Bollywood’s Lahori connection

I knew about Yash Chopra, who used to live in Chauburgi Quarters. Here are a many more of Indian celebrities who have had their roots or big breaks in Lahore:

“Many high profile Indian actors and singers lived in the Walled City in the 1940s and Lakshmi Chowk was where the film fraternity got together in tongas decorated with maroon flowers, foot bells and lamps on the side.”

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“Indian superstars Pran, Muhammad Rafi, Om Parkash, Balraj Sani, Dev Anand and many less known artistes started their film careers from Lahore. The film life in Lahore was very high profile and animated in those days. Lakshmi Chowk was the hot spot for formal and informal film gatherings.”

“The subcontinent’s legendary singer Muhammad Rafi lived in Bhaati Gate. He was from a family of barbers and ran his own barbershop. Rafi had a beautiful voice and most of his customers would often ask him to sing for them while they got their hair cut or got a shave. A man from the film industry introduced Rafi to film director Gul Baloch who gave Rafi the opportunity to sing three songs for ‘Gul Zaman’. The film proved a launching point for Rafi’s film career in Lahore and by the time he migrated to India in 1947, he was an accomplished singer. In Bombay Rafi got a breakthrough in ‘Jugnoo’. The hero was Dilip Kumar and heroine Noor Jehan.”

Read whole story: Dailytimes

2 Comments so far

  1. mahboob (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2006 @ 8:18 pm

    rafi’s brother still lives in bhaati gate

  2. Quizman (unregistered) on May 7th, 2006 @ 12:21 pm

    Correction. Not Jugnoo. You can listen to the first two Rafi songs ever recorded for Hindi/Urdu films here

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