A Film Director, Producer and Actor as Comedian
1930 – February 4, 2017
Personal Life & Early Career
Diljeet Mirza was born in April 1930 at Ambala (India) as Ghulam Hussain. In 1947, at the time of partition he moved with his family and got settled there at Multan. As he has inclination towards performing art right from the outset so during his college days he joined the dramatic club of the college and started playing and directing the stage dramas. On completion of college studies he joined the railway club Multan and started performing the dramas. Since at the time Lahore was hub of all creative activities in Punjab so he moved from Multan and started playing one man show at Open Air Theater under Punjab Arts Council. He was much appreciated once he played the roles of Romeo and Juliet himself in play named Romeo and Juliet. At the same time he joined Radio Pakistan and performed amongst renowned personalities of radio like Ali Baba, Rafi Pir, Asha Posely, Imtiaz Ali Taj, and Shoukat Thanvi. On the other hand at stage he played with Zarif and Sabiha Khanum.
As Actor in Films
During his struggling days once he was performing at Open Air Theater, former film director Sibtain Fazli came to witness the stage show. He was impressed with the acting skills of Ghulam Hussain, so he especially called him and patted; he also invited him in the cinematic world. Once he went to Shahnoor Studios where Sibtain Fazli was carrying out shooting of his film. He was waiting for the actor who had to played the role of Munshi in the film but he was late. So Fazli was about to pack up the shooting once Ghulam Hussain requested him for the same role. Fazli asked Ghulam Hussain that can you perform in the presence of big stars like Sudhir, Mussarat Nazir, Ghulam Muhammad, Saleem Raza and Shahnawaz. On confirmation, Ghulam Hussain played the role of Munshi and once shooting was over, everyone present on the set appreciated him for his mature performance.
In those days changing of name was a common phenomenon so inspired from this tradition Ghulam Hussain renamed himself as Diljeet Mirza. With the permission of Fazli, Diljeet appeared in Jan-e-Bahar which was directed by Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi and played a minor role amongst Sudhir, Mussarat Nazir and Neelo but very confidently. Later on he was offered another short role in Pattan but he got breakthrough in Pak filmdom as comedian in Shabab Keranvi’s Jallan which was released in 1955. In comedy sequences of Jallan, Diljeet Mirza presented himself with his original style of comedy which differentiated him from other comedians of that time. As he used his dialogue delivery in a unique style while incorporating his body language. In Jallan Diljeet performed confidently in front of Inayat Hussain Bhatti and Zarif rather one song was also picturised on him. On the other hand on stage he also managed to construct a revolving stage in dram hall of King Edward Medical College and on the same stage he used to performed for almost three years with Shoukat Thanvi and Fayyas Hashmi.
Due to this individuality he was not only picked by the film gores but also noticed by film directors and producers from his debut film. After release of Jallan, the film shot him to instant fame and he was recognized as a good actor so producers on the recommendations of their respective director started casting Diljeet Mirza in their upcoming films one after the other. In 1956, he appeared in Anokhi and Hatim Tai whereas Data, Pholey Khan, Bara Aadmi, Ankh Ka Nasha were released in next year. Likewise, Neya Dour, Kachiyan Kaliyan in 1958 and Tere Baghir, Raaz, Need, Jhoomar, Sahara were produced in 1959 in which Diljeet Mirza was able to made his recognition as mature actor. In same year he was offered to performed in many films but believed on quality over quantity so he tried to be casted himself in films of well experienced, moderate and educated film director and producers. That’s why we witnessed Diljeet in appearing Hamsafar (Shoukat Hashmi), Rahguzar (Zia Hashmi), Shahbaz of Sheikh Iqbal and Daku Ki Larki of