After 14 years, Lollywood superstar Shabnam returns to Pakistan

Published: April 23, 2012

Filmstar Shabnam thronged by fans at Karachi airport. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN

Filmstar Shabnam with her husband Robin Ghosh at Karachi airport. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN Filmstar Shabnam thronged by fans at Karachi airport. PHOTO: EXPRESS/MOHAMMAD NOMAN Shabnam arrived in Karachi on Monday with her husband Robin Ghosh. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: After over a decade, famous silver screen actor Shabnam returned to Pakistan from Bangladesh on Monday night. She was warmly welcomed by hordes of excited fans and media personnel.

Shabnam, accompanied by her husband, renowned music composer Robin Ghosh, expressed her joy at coming back to the country that brought her fame. The couple, originally belonging to parts in former East Pakistan, had shifted to Bangladesh at the end of the 20th century.

“I’ll try to meet everyone,” the actor told the media on being asked whether she will meet her former colleagues in the country. She further expressed sorrow over the closure of Pakistani film studios.

When asked if she would consider working for Pakistani films again, Shabnam didn’t sound too sure.

On the insistence of some media personnel, Shabnam sang a line from one of the songs filmed on her.

According to a report by Dawn, Shabnam is returning to the country to be a part of a show organised by Pakistan Television to honour the couple for their contribution to Pakistani films.

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Reader Comments (43)

  • Waheed Murad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:21PM

    Welcome back my Queen

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  • Bilal Tariq
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:40PM

    Good news. She was known actor of the time and she should be given warm welcome.

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  • Syad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:55PM

    Both Shabnam and Robin Ghosh have tremendous contributions to the golden days of the Pakistani cinema. Good to see that their work is being recognized in Pakistan. Welcome!

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  • Shabnam Majeed
    Apr 23, 2012 - 10:56PM

    Thanks All :)

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  • Knotty
    Apr 23, 2012 - 11:16PM

    Welcome to your own country Ma’am :)

    @ Shabnam Majeed

    don’t take compliments personally, they are for real Shabnam, the super star lolz

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  • Rizwan Ahmad
    Apr 23, 2012 - 11:29PM

    Charming lady, beautiful actress

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  • Asif
    Apr 23, 2012 - 11:38PM

    Classy Lady

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  • Shamila shaheen
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:18AM

    That picture is not of her husband, but of film actor and one time superstar Nadeem.

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  • Anonymous
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:51AM

    She sadly didnt age well. Though still classy and graceful.Recommend

  • Mohammad Ali Siddiqui
    Apr 24, 2012 - 12:54AM

    Welcome back home.

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  • dasmir
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:13AM

    The Pakistan is gradually adopting South asia as its own home and considering India ,Nepal,bangladesh and Afghanistan as its own and not some one inferior,dark,cunning,ignorant.Good tidings await south asia.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:14AM

    @Rizwan Ahmad: ” … Charming lady, beautiful actress … ”

    I hope you noticed the bindi.Recommend

  • Apr 24, 2012 - 1:31AM

    good to see her… and also good to see that tribune has given courtesy to dawn. Well Done!!!

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  • Farhan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:55AM

    Welcome back….Reminding my childhood when i watch pakistani movies on ptv at thursday nigh :)
    @Shamila Shaheen dear…look other picture …at the time of arrival..u will find her husbandRecommend

  • Umar
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:38AM

    @Arijit Sharma:

    ???. Your point is ???? She is Hindu. It is absolutely fine for her to practice and express her religion. Pakistanis respect her and Robin for their contribution to Pakistan Film Industry, where they spend decades.

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  • Troll Valla
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Sorry, no prejudice here! Apparently you saw a bindi lady and figured somehow it concerns you…..

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  • Sohail
    Apr 24, 2012 - 5:02AM

    He was great in movie called “Wednesday”. That was his best film

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  • Praja tantra
    Apr 24, 2012 - 5:53AM

    Jharna and Robin are hindus from east bengal. The hindus were the gems of pakistan, if only the state had not committed genocide, pakistan would have been an amazing multicultural country today.

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  • Zeta
    Apr 24, 2012 - 6:39AM

    Welcome back to Pakistan. You are legend and my parents still have very fond memory of you. Glad to have you back.

    @Arijit Sharma:
    So what?

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  • Flying Captain
    Apr 24, 2012 - 6:49AM

    … bewaqoof Indians … everything is politics to the Indians commenting here …

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  • Praja tantra
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:24AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Bindis are beautiful. The enhance the beauty and the tej of the person using it. She is lookng beautiful and most glorious with her red Bindi. It is clear she is proud of her identity.

