A versatile villain and hero…..
Asad Bukhari, a box office hit film hero, versatile, symbolic villain with his unique style “Barak” (clattering rattle dialogue) delivery in almost every Punjabi film of seventies and after some silence his comeback as character actor in eighties and nineties, can never be elapsed by movie beaus. He appeared in which ever role/character, either as gentleman “badmash” (vagrant) of Mohalledar, “Ghairatmand” (honorable) friend of Dillan De Soudey, dashing hero of Billa Champion, Billa Babbar Sher, Aasoo of Aasoo Billa, or evocative hero of Khanzada or Nawabzada as actor, was precisely suited for each character, role, and getup. Asad Bukhari possessed a piercing and commanding voice with amusing dialog delivery and implausible body language gave him a unique and prominent place in actor’s streak of Pakistan filmdom. Moreover, as director and producer he delivered the best possible entertainment/showbiz of that time
Asad Bukhari was born as Khawaja Syed Ejaz ul Hassan Bukhari at Ghakhar Mandi, District Gujranwala in 1934. His insisters were settled in district Kasur and were affiliated with herbal medication (Hikmat) since ages. His father was renowned Hakim and he used to enjoy good reputation even in Eastern Punjab. Subsequently his family moved from Kasur and got settled there at GhaKhar Mandi, District Gujranwala and there he was born. After basic education he started his professional life as Insurance agent but soon after he realized that he is not suitable for this job. Afterward he joined service in Allied Bank but again he also left this job as well. Since his childhood he had inclination towards creative art and culture so he started doing radio program. In the start Asad Bukhari had very close resemblance with Hollywood star Rock Hudson and his friends used to stimulate him to be an actor. One fine morning he moved to Lahore in pursuance of film acting career. He started visiting film studios and finally he was able to find an role in film Be-Gunah.
He was the must and mandatory villain of most of the movies made under the banner of Bhatti Pictures and his combination with Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Kaifee and Ilyas Kashmiri was the most adorable blend of general masses of that time.
Entirely contradictory of his character appearance in the movies as villain, in his real life Asad Bukhari is altogether a different person. Religious emotions were always a predominant factor of his life, which are even clearly visible in few of his movies as well like in Dillan De Soudey, the movie which he directed/produced himself, and performed a lead role in the film so had a free hand to portray his factual mental sentiments. Lal meri patt rakhio bala Jhoole Lalan sung by Noor Jahan, the theme song of the movie is live examples of his deeply involvement in religion and love for the Al -e- Bait. In one of his another films Aasoo Billa, as director, producer and actor, he again projected the religious emotions specially the everlasting hit songs ie Assi aan Qalandri
deewane Laj Paal de, ho Ali de gharane de, Muhammad di all de by Rajab Ali and Hussaini Lal Qalandar, Nabbi di aal Qalandar, mere gham taal Qalandar sung by Noor Jehan are the glaring examples on his credential.
Comeback as Character Actor
As Character actor
In 1994, with Gujjar Punjab Da, once again he started appearing in film after a break of eight years and in his comeback he performed with his real beard on, which obviously reveals his affection and reverence to the religious aspects. During his second spell of acting career he acted in mostly Punjabi films like Gujjar Punjab Da, Att Khuda Da Veir, Mundra, Dam Mast Qalandar, Jeetay Hain Shan Se, Kala Raj, Gustakh Akhiyan, Badmash Puttar, Ik Gujjar So Badmash, Jagga Tax, Pagri Sanbhal Jatta and Hum Aik Hain.
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Asad Bukhari – Filmography
Films of Asad Bukhari are enumerated below, which include his film Chronological, alphabetical, language wise, the movies he has directed and performed as actor. For detailed filmography, proceed here
Summary of Asad Bukahri’s Films:
|Double Version Films (DVF)||–||1|
|Films as Producer||–||6|
|Films as Director||–||5|
Films – As Producer
In 1969, Asad Bukhari other than acting, started his film production house named Jeewey Lal Films, Dillan De Soudey was his inaugural film as film producer which was box-office hit film and that gave a very sound platform to Asad Bukhari both as actor and producer. Afterward, under the banner of his production house he produced six films which included one Urdu and five Punjabi films and these are:
|1||Dillan De Soudey||1969||Punjabi|
|5||Ajj Di Gall||1975||Punjabi|
|6||Billa Babbar Sher||1976||Punjabi|
Films – As Director
Asad Bukhari also directed following films which were mostly his production as well:
|4||Ajj Di Gall||1975||Punjabi|
|5||Billa Babbar Sher||1976||Punjabi|
Films – As Actor (Chronological – Year Wise)
Films – Chronological
Films – Alphabetically
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