Nadeem (Pakistani actor)

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Mirza Nazeer Baig

(1941-07-19) 19 July 1941 (age 82)
Occupation(s)Film actor, singer
Years active1967–present
RelativesCaptain Ehtesham (father-in-law)
AwardsPride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (1997)
Nigar Awards (won this award 17 times during his career)

Mirza Nazeer Baig (born 19 July 1941), best known by his screen name Nadeem (Urdu: ندیم ), is a Pakistani actor, singer and producer. He is regarded as the best all-time Pakistani actor in a heroic role. He has appeared in over two hundred films (mostly as a main lead) during his 56-year-long career. It is said that Lollywood's history is incomplete without Nadeem's name. He has also been honored with the Pride of Performance award in 1997. He has also won a record 16 Nigar Awards as an actor.

Early life[edit]

Nadeem was born on 19 July 1941 in Vijayawada, which at the time was part of the Madras Presidency in British India.[1][2] Nadeem migrated to Dhaka, East Pakistan along with his family after the independence of Pakistan in 1947. He finished high school at Sindh Madrasa-tul-Islam and attended some years of college at Government Islamia Science College, Karachi before he entered the Pakistani film industry.[1]

Nadeem, and artists Talat Hussain, M. Zaheer Khan, Aftab Azeem, Saleem Jafry, and TV producer Iqbal Haider, were all discovered at a club in Karachi in the 1960s. He and his friends, Ameer Ahmed Khan and Qasim Siddiqui, won several music competitions. At one of those musical competitions, he was noticed by singer Ferdausi Rahman. She was impressed by his singing talent and encouraged him to try playback singing in Dhaka's film industry.[1]


Nadeem's film career spans more than 50 years.[3] He started his career in 1967 and appeared in his first film Chakori (1967) in a leading role with actress Shabana. The film was produced and directed by Captain Ehtesham, who, in real life, became his father-in-law in 1968 when Nadeem married Farzana, Ehtesham's daughter.[4] The film did well in both circuits of Pakistani film industry, i.e., West and East Pakistan. He won a Nigar Award in the best actor's category for Chakori. Nadeem's films include Nadan (1973), Anari, Pehchan (1975), Talash (1976), Aina (1977), Hum Dono (1980), Lajawab, Qurbani (1981), Sangdil (1982), and Dehleez (1983). He made a popular screen pairing with actress Shabnam with whom he acted in most of his films.[5] Besides acting, Nadeem has sung many songs for films.[6] Nadeem has worked with veteran film directors of Pakistani film industry including Pervez Malik, Nazrul Islam, S. Suleman, Shamim Ara, Sangeeta and Samina Peerzada. Among the well-known actors, he has worked with Santosh Kumar, Darpan, Waheed Murad, Allauddin and Syed Kamal over his long career.[3]

Playback singers[edit]

In his career, Nadeem has been mostly voiced by Ahmed Rushdi and later Akhlaq Ahmed provided his voice. He acknowledged that songs in Rushdi's voice made his work easier and played a significant role in his success.[7]

Selected filmography[edit]


Year Title Channel
2005 Riyasat ARY Digital
2007 Saheli Hum TV
2014 Jaan Hatheli Par PTV Home
2015 Mol Hum TV
2016 Tum Yaad Aaye ARY Digital
Rishta Hai Jaisey Khawab Sa Aaj Entertainment
2022 Ishq E Laa Hum TV
Khaab Toot Jaatay Hain Hum TV

Awards and recognition[edit]

  • Nigar Award for a total of 16 times between 1967 and 2002 as an actor including the Nigar Award Millennium Award in 1999[8]
  • Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1997[2]

Lux Style Awards[edit]

Ceremony Category Project Result
2nd Lux Style Awards Chaiperson's Lifetime Achievement Award for his contributions to Pakistani film industry Won[9]
4th Lux Style Awards Best TV Actor (Satellite) Jaisay Jante Nahi Nominated[10]
18th Lux Style Awards Best Film Actor Superstar

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Profile: The legend speaks Dawn (newspaper), Published 29 July 2012. Retrieved 26 March 2021
  2. ^ a b c Ali Zain (19 July 2016). "Renowned actor Nadeem celebrating 75th birthday today (includes Nadeem Baig's Pride of Performance award info)". Daily Pakistan (newspaper). Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Actor Nadeem Baig's profile". website. 19 May 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  4. ^ Film director Ehtesham dies at 75 Dawn (newspaper), Published 19 February 2002, Retrieved 26 March 2021
  5. ^ a b c d Some milestones in the Pakistani film industry The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 23 October 2010. Retrieved 26 March 2021
  6. ^ (Saadia Qamar) Finding a new star The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 3 August 2010, Retrieved 26 March 2021
  7. ^ "Dawn News package on YouTube". YouTube. Archived from the original on 19 December 2021. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
  8. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". Film Reviews on The Hotspotonline website. 24 November 2017. Retrieved 26 March 2021.
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