Mohammad Ali: The soft-hearted actor
By Anis Ahmed Shakur
Shahenshah-e-jazbaat', Mohammad Ali, popularly known as Ali bhai, started his career from Radio Pakistan Karachi, in the early 1960's.
Loyalty, empathy, honesty and humility are his hall-marks. Additionally, he is well-known for his social services.
In 1968, he married the renowned actress of those times, Zeba. Known in the film circle for his command as a passionate actor, he feels at ease in dramatic situations, as well.
This versatile actor has worked with almost all successful directors of the Pakistan film industry.
Ali bhai accepted the role of a villain in famous director-writer-poet, Fazal Ahmed Karim Fazli's film Chiragh jalta raha', which happened to be the first film not only for Ali bhai (as a villain) but also for director Fazli, Zeba, Deeba and Kamal Irani. It proved to be the first and the last film for an unknown person, Arif, who was the hero of this film.
Chiragh jalta raha' was inaugurated by Mohtarma Fatima Jinnah on March 9,1962 at Nishat cinema, M.A.Jinnah Road, Karachi. Its songs were composed by Radio Pakistan's music director-singer, Nihal Abdullah.
Chiragh' brought laurels for Ali bhai and he appeared as a villain in director Munawwar Rasheed's film Bahadur', director Iqbal Yusuf's film Daal mein kala', director Javed Hashmi's film Dil nay tujhay maan liya'
In fact, late director, Rafiq Rizvi bapu's film Shararat' and film Khamosh raho' (1964) were the first two films in which Ali bhai appeared as a hero, which led to a long, successful journey for him as the hero for innumerable super hit movies.
Moreover, he produced a lot of hit movies.
Ali bhai has served as the cultural advisor in the previous government. Apart from that he had been associated with the construction business for quite a while.
Further, according to a newspaper report, he owed Rs. 17.00 to the Radio Pakistan Karachi's cafeteria in his initial days. Recently he had urged the cafeteria's cashier to retain his name in their record with the same amount, and that he is willing to pay as much money as is demanded to keep up the old records, since it reminds him of those bad times.
Zeba's daughter, Samina (from Zeba's previous marriage with actor lala Sudhir) is the center of attraction for Ali bhai, and he has given her the name Samina Ali and loves her dearly.
Some of his famous movies are listed here below:
Hasan Tariq's Kaneez' with Zeba, Mera ghar meri jannat' with
Shamim Ara, Wehshi' with Shamim Ara, Ik gunah aur sahi' with
Rani, 'Kaalu (makrani) with Rani, Ibadat' with Zeba,'Watan'
(this was the re-make of director Khalil Qaiser's memorable movie Shaheed'
Seeta, Maryam, Margaret' with Deeba, director Shabab Kiranvi's films Aurat ka pyar' with Rani, Aa'ena' with Deeba, Insaan aur Aadmi' with Zeba, Insaaf aur Qanoon' with Zeba, Afsana zindigi ka' with Zeba.
Dil ik Aa'ena with Deeba, Daman aur chingari' with Zeba, Aa'ena aur soorat' with Shabnam, Bay mesaal' with Shabnam, Nasheman' with Babra Sharif, Waday ki zanjeer' with anjuman.
Director Saif uddin Saif's film Aag' , Jaisay jaantay nahi', Lori', Mohabbat rang laye gee', Teri soorat meri Aankhain', Ilzaam', Gumrah' Ik phool ik pathar', were with Zeba.
Likewise, director S.Sulaiman's film Bay wafa' with Shamim Ara, Aag aur zindigi' with Deeba, Manzil' with Babra, Mumtaz and Teray bina kiya jeena' with Nayyar Sultana.
Director Raza Meer's film Aasra' with Shabnam, Aarzoo' with Zeba, Professor' and Dil kay daagh' with Nisho.
