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Aasia Begum

Aasia Begum, commonly known by her stage name Aasia, was a prominent Pakistani film actress whose career spanned across the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. Born on 13 November 1952, she initially entered this world as Firdous in Patiala, Punjab, India. However, destiny led her to make a significant journey, transitioning from India to Pakistan.

Aasia’s remarkable journey in the entertainment industry unfolded during an era when Pakistani cinema was flourishing with diverse narratives. Her magnetic presence on-screen and exceptional acting prowess earned her a distinct place in the hearts of audiences. Her talent was not confined to a single decade, as she showcased her acting finesse across three consecutive decades.

Having ventured into acting in an era that was not only artistically rich but also socially transformative, Aasia played her roles with conviction, contributing to the cinematic landscape with her impactful performances. She encapsulated the spirit of characters she portrayed, leaving an indelible mark on the silver screen.

Aasia’s decision to migrate from India to Pakistan, a journey of significance, mirrored the stories of many who sought new beginnings during times of upheaval. Her move added a unique chapter to her life story, intertwining her personal journey with the larger narrative of cultural and historical changes in the region.

Firdous Begum

Date of Birth

Birth of Place

Nationality

Profession

Career

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Died

13 November 1952

Patiala, Punjab, India

Pakistani

Actress

1970–1991

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9 March 2013 (aged 60)

Long Island, New York

Beyond her cinematic achievements, Aasia’s life serves as an inspiration, highlighting the essence of determination and resilience in pursuing one’s dreams. Her legacy continues to be cherished by film enthusiasts and her contributions celebrated as part of Pakistan’s cultural heritage. Aasia’s journey from Firdous to Aasia, and from Patiala to Pakistan, remains a testament to the power of art, migration, and the unwavering pursuit of passion.

Aasia Begum- Career

She embarked on her journey in the Pakistani film industry back in 1970, marking her debut under the banner of producer Shabab Kiranwi. During that same year, she graced the silver screen in another cinematic endeavor, ‘Gharnata’ (1970), directed by Riaz Shahid. Aasia’s cinematic footprint continued to expand, encompassing a remarkable portfolio of over 179 Punjabi movies, alongside her contributions to various Urdu films. However, it is the iconic portrayal of ‘Mukkho’ in the Punjabi masterpiece ‘Maula Jatt’ (1979) that etches her name in the annals of cinematic history. This unforgettable role not only left an indelible mark but also reshaped the perception of ‘Jatti’ and ‘Chaudhrani’ archetypes within Pakistani Punjabi cinema. In this groundbreaking performance, she skillfully harnessed the linguistic nuances of the Sargodha and Jhang accents, infusing authenticity into her Punjabi dialogues.

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Personal Life

She entered into matrimony with a businessman based in Karachi, and their union blessed them with four children.

Died

In the mid-1990s, Aasia took her leave from the film industry and had been dwelling in New York alongside her family. In 2011, she pursued medical care for certain health concerns at the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi before discreetly returning to New York. On 9 March 2013, at the age of 60, she passed away in New York due to undisclosed reasons.