Hamayun Mirza in year 1960. After the release of Ghalib and Bara Bajey in 1961, Diljeet who had been watching minuet technicalities of film making in these days so tried to implement the so far collected details by directing his film Barsat Mein, the story of the film was penned downed by himself. Being a perfectionist he choose Riaz Shahid for dialogues and Tanvir Naqvi as lyricist which were composed by Hassan Latif and selected Masood ur Rehman and Afzal Mirza as cinematography of his film Barsat Mein. In cast he included Neelo, Ejaz Nayyar Sultana, Aslam Pervez, Allaudin, Rukhsana, M. Ismail Laila, Saqi, Jaswant and Agha Talish. It is interesting that while directing this film he also kept on appearing in films as actor like Shaheed (Khalil Qaiser), Shake Hand (Baqir Rizvi), Ajnabi (Ashfaq Malik), Susral (Riaz Shahid), Onchey Mahal and Barsat Mein. Diljeet Mirza appeared in Khoon Ki Piyas (1963), director Baqir Rizvi’s Piyar Na Karna and Daan in 1964, whereas Sartaj (Munshi Dil), Koh-e-Qaf were released in 1965. In same year Diljeet Mirza directed and produced other film Rawaj, he also wrote the story of the film. For Rawaj he selected Khawaja Pervez and Riaz Shahid for dialogues, Qateel Shifai and Khawaja Pervez as lyricist which were composed by Master Inayat Hussain and cinematography of his film was done by Masood Bin Aslam. Deeba, Zeba, Muhammad Ali, Yasmin, Farida, Tarana, Zeenat, Qavi, Talish and Diljeet Mirza were in the main cast of the his second film as director.
In 1966, he appeared in Hassan Tariq’s Majboor and Badnam. Murad Baloch and Janab-e-Aali was his next films which were released in 1968. Janab-e-Aali was the third film which was directed by Diljeet Mirza, story, dialogues and songs were written by Khawaja Pervez, Safdar Hussain composed the music of the film which was posturized by Masood Bin Aslam. In the cast of Janab-e-Aali, Allaudin, Firdous, Farida, Naheed, Diljeet Mirza, Zulfi, Nazar, Rangonwala. Mahboob Kashmiri, Jani Walker, Yousaf, Jabran, Yasmin, Banka, Badal, Sultan Rahi, Nanha, Saqi, Changezi, Agha Dilraj, Anwar Majeed and Aslam Pervez were included. Raja Rani was the first Pakistani double version film which was directed by Diljeet Mirza.
These films includes Anokhi (20 January 1956), Chhoti Begum (11 May 1956), Daata (22 February 1957), Bholey Khan (2 May 1957), Neya Dour (14 February 1958), Aadmi (14 November 1958), Terey Baghair (10 April 1959), Jhoomar (6 November 1959), Zameen ka Chand (17 March 1961), Ghalib (24 November 1961), Shaheed (5 January 1962), Ajnabi (22 June 1962), Susral (19 October 1962), Barsat mein (28 December 1962), Dil Ne Tujhe Maan Liya (12 April 1963), Rawaj (26 March 1965), Koh -e- Qaf (30 April 1965), Badnam (2 September 1966), Main Woh Nahin (12 January 1967), Janab -e- Aali (1 March 1968), Raja Jani (7 February 1971), Angaray (15 September 1972), Pehla War (28 October 1973), Khabardar (21 December 1973), Fata Fat (29 May 1981). Throughout his career Diljeet maintained his image as a versatile actor instead a typical actor.
As Producer and Director
When Diljeet Mirza established himself as an actor and he understood the mechanics involved in film making, due to his multitalented capabilities he wanted to direct film in which he would show the sequence of film story convert in to performing art as the way he desire without any interruption from producer’s side. So keeping this thing in mind he entered in the field of production of films and inaugurated his own film production house named DM films. Under this banner he not only produced films but also directed some of the films which did excellent business at the box office. On the other hand Diljeet Mirza was able to establish himself as director even super imposing himself as an actor. Under the banner of D M. Films he produced films like Barsat Mein, Rawaj, Janab -e- Aali, Raja Jani, Thah, Khabardar, Wardat, Dushman Ki Talash, Badla, Fata Fat, Wadda Khan, Pehla War and Ruqqa. In Ruqqa, Diljeet Mirza introduced his son Dilawar in lead role of the film.
Demise of the Artist
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