Anjuman (1970 film)

Anjuman, a Pakistani Urdu colour film, was released on 31 July 1970, starring Waheed Murad, Rani, Deeba, Santosh Kumar, Sabiha Khanam and Lehri. The film was released during the hey days of Waheed Murad and became a milestone in Waheed's career. The film was produced by Safdar Masud under the banner Ideal Movies and directed by Hassan Tariq, a well-known Pakistani film director.[1]

Directed byHassan Tariq
Produced bySafdar Masud
Written byAgha Hassan Imtisal
Music byNisar Bazmi
Edited byAl-Hameed
Distributed byEveready Pictures
Release date
31 July 1970
Running time
approx. 3 hours

The film was released at the worst possible political situation of the country with Bangladesh war of independence raging in former East Pakistan. Nevertheless, the film became a huge success,[2] with famous tracks by Runa Laila and Ahmed Rushdi.[3]

The film won Nigar Awards in the categories of best film, best director, best screenplay, best musician, best lyricist, best playback female singer, best editor, best art director and best comedian.[4]

Release of film

Anjuman was released on 31 July 1970, at the worst political time of Pakistan, by Babar Pictures. The film ran for continuously 81 weeks at cinemas in Karachi. The film celebrated a Platinum Jubilee and became a huge success for the year 1970.[3][2]


The film is a tragedy based on a tawaif (courtesan) 'Anjuman' played by Rani,a "tawaiif" who flirts with the emotions of a wealthy Nawab Wahahat Ali (Santosh Kumar) and later falls in love with his younger brother Nawab Asif Ali played by Waheed Murad. In order to save his older brother's marriage, Asif decides to frequent Anjuman's "kotha" in an "exchange" demanded by Anjuman, although Asif being in love with another girl Nudrat (played by Deeba).Noorulain Zartaj (Sabiha Khanum) ,wife of Nawab Wajahat Ali, eventually implores Anjuman to forsake her own love so that Asif can live happily. At the end, Anjuman has to face a fate worse than death, where she is invited to sing at the wedding of her lover. Lovelorn and disappointed Anjuman offers a woeful song, as she has swallowed poison, and dies at the feet of her lover.

Remake of film in 2013

Its remake was made in 2013 with the same name, which starred Imran Abbas Naqvi, Sara Loren, Alyy Khan, directed by Yasir Nawaz and produced by Tarang Housefull.


The music was directed by Nisar Bazmi.[1] Songs of the film, especially sung by Runa Laila, became a huge success in Pakistan:


Anjuman won 8 Nigar Awards in the following categories:

Category Recipient
Best film Safdar Masud
Best director Hassan Tariq[4]
Best music Nisar Bazmi[4]
Best lyrics Masroor Anwar[4]
Best female playback singer Runa Laila[3][4]
Best editing Al-Hameed[4]
Best art director Habib Shah[4]
Best comedian Lehri


  1. Anjuman (1970 film) film cast on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 24 May 2019
  2. Anjuman (1970 film) on website Retrieved 24 May 2019
  3. Anjuman (1970 film) on Dawn (newspaper) Published 19 April 2015, Retrieved 24 May 2019
  4. Nigar Awards 1970 on website Published 13 May 2010, Retrieved 24 May 2019
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