'Pakistan's sweetheart': Nazia Hassan's 47th birthday

Published: April 3, 2012

Nazia forever changed the Pakistani pop music industry.

On April 3, 1965, the ‘Sweetheart of Pakistan’ Nazia Hassan was born – a soon to be iconic figure of the Pakistani pop industry. If alive today, April 3, 2012 she would be celebrating her 47th birthday.

Nazia’s first hit was a pop song “Aap Jaisa Koi” which she sang for an Indian film titled Qurbani at the age of 15. She won a Filmfare award for this song and paved the way for her debut album, Disco Deewane.

The pop icon of the 70s soon became the striking beauty of the 80s and along with her brother produced audio and video hits, forever changing the Pakistani pop music industry.

Even during the conservative era of General Ziaul Haq, Nazia persevered, not faltering in her passion for music and became a celebrity.  Among her biggest hits were “Ankhen Milane Wale” and “Dum Dum Dede”.

In 1995 she got married and had her son Arez in 1997.

Sadly, Nazia passed away in 2000 after losing a battle with cancer. She however remains a celebrity in the hearts of the 80s’ generation and lives on through her fans and all those who showered her with their love.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • wasim
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:01PM

    TRULY an icon

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  • wasim
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:04PM

    true ICON

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  • Rakib
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:16PM

    One of the finest ever!

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  • Xcaret
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:17PM

    I grew up listening to Nazia and Zohaib Hassan. One of the best pop singers to come out of subcontinent.Miss you.

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  • Mwaqar
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:39PM

    SHE WAS A GREAT SINGER,A LEGEND,SHE STILL RULES THE HEARTS OF MUSIC LOVERS.

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  • adeel khan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:41PM

    Nazia truly was an inspiration.She was a trailblazer who set new standards in pakistani music.She was graceful right from her debut in her teens up till her last moments.She’ll always live in the hearts of her fans.Nazia is gone,but she’ll never be forgotten.

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  • mazhar
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:46PM

    one of the finest icon ever …. we miss her

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  • Adnan
    Apr 3, 2012 - 5:50PM

    One of the pioneers of pop music in Pakistan. Respect.

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  • geeko
    Apr 3, 2012 - 6:06PM

    Legend! R.I.P :(

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  • Soul
    Apr 3, 2012 - 6:08PM

    Everytime i heard her name or think about her , its makes me so sad .. :(((((

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  • Apr 3, 2012 - 6:25PM

    I loved her songs when i was a kid, even now listen to her occasionally
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  • citiman
    Apr 3, 2012 - 6:52PM

    what a singer she was! we loved her. she had a great voice.
    i still remember her songs.
    Nazia may you rest in piece, ameen.

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  • Pinto
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:01PM

    This is the same singer who refused to sing a hit song ”made in india” just becoz that would have offended some pakistanis.what a hipocracy.but i’m happy that she didn’t sing this song becoz nobody could have sung it better than Alisha

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  • Hammad
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:24PM

    Fantastic singer, Fantastic lady !

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  • Malaiz
    Apr 3, 2012 - 7:54PM

    She was one of the biggest stars in Afghanistan in 80s, continuously coming close to matching Michael Jackson, Modern Talking and CC Catch’s fame. RIP and thanks for enlivening our lives.

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  • zalim singh
    Apr 3, 2012 - 8:56PM

    and your point is?

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  • Awais Ch
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:31AM

    Oh for GOD sake, she has passed away a long time ago… “Birthday of a deceased person”,
    does it make any sense??????

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  • Awais Ch
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:32AM

    May her soul rest in peace…

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  • Sonia
    Apr 4, 2012 - 1:59AM

    @Pinto:
    Being a Pakistani she cudnt have sung that song- whts hypocritical about that?????
    None of her other songs have Indian tendencies!!!

    The Qurbani song was not sung for the film- she sang it and it was BOUGHT by the film makers!!!!! so there is nothing hypocritical!!!!

    I dont see any Indians singing Pakistani national songs!!!!!

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  • Pinto
    Apr 4, 2012 - 11:19AM

    @Sonia: “made in india” is not a national songs.and as far as hypocracy is i can give u one more example-Ali zafar yeh and he did the same thing This guys can work and earn in india have no respect for a country who’s given them fame,identity everything

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  • Ahmad Haseeb
    Apr 6, 2012 - 3:55PM

    Very sad to know that some people is calling hypocracy that she didn’t sang Made in India, first of all they should know that Nazia left singing in 1992 and never did any song later except for one song for Unicef . She loved all of her fans whether they were in India or Pakistan. She did social work in both counteries so please dont try to give some political sense. About offending people in Pakistan she never give any kind of statement, this statement was issued by Biddu not by Nazia.

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  • Sonia
    Apr 7, 2012 - 9:35PM

    @Pinto:
    dear the day ur ppl give respect to legends like Rahat Fateh Ali Khan- and stop trying to defame him- I think WE as a nation will start respecting u!!!!
    As far as Ali Zafar is concerned- I never saw him giving any disrespect to the Indian nation or its ppl- on the contrary- Indians have capitalized heavily on his singing fame to bring up their movies which had very weak story lines!!!

    U know bak in the 80s and 90s there were no huge barriers- and ppl were less cheating type- so great compositions were made- music really has no borders or politics!!!! Agree with u Ahmed Haseeb!!!!

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  • pinto
    Apr 9, 2012 - 8:55PM

    @Sonia: oh,we are disrespecting rahat fateh ali khan and thats why he’s working in india.we disrespected him by giving awards. and about ali zafar just follow this link http://www.siasat.pk/forum/showthread.php?38694-Ali-Zafar-refuses-to-sing-Hindustan-Zindabad-song

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  • Zahid Imran
    Apr 26, 2012 - 11:58AM

    Nazia & Zoheb, timeless legends. Love both of them……………..R.I.P sweetest Nazia!

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  • American Desi
    May 1, 2012 - 10:06PM

    One of the key singers to introduce disco to the subcontinent. Thanks to brother, sister duo and Biddu Appaih for their contribution. So sad that this talent died so early in her life.

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