Shan: Frontiers of show business
By Anis Shakur
'Like people, lasting movies want not only to be preserved, but to be desired.'
The above maxim holds true to Shan's movies. Shan is the highly talented son of legendary writer- director, Riaz Shahid,
and legendary actress, Neelo.
Shan and the film director Mohammad Javed Fazil's first professional collaboration was the film 'Bulandi', in 1990. Hence,
Shan debuted in the film 'Bulandi', in 1990, opposite Reema.
'Bulandi' was a truthful movie by any stretch of the imagination, in which Shan offered one of the great acting achievements
of his life. Over the years, Shan has boldly crafted a challenge rarely found in Pakistani show business.
There is more to his talents than meets the eye. The 1990 film 'Nagina' is a testament to Shan's acting skill. Shan-
Madiha Shah played the lead in director Altaf Husain's 'Nagina.'
Likewise, the 1990 Punjabi film 'Pyar karn toon naeen darna', took Shan on the road to lasting fame.
Essentially, Shan is a natural actor, and there are genuinely sweet moments between him and his co- artist. Shan came
out distinctly powerful in the three movies below:
'Mard', 1991, director, Altaf Husain. Shan- Madiha Shah played the lead.
'Nigahain', 1991, director Hasnain, Shan- Madiha Shah played the lead.
'Naila', 1992, director Hasnain, Shan played the lead opposite Madiha Shah.
Shan takes the genre to another level with an amazing vision. About that there should be no question. Additionally, we
have a huge audience who relate to Shan's style of expression.
Alternating between acting and directing, Shan was frequently cast in lead romantic roles. Most memorably in the five
'Chahat', 1992, director Hasnain, Shan worked opposite Reema in lead role.
'Aan milo sajna', 1993, Shan- Reema played
'Aawargi', 1994, director Mohammad Javed Fazil, Shan and Madiha Shah played the lead.
'Mein nay pyar kya', 1994, Shan- Madiha Shah in lead roles.
'Naam ki suhagan', 1994, Shan- Rubi in lead characters.
Shan is an opinionated, engrossingly captivating actor. Additionally, he could speak the tragic sense of the story. Over
and above, Shan also had a knack for finding the best in movies. Below is an example:
'Mohabbat di agg', 1994, Shan- Nadia in the lead roles.
The scope of the story in vast in Shan's movies. Perhaps, because they are so creatively crafted. However, in the mid
1990s, some of his films could not succeed at the box office. Dejected, Shan seriously thought to leave Pakistan and settle
in the U.S.A.
Fortunately, director Shamim Ara cast Shan in her movie, 'Aakhri mujra', which brought popularity to Shan as well.
Similarly, director-writer, Syed Noor, signed Shan in his 1996 film 'Ghunghat'. In 'Ghunghat', Shan played a very
different role of a jilted lover, opposite Resham. Director Sangeeta created the unerringly smart movie, 'Khilona', in 1996,
with Shan and Saima in lead roles.
The film 'Khilona' was followed by another magnificent movie 'Sangam', in 1997, with Shan and Resham in lead characters.
Shan made a series of outstanding films and continued to thrive as an actor. He won the hearts of his loyal fans
through movies like the two below:
'Nikah', 1998, director Sangeeta, Shan played the lead opposite Reema.
'Do boond pani', 1998, director Sangeeta, Shan
teamed up with Resham.
Shan has a heart so big, it just burst with all that love. I don't believe we have a word for this kind of love.
Jubilant admirers greeted the release of the film 'Daku Rani', 1999, directed by Syed Noor. Shan paired off with Saima.
As actor- director Shan came completely into his own. In movie after movie, Shan offered hope to the inquisitive moviegoers.
Moreover, he was successful in that particular brand of sentimentality-the love- hates stories of his movies.
Shan's 1999 movie as an actor and director was 'Guns and roses', in which he worked opposite Meera. Shan, whose life
and achievements inspired others, is all praise for his parents who did so much for Pakistani cinema.
Reverting to Shan's movies, the film 'Mujhay chand chaheye', in the year 2000, is a touchstone to all his admirers. Shan
directed the movie, and played the lead opposite Reema.
Shan, who has always been ambitious and motivated, gathered encomiums from the public after the theatrical release of
the three films below:
'Moosa Khan', 2001, Shan- Saima in lead roles.
'Buddha gujjur', 2002, Shan- worked opposite Saima.
2003, Shan paired off with Reema.
Shan won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film, 'Bulandi', in 1990.
Shan won the Nigar Award for best actor in the film, 'Ghunghat', in 1996.
After all these years finally I know-and, best of all, Shan's fans also know the secret of his success. That Shan continued
to work as an individual artist on what was in fact a group feat of filmmaking is presumably the secret of his potency.
Most definitely, Shan still has a lot more years of fame left.