘Maula Jatt’, 1979.
  • ‘Aurat Raj’, 1979, producer- director- actor, Rangeela. Rangeela appeared in four different characters in ‘Aurat Raj’.
  • ‘Khushbu’, 1979.
  • ‘Saathi’, 1980.
  • ‘Naheen abhi naheen’ 1980.
  • ‘Athra puttar’, 1981.

A dominant force of Lollywood

Great playback singer
Rangeela has been a dominant force in the Pakistani cinema for over forty years. All through those times, he has really gone to the depths for the moviegoers. Seven movies below will keep his name alive for an extended period of time: 

  • ‘Mazboot’, 1993.
  • ‘Jo dar gaya wo mar gaya.’ 1995.
  • ‘Sona Chandi.’
  • ‘Piya Milan ki Aas.’
  • ‘Mein bhi to insaan hoon.’
  • ‘Gharana.’
  • ‘Humraaz.’

Rangeela’s greatness shines through in his well-directed movies, in which he acted as well, like the three below:

  • ‘Meri mohabbat teray hawalay.’
  • ‘Subha ka tara.’
  • ‘Ganwaar.’

Likewise, he emerged as a competent director in movies like the three below:

  • ‘Bay Gunah’, ‘Ik do hati teen laray’ and ‘Amanat.’

There is plenty of comic exuberance, but you never lose sight of authoritative direction, by Rangeela. Below are six examples:

  • ‘Jahaiz.’
  • ‘Namak halal.’
  • ‘Ka ka jee.’
  • ‘Raja Rani.’
  • ‘Sahab Bahadur.’
  • ‘Quli.’

The film ‘Khubsurat Shaitan’, 1993, was the last movie with Rangeela as director. The cast included Rangeela’s son, Salman and Nisho’s daughter, Sahiba and Rangeela. Similarly, renowned singer, Sajjad Ali’s directed film ‘Ek aur love story’, 1999, was the last movie with Rangeela as an actor. [5] dominant

Death and survivors

Rangeela's son Salman
Rangeela died on 24 May 2005 at the age of 68.  Rangeela was a dominant actor in Pakistani cinema for over forty years. He was married three times and had eight daughters and six sons. 


1964Gehra Daagh
1967Imam Din Gohavia
1969Diya Aur Toofan
1971Dil Aur Duniya
1973Kubra Ashiq
1973Insaan Aur Gadha
1974Do Tasweerain
1979Aurat Raj
1979Maula Jatt‘Super Hit’ Movie
1981Khan -E- Azam
1981Chan Suraj
1989Madam BoweryPlayed Double Role
1989Rangeelay JasoosPlayed Double Role
1990International GuerillasPlayed Double Role
1991Kalay chor
1991MajhuPlatinum Jubilee
1992Abdullah the GreatPlayed Double Role


  • Amanat (1981)
  • Aurat Raj (1979)
  • Kubra Ashiq (1973)
  • Dil Aur Duniya (1971)
  • Rangeela (1970)
  • Diya Aur Toofan (1969)
  • Meri mohabbat teray hawalay.
  • Ickey ickey wacha
  • Subha Ka Tara
  • Ganwaar
  • Jahaiz
  • Namak Halal
  • Kaka Jee
  • Raja Rani
  • Sahab Bahadur
  • Quli


  • Aurat Raj (1979)
  • Kubra Ashiq (1973)
  • Dil Aur Duniya (1971)
  • Rangeela (1970)
  • Diya Aur Toofan (1969)

Playback singer

  • Aurat Raj (1979)
  • Do Rangeeley (1985)
  • Diya Aur Toofan (1969)
  • Insaan Aur Gadha (1973)


  • Rangeela (1970)
  • Aurat Raj (1979)


Let us see what was in store for Rangeela at the Nigar Awards gala, honoring the year’s best movies and actors:

  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best screen- writer, in the film ‘Rangeela’ in 1970.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best comedian, in the film ‘Dil Aur Duniya’ in 1971.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for simultaneously playing three roles in the film ‘Meri zindigi hai naghma’ in 1972.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best comedian in the film ‘Naukar tay malik’ in 1982.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best story- writer, in the film ‘Sona chandi’ in 1983.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best director in the film ‘Sona chandi’ in 1983.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best comedian in the film ‘Miss Colombo’ in 1984.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best comedian in the film ‘Baaghi qaidi’ in 1986.
  • Rangeela earned the Nigar Award for best comedian in the film ‘Teen yakkay teen chakkay’ in 1991.

From actor to director, and from writer to singer, Rangeela had proved resourceful, ingenious and pioneering. May his soul rest in peace. [6] Awards

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