Shabnam visits the city of lights

Published: April 25, 2012
Shabnam and Robin Ghosh

Shabnam and Robin Ghosh

Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan meets actor Shabnam. PHOTO: NNI Shabnam and Robin Ghosh The starlet meets ailing Lehri and pays a visit to the Sindh Governor House. PHOTO; FILE

The star whose on-screen chemistry with Nadeem was probably the only thing to give youngsters their Mills & Boons fix back in the 60s, is back. Lollywood actor Shabnam, who is also referred to as the Queen of Lollywood, is visiting Pakistan with her music composer-husband Robin Ghosh.

The way the media is chasing the duo is testimony enough to the fact that time has not been able to corrode their popularity in Pakistan. The couple shot to fame as they gave hit after hit back in the days when film and television were the prime source of entertainment.

Shabnam’s trip, which has been sponsored by state-run television network PTV, came as a pleasant surprise to her fans who had lost all hope of her return to Pakistan. Nonetheless, she is here to attend an event being held in her honour by PTV in Lahore.

On her way to Lahore the actor also planned a short trip to Karachi. During her brief two-day stay, the starlet made sure she paid a visit to the ailing comedian Lehri, visited the Governor House and met actor Garaj Babu.

A friendly reunion

Shabnam visited Lehri at his residence that is secretly tucked away in the residential area near National Institute of Public Administration (Nipa). The veteran claimed with a nostalgic tone, “This meeting is like a flashback for me. Lehri’s face reminds me of all the good times we spent together and I thank Allah for fulfilling my wish of meeting him.”

The actor reminisced the good old days that marked the boom of Lollywood and shared how Lehri turned her shooting experiences into memories. “Lehri saab was a very serious person but he still used to crack jokes and bring comedic lightness on to the sets.”

Shabnam consoled the frail-looking comedian, who complained about his depreciating health and about his unfavourable state of living and said she’d take his matter to the Governor’s house. “Lehri is a dear friend and I pray sincerely for his fast recuperation. He should not lose hope so easily.”

The visit to The Governor House

During her meeting with the Sindh Governor Dr Ishratul Ebad and while talking to the press within the premises of the Governor House she said, “I feel really happy after talking to the Governor. He expressed his desire to see collaborations between Pakistan and Bangladesh on the grounds of film-making.”

While talking about political and social affiliations with Bangladesh, the Pakistani media quoted the irony that the Bangladesh Cricket Team has been stopped from coming to Pakistan but the duo was given a green signal. To which Ghosh replied, “We believe in the decision making capabilities of the court. The court’s decision must have been in the team’s best interest.”

Pakistan then and now

When asked if the couple felt secure in Pakistan Shabnam stated, “We came here and saw that things are very normal here. Everything is working in sync and I must say the media has grown tremendously since I last came to Pakistan 14 years ago.” Shabnam also added that she “can’t believe this is the same country. If truth be told, for a second I thought I was in some foreign country.”

The actor said that it’s sad that Lollywood did not progress at the speed the rest of the Pakistan did. When asked if she’d ever consider coming back on the silver screen the star said, “I haven’t been offered yet but yes the revival of Lollywood should take place and I will try my best to contribute something to it.” Her husband Ghosh added, “I think other industries within Pakistan should come forward and help in the revival of Lollywood.”

When asked if she is planning to meet Nadeem, the actor said that she in contact with her old friend and will meet him as soon as he gets time.

Published in The Express Tribune, April 26th, 2012.

Correction: An earlier version of the article incorrectly read ‘National Institute of Public Administration’ as ‘National Institute of Pension Administrators’. The error has been rectified.

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Reader Comments (14)

  • Knotty
    Apr 25, 2012 - 10:49PM

    We will always love you Shabnam! Please visit more often!


  • Knotty
    Apr 25, 2012 - 10:51PM

    According to news-reports and youtube videos, Shabnam sounded pleasantly surprised being in Karachi. She said
    “I feel great in Karachi. It has completely changed. It has become more beautiful
    `khoobsurat). When I landed here on Monday, it felt as if I was somewhere abroad (kisi
    bahar ke mulk mein hoon).”
    By abroad she obviously meant western countries.
    We need to project our country positively. Our media should start showing our achievements!


  • Ather alam
    Apr 25, 2012 - 10:58PM

    City of lights LOL yeah yeah we need to project our country positively …. Jhoot Bol Bol ke !


  • ahmed
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:20AM

    gr8 news!!!!!!!!!!! i m da biggest fan of shabnam.


  • Balma
    Apr 26, 2012 - 12:35AM

    But you have to give her the credit. She still thinks of Karachi as ‘andar kaa mulk’ , i.e. her own city:-)Recommend

  • Apr 26, 2012 - 2:27AM

    The City of Lights where the light is missing. Thank God she landed Karachi in day light, warna poll khul jata =P


  • AllahRukha
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:07AM

    Wish that other Bangalis could also think positively of Pakistan.


  • ZorbaTheRealGreek
    Apr 26, 2012 - 7:25AM

    @AllahRukha: “Wish that other Bangalis could also think positively of Pakistan”

    Apologizing to the bengalis for the crimes committed against them in 1972 would definitely help.


  • Adi
    Apr 26, 2012 - 5:50PM

    @ZorbaTheRealGreek we have asked for apologies several times in the past of these over estimated “crimes”. Do some research and then post.


  • Apr 26, 2012 - 8:08PM

    she was forgotten, nice to see her back.


  • Apr 29, 2012 - 11:58AM

    It was nice to see someone from outside the country coming to Pakistan for a visit….Everyone should know Pakistan is a wonderful and beautiful country and not only about terrorists and bombing….PAKISTAN ZINDABAD!


  • m. saeed awan
    Apr 29, 2012 - 4:20PM

    I can see the reflection of my youth in Nadeem/Shabnam movies. Both infused romanticism in that era. She well deserved the appreciation. Despite bad goverernace by PPP, the plus points goes to this Govt. that given her due protocol in Pakistaqn. Good luck both Shabnam and Robin Ghosh


    May 2, 2012 - 8:40PM

    They both are the Assets of Pakistan Cenima ,,,,we should pay respect to them ,,,,as our Government gives Honour to them ,,

    Mr Robin is UN MATCHABLE ,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, Roothay hoo tu tum koo kaysay manaoon Piya,,,,,,,,,,,,,( Aieena) ,,,,,,,,,,No Match …

    Aisay woh Sharmaiee……………..( Doo Sathey ) …

    No Match ….

    May God Blees them


  • kamran
    May 28, 2012 - 5:25PM

    Shabnam owns countless successes with 12 diamond jubilees & 14 nigar awards. She is unbeaten heroine of most successful movie ever made i.e. aaina.


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