For his numerous fans, there are more than a hundred reasons why Waheed Murad is their idol. For his family, he was a loving and simple person. For his fellow artists, he was a super performer and nice guy who maintained his glorious image throughout his life. Waheed Murad, arguably the country’s greatest screen legend, was remembered in a special ‘Tribute to Waheed’ Murad by SCINOSA (Society for Children in Need of Special Attention) was held for its annual fund-raiser programme, at IVS (Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture). The evening, held recently in Karachi, was well-attended by fans of the late super-star and Pakistan’s only chocolate hero, Waheed Murad.
The programme started with guests arriving before time in their enthusiasm to not miss a minute of the show. After a bustling red carpet and dinner, the tribute part of the evening began with Fahad Mirza, the brand ambassador for SCINOSA welcoming all the guests. A documentary was shown on SCINOSA, the oldest school of its kind in Pakistan, running since 1960. This was followed by a brief video of students performing on Waheed Murad’s popular numbers.
Junaid Zuberi, CEO NAPA, then took the rostrum to talk about the late actor. Shaukat Yusuf, in whose movie Murad made his debut as an actor, followed by Sohail Rana, Satish Anand and Adil Murad, all had interesting anecdotes to share that brought the late superstar back to life for the audience. Usman Butt, a close family friend was invited on stage to say a few words and sing one song from his movies.
The formal musical part of the evening then began, hosted by the producer of this segment, Samina Aslam. Twenty-three hit songs from Murad’s movies were performed live by Ameer Ali, Rafay Khan and Kanwal Fatima, to music provided by five veteran musicians. The audience could be seen elatedly singing along with the singers to the popular numbers selected.
In the end, Aliya Murad who was present in the audience as the chief guest, was invited to the stage to share her thoughts on the occasion and to speak about her late father. She read out excerpts from a touching interview given by Waheed Murad in which he mentioned the three women he loved - his mother, wife and daughter.
The evening ended with the distribution of tokens of appreciation and a vote of thanks by SCINOSA’s honorary secretary, Zulfiqar Ramzi.
- Faiza M