Syed Ishrat Abbas

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Darpan درپن
Syed Ishrat Abbas

Died8 November 1980(1980-11-08) (aged 51–52)
Years active1950–1980
Spouse(s)actress Nayyar Sultana

Syed Ishrat Abbas (Urdu: سیّد عِشرت عبّاس ‎), (1928 – 8 November 1980) better known by his stage name Darpan (Urdu: درپَن‎), was one of the original romantic heroes of the "golden age" of Pakistan's film industry (also commonly known as Lollywood).[1]


He was born into a middle-class Shia Muslim family originally from the United Provinces of India, where he was born in 1928. His older brother, Santosh Kumar, was also a film actor. Another brother, S. Sulaiman, is a film director.[1]


Darpan was introduced in the film Amanat in 1950 and went on to feature in the Pakistani Punjabi film Billo in 1951.[2] After starring in a few more films produced in Lahore, he decided to try his luck in India, where he only had moderate level of success. Notable films from this period include Barati (1954), and Adl-e-Jehangir (1955) opposite Meena Kumari. While in India, he was romantically involved with the Indian actress Nigar Sultana, who played 'Bahar' in the classic Indian film Mughal-e-Azam (1960).[1][3]

Darpan came back to Lahore after a few years, where the film industry was then booming, and he acted in Baap Ka Gunah (1957). He had a breakthrough with his self-produced film Sathi. Raat Ke Rahi (1960), Saheli, Gulfam, Qaidi, Anchal, Baji, Shikwa, Ik Tera Sahara and Naela (1965) were some big films in which he played vital roles. Critics applauded his lead role performance back in Pakistan's film Saheli (1960) in which he starred alongside Nayyar Sultana and Shamim Ara.[4][5] He won a Best Actor Nigar Award for his performance in Saheli (1960), as well as a Presidential award.[1] His last big film as hero was Payal Ki Jhankar in 1966. He was the hero in two of Waheed Murad's produced films Insaan Badalta Hai and Jab Se Dekha Hai Tumhen. He played the villain in Ik Gunah Aur Sahi, and was a supporting actor in Khuda Te Maan, Jub Jub Phool Khile (1975) and a few other films.[3]

Family life[edit]

Darpan was a good-looking and attractive man with hazel eyes and a rich playboy's smile.[4] At first glance, he seemed like a non-serious flirt and a 'lady killer'. At least, that was his 'professional image as an actor'. He used to play non-serious fun-loving roles in the movies quite unlike his older actor brother Santosh Kumar who used to take serious romantic roles in the Pakistani movies of the 1950s and 1960s.[4][6]

When it came to marriage, Darpan fell for a shy, typically eastern and a lady-like fellow actress, Nayyar Sultana. They had been paired together earlier in a super-hit Pakistani film Saheli (1960) which also starred Shamim Ara and was directed by veteran film director S.M. Yousuf.[4]


He died in Lahore on 8 November 1980 at age 52.[6]

Awards and recognition[edit]


Darpan did a total of 67 films - 57 films in Urdu language, 8 in Punjabi language and 2 films in Pashto language.[3]

In India[edit]

In Pakistan[edit]

  • 1950 Amanat
  • 1951 Billo[1]
  • 1957 Baap Ka Gunah[1]
  • 1957 Noor-e-Islam, with Swaran Lata and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1958 Rukhsana
  • 1959 Sahara
  • 1959 Khul ja sim sim, with Yasmeen and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1959 Shama, with Neelo, Swaran Lata and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1959 Saathi, with Husna and Naeem Hashmi
  • 1960 Noukri
  • 1960 Saheli[1]
  • 1961 Insaan badalta hai
  • 1961 Gulfam[1]
  • 1961 Lakhon Fasane
  • 1962 Qaidi[1]
  • 1962 Mousiqaar
  • 1962 Aanchal
  • 1963 Jab se dekha hai tumhen
  • 1963 Yahudi ki larki
  • 1963 Baji
  • 1963 Shikwa[1]
  • 1963 Dulhan
  • 1963 Ik Tera Sahara[1]
  • 1963 Tange Wala
  • 1964 Baap ka Baap
  • 1964 Shikari
  • 1964 Inspector
  • 1964 Shabab
  • 1965 Koh-e-Qaaf
  • 1965 Naela[1]
  • 1966 Al-hilaal
  • 1966 Hamrahi
  • 1966 Jalwah
  • 1966 Mere mehboob
  • 1966 Pail Ki Jhankar[1]
  • 1966 Mojza
  • 1967 Sham savera
  • 1967 Bahadur
  • 1967 Sitamgar
  • 1967 Shola aur shabnam
  • 1968 Baalam
  • 1968 Ik musafar ik haseena
  • 1968 Saiqa
  • 1969 Meri bhabi
  • 1969 Fasana-e-dil
  • 1970 Hamjoli
  • 1973 Azmat
  • 1973 Khuda te maan
  • 1974 Jawab do
  • 1975 Izzat
  • 1975 Ik gunah aur sahi
  • 1975 Jub Jub Phool Khile

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p "Profile of Darpan or Syed Ishrat Abbas (Film Actor, Producer)". website. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  2. ^ MairaS (7 November 2012). "Top Ten Films by the Most Romantic Hero of Lollywood: Darpan | Film and Movies". website. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  3. ^ a b c "Profile of actor Darpan". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  4. ^ a b c d "Darpan – Nayyar Sultana". website. 26 November 2009. Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  5. ^ Aijaz Gul (1 March 2016). "'Saheli' screened [Saheli (1960 film)]". The News International (newspaper). Retrieved 14 March 2019.
  6. ^ a b Darpan's 32nd death anniversary today Geo News (TV channel), Published 8 November 2012, Retrieved 14 March 2019
  7. ^ Darpan's Nigar Award for Best Actor in Saheli (1960 film) on website Retrieved 15 March 2019

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