Thursday marked the 18th death anniversary of Nayyar Sultana, popularly known as ‘Malka-i- Jazbaat’ (Queen of Sentiments).
She was a highly successful and respected Lollywood actress.
She is still remembered for her emotional acting in Pakistani films. She married famous film star Darpan and left the film industry.
Nayyar Sultana’s real name was Tayyaba Bano, and she was born in Aligarh in Uttar Pradesh in 1937. At the time of partition, her family migrated to Karachi.
While visiting Lahore, she met Anwar Kamal Pasha, who gave her a small role in his forthcoming film ‘Qatil’ with the screen name of Nazli. She was a supporting actress in the beginning of her film career, but after a short time she became a top class film heroine.
After this film, she went back to Karachi from Lahore, where she landed the second lead in Humayun Mirza’s ‘Intikhab’.
After that, many offers started pouring in so she left Karachi to settle permanently in Lahore. When she broke into the Pakistani film industry in the early 1950s, Nayyar Sultana was almost an anomaly. This time Nazli changed her name to Nayyar Sultana for good.
That vivid sense of reality is strikingly characteristic of the woman Nayyar has created in 225 films during her 37 year movie career. She gave almost 48 years of her life to the film industry and worked in dozens of films.
She died of cancer on October 27, 1992 in Karachi.