Syed Moosa Raza (santosh Kumar)

Syed Moosa Raza (santosh Kumar) (Actor/Actress)

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Syed Moosa Raza also famous as Santosh Kumar is known as first romantic hero of Pakistani film industry. He worked in 1950's and 60's. He was the son of Syed Dawood Musa.

Title Description
Name: Syed Moosa Raza
In Urdu: سید موسی رضا
Famous As: Santosh Kumar
In Urdu: سنتوش کمار
Nationality: Pakistani
Education: Graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, where he passed the I.Sc. (pre-graduate course) examination with high marks.
Religion: Islam
Profession: Acting
Awards : Nigar Award for the film “Waada”.
Date: 25 December 1925
Zodiac: Capricorn
Place: Lahore, British India
Ethnicity: Syed
Spouse: Jameela Begum, Sabiha Khanum
Children: Syed Ahsan Raza
Parents: Syed Dawood Moosa
Siblings : S. Suleiman, Syed ishrat (Darpan),
Date: 11 June 1982
Rest Place: Lahore
Occupation(s): Acting
Serial & Movies
Name: Awaz, Shehri Baboo, Qatil,
Debut in Pakistan: Beli
Debut in India: Aahnsa
Professional Work
Years Active: 1947
Famous Acts: Do ansoo, Shammi, Ghabroo, Akeli


Pakistan's first romantic hero

Pakistan's first romantic hero

Syed Musa Raza better known as Santosh Kumar was a famous Pakistani film actor of 1950s and 1960s era. He belonged to a well educated family of syeds from Uttar Pradesh, India. His brother Darpan (Syed ishrat abbas) was also a renowned film actor during that period. His other brother S. Suleiman was a renowned film director. Santosh Kumar was Pakistan's super star film hero along with Sudhir but he was the first ever top romantic hero. 


He graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, where he passed the I.Sc. (pre-graduate course) examination with high marks. Santosh Kumar was often offered roles in government, but he declined in favour of people he felt were better suited for such positions. [1] education

Foreign minister of the Pakistani film industry

Owing to his education and awareness, Santosh Kumar was always designated to lead the entourage to represent Pakistan in meetings held abroad, and because of this became known as the foreign minister of the Pakistani film industry. This was revealed by him in one of his interviews broadcast by the Radio Pakistan in the mid sixties.


The most Romantic dou-Sabiha and santosh

The most Romantic dou-Sabiha and santosh

Initially, he was married to Jameela Begum, but subsequently married actress Sabiha Khanum. During the location shooting of the film 'Wada', Santosh-Sabiha had developed tremendous understanding. Hence they decided to marry and became hero-heroine in their real life, too !. They 're blessed with a son named Syed Ahsan Raza.  Santosh Kumar's first wife, Jameela, was an highly educated, gorgeous, enlightened and a realistic lady and both Sabiha and Jameela lost no time to nurture close relationship which continues to this day. 

Film Debut

Legendary actor

Legendary actor

In reality, he had been impatiently waiting for his appointment in the government service, when a friend encouraged him to try his luck in films. In fact, Santosh looked like a typical prince of a romantic movie. He possessed all the qualities required of a film hero: Superb facial cuts, ,more than average height, authority on Urdu and English vocabulary, quick wit, ingenious with God-gifted wisdom and praise-worthy etiquette. 'Ahensa' was the first film of Santosh as a hero, which was released in 1948, under the banner of Kashmir films. 

After partition


Film " Beli"

