She also appeared in the films 'Preet na janay reet', 'Kajal', 'Aakhri
station', Kaisay kahoon', 'Tum meray ho', 'Darshan' and 'Karavan'.
('Karavan' was the first Urdu film
whose location shooting was done outside Pakistan, in Nepal)
Relatively speaking, more films were
released in the then west Pakistan in the 1960s, then in Bangladesh
(then East Pakistan). Hence on Ilyas Rashdi's request, Shabnam and her
husband-cum-composer, Robin Ghosh, migrated to Karachi.
Shabnam's first film in Karachi was 'Samandar'
(Released in 1968 under the banner of film arts, producer: Waheed Murad,
director: Rafiq Rizvi, composer: Deebu Bhata Chariya, starring: Shabnam,
By the late 1960s, Shabnam's
competency and artistic skills were unmatched.
She worked in the films 'Shareek-e-Hayat'
(1968, director: S.M. Yusuf, starring: Shabnam,Kamal, Sabira Sultana,
Iqbal Yusuf, composer: A.Hameed).
Later, she moved to Lahore .During her
thirty- year movie career, Shabnam worked opposite all renowned
Pakistani actors. However, Shabnam-Nadeem pair had been highly
successful among the modern audiences. For an actress like Shabnam, who
had matched her special talents against her competitors, her roles in
the following movies are commendable:
'Darshan' ,(opposite Rehman), 'Chalo
maan gaye', 'Chahat', and 'Do Saathi'.
The ever-amazing Shabnam had all the
good qualities of an actress:
Director Dada Nazrul's film: 'Ehsaas',
'Sharafat', 'Aa'ena' and 'Bandish' (all opposite Nadeem.)
Also 'Nahi abhi nahi' (both actors
Faisal and Ayaz's first film).
Speaking of the past, there were no
miracles then. That was an on-going, day to day struggle.
The following movies directed by Jan
Mohammed, speak for themselves: 'Aankhon aankhon mein' and 'Chaltay
chaltay'. Both opposite Shahid.)
Captivated by the process of creating
reality from illusion and always striving for perfection, Shabnam did a
wonderful job in director Ali Sufyan Aafaqi's film 'Jageer' opposite
Shabnam's fans had much more faith in
her performance with the passage of time. And we have plenty of movies
to back that up:
Director Pervez Malik's films 'Pehchaan',
'Talaash', 'Sachhai', 'Pakeeza', 'Hum dono', 'Rishta', 'Qurbani' and 'Gumnaam'.
Much adorable Shabnam worked real hard
in director Pervez Malik's movies: 'Jahan tum wahan hum'(opposite Waheed
Murad), 'Intikhaab'(opposite Ghulam Mohyedin), 'Meray humsafar'
(opposite Mohammad Ali).
The following Shabnam-Nadeem movies,
directed by K.Khursheed brought exuberant fun for her admirers:
'Chiragh kahan roshni kahan', 'Farz
aur mamta,' 'Umang' and 'Nazneen'.
Shabnam endeared herself to the people
of Pakistan with the following movies:
'Gharana', 'Banu Rani', 'Nanha
farishta', (opposite Mohammad Ali).
The film 'Anokhi' (opposite Ghulam
Movies like 'Benazir Qurbani'
(opposite Javed Sheikh, 'Naya Andaaz' (opposite Shahid) are still
popular with the populace.
Inspired and overawed by her success
in the films, she worked even harder in her next seven movies with
Nadeem: 'Society', 'Intezaar', 'Miss hippi', 'Bhool', 'Zeenat', 'Anari',
'Zanjeer', (director: S.Sulaiman).
Moreover, director S.Sulaiman's film 'Aaj
aur kal' (Shabnam-Rahat Kazmi) lend her a position all her own. Where
ever she went, the limelight flooded her. She could look towards new and
vaster horizons: Director S.Sulaiman's film 'Maum ki gurya,' (Shabnam-Ghulam
Mohyedin), 'Tallaq', 'Uf ye beweyaan', 'Meray huzoor', 'Abhi to mein
jawan hoon' and 'Nazar-e- karam' (opposite Shahid).
