Liaqat Ali Khan (Liaqat Major)
First Comedian of Pashto Cinema.
Liaquat Ali Khan was born at Nowshera Kalan, Khyber Pakhtonkhawa in 1951. He did his matriculation from a public school in his native Nowshera district, subsequently he studied at the Government Degree College in Nowshera. Other than this college Liaqat Ali Khan also attended colleges in Peshawar and Abbottabad.
Right from the outset, Liaqat was inclined towards showbiz so he had started acting in stage dramas during his student life. Liaqat Major’s father wanted him to become a barrister by doing Bar at Law from London, but he chose acting as a career as he loved acting. However, he ventured into film industry by playing a minor role in Pashto movie Dara-e-Khyber produced by Habibullah Khan.
Film actor Allaudin introduced him to the film director who offered a role in a death scene of the film which was released on May 14, 1971. Next film of Liaqat Major was Alaqa Ghair in which he played the role of a hero and changed his showbiz name from Liaqat Ali Khan to Liaqat Major. Initially he did serious roles in his subsequent films but did comedy role in the movie Orbal, he performed it so well that it became his identity as comedian. He also shot to fame from the famous character ‘Da san tees calendar yam’ and the name stuck to him. His famous dialogue included Da san tees calendar yam, Da suba Sarhad cherta che bamoona ao gazare pa yaw narkh de and Banjari yam sa kado karela na yam. He also worked with iconic stars like Badar Munir, Asif Khan and Surraiya Khan.
In making him a successful actor, Jehanzeb Sohail and Wadood Manzar played a vitol role like wise director Mumtaz Ali Khan also encouraged him in many films. During his forty years of career as film artiste he performed in dozens of movies mostly Pashto. Last film of Liaqat Major was Zra Me Ta Waray De produced by Arbaz Khan which was released in 2007 and after that he called it a day and retired from film line and started his own business of beekeeping and joined the Tableeghi Jamaat. Once in a interview he that I said goodbye to films and joined the Tableeghi Jamaat. He seemed satisfied with his decision and vowed to continue preaching till his death. He further added that “Now I have no time for acting, but occasionally I watch my old movies just to recall the sweet old memories. I have been offered roles in CD dramas but I did not take up the offer, though I don’t repent working in movies as we made others happy,”
As Film Producer
During his film career, Liaqat Major also produced two films,Khan Dehqan and Noukar.
During his career, Liaquat Major got married from an ordinary family who belonged to Bajaur Agency but they shifted to Rawalpindi since long. It was purely an arranged merriage in accordance with the choice of my father. Liaquat Major, has two sons and a daughter. He was the father of Malik Mohsin Wiki of Punjab Excise Department, Malik Hassan and brother of ANP former district president Malik Juma Khan, Malik Aftab Khan and Malik Noor Taj.
Demise of the Artist
The comedian Liaqat Major, who died of cardiac arrest on June 21, 2019, his body was laid to rest at his ancestral graveyard in Nowshera Kalan on June 22, 2019. A large number of people from all walks of life attended his funeral prayer. Qul prayers of the deceased artist were offered at Zawanikhel Masjid..
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