Film Villain


He dominated Punjabi movies in the first half of the 1970s
Sawan - Film Villain - He dominated Punjabi movies in the first half of the 1970s
Some facts about Sawan
Real name Muzaffar Ahmad Butt
First film Karnama (Urdu - 1956)
Active career(1956-98)
Life 06-04-2023 - 06-07-1998
Born at Jammu, India
Language Punjabi
Profession Acting

Sawan never appeared as typical hero in any film but played leading roles in many movies in the late 1960s and the first half af the 1970s. He was only the second villain actor - after Allauddin, who got huge success in lead roles - followed by Sultan Rahi and Mustafa Qureshi.

Sawan was introduced in a minor role in Karachi made Urdu film Karnama in 1956. He struggled many years. His first big film was Tees Mar Khan in 1963 in which he played a villain role. After this film he was seen in many films as villain actor. Lai Lag (1964), Malangi, Doli (1965), Bharia Mela, Nizam Lohar (1966), Chann Makhna, Sajjan Pyara, Panj Darya (1968) were some other big movies as villain actor.

Sawan got title role in film Goonga (1966) which was a hit film. He was also in title role in film Jigri Yaar and Jani Dushman (1967). In the late 1960s, he was seen in leading roles in many film. Anwara in 1970 was a mega hit musical film and Sawan played the title role and got huge popularity. After the great success of film Khan ChaCha (1972), he demanded a huge amount for his next big film Basheera (1972) but his role was offered to Sultan Rahi with less than 1/10 of total amount. Sultan Rahi's great success was a huge below for Sawan and latter he was forced to accept minor roles in many films till his death on July 6, 1998.

Sawan's real name was Zafar Ahmad Butt (aka Jafra) who belongs to a Kashmiri family from Sialkot. He was a tall and body builder actor. He worked as labour in Karachi and sold tickets on cinemas before becoming an actor.

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