Noor Jahan was a famous Pakistani singer and actress who worked in both India and Pakistan. A highly versatile personality, she was able to sing in several languages, including Urdu, Hindi, Punjabi, and Sindhi, and has recorded over 10,000 songs in her career. She was born into a Muslim family rich in musical tradition in British India. Also, she was exposed to the world of show business at an early age. She started singing at the age of five and received basic training in classical singing under Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan.
He later introduced her to the stage, and long ago, she became a talented and confident stage performer. She also developed an interest in acting and singing and appeared in her debut film as a child actor. Over time, she grew up as a beautiful young woman with a golden voice and played her first adult role in the Hindi film "Khandan," which became a huge hit.
She moved to Pakistan after the partition of India in 1947 and struggled for a few years to establish herself. With her determination and hard work, she continued to achieve great success in Pakistani cinema and music. She was given the title of Malika Tarnam (Queen Melody) in Pakistan.
Noor Jahan was born on September 21, 1926 in Kasur. They have Pakistani nationality. The amount was marked. She died at the age of 74.
Her family named her Allah Rakhi Wasai. Noor Jehan’s parents, namely Madad Ali and Fateh Bibi, were musicians by profession. Her parents encouraged their children to sing from an early age, and it seemed that Allah Rakhi was endowed with a unique skill. When she was just five years old, she began her career being a singer and her mother immediately. He recognized his daughter's potential and arranged for her initial training in classical singing under Ustad Bede Ghulam Ali Khan.
She was instructed by the Patiala family traditions of Indian classical music and the classical forms of Thamari, Dhrupad, and Khyal by Khan. She took a significant break in his singing style.
For the first time on stage in Calcutta with Baby Noor Jahan's name for stage director Dewan Sardari Lal at the age of six. A few years later, she grabbed the attention of Punjabi musician Ghulam Ahmad Chishti, for whom she sang in 1935.
During the 1930s, her family moved to Calcutta, hoping that their daughters might pursue a career in film. Dewan Sardari Lal, the owner of the theater, introduced the family to several producers. Noor Jahan attended KD with her sisters. Mehra directed the Punjabi film 'Pind Di Kori' in 1935.
A series of film presentations began for the emerging singer-songwriter, and later she acted in a film "Misr Ka Sitara" (1936). Jahan also played the child role of Hair in the movie 'Hair Sial' (1937). All the Punjabi films in which she acted and sang were made in Calcutta.
Noor Jahan moved to Lahore in 1938, and her career reached new heights. Renowned music director Ghulam Haider became her mentor and composed songs for her. It helped her a lot in establishing herself in her singing career. She was also very interested in pursuing an acting career. In 1942, when she played the lead role in "Khandan" opposite Parwan, she played his first adult role.
The film, directed by Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi, hints at a move to Mumbai. When India was partitioned in 1947, Jahan decided to move to Pakistan and stayed in Karachi with his family. The early years after the partition was very difficult for her, although she was determined to reshape her career. She got her first ample opportunity in Pakistan in 1951 when she appeared in the film 'Chen Wei' opposite Santosh Kumar. She also directed the movie with her husband, becoming the first female director in Pakistan.
For the next few years, she remained busy with her family, during which her marriage became immovable and ended in separation. However, her career grew during the 1950s, and she acted and sang in many hit films, the most famous being Intezar in the year 1956, in which she portrayed a blind singer. It became one of his most successful films. Noor Jahan got married for the second time in 1959.
She continued to sing in the 1970s and 1980s, but the later stages of her career were somewhat disappointing. She made her last contribution in music in the Punjabi song 'Ki Dam Da Bharosa Yaar' in 'Sakhi Badshah' (1996).
Her first marriage was in 1942 with Shaukat Hussain Rizvi in the year 1942. The couple had three children and divorced in 1953. She then married Ijaz Durrani in 1959. Their second marriage produced three more children and ended in divorce.
She was to receive several prestigious awards, including the Pride of Performance, which was given by the Government of Pakistan in 1965.
She had heart problems and was diagnosed with angina pectoris, after which she underwent surgery to fix the pacemaker. She died of a heart attack on December 23, 2000.