He was a writer, producer, director and an actor who created such an impact on Pakistani cinema industry that the age got a label of "Rising Sun" He even won awards like "Sitara-i-Imtiaz" and "Nigar Awards" for his amazing and astounding works.
Talking about myself, Waheed Murad just changed my mindset regarding Pakistani cinema. Like many others, unfortunately, I also thought of classic Pakistani movies as obsolete and of no use, having no meaning and purpose, until I came to know about this specific song, "Aakhri baar mil rahey hain hum" (Meeting for the last time):
Song: Aakhri baar mil rahe hain hum
Singer: Mehdi Hassan
Film: Ishara (Urdu - 1969)
Music: Sohail Ra'na
Lyrics: Masroor Anwar
Director & Producer: Waheed Murad
Actors: Waheed Murad, Deeba & Co.
It's from the film "Ishara", the only movie directed by Waheed Murad himself. He also wrote the script of this movie as well. In the beginning of the song, Amir (Waheed Murad) is thinking about his love Aliya (Deeba) as they both are going to depart soon. Now as you can see, Amir (who's a painter by profession) is staring at his own creation, painting of a gate, and "uses" this gate to enter a different World altogether.
As I mentioned that it's his own creation, WM is hinting that he's gone not into a strange World, it's "his own" inner World, where he expresses his grief by singing "Aakhri baar mil rahey hain hum, ao phr kyun na muskura k milen...." (We are meeting for the last time, so why not meet with smiles on our faces)
If we observe, the stage, dresses of dancers, colors of their dresses, the whole setup is arranged to go with the projection of his "self". At the end of the song, the same gate has been shown with "position" of Amir being the only difference. He gets locked inside this World.... and returns with a different experience (movie goes to color from black and white) :o
This is a (little) observation of just one song of this movie. God knows how many messages and philosophies are hidden in his other films.
Although, November 23, 1983 marks his death anniversary, but he can be seen alive in his works, his films, his philospohies, his messages, his love towards the people of Pakistan, his devotion to make films for "Every single person" living in Pakistan.
People have started getting your "hidden" messages Mr. Chocolate Hero. :D
Some of the fellow bloggers talking about WM:
- ستارہ یا سُورج؟
- The Exceptional
- In Waheed Murad Memory
- Unforgettable Waheed Murad
- Beginning to Discover Waheed Murad
- Do not forget him , Waheed is alive
- The Thought of the Powerful Man