ISLAMABAD - Legendary Pakistani film actor, producer and script writer Waheed Murad was remembered on his 75th birthday Wednesday.

Waheed Murad, considered to be one of the most famous and influential actors of South Asia, born in Sialkot, Punjab, got early education from Karachi and then did masters in English literature from University of Karachi.

His romantic style of acting made him popular amongst the young cinema viewers in entire South Asia. One of his blockbuster films is Armaan made a pivotal impact on the sub-continental film industry.

In November 2010, 27 years after his death, he was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, the “star of excellence,” an honour given for distinguished merit in the fields of literature, arts, sports, medicine, or science.

He made debut in a supporting role in 1962’s Aulad but Armaan, released in 1966 broke all the box office records  gave him the status of superstar or perhaps the first superstar of Pakistani films.

Waheed Murad, in his 25-year career, paired with several actresses like Zeba, Shamim Ara, Rani, Naghma, Aaliya, Sangeeta, Kaveeta, Aasia, Shabnam, Deeba, Babra Sharif, Rukhsana, Bahar and Neelo. He acted in a total of 124 films (2 films were released after his death) of which 38 were black and white and 86 were in colour.

Besides this he also appeared in 6 films as a guest star including his ever first and shortest appearance on silver screen in 1959’s Saathi. He acted in 115 Urdu films, 8 Punjabi films and 1 Pushto film, and earned 32 prestigious film awards including ones for best producer and for best actor.

Waheed Murad produced eleven films under his father’s established ‘Film Art’. As director, he had directed as well as produced Ishaara (1969) with co-star Deeba.

He was found dead on November 23, 1983 and nobody knows for sure if it was a heart attack or suicide. Waheed was buried near his father’s grave in Gulberg Graveyard, Ali Zeb Road, Lahore.