Shahnoor Studios

The Shahnoor Studios (also spelled as Shahnur Studios) is the studio founded by Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi and his first wife, Noor Jehan. The studio is one of the oldest studios in Lahore, Pakistan.[1][2]

Historical background

During the 1940s in Bombay, Rizvi initially owned a company called Shaukat Art Productions. Before coming to Pakistan, Rizvi had directed 5 films in India starring Noor Jehan.[3]

In 1948, after the independence of Pakistan, Noor Jehan and Rizvi shifted to Lahore, Pakistan. On the vandalised remains of what had been the old Shorey Studios, they rebuilt a new studio called Shahnoor Studios, taking the word 'Shah' from Rizvi's name and the word 'Noor' from Noor Jehan's name. It was built from scratch and was finally completed and opened in 1950. The first film to be made there was the Punjabi film, Chanwey (1951), a blockbuster film with music by Feroze Nizami. Noor Jehan and Rizvi directed this Punjabi film together, since Rizvi did not speak the Punjabi language fluently. The film became a huge success and brought Noor Jehan fame and fortune in Pakistan.

The studio's early years brought great success as all of Rizvi's films were shot in this studio. However, with the divorce of Rizvi and Noor Jehan in 1955, Noor Jehan had to write off her share of the Shahnoor Studios to Shaukat Hussain Rizvi in the divorce court, to get the custody of her daughter, Zile Huma and also agree to the condition that she would not shoot films in this studio again. Syed Shaukat's career after the divorce wasn't as great as it used to be in India, because in marrying Noor Jehan, he was a mainly a success because of her. He was only able to make three flop films after his divorce. After the death of Shaukat Hussain Rizvi in 1998 at age 85, this studio is currently managed by Rizvi's three sons, Shahenshah Rizvi, Ali Mujtaba Rizvi, and Asghar Hussain Rizvi.

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