Shahida (film)

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Directed byLuqman with Anwar Kamal Pasha assisting
Written byHakim Ahmad Shuja[1]
Produced byM. Akbar[2]
StarringShamim Bano
Nasir Khan
Music byGhulam Haider and Ghulam Ahmed Chishti[2][1]
Distributed byShuaa Noor Films
Release date
  • 18 March 1949 (1949-03-18)

Shahida is a Pakistani Urdu-language Muslim social film released on 19 March 1949. The film was directed by Luqman. Shahida was actually the first Pakistani film which was started before the independence of Pakistan in 1947 and later released in 1949, unlike Teri Yaad which started its production after independence and was released earlier than Shahida.[1][3]

Shamim Bano played the title role in the film opposite Nasir Khan, who appeared in the leading role in his second and final Lollywood film, after which he left Pakistan and went to India permanently.[3][4]

This film was originally started as a project by Hakim Ahmad Shuja, along with financial backers in British India (circa 1945-46) but could not be filmed due to various problems, in particular the partition in 1947, which also led to the end of the old, joint film industry and its mutual contacts. The project was revived in 1948, by M. Akbar, as producer and Luqman as director. Hakim Ahmad Shuja was asked to revise his original script and to help write out the song lyrics, of classics such as "Dar Ba Dar Phirte Hain" and "Alwidah", with Ghulam Haider and Ghulam Ahmed Chishti giving the music.[1][2][5][3]



  1. ^ a b c d e "Shahida (1949 film)". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Archived from the original on 2 July 2017. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d "Pakistani Film Database - 1949". website. Archived from the original on 6 October 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d "کلاسیک سینما مسلم سوشل فلم 'شاہدہ'". Jang (newspaper). 24 March 2020. Archived from the original on 18 September 2021. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  4. ^ Gazdar, Mushtaq (1997). Pakistan Cinema, 1947-1997. Oxford University Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-19-577817-0.
  5. ^ Profile of actor Nasir Khan on Indian Cinema Heritage Foundation website Retrieved 18 January 2022


  1. ^ his real name was Mohammad Afzal[3]

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