Aug 17 2009
Javed Sheikh: One manâ€™s story By Anis Shakur
The streets between M.A. Jinnah Road, and Waheed Murad Road, Karachi, were once popularly known as Plaza quarters or plaza. A very pious, and straightforward person, Sheikh Rehmat Ali, resided in the above neighborhood in the 1960s. Sheikh Rehmat Ali had absolutely nothing to do with Show business. Hence, no one in his right frame of mind could have imagined even in his dreams, that his children would one day become celebrated Pakistani film actors. Therefore, the public was amazed when his eldest son, Javed Sheikh, who was smitten by acting at a tender age, was cast as a child star in the film â€˜Insaan badalta haiâ€™, in 1961. Though perspicuous observers had noticed the hidden talents of this promising kid at the time. From 1968 onwards, Javed Sheikh frequented stage shows and Radio Pakistan programs. Perhaps, it was then, that the seeds of an artistic revolution were sown. Javed Sheikh debuted as lead actor in director Qamar Zaidiâ€™s film â€˜Dhamakaâ€™, opposite Shabnam in 1974. Bad luck, â€˜Dhamakaâ€™ did not succeed and Javed Sheikh vanished from the movie scene for nine years, until 1983. Courageous, as he was, Javed Sheikh did not lose heart. Instead, he joined hands with Pakistani television and appeared both in television plays and commercials. Probably the experience that leaves the deepest and most indelible impression is the super hit television drama serial, â€˜Shamaâ€™. Javed sheikh and Ghazala Tabassum, who later came to be known as Ghazala Kaifi, played the lead romantic roles in â€˜Shamaâ€™. â€˜Shamaâ€™ is one of the most consistently popular drama series in Pakistani television history. Javed Sheikh also played a key role alongside Shafi Mohammad and Ruhi Banu, in the television drama, â€˜Kala Dairaâ€™. Additionally, he played the character of Amir in Pakistani television drama serial, â€˜Chandni Raatainâ€™. Javed Sheikh, who is full of life and vigor, attained maturity and professional recognition rapidly. As mentioned earlier, he re-appeared in films in 1983 and worked opposite Shabnam in director Nazar Shababâ€™s golden jubilee film â€˜Kabhi alwida na kehnaâ€™. As time passed, he became a household name and a media darling. With that said, let us glance at three movies of Javed Sheikh: Director, Zafar Shababâ€™s golden jubilee film â€˜Shadi magar Aadhiâ€™, 1984, in which Javed Sheikh- Shabnam played the lead roles. Director Zafar Shababâ€™s golden jubilee film â€˜Teray ghar kay Saamnayâ€™, 1984, cast included Javed Sheikh- Shabnam. Director Nazar Shababâ€™s golden jubilee film â€˜Bobbyâ€™, 1984, starring, Javed Sheikh- Mohammad Ali- Sabeeta. In â€˜Bobbyâ€™, Javed Sheikh appeared with Mohammad Ali for the first time. Winners visualize the rewards of success. As for Javed sheikh, his true- life story is an instance of human excellence and personal success. What is unique about the three movies below is that their stories are so profound: Director Waheeda Khanâ€™s golden jubilee film â€˜Kiraye kay gorillayâ€™, 1984, cast included Javed Sheikh- Laila. Director Shamim Araâ€™s platinum jubilee film â€˜Miss Colomboâ€™, 1984. Director K. Khursheedâ€™s film â€˜Benazir Qurbaniâ€™, 1985, stars included Javed Sheikh- Shabnam. Javed Sheikh confirms through his hard work that he is more than just the sum of his charactersâ€”not that we ever really doubted that. His versatility is reflected in the three movies below: Director Pervez Malikâ€™s film â€˜Halchalâ€™, 1985, starring, Javed Sheikh- Nazaan Saanchee- Shabana. Director Jan Mohammad Jamanâ€™s film â€˜Honk Kong kay sholayâ€™, 1985, cast included Javed Sheikh- Barbara Sharif. Director Sangeetaâ€™s film â€˜Jeenay naheen doon geeâ€™, 1985, stars included Javed Sheikh- Sangeeta. Javed Sheikh, who loses himself in his profession, is all praise for the Nigar film magazine. According to him, he has been perusing it since 1960. Moreover, he maintains that the founder of Nigar Awards, the late Ilyas Rashidi, was his mentor and an incessant source of inspiration throughout his life. Below are six movies, whose stories managed to evoke interest in cine-goers: Director Nazar Shababâ€™s film â€˜Nadiaâ€™, 1985, Javed Sheikh- Sabeeta played the lead characters. Director Hasan Askariâ€™s film â€˜Hum aur tumâ€™, 1985, cast included Javed Sheikh- Salma Agha. Director Altaf Husainâ€™s Punjabi film â€˜Mehendiâ€™, 1985, first Punjabi film of Javed Sheikh, stars included Javed Sheikh- Anjuman. Director Pervez Malikâ€™s film â€˜Zanjeerâ€™, 1986, starring, Javed Sheikh- Nazaan Saanchee. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Hum aik hainâ€™, 1986, cast included Javed Sheikh- Salma Agha. Director Mohammad Javed Fazilâ€™s film â€˜Faisalaâ€™, 1986. As a result of his focused concentration, Javed Sheikh became a successful actor. His story illustrates that there is no limit to where your dreams can take you. The transporting power of love and gentility were magnificently captured in the three movies below: Director Hasnainâ€™s movie â€˜Aik he raastaâ€™, 1986. Director Sharif Nayyarâ€™s movie â€˜Jhoomar choreâ€™, 1986. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s movie, â€˜Damoro intiqaamâ€™, Pushto, stars, Javed Sheikh- Salma Agha. As the years passed he kept working in movies. He divorced his wife, Zeenat Manghi, in order to marry Salma Agha. Too bad, his marriage to Salma Agha could not thrive and it resulted in their separation. Later, he fell in love with actress Neeli and both of them used to appear together in public gatherings. In times due course, cracks appeared in Javed Sheikh and Neeliâ€™s relationship as well. However, Javed Sheikhâ€™s most successful movies were the ones in which he was paired off with Salma Agha and Neeli. His true caliber is evident in the seven movies below: Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Rangeelay jasoosâ€™, starring Javed Sheikh- Neeli Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Zakhmi auratâ€™, cast included Javed Sheikh- Nadira. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film, â€˜Rajaâ€™, stars included Javed Sheikh- Nadira. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Bakhtawarâ€™, starring Javed Sheikh- Neeli. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Haseeno ki Baraatâ€™, cast included Javed Sheikh- Saima Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Sheida taliâ€™, in which Javed Sheikh teamed up with Neeli. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Saat khoon maâ€™afâ€™, in which Javed Sheikh worked opposite Neeli. He worked zealously to keep the viewer engaged in the romantic story. A man of many projects, Javed Sheikh was also behind movies like the three below: Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Yaad gaarâ€™, stars included Javed Sheikh- Neeli. Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s Punjabi film â€˜Naghra gori da.â€™ Director M.A. Rasheedâ€™s film â€˜Khoon da qarzâ€™ in which Javed Sheikh paired off with Neeli. After thirty years Javed Sheikh is still one of the most cherished artists in Pakistani entertainment. The scripts of his film are so cleverly conceptualized one finds him self simply admiring the formula. His role in the three films below is worth applauding: Director M.A. Rasheedâ€™s film â€˜Panahâ€™, starring, Javed Sheikh- Nadeem- Sahiba. Director M.A. Rasheedâ€™s film â€˜Qatiloan kay qatilâ€™ stars included Javed Sheikh- Salma Agha. Director Haider Chaudhryâ€™s film â€˜Paaniâ€™, starring, Javed Sheikh- Kavita. The credit goes to the salutary Javed Sheikh to have acted in films that gripped the heart of moviegoers. Excellence of his tremendous acting potential, are quite conspicuous in the six movies below: Director Haider Chaudryâ€™s film, â€˜Nangi talwaarâ€™, in which Javed Sheikh teamed up with Gori. Director Haider Chaudryâ€™s film â€˜Hoshiyaarâ€™ in which Javed Sheikh paired off with Kavita. Director Nazar-ul-Islam Dadaâ€™s film â€˜Kalay choreâ€™ starring, Javed Sheikh- Neeli. Director Nazar-ul-Islam Dadaâ€™s film â€˜Nargisâ€™ stars included Javed Sheikh- Madiha Shah. Director Jan Mohammad Jamanâ€™s film â€˜Mohabbat kay saudagarâ€™ cast included Javed Sheikh- Neeli. Director Aslam Daarâ€™s film â€˜Daaghâ€™ stars included Javed Sheikh- Salma Agha. His movie personality, fluency and flexibility made him one of the most sought-after actors, in the 1980s and the 1990s. The three movies below are bodacious and therefore worth watching: Director Nazar Shababâ€™s movie â€˜Aik say barh kar aikâ€™ with Salma Agha. Director Nazar Shababâ€™s movie, â€˜Tufani bijliyaanâ€™ with Neeli. Director Hasnainâ€™s movie, â€˜Allah Shehanshahâ€™ with Neeli. So far, Javed