God knows if we ever had or will have a female figure as strong as Madam Noor Jahan in the history of Pakistani cinema and music. Although she hasn’t been with us for almost nineteen years her pictures and music still keep us in awe.
Madam Noor Jahan, famously known as Malika-e-Tarannum an honorific title given to her, was born as Allah Wasai on September 21st, 1925. She was born in Kasur but started her career from Calcutta at the age of nine. She was renamed as Baby Noor Jahan then.
Despite a prolific career in India, Madam Noor Jahan along with her director husband Shaukat Hussain Rizvi,chose to come to Pakistan after partition. She became the first female director of Pakistan with her film ‘Chan Ve‘ in 1951.Madam Noor Jahan was undoubtedly the most influential singer of Pakistan.She sang over 10,000 songs in multiple languages over a period of 35 years.
One can still not have enough of her persona while looking at her pictures even now. Here one must not ignore her unique style sense and beauty. Blessed with brains, Madam knew exactly how to cast a spell on audience with her charm and dazzling saris. Those heavy diamond rings, sparkling saris and a smile full of life still rule the hearts. Madam Noor Jahan always believed that a singer should always sing happily and not pull faces as was the custom in those faces. Hence she always maintained a naughty yet innocent smile on her face while singing.
For example, in her famous song ‘Ve mundeya Sialkotiya’ one can clearly sense the playfulness in her voice too.
Madam Noor Jahan was not just limited to filmi romantic songs. She would also sink deeply into the ghazals. Faiz Ahmed Faiz’ and Ahmed Faraz’ poetry sung by Madam stands immortal today.
‘Mujh se pehli si mohabbat’ by Faiz Ahmed Faiz
‘Silsilay tor gaya woh sabhi jaatay jaatay’ by Ahmed Faraz
Although she left us in 2000, she is still with us.
Here we have a collection of some of her relatively unseen pictures.
Not only a female protagonist and a strong independent woman, Madam Noor Jahan was also a dotting mother. She would even cook for them every now and then. She had two sons and four daughters; all took after her in beauty and talent.
Madam Noor Jahan left for her final abode on December 23rd 2000 but her memory will always remain alive through her surreal songs and pictures.
As in her own words
‘Gayai gi duniya geet meray’
(The world shall sing my songs)
We still do. We always will.