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  • Arshad Shafi
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:12AM

    How did someone ask her if she going to work for Pakistani film industry. Where is Pakistan film industry its all finished. No more studios no more cinemas so how she can agree to work here.

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  • saad
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:44AM

    i love shabnam and nadeem.

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  • Arijit Sharma
    Apr 24, 2012 - 9:45AM

    @Troll Valla: ” … Sorry, no prejudice here! Apparently you saw a bindi lady and figured somehow it concerns you…. … “

    What I meant is Muslim stars in India have achieved stardom without having to dilute their Muslim-ness – the same seems to be the case with Jharma/Shabnam – she has achieved stardom without losing her religion.

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  • Bindi Valla
    Apr 24, 2012 - 11:00AM

    @Arijit Sharma:
    Perhaps you should ve been more clear in your opinions so that there is no ambiguity.
    Thanks for caring enough to reply back. Care is all that matters really!

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  • Arman
    Apr 24, 2012 - 11:01AM

    “Shabnam & Nadeem”
    A classic duo of golden era at Pak film industry

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  • Topak Khan
    Apr 24, 2012 - 1:09PM

    Welcome back, your acting and Robin Gosh’s music still rule our hearts

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  • Moshiul Alam Sarker
    Apr 24, 2012 - 2:00PM

    Sorry everybody now she is a citizen of Bangladesh . Sabnam we are waiting for you

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  • Apr 24, 2012 - 2:45PM

    Good work PTV

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  • Anwar
    Apr 24, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Alas! The gems this country has lost…and continue to lose. It is a very sad state of affairs.

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  • Amjad
    Apr 24, 2012 - 5:29PM

    @Praja tantra: What is wrong with the bindi and sari? They are expressions of Indian culture that existed before Muslims invaded South Asia to bring the shalwar Kameez. Why are you guys making a fuss of things that are irrelevent. Shabnam is a great singer and we wish Bangladesh well in the future. No one wants to talk about past history and politics. Bangladesh and Pakistan are different countries and even if Bangladesh has more in common in culture with India, it is still a brotherly nation.

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  • jamal
    Apr 24, 2012 - 5:54PM

    @Amjad:
    see the history, there have always been at least 2 civilisations in indian subcontinent, one is indus valley civilisation which is different from rest of india.it might have been conqured by other civilisations but it kept its differnet flavour. bindi and saree have never been culture of indus valley civilisation. anyway, dont care about bindi and saree of Shabnam. have other things to worry about. just wanted to reply another pakistan bashing comment

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  • Saad
    Apr 24, 2012 - 6:43PM

    The return of the Queen!

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  • Anjum Hameed
    Apr 24, 2012 - 7:55PM

    Welcome home Shabnam!..you have been sorely missed..

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  • Fahad Hashmi
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:11PM

    How did now Bangladeshi govt allow both of these to come to Pakistan? where are security concerns now?Recommend

  • gp65
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:33PM

    @jamal: “just wanted to reply another pakistan bashing comment”
    Haven’t seen a single Pak bashing comment on this blog. It seems to be in your imagination.

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  • khula khula tizaad
    Apr 24, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Shabnam comes but Bangla Cricket team is scared….!!!!! kya yeh khula khula tizaad naheen…????

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  • Nawab
    Apr 25, 2012 - 3:03AM

    Welcome home, queen!

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  • Knotty
    Apr 25, 2012 - 4:34AM

    Shabnam is a great Pakistani superstar visiting her ‘second home’ and she comes from Bangladesh.
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    I wonder why it bothers our neighbour Indians? She never starred in any Bollywood film.

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  • Imran A.
    Apr 26, 2012 - 4:00AM

    shabnam is very graceful lady she is legend, her acting was excellent.

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  • sajid
    Apr 26, 2012 - 8:02AM

    a very beautiful lady /actress of her time separate from others actress..a heart taker lady.

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  • Apr 26, 2012 - 9:58AM

    see the history, there have always been at least 2 civilisations in indian subcontinent, one is indus valley civilisation which is different from rest of india.it might have been conqured by other civilisations but it kept its differnet flavour. bindi and saree have never been culture of indus valley civilisation. anyway, dont care about bindi and saree of Shabnam. have other things to worry about. just wanted to reply another pakistan bashing comment

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  • aftab raza
    May 16, 2012 - 1:27PM

    salam madam
    welcom back at home shabnam sahiba salam

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