Lane Garrison once said that to be a good actor you have to feel life and observe life. The legendary actor Mohammad Ali had observed life closely and therefore he was not only an extraordinary actor but was a very compassionate gentleman greatly involved in philanthropy. Born in Rampur India on 19th April 1930 Mohammad Ali grew up to be one of the most famous actors in the Indian subcontinent. He began his career as a radio broadcaster in 1956 from Radio Pakistan Hyderabad since his brother Irshad was already a radio drama artist. Initially he was paid Rs. 10 as a radio drama artist later he worked in Bhawalpur station for a while before finally moving to Karachi. Radio Pakistan Karachi played a major role in honing Mohammad Ali’s craft as an actor. He was introduced to many legends of that time including Zulfiqar Bukhari director-general Radio Pakistan whilst working in radio. Mohammad Ali had always considered Zulfiqar Bukhari his spiritual father as he had initially introduced him to his friend Fazal Ahmed Kareem for his upcoming film Chiragh jalta raha. Mohammad Ali was initially offered the hero’s role however he instead opted for the role of the villain. Flim Chiragh jalta raha was not only Mohammad Ali’s first film as an actor but it also has the credit of introducing Zeeba, Deeba and Kamal Irani. This film was premiered at Nishat Cinema Karachi on 9th March 1962 with Fatima Jinnah as the guest of honor. Mohammad Ali after working in films like Bahadur, daal Mein kala and Dil ne tujhe man liya made his debut as a hero in film Shrararat (1963). It was the success of film Khamosh raho in1964 that made Mohammad Ali one of the greatest actors in the history of the nation with no looking back. Actor Mohammad Ali besides working in Urdu films had also worked in Punjabi, Pashto Hindi and Bengali films. He had been a recipient of 10 Nigar awards besides being honored with Pride of performance by President Zia ul Haq in 1984. Moreover, the legendary actor was also honored with Tamgha-e- Imtiaz besides having the honour of receiving Noshad Award in India. Mohammad Ali got married to film star Zeba in 1966 while they were shooting for their film Tum mile pyar mila. Mohammad Ali and his wife Zeba established the famous Ali Zaib foundation which is a nonprofit organization providing medical treatment to Thalassemia, Hemophilia and Blood Cancer patients. Mohammad Ali passed away in Lahore on 19th March 2006 from a heart attack at 74 years of age. He will always be remembered as a true gem of the society.
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