After independence, Santosh migrated to Lahore, Pakistan, along with his family. 'Beli' was his first film as a hero, which was picturised and released in Pakistan ('Beli': 1949, screen writer: Sa'adat Hasan Munto, director: Masood Pervez, who also assisted W.Z. Ahmed as his special advisor, composer: Rasheed Attray, lead actress: Shaheena, daughter of renowned composer-actor Rafiq Ghaznavi, also included were M.Ismail, Shahnawaz, Anwar Adha and Sabiha Khanum ('Beli' was Sabiha's debut film). In 1948, he also appeared as a side hero in his second movie, 'Meri Kahani' which was released in 1949 at Nishat cinema, Karachi. Munawwar Sultana and Surender played the lead roles. In 1949, director Anwar Kamal Pasha, son of Hakeem Ahmed Shuja Pasha, established his film studio, 'Naubahar films' and started the location shooting of the film 'Dou Aansoo', which was based on a novel, 'Baap ka gunah', penned by his father. 'Dou Aansoo' was released in April 1950, in Jubilee cinema, Karachi, and it was also the first silver jubilee film of Pakistan. (Director: Anwar Kamal Pasha, assistant director: Murtaza Jeelani, who also co-ordinated with director Nazeer in his movie, 'Sacchai' in which Santosh performed the role of 'Aslam' opposite two lead actresses, Sabiha and Gulshan Ara. Other performers were Shamim Banu, Himaliya Wala, Shahnawaz, Ajmal, Fazal Shah, Azad, Alauddin, Ghazala and a new comer, comedian , Asif Jah. 'Dou Aansoo' not only gave a vintage quality to the performance of the entire film crew, but also proved to be a milestone in each and every participant's career. [2] partition 

Journey to stardom

Syed moosa and sabiha in a Party at Wahees Murad's place

Syed moosa and sabiha in a Party at Wahees Murad's place

Mega hit movies of Santosh brought more name, fame and money for him, as he labored his way up. His ascendency to stardom paved the way through movies like: 
  • Mausiqaar, Daman, Pak Daman, Dewar Bhabi, Sham Dhalay, Shahen Shah Jehangir, Mohabbat, Anjuman, Hasrat and Ishrat.
  • In the films 'Naila' 'Chingari' and 'Majboor', Shamim Ara was the lead lady.
  • In the films 'Lori' which was a brilliant movie and a commercial success, Santosh played the lead role opposite Talat Siddiqui and Zeba.
  • In composer Khwaja Khursheed Anwar's mega hit film 'Ghoonghat, which is a resplendent example of great team work, Santosh was the hero opposite Nayyar Sultana in this film.
  • In 'Sufaid Khoon', Santosh was cast opposite Rani.
  • In'Lahu Pukaray ga' Santosh was the hero opposite Firdous. [3] stardom

Santosh-Sabiha dou

The superhit movies starred Sabiha and Santosh are Ghulam, Qatil, Inteqam, Sarfarosh, Ishq-e Laila, Hameeda, Saath lakh, Waada, Swal, Mukra, Sardar, Saltanat.


Nigar awards

Noor jahan and Santosh kumar

Noor jahan and Santosh kumar

Remarkably enough, the first Nigar award in the history of the Pakistan film industry was presented to Santosh for best actor for the film 'Wada'. Afterwards, he bagged two more Nigar awards for best actor for the films 'Ghoonghat' and 'Daman'. [4] nigar  

Sitara-e Imtiaz

On Aug 15,2010, The president on the occasion of Independence Day on Friday conferred the following civil awards on Pakistani citizens and foreign nationals for excellence in various fields. President then Asif Ali Zardari awarded Late Syed Musa Raza (Santosh Kumar) (Punjab) Sitara-e imtiaz in the field of art (film acting). [5] imtiaz

Unknown facts about Santosh

Santosh and sabiha

Santosh and sabiha

Essentially, Santosh was a principle, articulate and a sober person with his eyes always on the future. In addition, he always kept himself abreast of the situation around him. One commercially successful movie after another kept its grip on his imagination and he worked relentlessly to pursue realistic goals. 
  • Considering the changing time and trend in the 1960s film circle, he joined hands with a reputable international organization as the sales director, alongside he contributed to the Pakistani cinema as a producer and an actor, as well.
  • Furthermore, film 'Shaam Dhalay' was the only movie in his film career, which he produced, directed and played the lead role, as well.
  • Over and above, in Pakistan television's popular quiz show, 'Neelam Ghar', Santosh won the car by answering the required number of questions through his exceptionally high I.Q. and his immense general knowledge.


Grave of Syed Moosa raza

Grave of Syed Moosa raza

He died on 11 June 1982 at the age of 56. He did 85 films in the span of 35 years in the Pakistan Film Industry with the filim Deewane Do(1985) as being his last one which was released after his death. The film starred Babra Sharif opposite Nadeem Sahab, who carried on the legacy of Santosh Kumar as an actor. 


