Karachi: Glowing tribute was paid to the first chocolaty hero of the Sub-continent, Waheed Murad on his 31st death anniversary, as the Pakistani Heroes Welfare Organization organized an event at the Karachi Commissioner House on 21st, November, 2014. Waheed Murad was one of the most popular & successful film artistes, producers and directors of Pakistan’s film industry. He had also sung in a few movies, besides being a famous romantic hero. To his credit, there are a few films, as a dialogue-writer and/or script-writer, as well.
At this occasion, Nawab Hassan Siddiqui, Director Mandviwalla Entertainment said, “Whenever the film industry will revive it will revive from Karachi”. He further said that at present, the movie, “Na-Maloom Afraad”, made in Karachi, is doing very well and has earned more than 30 crores at the box office.
“Shifting of film industry from Karachi to Lahore caused severe damage to the film industry”, he added. He praised the quality of old Pakistani movies and said that the acting academies in India would show the old Pakistani movies, especially of Waheed Murad to the new actors, in past. Salma Murad, wife of Waheed Murad and his son Adil Murad had also attended the event. People from media and showbiz paid rich tribute to the legendary actor.
‘Chocolate Hero’ is a unique title which Waheed Murad continues to enjoy even decades after his demise. The unique title is all about his looks, acting style and a unique character. His acting skills were exceptional. Whether he was playing the role of a young, carefree lad or playing a serious, emotional role, Waheed Murad always received appreciation from the movie-watchers. He acted in more than 100 films and got numerous awards. His work was not limited to Urdu films only, as he was a successful name in Punjabi films, as well. To a greater surprise of many, the great Waheed Murad had also acted in a few Pushto films, too. He died on 23rd November 1983.
After more than two decades of his death, the Government of Pakistan conferred the award of Sitara-e-Imtiaz to him, as a lifetime achievement.