Babra Sharif

 

Babra Sharif born 1954. Babra Sharif is an actress in the Pakistani film industry during the 1980s and late 1970s. She started her career in television commercials. She made her presence felt in a 'Jet' washing powder commercial and came to be known as 'Jet' powder girl. Fair-haired, attractive and intelligent, Babra soon became a household name. Her appearance in the 'Lux' advertisement with the message, 'Aakhir loag hamara chehra he to deiktay hain', took her fame to the top. After a while, she appeared in Mohsin Shirazi's television play, which was telecast from Karachi television station. She worked with many famous names of her time, including Shahid, Nadeem, Waheed Murad, Ghulam Mohyedin and even Muhammad Ali. She had great success in Urdu films in Pakistan. She did a variety of roles which proved her versatility as an actress. Some critics have also considered her as the best actress of her time in Pakistan.

She worked in more than 100 movies.

 
 
 

Career:

After working in PTV drama Kiran Kahani in 1973, her first film was Intezar in 1974. Confident of her acting potential, Shamim Ara signed her for the film Bhool in 1974. Bhool was scheduled to be directed by S.Sulaiman. Prior to Bhool, S.Sulaiman had already signed Barbara for his film Intezaar. Incidentally, Intizaar was released before Bhool. Hence, Barbara debuted in the film Intezaar as supporting actress in 1974. To set the record straight, both Intezaar and Bhool were released in 1974. Barbara's innocent face distinguished her from other actresses of her time.
She moved on to a supporting role in Bhool, then to Haqeeqat, Shama, Shabab Kiranvi's Mera Naam Hai Mohabbat, which was a super hit. This led to a string of films culminating in Salakhain, which proved to be one of her best works. She also worked in Pakistan's first sc-fi movie Shaani. In 1978 she married to film star Shahid, but the couple soon divorced and she did not get married again.

 
Despite her hard work in films, Barbara had to look for more opportunities in movies, which did not came immediately. In 1975, she appeared as supporting actress, in director Masood Pervez's film 'Mera naa patay khan'. Neelo and Shahid played the lead roles. Her efforts took on a new intensity and she proved her worth in the Pakistani cinema. She worked in director Iqbal Kashmiri's film Shareef Budmaash. Ali Sufyan Aafaqi's film Ajnabi, Nazar Shabab's film Naukar. An undeterred Barbara, dressed to perform, played the lead role opposite Ghulam Mohyedin, in director Wazeer Ali's film Masoom. In her movies, even ordinary things capture tranquility. Her most memorable role came in the super hit film Mera naam hai mohabbat, directed by Shabab Kiranvi. Barbara and Ghulam Mohyedin played the lead roles. Her fame sky- rocketed soon after the theatrical release of Mera naam hai mohabbat. In reality, Barbara became the most sought after actress from 1976 onwards. Moreover, the year 1976 was most definitely the best year for her films as well. In 1976, she worked in director Pervez Malik's film Talaash. In director Shabab Kiranvi's film Dewar. In director Ali Sufyan Aafaqi's film Aag aur Aansoo. Foremost was her sweeping 1976 movie, Shabana, directed by Zafar Shabab. The film successfully completed golden jubilee, by winning performances turned in by Barbara, Waheed Murad and Shahid.

In her twenty- three- year film career, 1974–1997, Barbara worked in more or less one hundred fifty films. Her auspicious performance in 'Shabana', led to more successful movies. Below are six such films:
'Pyar ka wada', 'Manzil', 'Teray bina kya jeena', 'Daman', 'La jawab', 'Ye zamana aur hai'.

Babra received a Nigar Award for Shabana, and another Nigar Award for Tina and has received this Award 8 times. Presently she is semi retired.

She temporarily resumed her career as a model and currently owns a jewellery shop in Karachi. She gave matchless performance in Nadan Nadia, a Pakistan television comedy play by Anwar Maqsood. She has appeared in a Lux 50 years celebration commercial.

     

 

Filmography:

