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.
|Name:||Syed Moosa Raza|
|In Urdu:||سید موسی رضا|
|Famous As:||Santosh Kumar|
|In Urdu:||سنتوش کمار|
|Education:||Graduated from Osmania University, Hyderabad, where he passed the I.Sc. (pre-graduate course) examination with high marks.|
|Awards :||Nigar Award for the film “Waada”.|
|Date:||25 December 1925|
|Place:||Lahore, British India|
|Spouse:||Jameela Begum, Sabiha Khanum|
|Children:||Syed Ahsan Raza|
|Parents:||Syed Dawood Moosa|
|Siblings :||S. Suleiman, Syed ishrat (Darpan),|
|Date:||11 June 1982|
|Serial & Movies|
|Name:||Awaz, Shehri Baboo, Qatil,|
|Debut in Pakistan:||Beli|
|Debut in India:||Aahnsa|
|Famous Acts:||Do ansoo, Shammi, Ghabroo, Akeli|
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Journey to stardom
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.
The superhit movies starred Sabiha and Santosh are Ghulam, Qatil, Inteqam, Sarfarosh, Ishq-e Laila, Hameeda, Saath lakh, Waada, Swal, Mukra, Sardar, Saltanat.
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’.
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).
Unknown facts about Santosh
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.
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.
|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|
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.