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Shabnam : biography

1942 -

Shabnam (Urdu / Persian: شبنم, Bengali:শবনম) (real name: Jharna Basak) is an Bangladeshi stage and film actress. Shabnam was also active in the Pakistani film industry, Lollywood in the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s . Born in Dhaka, Bangladesh formerly East Pakistan, she was considered a versatile, romantic and most popular actress in both West Pakistan and East Pakistan in her time.


She shot to fame with the hit Bengali film Harano Din (1961) and attained all Pakistan stardom with the box office Urdu hit Chanda (1962). Both the films were produced from Dhaka, East Pakistan.

Talaash was an even bigger than all Pakistan hit that followed next year. By mid 1960s, she became one of the most popular actresses of Pakistan. Professional commitments eventually took her to Karachi, Pakistan where she settled down in 1968. By early 1970s, Shabnam established her position in Lollywood (Lahore) to ultimately become the most popular heroine in the history of Pakistan films. She reigned supreme as an actress in Pakistan until the lull in the Pakistan film industry in the late 1980s. She is probably the only film actress in the world to have continuously and successfully played the romantic lead in films for almost three decades, from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.

Shabnam plays the leading role in Aina; which holds the distinction for being the longest running Pakistani film on record.1960's popular song 'Socha tha piyar na karenge', picturized on Shabnum with Waheed Murad in film Ladla, written by Kaif Rizvani made her very popular.

Around 1988, she switched on to character acting and was again doing films in her native Dhaka and Lahore. During her career of nearly 40 years she acted in about 180 movies which included innumerable hits. She won the coveted Nigar award 13 times and also bagged the Pakistan National Award thrice. Her last film was the Bangla super hit "Amma Jan" (i.e. 'Dear Mother')1999, a Dhaka production in which she performed the title role. She is now settled in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Shabnam lastly performed in movie 'Aammajaan,’ directed by Kazi Hayat. She performed in that movie in the central role and it was released in 1999.


Shabnam worked in total 160 films, including 152 Urdu films, 4 Bengali and 4 Punjabi films. Her debut film was an East Pakistani Bangali film. Her first Urdu film, i.e., Chanda was also picturised in East Pakistan.

No. Year Film Language Actors

1 1958 Rajdhanir Bukey Bengali Jharna (Shabnam),

2 ? Kokhono Asheni Bengali Jharna (Shabnam)

3 1961 Harano Din Bengali Jharna (Shabnam), Rahman

4 1962 Chanda Urdu Sultana Zaman, Rehman, Shabnam, Subhash Datta

5 1963 Naach Ghar Urdu Shabnam, Mustafa, Nasima Khan

6 1963 Preet Na Jane Reet Urdu Shabnam, Khalil, Mustafa, Surraya, Deebo

7 1963 Talash Urdu Shabnam, Rehman, Akbar, Rani Sarkar, Subhash Datta

8 1964 Karwan Urdu Shabnam, Haroon, Tarana, Badar-ud-din

9 1964 Paise Urdu Shabnam, Azeem, Akbar, Subhash Datta, Talish

10 1965 Akhri Station Urdu Rani, Haroon, Shabnam

11 1965 Kaise Kahun Urdu Shabnam, Khalil, Suhail

12 1965 Kajal Urdu Shabnam, Khalil, Anwar

13 1965 Saagar Urdu Shabnam, Azeem, Tarana

14 1966 Begana Urdu Shabnam, Khalil

15 1967 Darshan Urdu Shabnam, Rehman, Mustafa

16 1968 Jahan Tum Wahan Hum Urdu Shabnam, Waheed Murad, Nirala

17 1968 Main Zinda Hun Urdu Shabnam, Sudhir, Ejaz

18 1968 Samandar Urdu Shabnam, Waheed Murad, Rozina, Hanif, Nirala, Qurban J.

19 1968 Sharik-e-Hayyat Urdu Shabnam, Syed Kamal, Sabira

20 1968 Tum Mere Ho Urdu Shabnam, Nadeem, Anwer Hussain, Sofia Bano

21 1969 Andleeb Urdu Shabnam, Waheed Murad, Aliya, Lehri, Mustafa Qureshi, Ibrahim Nafees, Baby Durdana, Talish

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