A sad song by A Nayyar
Sharmilee (Shy) is an Urdu movie released in 1978.
The Indian film of the same name was a massive hit in the early 1970s. Huge, larger-than-life hand painted hoardings of Sharmila Tagore, the film’s main star, lined the rainy streets of my hometown for months. Though I never saw the film those posters remain a memory that is lodged forever in my mind.
The Pakistani version of the film starred two of the biggest names in the industry, Nadeem and Mumtaz and did not do too shabbily at the box office, itself. It ran for 26 straight weeks thereby just qualifying for Golden Jubilee status. Nadeem, born in southern India (Vijaywada) was THE male lead throughout the 1970s and 80s, mirroring in many ways the career of Amitabh Bachchan across the border in India. Whereas the Big B exemplified “The Angry Young Man”, Nadeem brought a softer…
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