Legends : Khursheed

Khursheed (1914-2001) was a pioneer actress and singer of the Indian cinema. Her career ran through the 1930s and 1940s. She was born Irshad Begum in the village of Choonian in Lahore, then in British India. Most of her films were released between 1931 and 1942, a period during which she went unnoticed. Khursheed acted in a number of films for Ranjit Movietone and her leading men included K L Saigal, Motilal and Jairaj. She was among the two singing actresses of Hindi film industry who have shared stellar honors with the legendary actor and singer K L Saigal. The other one was Suraiya.

Khursheed – Main Prem Baag Ki Panchhi (Sitara 1939) :  Download

Khursheed – Pahle Jo Mohabbat Se Inkar Kiya (Pardesi 1941) :  Download

Khursheed – Mori Atariya Hai Sooni (Pardesi 1941) :  Download

Khursheed started her film career in the silent film Eye For An Eye (1931), the year when the first talkie film of the sub-continent Alamara was also released. Some of her films in 1940s were Musafir and Holi in 1940, Pardesi, Beti and Shaadi in 1941, Tansen and Nurse in 1943. Tansen was a high point in her acting career. She became known both as an actress and a singer and the song ‘Ghata Ghan Ghor Ghor’ became a rage of that time. Her other famous films are Mumtaz Mahal and Shahenshah Babar in 1944, Prabhu Ka Ghar and Moorti in 1945, Aage Badho and Mitti in 1947 and Aap Beetee in 1948.

Khursheed & K L Saigal – Chandni Raat (Bhakta Surdas 1942) :  Download

Khursheed – Ghata Ghan Ghor Ghor (Tansen 1943) :  Download

Khursheed – Mohabbat Mein Sara Jahan (Shahenshah Babar 1944) :  Download

Her last film in India was Papeeha Re (1948), which was a great hit, prior to her migration to Pakistan, leaving her mark in the Indian film industry. Khursheed migrated to Pakistan after the Partition of India, with her husband and manager Lala Yakub, who was also an occasional actor, where she settled down in Karachi. Later she divorced Yakub and remarried in 1956 to Yusuf Bhaimia, an admirer of her work, entrepreneur in the shipping business, and a philanthropist. After her marriage to Bhaimia, she appeared in few PTV shows. A number of private shows were also held by her admirers and by private institutions. Khursheed died on April 18, 2001.

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8 Comments

  1. virendra singh verma said,

    June 15, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    MOTHER TONGUE HAS A LOT TO DO WITH QUALITY OF DICTION
    HAD BEGUM AKHTAR ,SIDHESHWARI DEVI ,RASOOLAN BAI,ZARINA BEGUM BEEN WITH PUNJABI MOTHER TONGUE YHE FERVOUR AND SMELL WOULD HAVE BEEN PUNGENT BUT THEIR POORBI GAYAKI SPREADS BLISS
    KHURSHEED BANO CASTS A DIFFERENT SPELL LIKE NOORJEHAN JI IN HER GAYAKI AND DICTION AND TANSEN IS CLIMAX OF HER TAPASYA,INNOCENT ,SIMPLE DIFFUSING AN AROMA TO MAKE US CAPTURED TO HER NUANCES

  2. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 16, 2010 at 12:45 am

    It was once again a sheer pleasure to listen to Khursheed “pehle jo mohabbat se inkaar.” Khursheed sang many memorable songs of yester year films and this one is one of them. However, the other song from the same film “Pardesi” is not a duet with Snehprabha as has been mentioned but a solo. However, Snehprabha did act in the film. Incidentally, Snehprabha’s another film of the same year 1941 “Pyas” had a beautiful song sung by her “Bhulana na pyar karo na karo” which still lingers on in one’s memory. But alas, I lost this record many years ago, only memory remains. Coming back to Khursheed, I was surprised to find no mention of Bhagat Surdas (1942) in your write-up. She sang some memorable solos as well as duets with Saigal in this movie as well.

  3. indianraga said,

    June 16, 2010 at 1:13 am

    A song from the film Bhakta Surdas (1942) is already there.

  4. indianraga said,

    June 16, 2010 at 3:57 pm

    You are right, ‘Mori Atariya Hai Sooni’ from (Pardesi 1941) is a solo number by Khursheed. The error stands corrected now.

  5. virendra singh verma said,

    June 17, 2010 at 12:04 am

    PANCHI BAVARA CHAND SE PREETA LAGAYE..[BHAKTA SURSAS ]……IS KHURSHEED BANO’S ONE OF HER EXCELLENT RENDITIONS

    ….

  6. Surjit Kohli said,

    June 17, 2010 at 1:15 am

    I apologise for the oversight of Bhakta Surdas’ song, wonderful.

  7. Ameena said,

    August 1, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Khurshid did not star in Papiha Re … her last pre-partition movie was probably Aap Beeti or Mitti.

  8. Vidur Sury said,

    October 15, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Please upload more songs by her.


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