Shamim Ara was introduced in film Kanwari Beva in 1956 and got breakthrough from super hit melodious film Saheli. She produced her first film Saiqa in 1968 and directed the inaugural film Geo aur Jeeney Do in 1976. Munda Biga Jaye was a record breaking film with diamond jubilees in both circuits; Lahore and Karachi.
Born as Putli Bai in a dancing family in Ali Gharh, India in 1938. She visited Karachi in 1956 and was selected as heroine in Kanwari Beva. She married many times since her love affair with Mohammad Ali ended in a failure.
Shamim Ara went to coma after she underwent brain surgery in October 1910 and died on August 6, 2016 at London.