Director M.A.Rasheed's film Sarhad ki godh mein' with Firdous, Tum salamat raho' with Aasia, Milan' with Shabnam, Aansoo bun gaye moti' with Shamim Ara.
Director Jafar Bukhari's Samaj' with Nisho. (Samaj was the re-make of Jafar Bukhari's own hit film Bharosa,' Ma'ashara' with Nisho, Aurat ik paheli' with Zeba.
Director K.Khursheed's films Gharana' , Banu Rani', Nanha farishta', Daagh', were all with shabnam.
However, in K.Khursheed's earlier movie Dil diya , dard liya' was with Zeba.
Director Luqman's film Mehel', Duniya na manay' and Parchayein' were with Zeba.
Director Pervez Malik's film Dushman' with Mumtaz, Intikhaab' with Shabnam Meherbani' with Babra Sharif, Zanjeer' with Mumtaz, Meray humsafar' with Shabnam.
Late director Anwar Kamal Pasha's film Safaid Khoon' with Rani, Meena Shori, Border build' with Babra Sharif.
Late director Iqbal Yusuf's film Tum milay pyar mila' with Zeba Soorat aur Seerat, Jeenay ki rah' with Aasia, Takrao' with Zeba.
Film Josh' (new version, because director Iqbal Yusuf had directed two movies by the same name), Budnaam' with Rani., Gun man' with Babra, Mumtaz, Sangram' with Mumtaz, Gherao' with Shabnam, Aag ka samandar' and Andata' with Mumtaz.
Late director S.A. Hafiz's film Shabnam, Sajda', Nadia kay paar', Baarat', Raja', were with Deeba, Zeba, and Shabnam.
Director Hasan Askari's films, Sallakhein', Aag', Kinara' Ik doojay kay liye', Dooriyaan', were with Babra, Aasia, Rani, and Shabnam.
Director Iqbal Akhtar's film Phool meray gulshan ka', Mohabbat zindigi hai' Jab, jab phool khiley', Apnay huay paraye', Naqsh-e- Qadam', Zameer', Aaj ki Raat', and Achhay mian' were with Zeba, Mumtaz, Rani, Deeba, Roohi Banu, Shabnam.
Director Fareed Ahmed's film Jaan Pehchan' with Irani actress Sheh para)
Late director, Nazeer Ajmeri's film Dil kay tukray' with Shamim Ara, late director Riaz Ahmed's Khandaan' with Bahar.
Late director Qamar Zaidi's film Paalki' with Zeba.
Ali bhai performed in the following punjabi films: Sheir di bacchi', Wadda Khan', and Wo hati.'
In director Iqbal Shehzad's first color film Baazi, Ali bhai worked with Nadeem for the first time.Moreover, Baazi' happened to be the first film for actress Nisho.
Ali bhai won the Nigar award for the following films:
In 1964, director
Jameel Akhtar's film Khamosh raho' for best supporting actor.
In 1965, director Hasan Tariq's film Kaneez' for best actor.
1n 1966, director Humayun Mirza's film Aag ka darya' for best actor.
In 1968, director Laeeq Akhtar's film Saiqa' for best actor.
In 1971, director Hasan Tariq's film Wehshi' for best actor.
In 1973, director Ali Sufyan Aafaqi's film Aas' for best actor.
In 1974, director Shabab Kiranvi's film Aaena' aur soorat' for best actor;
In 1975, director Shabab Kiranvi's film Insaan aur Aadmi' for best actor.
In 1978, director Masood Pervez's film Haidar Ali' for best actor.
IN 1984, director Hasan Askari's film Dooriyan' (special award)
After his retirement
from films, Ali bhai was asked in a television show about his dissociation from
the films. The atmosphere in which I was accustomed to work for films
and the way films were made have entirely changed, hence I called it quit' was
Ali bhai resides in his impressive house, Zeb Mehel, 26-G, Gulberg 111, Lahore.
Ali bhai: we wish you the best of luck.