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Mohammad Ali ( ) (April 19 1931March 19, 2006) was one of the greatest actors of Pakistanmarker. Mohammad Ali was given the title of Shahenshah-e-Jazbaat (Urdu: شہنشاہ جذبات), i.e. The Emperor of Emotions. Mohammad Ali started his career at Radio Pakistan Karachimarker in the early 1960s. In 1968, he married the renowned actress Zeba. He was known in the film circle for his command as a passionate actor and his ease in dramatic situations as well. He is the winner of 7 Nigar Awards for Best Actor, one for Best Supporting Actor and one special award for the film Dooriyaan ( ). His last movie was Dam Mast Qalandar directed by S. Zahoor Gillani and released in 1996.Muhammad ali was a big fan of hassan raza. Actually he was reported to say in a very reputable newspaper that Hassan Raza of lahore was his guru in acting. He was his inspiration. After seeing his films he admired his acting and made a life changing decision of choosing acting as his career.

Start of career from Radio Pakistan

Muhammad Ali's elder brother Irshad Ali was doing service as a broadcaster in Radio Pakistan Hyderabad, so Mohammad Ali also joined Radio Hyderabad as a broadcaster in 1956. He worked in radio dramas and recorded many programmes for children. In those times Mustafa Qureshi, Robina Qureshi, Qurban Jilani, Badar Hashmi, Hamayat Ali, Irshad Ali etc. were working for Radio. He got 10 rupees for a drama. He was called as Bhoray Mian by his friends. After that he worked as a broadcaster in Radio Bhawalpur and finally moved to Radio Pakistan Karachi. He met here with Z.A. Bukhari, who was the director of Radio Pakistan.Z.A.Bukhari trained him for acting.Muhammad Ali used to call him Daddy.When he was trained he introduced Ali to his friend Fazal Ahmed Kareem Fazli who was looking for hero for his new movie.But instead of doing hero's role he accept vallian's role.

Film career

Mohammad Ali was the most handsome and the best drama actor in Pakistani film history. who took acting to different level.Did role of a villain when he was offered to do heros role in the famous director-writer-poet Fazal Ahmed Karim Fazli's film Chiragh jalta raha, which was not only his first film (as a villain) but also the first film for Zeba, Deeba, Kamal Irani, and the director Fazli.

Chiragh jalta raha was premiered by Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah on March 9, 1962 at the Nishat Cinema, M.A. Jinnah Road, Karachimarker. Its songs were composed by Radio Pakistan's music director-singer, Nihal Abdullah. The movie brought laurels for Mohammad Ali. He then appeared as a villain in director Munawwar Rasheed's film Bahadur, director Iqbal Yusuf's film Daal mein kala, and director Javed Hashmi's film Dil ne tujhay maan liya.

The late director Rafiq Rizvi bapu's films Shararat and Khamosh raho (1964) were the first two films in which Ali appeared as a hero, which led to a long and successful career for him as the hero for innumerable super hit movies. Moreover, he produced many movies as well.

Mohammad Ali had total 277 films (248 Urdu, 17 Punjabi, 8 Pashto, 2 Double version, 1 Hindi and 1 Bengali). He had 28 films as guest appearance and 1 documentary film, so his own films were 248 (230 Urdu, 10 Punjabi, 6 Pashto, 1 Hindi and 1 Bengali).

Political and social activities

He served much of Pakistan Army men after their release from India after 1971 war. He put up black dress in International Moscow Film Festival against India for 93,000 prisoners of war after 1971 war. He worked to collect funds for Palestine. He had strong relations with Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, he was also jailed for 5 months in the Govt. of Zia-ul-Haq due to these relations. His films were boycotted in Karachi in 1976 for 10 months, the reason was that he favored Pakistan Peoples Party in a meeting, who was held against this party. When Islamic conference held place in Lahore in Bhutto’s period, the King Faisal of Saudi Arabia stayed in his bungalow.

He also had close relationship with Nawaz Sharif and had served as the Cultural Minister during his government.

Apart from that he has been associated with the construction business for many years.

According to a newspaper report, he owed Rs. 17 to Radio Pakistan Karachi's cafeteria in his initial days. Recently he has urged the cafeteria's cashier to retain his name in their records with the same amount, and that he is willing to pay as much money as is demanded to keep up the old records, since it reminds him of those bad times.

Ali-Zeb Foundation

In the 1990s Muhammad Ali founded the Ali-Zeb Foundation to help the terminally ill, especially those suffering from cancer. Mohammad Ali made hospitals in Sargodhamarker and Faisalabadmarker with the name of Ali-Zeb foundation.

