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November 6, 1953  Urdu

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As previously Shoukat Hussain Rizvi had planned to make Nagina but as he was diverted towards Punjabi films and that project was still pending. So with the help of Crescent films he started Gulnaar with the same script of Nagina. Only the direction was changed as Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi planned to direct Nagina but Syed Imtiaz Ali Taj was asked to direct the film. Its music was composed by Master Ghulam Haider who got sick during this period. Lata Mangeshkar invited Master Ghulam Haider for complementary treatment in Bombay but he refused to go there and completed the composition of songs but he died just before the release of Gulnaar. Basically the story of Gulnaar was based on Masnavi Zehr e Ishq so for Masnavi specially Khalil Ahmed was invited from Karachi. In film a Nawabi (Knights of Lakhnow) environment was depicted which made this film not attractive for a common spectator so it got flopped. The failure of Gulnaar made Shoukat very upset , who was expecting another big hit as it had broken his dream of giving a big hit in every year. Few songs of Gulnaar which were able to caught the attention of masses:

Gulnaar was a wonderful movie from direction and production point of view but surprisingly proved a flop film after its release. Gulnaar was picturised in Shahnoor Studio under Crescent Films banner and it was the last movie by Master Ghulam Haider the great musician.

Initially the film was planned as Nagina but subsequently it was renamed as Gulnaar

Concept of the film was derived from book Zehr-e-Ishq written by Deya Shankar. 

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Genre: Drama l Fiction Color: Run Time: NC


Credited cast:

Noor jahan face Noor Jahan
Santosh Kumar Santosh Kumar
Zarif Zarif
Babbo (Ishrat Sultana)
 Shoukat Thanvi
Maya Devi
Qamar Zaidi
image not aval Sibtain
Shiekh Iqbal Sheikh Iqbal 


Complete credited cast: NC



Film Details with Crew

Released Date: November 6, 1953
Production: Shahnoor Crescent Films
shoukat Hussain Rizvi presents:-
Producer: Mian Ehsan Rafiq
Director: Imtiaz Ali Taj
Writer / Story / Screenplay:

Imtiaz Ali Taj


Qateel Shafai
Tanvir Naqvi


Shoukat Thanvi

Choreography: Ashiq Hussain Samrat

Raza Mir
Riaz Ahmed


Hussain Rizvi

Art Director: Habib Shah
Music: Master Ghulam Haider
Rehman Verma (Assistant)

Noor Jahan
Roshan Ara Begum
Fazal Hussain
Khalil Ahmed (Musician)


Technical Specifications




Drama l Action

Run Time:




Sound Format:

Analogue l Mono


Aspect Ratio:

Flat 4:3 






Composed by


Bachpan Ki Yaadgaro, Main Tum Ko Dhoondti Hun, Tum Bhi Mujhe Pukaro

Noor Jahan Qateel Shafai Master Ghulam Haider 


Gila Hai Aasman Wale, Hamein Teri Khudai Se, Raha Hai Be-Khabar Tu Bhi Hamari Nawai Se

Fazal Hussain Qateel Shafai Master Ghulam Haider 


Go Thakane Nahi Hain Hosh-o-Hawas Itna Kehne Ko Hai Bulaya Pas

Noor Jahan, Khalil Ahmed NC Master Ghulam Haider 


Idhar Dekhte Hain, Udhar Dekhte Hain, Hai Tera Hi Jalwa, Jidhar Dekhte Hain

Fazal Hussain Tanvir Naqvi Master Ghulam Haider 

Le Piyar Bhara Dil Nazrana, Mere Piyare Balam Tujhe Meri Qasam Sun Meri Wafa

Noor Jahan, Khalil Ahmed Qateel Shafai Master Ghulam Haider 


Mori Sakhi Ki Payal Baje Chham Chham, Zara Tham Tham Meri Banno Bol

NC Qateel Shafai Master Ghulam Haider 


Lo, Chal Diye Wo Hum Ko Tasalli Diye Baghair, Ik Chand chhup Geya Hai, Ujala Kiye Baghair

Noor Jahan Qateel Shafai Master Ghulam Haider 


Sakhi Ri Nahi Aaye Ga, Sajnawa Mora, Papi Papiha Gaye

Noor Jahan Tanvir Naqvi Master Ghulam Haider 

Tanatum Tanatum, Do Rang Bhare Naino Ki Qasm, Mujhe Teri Jawani Ki Qasam

Roshan Ara Begum   Master Ghulam Haider 

These songs are NC


Barbad Hai Dil weeran Hai Nazar, Ae Raat Zara Tham Tham Ke Guzar

Noor Jahan  Qateel Shafai  Master Ghulam Haider 


Kis Zaban Se Karon Zikar Lakhnau Ke biyan Rashak e Fardos


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