IS NADEEM"- WINNING HEARTS & MINDS WORLDWIDE!
BY LONG LIU
April 30th, 2014
Nadeem forever wins Hearts and Minds of his beloved Pakistan while
keeping his unique character & strength: His career longevity of
four decades with consistent high profile intuitive acting which
evolves from a heavy
lidded languorous playfulness when
he was young to the 'Senior
Statesman' and quintessential 'Father Figure' he is today is clear
evidence of his staying power! He
is stands out as a premier actor in Pakistan at a time when the
industry makes it's comeback from virtual annihilation.
Nadeem depending on his role can have soothing peaceful effect on
his audience not unlike Nelson Mandela making him a Mandela-like
'Father figure' in Pakistan and possibly the sub-continent if he had
more cross-Asia access. He is like a “...Bridge over troubled
water...” to put it into poetic vernacular.
Nadeem can sing, dance, act and do everything on stage with grace,
elegance and a humble demeanor that shines thru to any group making
an everlasting impact. He connects to his audience going beyond the
boundaries of language, or demographics, the bereaved father, the
angry leader, the concerned doctor to over 200 plus roles he handles
with ease from TV to Film making him a true dramatic force to
contend with in any arena. Rich in professional experience, his
fellow thespians young & old alike flock to him...Wanting to touch
that 'Glow' & get his blessing for their careers. Nadeem is such a
'Star' fixture in Pakistan that people feel a healing hand has
touched them just by looking at his image!! Now that is 'Brand'
recognition with real emotion.
2014 has been a busy year for this driven Award winning actor who
never quits: Back to back hit TV serials plus two more new movies
'The System' & 'Hijrat' in the pipeline make this acting juggernaut
one of the hardest workers in Pakistani entertainment. Nadeem is a
whirlwind that cannot stop, proving to all that 'attitude & a
willingness to work' is key not 'Age'.
Always in demand for any film based project Nadeem lends his 'Star
Power' to The System with Shahzad Ghufor's cast and crew: This film
deals with the real -life 'Nitty Gritty' of dealing with &
conquering powers in the society beyond our control (The System). As
Nadeem himself is a 'self-made man' not someone born to power or
advantage he can create relevance for his general audience that
touches their everyday lives. He in conjunction with 'The System'
film-team portrays a 'Ray of Hope' for those who suffer in Pakistan
with the realities forced upon them by uncontrolled arbitrary
Born in 1941, at Bezawada Madras Presidency, what was then British
India (The Raj), Nadeem has truly witnessed & experienced real -life
'Hijrat'. The promises made to Muslims in India and the many
heart-breaks on that road to partition are truly the tapestry of his
life. Blood-shed, tragedy, families torn-apart and chaos: The
realities of partition are no strangers to him: This 'Agony' in his
development may have made him so strong. In Farouq Mengal's étude
“Hijrat ' he shares his mega-talent with newly minted stars Asad
Zaman and Rabia Butt. 'Hijrat' will be a glittering addition to
quality films from Pakistan unlike the larger sub-continent's more
frivolous film menu that is geared to pacify the masses instead of
posing important social questions.
A youthful Nadeem, along with artists Talat Hussein, M. Zaheer Khan,
Aftab Azeem, Saleem Jafry, and TV producer Iqbal Haider, were all
discovered at the 'Club'. He and some friends Ameer Ahmed Khan and
Qasim Siddiqui won musical competitions and was noticed by the then
famous singer Ferdausi Rahman Begum who encouraged him to do
playback singing in Dhaka's budding film industry.
He started his film career in 1967 and became a major Pakistani star
in the 80's and 90's. His first lead role Chakori ('67) opposite
actress Shabana won him the Nigar award which is equivalent to what
the Oscar's are in the West. Nadeem had excellent chemistry with
Shabana and she became his favorite co-star for many films that
Charming, soft-spoken, unassuming & smooth Nadeem is like liquid
gold to his many fans in the Urdu entertainment world. He can
command without raising his voice and he knows how to cast a glance
and make is audience hold their breath. Nadeem is known all over
Pakistan is is revered by young & old alike.
208 feature films and 19 Nigar Awards later, Nadeem Baig is still
going full blast! His latest movie in 2013 was 'Main Hoon Shahid
Afridi' a cricket saga that had people back in droves to Pakistani
Theaters. May this inspiring and super talented entertainer continue
to work his magic on audiences world-wide even if he is a quiet,
peaceful man within despite the many illusions he projects so well.
Nadeem generates deep respect in those whom he chances to meet...May
he continue to dazzle us for years to come inspiring, guiding the
younger generations to strive for originality & to always aim for
quality in films with real substance not mere copies of the West or
the larger markets.
Nadeem is unique and very original to Pakistan, but his reach via
his talent is boundless: His in-depth knowledge of the Acting
craft, superb sense of social acumen along with his unparallelled
energy and volume of work make it easy to say he he 'One of a kind'
and his audience knows at once that 'Nadeem is Nadeem' there is no