 Year  Film  Language  Cast
 1950  Beli  Punjabi  Shahina, Santosh Kumar, Sabiha Khanum, M. Ismael
 1950  Do Ansoo  Urdu  Sabiha Khanum, Santosh, Shamim, Ajmal, Allauddin
 1950  Shammi  Punjabi  Shammi, Santosh Kumar, Ajmal, Shola, Ghulam Mohammad
 1950  Ghabroo  Punjabi  Shamim, Santosh Kumar, Ajmal, Allauddin
 1951  Akeli  Urdu  Ragni, Santosh Kumar, Neena, Nazar, Charlie
 1951  Chann way  Punjabi  Noor Jehan, Santosh Kumar, Jahangir, Yasmin, Salim Raza
 1953  Ghulam  Urdu  Sabiha Khanum, Santosh Kumar, Shammi, Ragni
 1953  Awaz  Urdu  Gulshan, Santosh Kumar, Majeed, Shahnawaz
 1953  Sheri Baboo  Punjabi  Swaran Lata, Santosh Kumar, Nazar, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Allauddin
 1953  Mehbooba  Urdu Shammi, Santosh Kumar, Asha Posley, M. Ismael 
 1953  Gulnaar  Urdu Noor Jehan, Santosh Kumar, Babbo, Zarif, Shahnawaz
 1953  Aaghosh  Urdu Sabiha Khanum, Santosh Kumar, M. Ismael 
 1954  Rat ki bat  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Gulshan Ara, Allauddin
 1955  Qatil  Urdu Sabhia, Santosh, Musarrat Nazir, Aslam Pervez
 1955  Pattan  Punjabi Musarrat Nazir, Santosh Kumar, Asha Posley, Nazar, Allauddin
 1955  Nazrana  Urdu Ragni, Santosh, Zeenat, Nazar, Azad 
 1955  Inteqam  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Shaheena, M. Ismael 
 1956  Hameeda  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Ejaz, Shola, Zeenat, Nazir 
 1956  Lakht-e Jiggar  Urdu Noor Jehan, Santosh, Yasmin, Habib 
 1956  Qismat  Urdu Musarrat Nazir, Santosh, Yasmin, Majeed 
 1956  Intezaar  Urdu Noor Jehan, Santosh, Asha Posley, Rani Kiran, Majeed
 1956  Sarfarosh  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Naeem Hashmi, Meena, Asif Jah, Ghulam Mohammad 
 1956  Miss 56  Urdu Meena Shori, Santosh, Aslam Pervez, Shamim Ara 
 1957  Ishq-e Laila  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Asha, Ajmal, Allauddin 
 1957  Waada  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Laila, Anjum, Ilyas Kashmiri 
 1957  Sardaar  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Asif Jah, Ilyas Kashmiri, Talish 
 1957  7 Lakh  Urdu Sabhia, Santosh, Nayyer Sultana, Asif Jah, Talish 
 1957  Baidari  Urdu Ratan Kumar, Ragni, Santosh, Meena
 1958  Hasrat  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Yousuf Khan, Ajmal, Zarif, Allauddin 
 1958  Mukhra  Punjabi Sabiha, Santosh, Asha Posley, Anjum, Nazar 
 1959  Muskurahat  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Aslam
 1959  Naaji  Punjabi Sabiha, Santosh, Zarif, Ajmal, M. Ismael
 1959  Tere Bghair  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, M. Ismael, Allauddin 
 1959  Naghma-e dil  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Asha, Ilyas 
 1960  Saltanat  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Nazar, Ilyas Kashmiri 
 1960  Sham dhalay  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Rukhsana, Nazar 
 1962  Mousiqar  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Meena, Abbas Nosha, Rehan 
 1962  Ghoonghat  Urdu Nayyar Sultana, Santosh, Neelo, Laila, Talish
 1963  Rishta  Punjabi Sabiha, Santosh, Rangeela, Aliya, Albela 
 1963  Daaman Urdu  Sabiha, Santosh, Neelo, Waheed Murad 
 1963  Seema  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Sultan, Panna 
 1964  Safaid khoon  Urdu Rani, Santosh, Mohammad Ali, Naeem Hashmi, Meena, Allauddin 
 1964  Ishrat  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Ilyas, Allauddin 
