If you have been following Pakistani cinema of the 90s and before, your unacquaintance with a name like Anjuman is impossible. One of the most sought after Punjabi film heroines of Pakistan during the 1980s and early 1990s, Anjuman maintained a rather low-key profile when the cinema of her age began undergoing a decline.
While it may take some time for the audiences to see Anjuman on screens again, her personal life has witnessed an important event just recently.
Yesteryear’s Punjabi superstar Anjuman re-marries
Anjuman has remarried after a gap of around six years, to a Lahore based film actor Lucky Ali. Anjuman’s new husband has acted in a handful of the 90s and early 2000s Lollywood films, most of which remain unknown to current cine-goers for obvious reasons. However, he was cast opposite actors like Saima (Raka) and Meera (Billa) during Lollywood’s severe economic and creatively distraught period.
As for Anjuman, she earlier married at the peak of her career to an income tax commissioner, Mobin Malik, and gave birth to three kids; two sons and a daughter. After her career decline, she moved to the United Kingdom with her family. Unfortunately, her husband was murdered in 2013 on the Eid day, while he was vacationing in Lahore at his relatives.
A little something on Anjuman herself
Anjuman’s real name is Anjuman Shaheen and she was born in Bahawalpur. While her parents hailed from Ahmadpur East, they later settled in Multan and Lahore. Her younger sister Gori has also acted in many films.
Anjuman’s career spanned over 20 years that included more than 300 films. She debuted in the Urdu film, Soorath (1973) co-starring with Waseem Abbas while her last was a Punjabi flick in the year 2000, titled Peengan.
Her notable roles in films like Sher Khan and Chan Varyam (1981) and a supporting role in the film Sala Sahib earned her, her widespread acclaim. All three were diamond jubilee hit films, released the same day; a unique record which she shared with her colleague Sultan Rahi.
Cherry on top, Anjuman was also seen in action films; riding horses, driving motorbikes and doing stunts thus giving a new dimension to female roles in Lollywood, which previously mostly consisted of coy and innocent girls. Fortunately, that’s not it. Her roles ranged extensively from a traditional village girl to a HiFi sexy bombshell, and from romantic to action-packed avatars.
Anjuman remained the darling of the working classes, mostly male adults who frequented cinema in that era. With a figure of a traditional strong Punjabi woman, combined with her dancing skills, she ruled the screens of Punjab for decades. Anjuman’s career began declining with the murder of the superstar Sultan Rahi in 1996. She was paired with multiple actors later on, that included Shan and Saud but the magic she had with Rahi could never be recreated.
We at GL wish Anjuman a happy life ahead.