Published on 29 Dec 2012 | over 3 years ago
Naheed Akhtar "Punjabi Film Hits" Vol 1
Nahid lent her harmonious voice to the ghazal of Shan-Ul-Haq Haqqi, and became a celebrity overnight:
'Tum say ulfat kay taqazay na nibha ye jaatay, warna hum ko bhi tamanna thi keh chahay jaatay'.
Offers started pouring in from Pakistani film composers.
Moreover, Runa Laila, who was well known for jolly songs, had moved to Bangladesh.
Hence, musicians looked forward to record merry songs in Nahid's voice, hoping that Nahid will fill in the void, left by Runa's departure.
That trust was well placed.
Nahid's admirers need to understand that she was a television singer before working her way up to films.
She hit it big in 1974 and successfully recorded this song:
'Dil dee wana dil' (The film 'Nanha Farishta', film director, Khursheed).
In the same year, 1974, Nahid became the cynosure of all eyes and lenses.
The following song was recorded in her strongly appealing voice:
'Kisi meherbaan nay Aa kay meri zindigi saja dee, meray dil ki dharkano mein nai Aarzu jaga dee.' (The film 'Shama', 1974, directed by Nazar Shabab)
The song 'Meherbaan' was a huge plus in her singing career.
Her stylistic mastery and trade marked television appearances continued through the 1970s.
Increasingly, though, her attention was turned to the cinema. Films became the topmost priority to Nahid, while television went down to the next level.
Interestingly enough, every aspect of her life had changed.
Her face, her dressing, her etiquettes had dramatically altered.
From the little known Nahid Akhtar, (with no make up) she elevated herself to the glittering world of movies.
Most importantly, she reveled in a glorious new lifestyle.
Further, her admirers were certain that Nahid's next logical step would be to work in the movies, in the lead roles.
In fact, she received quite a few offers from the film producers. However, she regretted all such offers and invested all her efforts towards singing.