Patiala, Punjab, India

Patiala, Punjab, India

Films / Telefilm

Year Film Role
1970 Insaan Aur Aadmi
1971 Raja Rani Director and Producer: Diljeet Mirza; in Punjabi
1971 Yaaden
1971 Parai Aag
1971 Gharnata
1971 Charagh Kahan Roshni Kahan
1971 Dil Aur Dunya
1972 Main Akela
1972 Main Bhi To Insan Hun
1972 Punnu Di Sassi
1972 Do Rangeelay
1972 Pazeb
1972 Umrao Jan Ada
1973 Khoon Da Darya
1973 Sheru
1973 Mastana Female lead
1973 Sehray Kay Phool
1973 Chaar Khoon De Pyasay
1973 Khuda Tay Maa
1973 Beimaan
1973 Daku Tay Insaan
1973 Maa Tay Qanoon
1973 Kehnday Nay Nainan
1973 Ghairat Meray Veer Di
1973 Jhalli
1973 Jeera Blade Azra
1973 Khabardar Director: Diljeet Mirza; Producer: Atta Ullah Bosan; in Punjabi
1973 Ghulam
1974 Shehanshah
1974 Khana day Khan Prohnay Punjabi
1974 Pyar Hi Pyar
1974 Tum Salamat Raho Urdu
1974 Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pani Rano; Punjabi
1974 Bhola Sajjan
1974 Sikandra Punjabi
1974 Umrao Jan Ada
1975 Khooni Khet
1975 Haku Punjabi
1975 Rawal
1975 Khanzada
1975 Shareef Budmaash Balil; Punjabi
1975 Sar-e-Aam
1975 Hathkari
1975 Sheeda Pastol Najma
1975 Doghla
1975 Shoukan Melay Di
1976 Mout Khed Jawana Di
1976 Ajj Di Taza Khabar
1976 Yaar Da Sehra
1976 Akhar
1976 Hukam Da Ghulam Razia
1976 Ultimatum
1976 Toofan Punjabi
1976 Chor Nu Mor
1976 Jano Kapatti Shanno
1976 Anjaam
1976 Kothay Tapni
1976 Dukki Tikki
1976 Mehboob Mera Mastana
1976 Waada
1976 Dara
1976 Chitra Te Shera Amina
1976 Hashar Nashar
1977 Dharti Lahu Mangdi
1977 Dildar Sadqay
1977 Aakhri Medan
1977 April Fool Urdu
1977 Fraud Punjabi
1977 Lahori Badshah
1977 Haji Khokhar
1977 Sher Babbar
1977 Qanoon
1977 Pehli Nazar
1977 BeGunah
1977 Jeenay Ki Rah
1977 Ghairat Di Mout
1977 Baray Mian Deewanay
1977 Baghi Tay Qanoon
1977 Himmat Punjabi
1977 Aakhri Goli
1978 Nidarr
1978 Wafadar
1978 Elaan Punjabi
1978 Bohat Khoob
1978 Guarantee
1978 Heera Tay Basheera
1978 Prince
1978 Ibrat
1978 Jashan
1978 Goga Punjabi
1978 Puttar Phannay Khan Da
1978 Ranga Daku
1978 Boycott Punjabi
1978 Lalkara
1979 Notan Nu Salam
1979 Maula Jatt Mukkho Jatti
1979 Chalaan
1979 Muqabla Punjabi
1979 Goga Sher [11]
1979 Attal Faisala
1979 Do Jeedar
1979 Hathiar
1979 Makhan Khan
1979 Aag Urdu
1979 Jatt Da Kharak
1979 Bakka Rath
1979 Permit
1979 Dada Pota
1979 Ghunda Act
1979 Wehshi Gujjar
1980 Dushman Mera Yaar
1980 Haseena Maan Jaye Gi
1980 Do Toofaan
1980 Yaar Dushman
1980 Mann Mauji
1980 Ladla Puttar
1980 Behram Daku Taji
1981 Khan-e-Azam
1981 Anokha Daaj
1981 Athra Puttar Lachhi
1982 Ik Doli
1982 Lalay Di Jan Punjabi
1982 Medan
1982 Bharia Mela Punjabi
1983 Des Pardes Rano
1983 Nazra
1984 Shanakhti Card Punjabi
1984 Ilaqa Incharge
1985 Angara Directed and produced by Mohammad Ikram; in Punjabi
1986 Baghi Sipahi Pareeto; Directed and produced by Fiaz Sheikh; in Punjabi
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1989 Meri Hathjori Directed by Masood Butt
1990 Dushmani Punjabi
1991 Chann Meray Punjabi

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Awards

Year Award Category Result
1977 Nigar Award Best Actress Won
1979 Nigar Award Best Supporting Actress Won

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