Today is the birthday of renowned film actress Shabnam. Jharna Basak, better known by the stage name Shabnam, is a Bangladesh and Pakistani stage and film actress. She was born on August 17 in 1946 in Dhaka. Shabnam began her career when her father got her admitted into the Bulbul Lalitakala Academy. A close friend of her father got her a role in a dance sequence in the movie ‘Ei Desh Tomar Amar’. Her next role was as a dancer in the movie ‘Rajdhanir Bukey’. When the song became a hit, the audience requested that Jharna be cast as a lead actress. That was when she starred in her Bengali debut film as a heroine, ‘Harano Din’.
Jharna remained active in Lollywood in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. She has been nominated for Nigar awards several times, winning it 13 times (the most for an actress). She was a leading actress in the Pakistani film industry for 28 years.
Shabnam worked in over 180 films, including 152 Urdu films, 14 Bengali and 4 Punjabi films. Her debut film was a Bengali film. Her first Urdu film, ‘Chanda’ was filmed in Bangladesh.
Shabnam-starrer notable films are ‘Ayna’, ‘Nacher Putul’, ‘Sondhi’, ‘Sondeho’, ‘Karon’, ‘Sohodhormini’, ‘Shorto’, ‘Jogajog’, ‘Juli’, ‘Bashira’, ‘Dil’, ‘Edesh Tomar Amar’, ‘Rajdhanir Buke’ and ‘Harano Din’.