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Syed Kamal

Syed Kamal (Urdu: ??? ?????; April 27, 1934 – October 1, 2009) was aPakistani film and TV actor, producer and director. He had worked in 4 Bollywood films before migrating to Pakistan.

Kamal was a popular film star of in the 1960s and the 1970s. Kamal, whose film Tauba (1963) became a success at the box office, has a striking resemblance to the Indian filmstar Raj Kapoor, and he is not evasive about this issue. He once said, “People used to mistake me for Raj Kapoor while I was in Bombay and he enjoyed it”. In fact, according to Pakistani script writer Ali Sufyan Afaqi, Kamal used to practice Raj Kapoor’s scenes in front of a mirror. Kamal’s first appearance in his Pakistani movie by producer Shabab Keranvi Thandi Sarak (1957) was meant to resemble Raj Kapoor. Syed Kamal won a Nigar Award Special Award for film Behan Bhai (1968) , and also a Nigar Award’Lifetime Achievement Award’ in 2000.

After retirement from films, he began acting in Pakistan Television dramas at fairly advanced age. His most notable TV appearance is in hit TV drama Kashkol in which he played a wealthy businessman whose son (played by his real life son, Ghalib Kamal) becomes addicted to heroin.

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Born April 27, 1934
Meerut, Uttar Pradesh, British India
Died October 1, 2009 (aged 75)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation Actor, producer, director
Years active 1945–2002


Syed Kamal died on October 1, 2009 at Karachi after a lingering illness at age 75.


The following films were directed by Syed Kamal:

  • Shehnai (1968) starring (Syed Kamal-Deeba)
  • Insaan Aur Gadha (1973) starring (Syed Kamal-Nisho-Rozina)
  • Yahan Say Wahan Tak starring (Syed Kamal-Mumtaz)
  • Honeymoon (1970) starring (Syed Kamal-Husna-Rozina)
  • Roop Behroop starring (producer-director-actor Syed Kamal opposite Nisho)
  • Doosri Maan starring (Syed Kamal-Shamim Ara)
  • Meray Bacchay Meri Aankhein starring (Syed Kamal-Deeba)
  • Dard-E-Dil starring (Syed Kamal and Zeba)
  • Aaliya starring (Syed Kamal and Shamim Ara)
  • Jatt Kurrian Taun Darda (1976) A Punjabi film, starring Syed Kamal, Neelo and Aslam Pervaiz
  • Ajj Dian Kurrian (1977) A Punjabi film, starring Syed Kamal and Neelo
  • Jat Kamala Gaya Dubai (1984)

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