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Profile: Muhammad Qavi Khan

08:52 PM | 23 Mar, 2023
Profile: Muhammad Qavi Khan
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Muhammad Qavi Khan ruled over the millions of Pakistani and international admirers with his immaculate, indigenous, innate and emphatic dialogue delivery, gestural moments, variable pith intonation and efficient dialect as a highly gifted and talented actor.

Irrefutably, he was an institution who knows each and every attribute of impressive acting, script evaluation, absorbing in designated character and compatible body language by all means. Dismally speaking, an era of splendid acting has ended whose professional flair and dexterity will remain voided as Pakistan’s the most distinguished, accomplished, seasoned and respected lime lighted for more than four decades in all Radio, TV, Stage and Film arena.

Muhammad Qavi Khan’s forefathers belonged to the Yousefzai Pashtun tribe. His entire family migrated to Lahore and started living here for goods. He began his acting career in Peshawar as a child star. It is believed that Qavi Khan began his career through Radio Pakistan back in 1952. In 1964, he worked for Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). When TV broadcasting was first started in Lahore, he appeared as one of the first actor who performed at this newly started mega platform.
Later, he continued his passion fulfilled by performing as film star in in 1965. These performances proved milestone later as one of the impressive display of talent. 

Unanimously across the globe, Muhammad Ali Khan turned into an ever been glittering star from his authoritative role as a policeman in the PTV Hit drama serial Andhera Ujala. Along with his decisive contribution, his fellow actors Irfan Khoosat and Jamil Fakhri also played the most memorable roles as team members of Police officer. Khan later starred as an actor in various television plays. Some of his all time best performances were made in the following dramas as:

  • Lakhon Main Teen
  • Dehleez
  • Alif Noon
  • Andhera Ujala
  • Din
  • Angar Wadi
  • Uraan
  • Ashiyana
  • Sussar in Law
  • Lahori Gate
  • Mutthi Bhar Mitti
  • Mannchalay
  • Mishaal
  • Baityaan
  • Dastaan
  • Meray Qatil Meray Dildar
  • Phir Chand Pe Dastak
  • Zindagi Dhoop Tum Ghana Saya
  • Jo Chale To Jaan Se Guzar Gaye
  • Durr-e-Shahwar
  • Meri Behan Meri Dewrani
  • Aik Nayee Cinderella
  • Kalmoohi
  • Dr. Duago
  • Do Qadam Door Thay
  • Sadqay Tumhare
  • Ishqaaway
  • Bojh
  • Tum Kon Piya
  • Haya Ke Daaman Main
  • Yeh Ishq
  • Saheliyan
  • Seeta Bagri
  • Munkir
  • Nazr-e-Bad
  • Alif Allah Aur Insaan
  • Khaani
  • Aangan
  • Parchayee
  • Meraas
  • Babban Khala Ki Betiyann
  • Mujhe Rang De
  • Darr Khuda Say
  • Shahrukh Ki Saliyan
  • Janbaaz (TV series)
  • Zebaish
  • Prem Gali
  • Mushk
  • Ishq Jalebi
  • Chupke Chupke
  • Pehchaan
  • Meri Shehzadi
  • Saheliyan
  • Farz
  • Lakhon Main Teen
  • Dehleez
  • Mutthi Bhar Mitti
  • Mishaal
  • Baityaan
  • Dastaan
  • Meray Qatil Meray Dildar
  • Phir Chand Pe Dastak
  • Zindagi Dhoop Tum Ghana Saya
  • Jo Chale To Jaan Se Guzar Gaye
  • Durr-e-Shahwar
  • Meri Behan Meri Dewrani
  • Aik Nayee Cinderella
  • Kalmoohi
  • Dr. Duago
  • Do Qadam Door Thay
  • Sadqay Tumhare
  • Ishqaaway
  • Bojh
  • Tum Kon Piya
  • Haya Ke Daaman Main
  • Yeh Ishq
  • New York Se New Karachi
  • Saheliyan
  • Seeta Bagri
  • Munkir
  • Nazr-e-Bad
  • Alif Allah Aur Insaan
  • Khaani
  • Aangan
  • Parchayee
  • Meraas
  • Babban Khala Ki Betiyann
  • Mujhe Rang De
  • Darr Khuda Say
  • Shahrukh Ki Saliyan
  • Janbaaz (TV series)
  • Zebaish
  • Prem Gali
  • Mushk
  • Ishq Jalebi
  • Chupke Chupke
  • Pehchaan

Muhammad Qavi Khan is considered to be the first hero of Pakistani television drama serials when the state’s channel, PTV, started broadcasting in 1964. 

Exceptionally, Muhammad Qavi Khan's riveting performance as Ghalib at the Pakistan National Council of Arts (PNCA) or his acting in the PTV drama Koi Na Adda Sanj Mila are testaments to his decades-long career. Besides television and theatre, he continuously showcased his artistic ability in films and radio as well.