No. Released Film Language
1 1974 Intazar Urdu
2 1974 Bhool Urdu
3 1974 Haqeqat Urdu
4 1974 Shama Urdu
5 1975 Ajnabi Urdu
6 1975 Mera naa Patey Khan Punjabi
7 1975 Mera naam hai mohabbat Urdu
8 1975 Maasoom Urdu
9 1975 Noukar Urdu
10 1976 Ajj di taza khabar Punjabi
11 1976 Chor noo mor Punjabi
12 1976 Deevar Urdu
13 1976 Dekha jaye ga Urdu
14 1976 Insaniyat Urdu
15 1976 Aansoo aur Sholay Urdu
16 1976 Zubaida Urdu
17 1976 Talash Urdu
18 1976 Aag aur Aansoo Urdu
19 1976 Waqt Urdu
20 1976 Nasheman Urdu
21 1976 Shabana Urdu
22 1977 Beti Urdu
23 1977 Insaan Urdu
24 1977 Jawani Deewani Urdu
25 1977 Mehman Urdu
26 1977 Pyar ka waada Urdu
27 1977 Aashi Urdu
28 1977 Dard Urdu
29 1977 Pehli Nazar Urdu
30 1977 Salakhen Urdu
31 1978 Dushman ki talash Urdu
32 1978 Ik chehra do roop Urdu
33 1978 Mazi, haal aur mustaqbil Urdu
34 1978 Mousam hai aashqana Urdu
35 1978 Kora Kaghaz Urdu
36 1978 Barat Urdu
37 1978 Prince Urdu
38 1978 Play Boy Urdu
39 1978 Zindagi Urdu
40 1978 Khuda aur Mohabbat Urdu
41 1979 Kis naam se pukarun Urdu
42 1979 Miss Hong Kong Urdu
43 1979 Nei Tehzeeb Urdu
44 1979 Josh Urdu
45 1979 Aag Urdu
46 1980 Chhotay Nawab Urdu
47 1980 Saima Urdu
48 1980 Badnaam Urdu
49 1980 Daaman Urdu
50 1981 Alladin Urdu
51 1981 Do Dil Urdu
52 1981 Laggan Urdu
53 1981 Mohabbat aur majboori Urdu
54 1981 Wafa Urdu
55 1981 Yeh Zamana aur hai Urdu
56 1981 Manzil Urdu
57 1981 Lajawab Urdu
58 1981 Bara Aadmi Urdu
59 1981 Gun Man Urdu
60 1981 Dil ne phir yaad kiya Urdu
61 1981 Khotay Sikkey Urdu
62 1982 Ek din Bahoo ka Urdu
63 1982 Jan-e-Mann Urdu
64 1982 Sangdil Urdu
65 1982 Aas Paas Urdu
66 1982 Angan Urdu
67 1982 Meherbani Urdu
68 1982 Tere bina kya jeena Urdu
69 1983 Sarelambe Pashto
70 1983 Teena Urdu
71 1983 Ik dooje ke liye Urdu
72 1983 Border Built Urdu
73 1983 Kainat Urdu
74 1983 Tina Urdu
75 1983 Badalte rishte Urdu
76 1984 Miss Colombo Urdu
77 1984 Zama pecham Pashto
78 1985 Haq Mehr Punjabi
79 1985 Hong Kong ke Sholay Urdu
80 1985 Miss Singapore Urdu
81 1985 Palkon ki chhaon mein Urdu
82 1985 Hero Urdu
83 1985 Mehak Urdu
84 1985 Parwana Urdu
85 1985 Deewane do Urdu
86 1985 Khoon aur Pani Urdu
87 1985 Zaman pegham Pashto
88 1986 Be-qarar Urdu
89 1986 Miss Bangkok Urdu
90 1986 Qatil Ki Talash Urdu
91 1986 Ek hi rasta Urdu
92 1987 Duniya Punjabi
93 1987 Griban Urdu
94 1987 Lady Smuggler Urdu
95 1987 Mera Insaaf Urdu
96 1987 Sun of AnnDaata Urdu
97 1987 Qasm Munney ki Urdu
98 1987 Kundan Urdu
99 1987 Deevar Urdu
100 1987 Love in London Urdu
101 1988 Baghi Haseena Urdu
102 1988 Chakkar Urdu
103 1988 Daku ki Larki Urdu
104 1988 Ik Shehnshah Punjabi
105 1988 Jatt Majhe da Punjabi
106 1988 Maa bani Dulhan Urdu
107 1988 Mukhra Punjabi
108 1989 Barish Punjabi
109 1989 Da Daku aur Pashto
110 1989 Dushan Dada Punjabi
111 1989 Dushmano ke Dushman Urdu
112 1989 Ishq rog Punjabi
113 1989 Lady Commando Urdu
114 1989 Saathi Urdu
115 1989 Shaani Urdu
116 1989 Karaye ke Qatil Urdu
117 1990 Choron ka Dushman Urdu
118 1990 Internation Goreelay Punjabi / Urdu
119 1990 Kala Pani Punjabi / Urdu
120 1990 Kali Urdu
121 1990 Makhan Gujjar Punjabi
122 1990 Miss Cleopatra Punjabi / Urdu
123 1990 Qudrat da inteqam Punjabi
124 1990 Gori dian Jhanjhran Punjabi
125 1990 Aasman Urdu
126 1990 Ustadon ke Ustad Urdu
127 1991 Akhri shikar Punjabi / Urdu
128 1991 Inteshar Punjabi
129 1991 Lahori Badmash Punjabi
130 1991 Zid Urdu
131 1992 Consular Punjabi
132 1992 Raz Urdu
133 1992 Khooni Sholay Punjabi / Urdu
134 1992 Shehzada Urdu
135 1993 Khwahish Urdu
136 1993 Zabata Punjabi / Urdu
137 1994 Dostana Pashto
138 1994 Piyasa Sawan Punjabi / Urdu
139 1994 Sar kata Insaan Urdu
140 1995 Ham nahin ya tum nahin Punjabi / Urdu
141 1996 Sajawal Sindhi
142 1997 Ghail Urdu