She was one of the most successful Punjabi film heroines of Pakistan during the s and early s. She was born in Bahawalpur. Her career spanned almost 20 years and she appeared in more than films.
She first appeared in the Urdu film, Soorath co-starring with Waseem Abbas , Afshan , Taj Niazi, and she gave her last appearance in in the film Peengan. Film Soorath was not a success; her first major hit was Waadey Ki Zanjeer All three were diamond jubilee hit films and were released the same day, a unique record, which she shared with her partner-hero Sultan Rahi , her playback voice singer Melody Queen Madam Noor Jehan , and musician Wajahat Attre.
Anjuman was a darling of the working classes, who went to the cinema frequently. She could dance according to their taste and she had the figure of a traditional Punjabi Mutyaar , which is the ideal of adult males, especially in Punjab, Pakistan. She appeared with every hero of her era but with Sultan Rahi she ruled the Punjabi cinema for more than a decade.
Her initial films were in Urdu but the bulk of her career was based on acting in Punjabi films. Her roles ranged from a traditional innocent village girl to modern sexy bombshell, romantic to action-packed films.
Anjuman married income tax commissioner, Mobin Malik, gave birth to two sons and one daughter. However, Mobin Malik, Anjuman's husband was assassinated on the Eid day in while he was in Lahore visiting relatives.
Lollywood was deprived of its most famous star, Anjuman who retired from her film career, and the Punjabi film industry virtually ground to a halt for a few years until its revival with Syed Noor 's film Choorian film. The second wedding of the actress took place on June 17, with Waseem Lucky Ali and was attended by only close family and friends.
Anjuman returned to acting in in the title role in the film Chaudrani film. The adoring masses welcomed their beloved 'Queen' home and lifted Chaudhrani to a considerable success upon its release but soon the golden touch began to fade.
Anjuman, however, perceived Chaudhrani ' s success as vindication of everything she had planned. She refused any further character roles, opting only for solo heroine projects and required a lofty salary of Rs. She felt that she was in a position to be calling all the shots, but in any film industry you are only as good as your last hit and she was soon to taste the price of stardom.
Her next release was Jag Mahi , opposite Ghulam Mohiuddin , in It had a superb response and ran for weeks at Metropole cinema lahore, ran packed to houses till 75 weeks. Anjuman's next release was a litmus test of sorts and this she succeeded flawlessly.
The film Peengan opposite the young hero Saud was met with applause by the viewers. Audiences started shouting slogans of Sohni Mutyar Beautiful Girl during the showing of the film. Peengan became super blockbuster and ran for record weeks at Shabistan cinema lahore, weeks at Metropole cinema, weeks at Capitol cinema lahore.
It is the only film in history that completed weeks during its 2nd run at Prince cinema Lahore. Peengan became lottery for the producers who have earned times the investment made. She was abruptly dropped from the film Badmaash , for which she had already canned two songs and numerous scenes, and replaced by upcoming starlet Noor due sudden rise in the signing amount i.
The producer felt they would be better off cutting Anjuman, and their costs, rather than going ahead with Anjuman as the leading lady. Further news arrived that Anjuman's scenes in the film Badmaash tey Qanoon had also been dropped and edited out of the film, and that she had been replaced by the actress Nargis. This was the final straw for Anjuman, the humiliation proving too much to take. She announced her immediate retirement, that she was just hanging around to complete her on hand assignments, and that she would shortly be leaving Pakistan altogether for a life of anonymity in the UK where her former husband Mobin Malik owned a flat in Knightsbridge, London.
Her final two movies were Jatti da vair in and Ik dhee punjab di Daughter of Punjab , they were huge hits. Her departure may have been a crushing blow to many of her die-hard fans, who admired the thumkas pelvic thrusting dance manoeuvres of Anjuman. In the s, after the box-office success of Chan Varyam film , Sultan Rahi , Mustafa Qureshi , Anjuman and the playback singing of film songs by Noor Jehan dominated the Punjabi film industry to such an extent that a film was not considered a viable project unless they were present.
Nonetheless, the public lapped it up and all three became icons of an era. Action was the essential element of the Punjabi films; Sultan Rahi gained a reputation as an action hero but in many films Anjuman herself played an action heroine. The audience saw her fighting with bad guys and displaying her powers along with her dances simultaneously in those movies.
Some of her action films are. She was seen in action films, riding horses, driving motor bikes and doing stunts thus giving a new dimension to female roles in Lollywood movies, which were previously based on a shy and innocent girl. Plots of Anjuman's action films were based on revenge, although she played a don in Insaniyat ke dushman. Anjuman can be considered as the first established action heroine of the Pakistan film industry.
Her viewers not only liked her acting and dances but also her action skills. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Bahawalpur , Punjab , Pakistan .
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