Seasoned Film actress Chakori was laid to rest at Shah Farid graveyard
in Sabzazaar on Tuesday, 2 Novembr 2010 – a day after she breathed her
last at the age of 58.
She had been suffering from multiple diseases such as asthma and
diabetes and would go through the process of blood transfusion.
Among the screen stars who attended her funeral were Sohail Ahmed, Jawad
Waseem, Sardar Kamal, Bahar, Durdana Rehman, Nisho and Sangeeta.
A contemporary of Anjuman, Naghma, Aliya, Asia, Sangeeta and Zamurad,
Chakori had performed in Sindhi, Punjabi and Pushto films till 90s.
According to her family, she was born in Gujrat and started her career
from Sindhi films at a time when Sindhi cinema was making slow progress.
Her first Sindhi movie “Mehboob Mitha” appeared in 1971 in which she
performed a secondary role. The film had Anila Ejaz in the lead role
with Mushtaq Changezi.
The same year she appeared in another hit
movie “Pyar Kayo Singhar” which was produced by Yusuf Nasar, a known
Sindhi filmmaker. Mushtaq Changezi and Chakori were the leading artistes
in the film and their performance gave a boost to the Sindhi cinema. The
duo developed an understanding and they got married and later performed
in films such as “Pyar Taan Sadqey” and “Munjho Pyar Pukarey”.
Chakori perform with distinction in the Sindhi films, the producers and
directors from Punjab were convinced that she could show her talent also
for Urdu and Punjabi movies.
Director Javed Fazil in his debut production “Goonj” signed Chakori in
70s. It was a multi-starred film having Shahid, Ghulam Mohyuddin and
Usman Peerzada. The movie brought accolades to Chakori who later decided
to stay in Lahore and do more films. Mushtaq Changezi was unhappy about
this decision and the couple got separated.
Later, she played a lead role in Punjabi films like “Maula Jutt”,
“Chalan” and “Hirasaat”. It was Maula Jutt which took Chakori to heights
of popularity; she had attained the status of the second best heroine of
the Punjabi films (Anjuman was enjoying fame as the best performer at
Among Chakori’s Urdu movies were
“Sheeshay Ka Ghar”, “Hera Pheri” and “Takrao”. She had worked in many
films with Kaifi and the two married. Kaifi divorced her after the pair
lost its magic on the silver screen. Subsequently, she tied the knot
with a businessman.
the twilight of her career she joined Pushto films and bade farewell to
the industry in 1990.
Zulqarnain Shahid – Mag The Weekly –
damsel, Chakori could be called one of the most popular female artists
of the mid 1980’s. With her earthy appeal and that saucily aggressive
style of acting, the doe-eyed Chakori was actually the first film
actress in the Punjabi films to challenge Anjuman. It was a time when
Aasiya, Naghma, and Aaliya were leaving the field, and a few girls had
overstayed, like Mumtaz, Zamarrud and Sangeeta. So, Anjuman was leading
the fray by a huge margin. At this juncture Chakori took the Punjabi
cinema by storm.
Actually, Chakori started her film career in the Sindhi films. When she
joined the ranks, in 1971, with Mehboob Mittha, the Sindhi films were
making slow progress. Chakori performed a secondary role in this film,
which had Anila Ejaz in the lead role with Mushtaq Changezi. Chakori was
spotted by a film-maker, A. H. Siddiqui, who had her in mind for his
next film. When he made Jeejal Ma; a movie in a rural background, he
immediately thought of Chaokri and cast her in the leading role with the
number one hero of the Sindhi films, Mushtaq Changezi. The pair was an
instant hit and she became the talk of the tinsel town. Her verve and
curve was enough to launch her in the big circuit. The same year she
appeared in another hit movie, Pyar Kayo Singhar, which was created by
Yusuf Nasar, a well known Sindhi film maker. Mushtaq Changezi and
Chakori were the leading artists in this film too. They complemented
each other so well that the Sindhi cinema, otherwise on a slide, was
resurrected and went from strength to strength. This proved to be a
fusion of hearts too and they soon got married. Later, Pyar Taan Sadqey,
Munjho Pyar Pukarey and many such films were also released to a
Watching Chakori perform with distinction in the Sindhi films, the
producers and directors were convinced that she was hot stuff for the
Urdu and Punjabi flicks too. At this juncture, director Javed Fazil was
making an Urdu movie called Goonj, which was his debut, somewhere in the
late 1970’s. Fazil called Chakori to Lahore and gave her a secondary
role in Goonj, which she performed to satisfaction. Goonj was a multi-starrer,
in the typical tradition of Fazil’s films, which starred Shahid, Ghulam
Mohyuddin and Usman Peerzada. It was enough to give Chakori an important
foot holding in Lollywood. She decided to stay over in Lahore and do
more films. But, this did not meet Mushtaq Changezi’s approval. So, they
decided to separate. Soon, she became a lead in Punjabi films like
Guarantee, Alaram, Maula Jutt, Challan, Hirasaat etc. Amongst these,
Maula Jutt was the film that took Chakori to the moon. She had attained
the status of the second best heroine of the Punjabi films, after
Anjuman, and in some cases even rivaled her. Maula Jutt was a huge
success throughout Pakistan, and Chakori’s loud demeanor even challenged
the heroes. She was no damsel in distress, for sure. Simultaneously, she
was doing Urdu movies like Sheeshay Ka Ghar, Hera Pheri, and Takrao etc.
time, Chakori had worked in lots of films with Kaifi, establishing a
pair. But, that wasn’t just a matter attached to the box-office; Kaifi
and Chakori had come closer off the screen too. They were working
together in most of the films like Dangal, Milega Zulm Da Badla, Jeedar,
Taqat, Raju Rocket, Behram Daku etc. Kaifi had married Ghazala earlier,
and they were still together . But , Kaifi and Chakori still got married
. Later, after their films started to flop and their pair lost its
magic, Kaifi divorced Chakori and she married to a businessman. She had
no other option but to join the Pushto films, which were on the increase
in the country during the days of General Zia . At the apex of her
popularity, she was not inclined to do roles that needed her to show
expressive talent. This caused her downfall soon, and she left the
industry during the early 1990’s.