Throughout his artistic and professional pinnacle, he performed major role in more than 200 films sprawling over 40 years of career. Some of his salient performances entitled to his name in movies are as:

  • Neend Hamari Khwab Tumhare 
  • Tiger Gang
  • Mitti Ke Putlay
  • Mohabbat Zindagi Hai
  • Badtameez
  • Society Girl
  • Begum Jaan
  • Nahin Abhi Nahin
  • Chan Suraj
  • Sarfarosh
  • Kalay Chor
  • Zameen Aasman
  • International Luteray
  • Sarkata Insaan
  • Main Kukkoo Aur woh
  • Wrong No.
  • Mehrunisa V Lub U
  • Pari
  • I'll Meet You There

Khan also produced 13 Urdu and Punjabi films whereas he also directed one movie in 1985. In 1971, “The Tiger Gang” was one of the early film performances. The film was based on the Kommissar X Eurospy. The stars are Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Gisela Hahn, Mohammad Ali, and Zeba along with Qavi Khan. Lately, he produced a horror film “Pari” which was directed by Syed Atif Ali and written by Syed Atif Ali and Muhammad Ahsan jointly. The film actors other than Qavi Khan were Rasheed Naz and Saleem Mairaj.

He also played in the Lollywood blockbuster movie “Wrong No.” with Danish Taimoor and Sohai Ali Abro. The film is about a cynic boy Sallu, who wants to become a superstar and he played the role of Nawab. He was highly praised and elated by the audience after a worth admiring performance in this movie.

Being a bold and blunt Individual, he used to point out the reasons of Pakistan’s film industry consistent decay openly as a seasoned and veteran artist. He categorically hammered contemporary producers and writers for compromised work. He used to regret that now we don’t have artistes like Khalil Qaiser, Riaz Shahid, Masood Pervaiz and Khurshid Anwar and that Pakistan’s film industry is in the hands of illiterate and incapable people. Apart from these observations, he also opined that all governments, film associations, producers and directors must be held equally responsible for the fall of Pakistani film industry.

Muhammad Qavi Khan married in 1968 and had four children—all of whom, instead of following in his footsteps, decided to settle abroad. He travelled the world but found himself bound to his country. This was surely be possible when someone loves his soil, people and world.

Ultimately, after a long acting career in television, theatre, and films, he landed in the director’s chair to prove his mettle. He became obsessed with the idea of making films. But it was a business beyond his creative talent. He was too simple a man for the devious ways of distributors and exhibitors. He lost a great deal of money in this enterprise. Qavi Khan was last seen in Fizza Ali Meerza and Nabeel Qureshi's Quaid-e-Azam Zindabad which also starred superstars Mahira Khan and Fahad Mustafa.

On the small screen, his last project was Urwa Hocane and Ali Rehman Khan's Meri Shehzadi. Muhammad Qavi Khan essayed Hocane's grandfather on the show. Nevertheless, he then left the project due to his failing health and got settled in Canada.

For his invaluable contributions to the industry, Muhammad Qavi Khan was honoured and revered with numerous awards and accolades, including the presidential award, Pride of Performance, Sitara-i-Imtiaz, the LSA lifetime achievement award, and three Nigar Film awards. On March 23, 2023, President Dr Arif Alvi conferred the Pakistan Civil Award of Nishan-i-Imtiaz upon Muhammad Qavi Khan (late) in recognition of his services in the field of performing arts. His award was received by fellow actor Sohail Ahmad.

Last but not the least, Muhammad Qavi Khan’s contribution to Pakistani showbiz has been immense, and he has left an indelible mark on drama, film and performing industry.

He took his last breath on 5th March 2023 in Canada Hospital and headed towards an everlasting world of eternity and immortality.

Muhammad Qavi Khan will be remembered for centuries for his spontaneous and divinely conferred performances.

The writer is a staff member.

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Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 2 March 2024

Pakistani rupee remains largely stable against USD and other currencies in the open market on March 2, 2024 (Saturday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.4 for buying and 282.3 for selling.

Euro currently stands at 302.5 for buying and 305.5 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 354 for buying, and 359 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.3 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.5.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan – March 2, 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.4 282.3
Euro EUR 302.5 305.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 354 359
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.3 77
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.5 75.3
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 737.97 745.97
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209.2
China Yuan CNY 38.82 39.22
Danish Krone DKK 40.23 40.63
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.1 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 901.62 910.62
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.49 59.09
New Zealand Dollar NZD 168.97 170.97
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.54 26.84
Omani Riyal OMR 725.68 733.68
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.74 77.44
Singapore Dollar SGD 27.13 27.43
Swedish Korona SEK 314.07 316.57
Swiss Franc CHF 314.07 316.57
Thai Bhat THB 7.74 7.89

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