A great playback singer
Ahmad Rushdi was a top playback singer in Pakistani films in the 1960's
and 1970's. He was most popular among the young music fans and a proudly answer
to the Indian singer Kishore Kumar.
He started his show biz career as a stage actor
in Indian city Hyderabad in 1952 where he sang his first song in film Ibrat.
He migrated to Pakistan in 1954 and joined Radio Pakistan Karachi. He was honored
to sing The
National Anthem of Pakistan with ten other singers in 1955. His first
superhit song on Radio was:
Some facts about Ahmad Rushdi
Bandar Road se Kemari, meri chali re Ghorha Garhi,
Babu, ho jana footpath par....
written an composed by Mehdi Zaheer.
- Ahmad Rushdi's first film as playback singer was Karnama but
Karachi made Urdu film Anokhi was his first released
film in 1956. The first film song was:
Mari Laila ne aisi katar, Mian Majnu ko aaya bukhar... was
filmed on Lehri.
- His first hit song was from Lahore made film Speran in
1961 with the lyrics:
Chand sa Mukhra, gora badan... filmed on Habib and music by
Manzoor Ashraf (first film).
- He got breakthrough from film Mehtab's
mega hit street song:
Gol Gappe wala aya, gol gappe laya...
in 1962 which was filmed on Allauddin.
- His first Punjabi film was Chodhary in
1962 and the first Punjabi song was filmed on Asif Jah, which was:
Pyar tera main jholi paya te taaney marey Sharikan...
- He became 1960's "Abrar-ul-Haq" after his western style song "Koko-koreena...
in film Armaan (1966)
- Ahmad Rushdi's peak period was from 1963-77. His last film as playback
singer was Mashiq-o-Maghrib in 1985.
- Ahmad Rushdi sang 812 Urdu, 132 Punjabi, 3 Sindhi,
3 Gujarati and a single English song - a total number of 951 film songs.
These figures are without songs from un-released films and none-film songs.
- Ahmad Rushdi's 951 songs in 508 released films could be
a record for any male singer in Pakistani films but according to incomplete
songography of Masood
Rana, his songs are 887 in 574 released films. Followed
by Mehdi Hassan's 631 songs in 445 films (complete figures)
- Ahmad Rushdi sang the highest number of 812 Urdu
songs in the highest
number of 421 Urdu films. Followed by Mehdi
songs in 368 films (complete figures) and Masood Rana's 357
Urdu songs in 213 films (incomplete figures).
- Ahmad Rushdi sang 132 Punjabi songs in 75 Punjabi
films. He was not successful in Punjabi films and sang mostly
B- or C-class songs. But his Punjabi songs tally is the third highest by
any male singer in Pakistan after Masood Rana's 526
songs in 360 Punjabi films (incomplete figures) and Inayat
Hussain Bhatti's 222
songs in 114 films (complete figures)
- Ahmad Rushdi sang the highest number of songs for Waheed
Murad and set a record for the first ever "centaury partnership" by
any male singer and actor. The only other example is by Mehdi Hassan-Mohammad
Ahmad Rushdi appeared as
actor in following fims:
- Anokhi (1956)
- Aur bhi gham hayn (1960)
- Raat ke Rahi (1960)
- Lakho Fasaney (...)
- Neelam (1963)
- Jhallak (1964)
- Insaan (1966)
- Sartaj (1965)
- Lakhon mein ek (1967)
- Baharen phir bhi ayen gi (1969)
- Kaneez (1965)
- Chodhvin sadi (1972)
- Dekha jaye ga (1976)
Ahmad Rushdi regards as a folk singer in the Urdu-speaking area's. He
was born on April 4, 1934 at Hyderabad Deccan (India) and died on April
11, 1983 at Karachi.
» Songography (incomplete
Songs (in Urdu/Punjabi)
» Songs for Waheed Murad
» Listen to mp3 songs of Ahmad Rushdi
||Some Urdu musical films
» Chand aur Chandni
» Dil mera dharkan teri
» Naseeb apna apna
» Insaaf aur Qanoon
» Khamosh Nighahen
» Pardey mein rehne do
» Rangeela aur Munawar Zarif
» Daaman aur Chingari
» Jab jab Phool khilay
» Mohabbat zindgi hai
Some Punjabi musical films
» Mouj Mela
» Jigri Yaar
» Sheran di jori
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