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India spilt into India and Pakistan and forced people to opt for one or the other. It affected all sectors including the film industry.Singer-actress Noorjehan represented the generation that suffered the most. After becoming immensely popular across the country in the 1930s and 1940s, she opted for Pakistan after the Partition.
But physical locationn of artists has often failed to divide them or their fan following.This was very true of Noorjehan. The magical quality of her voice continued to wield a charm on both the countries. Fans treated her as a common treasures and a symbol of shared tradition and values.
She was the most sensational singer-star of the Indian film industry of her time and was often called Mallika-e-Tarannum (the queen of melody). Even Lata Manageshkar, referred to as the nightingale because of her melodious voice, was inspired by her.
About Author :
Aijaz Gul got his early education at Aitchison and FC College,Lahore. He did his graduation and Masters in Cinema from University of Southern California., Los Angeles, USA. He is a film critic and a prolific writer. A collection of his articles was published in the form of three books; Lights Camera Action (Urdu) in 1991, French films (English) in 1991 and Dhundli Tasween (Urdu) in 1992. He also contributed a chapter on Pakistani Films for a book on films from Asian countries publsihed in Delhi in 2002. Aijaz has reviewed films on television. He is a member of NET-PAC (Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) and FIPRESCI (International Film Critics Association). He resides in Islamabad, pakistan.
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