Family

The daughter of his wife Zeba, Samina (from Zeba's previous first marriage with Khawaja Rahmet Ali) was the center of attraction for Mohammad Ali. He gave her the name Samina Ali and loved her dearly.Samina Ali is married to Shahid Shah.They have has 2 boys(Hassan Ali,Haider Ali) and one girl(Anum Fatima).Aamir Bokhari who Joined Muhammad Ali as personal Assistant was become family member and Muhammad Ali loved him like his own son.

After his retirement from films, Mohammad Ali was asked in a television show about his dissociation from the films, and he said: The atmosphere in which I was accustomed to work for films and the way films were made have entirely changed, hence I called it quits.

Mohammad Ali died at the age of 68 due to a heart attack in Lahoremarker, on March 19, 2006.

Filmography

Year Title Character Role Notes
1962 Chiragh Jalta Raha Villain First film of Ali's career
Daal Mein Kaala Villain
1963 Dil ne tujhe maan liya Villain
Baji Guest appearance in a song
Shararat Hero First film as hero
Mr. X Hero
Qatal ke baad Guest
1964 Ghadaar Hero
Khandan Hero First time played a double role
Safaid Khoon
Bees din
Khamosh Raho Hero Breakthrough film
Head Constable Hero First film of 'Ali-Zeb' as a pair
Aurat ka pyar Villain
Chhoti Behan Hero
Sher di Bachi Hero First Punjabi film
1965 Aisa Bhi Hota Hai Guest
Riwaaj Hero
Dil ke tukrey
Tamasha Guest
Shabnam
Hazar Dastaan
Nache Nagan baje Been Hero
Kaneez Character
Sanam
Mr. X in Karachi Hero
Khota Paisa Hero Art movie
1966 Mr. Allah Ditta Guest Punjabi film
Tasveer Guest
Malangi Guest Punjabi film
Aag Ka Darya Hero Super-hit film giving Ali the status of super star
Watan ka Sipahi A film about 1965 Indo-Pak War
Moajza Guest A film about 1965 Indo-Pak War
Hamrahi
Bhai Jan Hero
Jaag utha Insaan Hero
Aadil
Akeley na jana Hero
Baghi Sardar Hero
Ghar ka ujala Hero
Naghma-e-Sehra Hero
Madr-e-Watan
Lori Hero
Janbaz Hero
Aina Hero
1967 Bahadur Villain
Jan Pehchan Hero Ali's first colour and cinema scope movie
Sajda Hero
Waqt ki pukar Guest
Hatim Tai Title
Imam Din Gohavia Villain Punjabi film
Hamraz
Aag Hero First production of Ali-Zeb, blockbuster hit
Wohti Guest Punjabi film
1968 Lala Rukh
Mehal Hero
Pakeeza Villain Film star Ejaz was hero with Zeba
Yaar Dost Punjabi film
Mujhe jeene do
Dil diya dard liya Hero
Soney ki Chirya
Saiqa
Paristan
Mara Ghar meri Jannat Hero
Balam Guest
Taj Mehal Hero The most expensive movie of its time
Shahi Mehal Hero Ali's 50th film as hero
1969 Tum mile pyar mila Hero Ali and Zeba got married during the shooting of this film
Neela Parbat An art film, first adult movie of Pakistan
Asra First film with Shabnum
Piya milan ki aas Hero
Jaise jante naheen Hero Second and last production of Ali-Zeb, blockbuster hit
Zindagi kitni haseen hai Hero
Bahu Rani
Dil-e-betab Hero
Geet kahin Sangeet kahin Hero
Naaz
Baharen phir bhi aayen gi
Aanch
1970 Anjaan
Aansoo ban geye Moti Hero
Bazi Character A colour film
Insaan aur Aadmi Hero Considered as his best movie ever
Noreen
Be qasoor
Mohabbat rang laye gi
Najma A colour film
Ek Phool ek Pathar
1971 Duniya naa maney
Yaden
Teri surat meri Ankhen A colour film
Insaaf aur Qanoon Hero Super hit film
Wehshi Hero A colour film
Salaam-e-Mohabbat A colour film
Karishma
Ansoo bahaye Pathron ne
Dil aur duniya Guest
Khak aur Khoon A colour film, all the films after this were colour except Milaap (1975)
1972 Afsana zindgi ka Hero
Mere Hamsafar Hero Shot in Londonmarker
Ilzaam
Badley gi Duniya Sathi Hero
Mohabbat Hero
Dil ik Aina Hero