Shabnam went from proverbial success
to success, from glory to glory. Her career prospered, as she appeared
in director shabab Kiranvi's 'Aa'ena aur soorat' and 'Bay mesaal' (Shabnam-Mohammad
The films 'Shama-e-Mohabbat' (Shabnam,
Ghulam Mohyedin, Shahid), 'Anmol mohabbat' (Shabnam-Nadeem).
The magnificence of her acting-hard
work, is quite evident in the film 'Aasra' (Director: Raza Mir,
starring: Shabnam, Mohammad Ali).
Shabnam gathered luster by her
significant performance in the films 'Milan', 'Naseeb', (Director:
M.A.Rasheed, starring: Shabnam, Mohammad Ali).
Director Hasan Tariq's film 'Shama aur
perwana', director Munawwar Rasheed's film 'Rootha na karo' (Shabnam-Kamal).
Director S.A. Bukhari's film 'Mein
bani dulhan' (Shabnam-Shahid) and 'Do Aansoo' (Shabnam-Nadeem).
Shabnam's fans marvel at her
comprehension of words, despite her shortcomings (Her strong Bengali
As time passed by, Shabnam's delivery
of dialogue became remarkably fluent.
The following movies directed by
sharif Nayyar exemplify this point:
'Naaz'(Shabnam-Mohammad Ali), 'Dosti'
(Shabnam- Aijaz), 'Jhoomar chore' (Shabnam-Javed Sheikh).
Shabnam, sure of her ground, gave an
excellent performance in director Wazeer Ali's film 'Love in Nepal'
(opposite Ismail Shah), 'Sahara' (opposite Mohammad Ali).
Director Shamim Ara's film 'lady
commando'(Shabnam-Ghulam Mohyedin), director zafar Shabab's film 'Naya
raasta', 'Qismat', 'Aawaz', 'Aazmaish', 'Faasala', 'Deewangi', 'Shadi
magar Aadhi', 'Teray ghar kay samnay', 'Saas meri saheli', 'Daman ki Aag'.
In the aforementioned movies, the
vibrancy of Shabnam's profound presentation is commendable. In the
endless list of hits are films, directed by Nazar Shabab, like 'Badaltay
mausum', 'Khoobsurat', 'Zara see baat 'and 'Kabhi Alwida na kehna'.
Most definitely, Shabnam's unparalled
performance in the film 'Zeenat' opposite Nadeem and Shahid shall never
be forgotten by her adorers. Particularly her acting prowess in the
scene in which she buries her baby is flawless and unique in the annals
of the Pakistani cinema.
Shabnam also worked in the following
Punjabi films: 'Kaalu', 'Maalka' and 'Rani beti raaj karay gi'.
Shabnam dominated the Pakistani cinema
for three glorious decades and received the prestigious Nigar awad for
the following twelve movies:
1. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Chanda' in 1962.
2. Nigar award for best side role for
the film 'Aakhri station' in 1965.
3. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Dosti' in 1971.
4. Nigar award for best actress for
the film ' Anmol' in 1973.
5. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Dil lagi' in 1974.
6. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Zeenat' in 1975.
7. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Aa'ena' in 1977.
8. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Pakeeza' in 1979.
9. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Hum dono' in 1980.
10. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Qurbani' in 1981.
11. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Kabhi alwida na kehna' in 1983.
12. Nigar award for best actress for
the film 'Naraaz' in 1985.
Silver-screen icon, Shabnam, a
glittering star in the horizon of movies, achieved legendary status in
her field. Shabnam and her better half, Robin Ghosh, called it quits,
while both were still at the apex of popularity. Both of them have
settled in their native country of Bangladesh. Further, they are proud
of their only child, Rufi, who grew up and fulfilled a lot of their
Though Shabnam worked in the film
industry for three decades, her beautiful face showed little if any
signs of aging over time.
Shabnam is no longer in
the spotlight, her innumerable fans will make certain that she will
never be forgotten.