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Syed Ishrat Abbas (), better known by his stage name Darpan (), was one of the original romantic heroes of the golden age of Pakistans film industry (also commonly known as Lollywood). He belonged to a well-educated Shia family originally from Uttar Pradesh, India, where he was born in 1928.His brother, Santosh Kumar, was also a film actor. Another brother, S. Sulaiman, is a film director.Darpan started his film career with the Pakistani Punjabi film Billo in 1951. After starring in a few more films produced in Lahore, he decided to try his luck in India, where he only had moderate success. Notable films from this period include Barati (1954), and Adl-e-Jehangir (1955) opposite Meena Kumari. Critics applauded his lead role performance back in Pakistans film Saheli (1960) in which he starred alongside Nayyar Sultana and Shamim Ara. He won a Best Actor Nigar Award for his performance in Saheli (1960), as well as a Presidential award.He died in Lahore on November 8, 1980.

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