Name Shabnam
Nationality Pakistani
Date of Birth August 17
Place of Birth Dhaka, Bangladesh
Famous For Acting

Shabnam, Actresses is famous for Acting, Pakistani celebrity. Born on August 17

Shabnam from the word meaning dew drops on the flowers) is a Pakistan-Bengali stage and film actress. Shabnam who is Hindu, was active in the Pakistani film industry, Lollywood in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, and in the Bangladeshi film industry in the 1990s. Born in Dhaka formerly a part of Pakistan called East Pakistan, she was considered a versatile, romantic and most popular actress in both West Pakistan and East Pakistan in her time.

Early life
Shabnam is actually her film-name. Her real name is Jharna Basak born August 17, in the 1940s. Her father is Nani Basak, the well known Scout master and football referee from Dhaka. Shabnam is married to Robin Ghosh, a well known music composer.

She shot to fame with the hit Bengali film "Harano Din" 1961 and attained all Pakistan stardom with the box office Urdu hit "Chanda" 1962. Both the films were produced from Dhaka Bangladesh, then a part of Pakistan called East Pakistan.

"Talaash" was an even bigger than all Pakistan hit that followed next year. By mid sixties she became one of the most popular actresses of Pakistan. Professional commitments eventually took her to Karachi, Pakistan where she settled down in 1968.

By early 1970s Shabnam established her position in Lollywood (Lahore) to ultimately become the most popular heroine in the history of Pakistan films. She reigned supreme as an actress in Pakistan until the lull in the Pakistan film industry in the late 1980s. She is probably the only film actress in the world to have continuously and successfully played the romantic lead in films for almost three decades, from the early 1960s to the late 1980s.

Shabnam plays the leading role in Aina; which holds the distinction for being the longest running Pakistani film on record.1960's popular song 'Socha tha piyar na karenge', picturized on Shabnum with Waheed Murad in film Ladla, written by Kaif Rizvani made her very popular.

Around 1988 she switched on to character acting and was again doing films in her native Dhaka and Lahore. During her career of nearly 40 years she acted in about 180 movies which included innumerable hits. She won the coveted Nigar award 13 times and also bagged the Pakistan National Award thrice. Her last film was the Bangla super hit "Amma Jan" 1999, a Dhaka production. She is now settled in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Shabnam lastly performed in movie 'Aammajaan,’ directed by Kazi Hayat. She performed in that movie in the central role and it was released in 1999.

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