 1964  20 din  Urdu Rani, Mohammad Ali, Santosh, Nirala, Adeeb
 1964  Azad  Urdu Bahar, Santosh, Asad Bukhari, Ajmal 
 1964  Chingaari  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Ejaz, Saloni, Komal, Talish 
 1964  Haveli  Udru Shamim Ara, Santosh, Ejaz, Nazir, Talish 
 1965  Fashion  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Habib 
 1965  Naila  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Darpan, Gul Rukh, Ragni, A. Shah 
 1965  Kaneez  Urdu Zeba, Mohammad Ali, Sabiha, Santosh, Aslam, Talish 
 1966  Hamrahi  Urdu  Khalid, Haidar, Hina, Santosh, Mohammad Ali, Ejaz, Habib
 1966  Insan  Urdu  Rani, Santosh, Sabira Sultana, Allauddin
 1966  Majboor  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Husna, Jugnu, Rekha 
 1966  Mera Salam  Urdu Sabira, Santosh, Azad
 1966  Maan, Bahu or Beta  Urdu Husna, Santosh, Yasmin, Luddan 
 1966  Sawaal  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Siloni, Ejaz, Rangeela, Sawarn Lata, Nazir 
 1966  Taqdeer  Urdu Husna, Santosh, Lehri, Aslam Pervez 
 1966  Tasvir  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Zeba, Aslam, Mohammad Ali (guest) 
 1966  Lori  Urdu Zeba, Santosh, Mohammad Ali, Saloni, Talat Siddiqi 
 1967  Be Reham  Urdu Rani, Santosh, Seema, Zulfi, Talish 
 1967  Lahoo pukary ga  Urdu Santosh, Firdous
 1967  Sitamgar  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Rani, Darpan
 1967  Dewar bhabi  Urdu Rani, Sabiha, Santosh, Lehri, Jafri, Najmi
 1967  Aag  Urdu Zeba, Mohammad Ali, Lehri, Sabiha, Santosh, Aslam 
 1968  Commander  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Rani, Saiqa, Adeeb 
 1968  Naheed  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Deeba, Javed Sheikh 
 1968  Shehenshah-e Jahangir  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Ejaz, Saloni 
 1968  Jan-e arzoo  Urdu Shamim Ara, Santosh, Deeba, Lehri, Aslam 
 1968  Wohti  Punjabi Neelo, Santosh, Lehri, Mohammad Ali (Guest) 
 1969  Pakdaaman   Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Ejaz, Rukhsana, Allauddin, Salma Mumtaz 
 1969  Laadla  Urdu Shabnum, Santosh, Sabiha, Lehri, Talish 
 1969  Maan beta  Urdu Rani, Sabiha, Santosh, Lehri, Masood Akhtar
 1970  Anjuman  Urdu Rani, Deeba, Waheed Murad, Lehri, Tamanna, Santosh, Sabiha Khanum 
 1970  Anjuman  Urdu Rani, Deeba, Sabiha, Santosh, Lehri, Ilyas 
 1971  Garhasti  Urdu Sabiha, Santosh, Sangeeta, Janaal, Nasira, Lehri 
 1971  Salam-e muhabbat  Urdu Zeba, Mohammad Ali, Santosh, Sangeeta,Qavi 
 1971  Jalty suraj k nichy  Urdu Rozina, Nadeem, Babeeta, Sabiha Khanum, Santosh 
 1972  Ek raat  Urdu Deeba, Shahid, Sabiha, Santosh, Aslam Pervez 
 1972  Muhabbat  Urdu Zeba, Mohammad Ali, Andleeb, Sabiha, Santosh 
 1973  Sharabi  Punjabi Naghma, Habib, Santosh, Sabiha, Mazhar Shah 
 1974  Sharabi  Punjabi Naghma, habib, santosh, naeem hashmi 
 1974  Miss hippy  Urdu Shabnam, Nadeem, Sabiha, Santosh, Munawar Zarif 
 1976  Talaq  Urdu Shabnam, Shahid, Santosh, Lehri 
 1982  Aangan  Urdu Babra Sharif, Nadeem, Santosh, Nanha, Bindia, Talish 
 1985  Diwany 2  Urdu Babra Sharif, Nadeem, Talish, Sabiha, Santosh 
 [6] films    Santosh Kumar’s contribution to the Pakistan Film Industry is an immense one. Today, Santosh Kumar is no longer with us, but his significant moral character, wisdom and humility ignited a fire in the countless cine-goers that never did go out and never will.

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