Sabbaq An art film
1973 Sarhad ki gode mein
Gharana
Nya raasta Hero
Aas Hero
Zakhmi
Daman aur Chingari Hero
Khushiya Guest Punjabi
Nadiya ke paar Hero
1974 Samaj Hero
Bano Rani
Parchhaen
Tiger Gang Hero Co-production with Germanymarker
Aabroo Hero
Tum salamat raho First film with Waheed Murad
Aina aur Soorat Hero Ali's 100th film as hero
Phool mere Gulshan ka
Nanha Farishta First film with Nayyar Sultana as pair
Haqeeqat
Dushman Title
Qismat
Shama
Deedar Title Art movie
1975 Be-misal
Bin Badal Barsat
Paisa
Aarzoo
Milap Ali's last black and white film, released 6 years late
Shirin Farhad Hero Big budget movie
Tere mere Sapney Hero
Mohabbat Zindagi hai
Moashira
Shikwa Ali's first film with Ghulam Mohayyuddin
Gumrah Hero
Isar
Ik gunah aur sahi
Professor
Paalki
Bikhrey Moti
Surat aur Seerat
Ajnabi
Jab Jab Phool Khiley
Badal geya Insaan
Neik Perveen
Noukar
Allah Akbar A documentary film, voiced by Muhammad Ali
1976 Raja Jani Hero/Villain
Raste ka pathar Guest
Aag aur Ansoo
Aurat ek paheli
Daagh
Daman ki Aag Hero
Kharidar Character
AnnDaata Remake of Hollywood movie 'Godfather'
Nasheman
Dharkan
Goonj uthi Shehnai
Aap ka Khadim
Phool aur Sholay
1977 Bharosa
Pehli Nazar
Jeeney ki rah Hero
Neya Sooraj
Roti Kapra aur Insan
Tipu Sultan Hero
Kalu
Apne huye praye
Salakhen Hero
1978 Aag aur Zindgi
Amber
Dil ke Dagh Hero
Millan Hero
Aadmi Character
Kora Kaghaz
Baraat
Intekhab
Takrao
Inqalab Hero
Do Daku
Haidar Ali Hero
Seeta, Maryam, Margrete
Khuda aur Mohabbat Character
Aawaz
Achhey Mian
1979 Behan Bhai Character
Waday Ki Zanjeer Villain
Chori Chori
Naqsh-e-Qadam
Raja ki aye gi Baraat
Ibadat
Josh Character
General Bakht Khan Guest
Aap se kya Parda
Dehshat Punjabi film
Aag
1980 Zameer
Badnaam
1981 Manzil Hero
Bara Aadmi
Sangram Hero
Gun Man
Sheran de puttar sher Guest Punjabi film
Watan Title
Faslay
Kiran aur Kali
Ghaerao
Tange wali
Khote Sikkey Character
1982 Kinara Character
Naseeb
Meherbani Character
Tere bina kya jeena
Saharey Character
Zara si baat
1983 Bigri Naslen Character
Ik dooje ke liye
Aaj ki raat Hero
Maang meri bhar do Character
Border built Character
Kainat
Tina Character
Bheegay badan Character
Badaltey rishtey
Wadda Khan Title
1984 Muqaddar ka siqandar
Doorian
Naam mera badnam
Haibat Khan Character Punjabi film
Barood
Andhi aur toofan
Bobby Character
Naseebon wali
Aag ka sumunder
Dil maa da Guest Punjabi film
1985 Mehak
Ek dulhan Character
Jeenay nahi doon gi
Khoon aur pani
Shah Behram Title Punjabi film
Ghulami Title Punjabi
Direct hawaldar Guest
Zaman pegham Pushto film
1986 Zanjeer Character
Baat ban jaye
Hum ek hain Guest
Shak Guest
Qatil ki talaash
White gold Shot in USAmarker
Ek hi raasta
Qarz Title Punjabi film
Mein biwi aur woh
1987 Aag aur sholay
Qasam munney ki Guest
Deevar Character
Masti Khan Guest
Teri bahaun mein
Rocky Dada Character
Doye dakku Pushto film
1988 Chann Punjab da Villain Punjabi film
Daplar arman Pushto film
1989 Mohabbat ho to aisi Hero Last Urdu Pakistanimarker film as hero
Kirai ke Qatil Title
Shani Character Pakistan's first science fiction movie
Clerk First Indian movie
Junoon Guest
1990 Jaaney anjaaney Hero First and only Bangladeshimarker movie as hero
Kufro-o-Islam Pashto film
Damoor inteqam Guest Pashto film
1991 Truck driver Pashto film
Dushman kaka Guest Pashto film
Yohnavey Pashto film
1992 Haseeno ki baraat Guest First double version movie, originally in Punjabi and dubbed in Urdu
1995 Dum must Qalandar Guest Last film of Ali's career


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