Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin Noor
21 Feb 1951
|Occupation||Film director, producer, writer and actor|
In 1970 Syed Noor (born Syed Ghulam Mohyuddin Noor) joined the Pakistani film industry as an assistant to director S. Suleman. Noor assisted S. Suleman for 18 feature films, after which, he penned his first script for the film, "Society Girl" in 1976, which was considered the best film of the year. After the success of his first film, Noor became the prime screenwriting talent in the Pakistani film industry and worked with all the prominent directors of the time.
Syed Noor wrote about 250 films from 1976 to 1992. His written scripts and screenplays were both in Urdu and in Punjabi. As a writer, Noor won many awards in his career, including National Award, Nigaar Award, Graduate Award, Bolan Award, and Asian Award. During his writing career, he was also offered acting opportunities, which he turned down as his ultimate goal was to direct feature films. He had assisted S. Suleman for 5 years with the intention of one day directing his own work.
In 1993, Syed Noor made his directorial debut with the movie, "Qasam," which was successful at the box office. During this time, Pakistani cinema was reigned by Pubjabi films. Syed Noor began to make films with the intention of reviving Urdu cinema, and his second film "Jeeva" and third film "Sargam" realized his intent. Noor also introduced a number of new actors in his films, who went on to have illustrious careers in the film industry. With the success of Urdu movies, now Punjabi films began to disappear from cinemas, especially after the death of Punjabi film superstar, Sultan Rahi. At this point, Noor announced that he would work on Pubjabi films and gave his first Punjabi directorial super hit film, "Choorian," which is still considered one of the most successful films of Pakistani film industry. The vast success of "Choorian" was followed by another film in the Punjabi language, "Majajan," which ran in cinemas for even longer than its predecessor.
With the intent of teaching filmmaking to a new generation, Syed Noor launched Paragon Studios and Paragon Academy of Performing Arts. Partnering with the Mass Communications department of Punjab University, Noor began to teach film as a subject. During this time, multiplex cinemas began to be built in Pakistan and film became digitized, which gave new filmmakers excellent opportunities for new material and projects.
After writing nearly 300 films, directing 55 films, and winning more than 10 National Awards and many other honors, Syed Noor was awarded the highest civilian honor of Pakistan, the "Sitaara-e-Imtiaz" by the Pakistani government.
Awards and recognition
- "Actress Saima admits marriage with film director Syed Noor". Dawn (newspaper). 2 May 2007. Retrieved 23 February 2019.
- Film 'Price of Honour' finally to hit screens after Eid, on hipinpakistan.com website Published 7 July 2015, Retrieved 23 February 2019
- Sharmeen Obaid copied the idea and name of my movie: Syed Noor, ARY TV News, Posted 2 March 2016, Retrieved 23 February 2019
- "Syed Noor coming up with latest film 'Bhai Wanted', Saima leads the way". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Tribune.com.pk (19 April 2017). "Cupid strikes again: sequel to Lollywood classic 'Aina' in the making". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
- Abida Parveen, Aleem Dar among winners, Posthumous awards for Manto, Mehdi Hassan (includes Syed Noor's award) Dawn (newspaper), Published 14 August 2012, Retrieved 23 February 2019
- Nigar Award for Syed Noor on filmplusmovies.com website Retrieved 23 February 2019