Film hero, producer, director
|Real name||Syed Kemal|
|First film||Thandi Sarak (Urdu - 1957)|
|Life||27-04-1937 - 01-10-2009|
|Born at||Merath, India|
Thursday May the 2nd, 1957 was an Eid-ul-Fittar Day in Pakistan. A comedy film Thandi Sarak by famous film director Shabab Keranvi was released and a new type film hero was introduced. The film was not successful but its hero Kemal became a top actor and the first ever comedy film hero in Pakistan.
He came to Pakistan and started his film career. He didn't have to struggle a lot for seeking role in films. Banjaran in 1962 was his first big film, followed by Touba and Ashiyana in 1964, Aisa bhi hota hay and Sartaaj in 1965, Jokar and Kon Kisi Ka in 1966, Shab Bakhair and Suhagan in 1967, Sharik-e-Hayyat and Behan Bahi in 1968, Nei Laila Neya Majnu in 1969, Honney Moon, Love in Europe and Road to Sawat in 1970, Farz and Insan aur Gadha in 1973, Jatt Kurrian Tun Darda in 1976, Ajj Dian Kurrian in 1977, Yehan Say Wahan Tak in 1979 and Hamdono in 1980.
Kemal appeared in less than 100 films and the most successful film as hero was Nei Laila neya Majnu in 1969. It was a platinum jubilee film. He was co-hero in his only diamond jubilee film Hamdono in 1980. He was seen consistently on silver screen from 1959-73 and his peak period was from 1964-70. He tried to become Punjabi film hero in the 70's but didn't succeeded.
Kemal's full name was Syed Kemal and he was born in Merath, India on April 27, 1937. According to his biography Dastan-e-Kemal his father was from Sardhana and grand father was from Afghanistan who migrated to India in 1855 and had huge property and land there.
Kemal was educated in Faiz-e Aam School in Merath and graduated from Merath College. The college was affiliated with Aagra University and he got the degree of Bachelors of Arts from Aagra University. He went to Bombay and was introduced to Sohrab Modi and Mehboob. They took his screen tests and offered roles in famous film Mother India. He worked in 4 films there and met Raj Kapoor who offered him a leading role in film Mitti Mai Soona but that film wasn't made. He was again offered to perform in Jagtay Raho. In 1956, discrimination started emerging against Gujratis & Marethas and riots & killings had begun all over Bombay so he left for Pakistan.
Syed Kemal died on October 1, 2009 at Karachi in the age of 72 years.
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