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Noor JahanIn the late 40's when Lata was a fast upcoming singer, Queen of Melody Noor Jahan used to be an ideal for all female singers. In the Indian film history, Suraiyya and Noor Jahan had been two such ladies who were equally good at acting and singing, and the latter is simply unparalleled. Noor Jahan had influenced each and every female singer of her time so much that when we analyse the initial songs of the present singing icon Lata Mangeshkar, it is very clearly visible that her singing was highly influnced by Noor Jahan and she more than imitated Noor Jahan's style of singing.

It is highly unfortunate for Indian music lovers that Noor Jahan left India after the partition with her husband Shaukat Ali and bereaved us of her marvellous singing. Those who have heard her in her times and known her, still maintain that. If she had been in India and continued her singing, Lata would not have reached such heights in her presence. Although the debate is useless, would surely had been where she is but Indian film music would certainly had been richer - much richer.

Today, we have only faint memories of her acting talents but her song are still as fresh as they were in those days. Many might have been better actresses but Noor Jahan was miles ahead of stars as a singer. She was the favourite singing star of the millions of film-goers. Noor Jahan started her career as an actress / singer in the films in India in 1935. 'Pind Di Kudi' was her first film (Punjabi) in 1935. She appeared as a child artist. Noor Jahan worked in several films before coming as a main lead in Khandaan (1942). Few of her films in which she acted as a child artist (or not in main lead) are: Missar Ka Sitara, Aazadi, Mr. & Mrs. Bombay, Mr. 420, Heer Sayyal, Sassi Punno, Chaudhary, Yamla Jatt, etc.

Her first film in main lead was Khandaan in 1942. After Khandaan she became famous as a singing star. Then came her series of hits like Jugnu, Village Girl, Anmol Ghadi, Badi Maa, Dost, Naadan, Mirza Saahibaan and Zeenat. Many of these films are such which we might not remember for her acting but which are immortal for her songs. Her voice was simply miraculous. Usually sweet voice and beauty are not found together but she was a unique combination of both. She never sang for recording more number of songs to her name but for the sheer pleasure of singing. Being an actress she knew very well the mood of her songs which gave a whole new touch to her marvellous talent e.g, in her song "Kisi Tarah Mohabbat Me Chain Pa Na Sake..", the way she sang the last words - "Pa Na Sake.." was simply unmatched. This exceptional style is still known as Noor Jahan touch.

After partition she left for Pakistaan. She then took a break from the silver screen for few m months and then she made a comeback with her "Chana Vey" which was a hit. Later she acted in few more films like Dupatta, Koyal, Intezar and Paate Khan. Her ghazals 'Patta Patta Boota Boota..' and 'Mujhse Pehli Si Mohabbat Mere mehboob Na Maang..' became very popular.

  FILMOGRAPHY - As An Actress
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Pind Di Kudi
Missar Ka Sitara
Aazadi
Mr. & Mrs. Bombay
Imperial Mail
Na Hone Waali Baat
Fakr-e-Islaam
Taaran Haar
Mr. 420
Heer Sayyal
Sassi Punno
Yamla Jatt
Chaudhary
[1935]
[1936]
[1936]
[1936]
[1936]
[1936]
[1937]
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[1939]
[1940]
[1941]
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Khaandan
Duhaai
Naadan
Dost
Badnaam Mohabbat Kaun Kare
Laal Haveli
Zeenat
Village Girl
Badi Maa
Bhai Jaan
Dil
Anmol Ghadi
Humjoli
[1942]
[1943]
[1943]
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[1946]
Noor Jahan
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