Sheikh has made his presence felt in one hundred plus movies. He continues to influence his adorers through his performance. Below are three movies, which were his crowning achievement: Director Hasnainâ€™s film â€˜Farishtaâ€™ with Saima. Director Altaf Husainâ€™s film â€˜Baarishâ€™ with Barbara Sharif. Director Altaf Husainâ€™s film â€˜Jhutay Raeesâ€™ with Reema. In reality, it was the team -work of a dedicated movie crew, which made his films a huge success. Virtual inclusion of finer feelings played a decisive role in the success of the three films below: Director Altaf Husainâ€™s film â€˜Hum naheen ya tum naheenâ€™, with Neeli. Director Syed Noorâ€™s film â€˜Jeewaâ€™ with Resham. Director Syed Noorâ€™s film â€˜Uqaboan ka nasheman.â€™ Moviegoers have been watching him for a while. He became etched in their minds in the three films below: Director Sangeetaâ€™s film â€˜Sahab bibi aur tawaif.â€™ Director Iqbal Kashmiriâ€™s film â€˜Mohallatâ€™. Director Javed Fazilâ€™s film â€˜Aag he Aag.â€™ Javed Sheikh did a series of outstanding movies and his popularity continued to grow. He also showed a knack for tapping into the moods of the times with movies such as the three below: Director Javed Fazilâ€™s movie â€˜Ustadoan ka ustaad.â€™ Director Nazar-ul-Islam Dadaâ€™s movie â€˜Madam Bawry.â€™ Director Pervez Malikâ€™s movie â€˜Ghareboan ka Badshah.â€™ His superb voice, good looks and impressive style in films appealed to the masses. The vibrancy of his profound presentation in the three films below brought laurels from everywhere: Director Zafar Shababâ€™s film â€˜Saas meri saheli.â€™ Director Jamshed Naquiâ€™s film â€˜Hum say na takrana.â€™ Director Zahid Shahâ€™s film â€˜Choroan ka dushman.â€™ Nowadays, Javed Sheikh has become the defining voice for quality films and excellence in movie production. An adept actor, he worked in the three films below with confidence and ease: Director Shahid Ranaâ€™s film â€˜Lahori Badmash.â€™ Director Zahoor Husain Geelaniâ€™s film â€˜Badmash thug.â€™ Director Masood Buttâ€™s film â€˜Khuda gawah.â€™ Pakistani cinemaâ€™s hero, Javed Sheikh, is a man, whose characters in movies express his aspiration toward taste and sophistication. Below are three examples: Director Javed Fazilâ€™s film â€˜Zamana.â€™ Director Mumtaz Ali Khanâ€™s film â€˜Ilaqa ghair.â€™ Director Javed Fazilâ€™s film â€˜Mala kharoâ€™, Sindhi version of the Punjabi film â€˜Akhara.â€™ Having attained his ambition as an actor, Javed Sheikh moved on to another realm, direction. He was really tuned into the rhythm of this particular genreâ€”direction. All through these times, his admirers knew that Javed Sheikh is more than an actor. A director, producer, and a famous television artist, he has put his stamp on several movies and television plays in his remarkable career that still flourishes to this day. Below are six movies, which were directed by Javed Sheikh: The hit films â€˜Mushkilâ€™, â€˜Chief Sahabâ€™, â€˜Yes Bossâ€™, â€˜Kaheen pyar na ho jayeâ€™, â€˜Mujhay jeenay do.â€™ In the film â€˜Ye dil Aap ka huaâ€™, the cast includes Saleem Sheikh- Moammar- Sana. The movie is based on the grand theme of love. Most recently, Javed Sheikh was directing the film â€˜Khulay Aasmaan kay neechay.â€™ He has filled his movies with characters, which have become Pakistani entertainment icons. His entire life is filled with challenges. Javed Sheikhâ€™s younger brother, Saleem Sheikh, occasionally appears in the Pakistani films and television as an artist. Further, Behroze Sabswari is the brother-in-law of Javed Sheikh. Javed Sheikhâ€™s most telling accomplishment are reflected in the six movies below, which earned him the Nigar Award: Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Ghareboan ka Badshahâ€™ in 1988. Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Baarishâ€™ in 1989. Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Ustadoan ka ustaadâ€™ in 1990. Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Kalay choreâ€™ in 1991. Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Zamanaâ€™ in 1993. Javed Sheikh won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film â€˜Mushkilâ€™ in 1995. Javed Sheikh is amongst a few artists to take bold steps to promote Pakistanâ€™s image abroad. His admirers have always been, are, and hopefully will be, praying for his success.