Sheikh Mukhtar


Born: Delhi, British India


Sheikh Mukhtar was the son of Chaudhry Ashfaq Ahmed (who was a railway police inspector and born in Karachi, British India; now Pakistan) Chaudhary Ashfaq Ahmed intentionally got transferred and migrated to Delhi. Sheikh Mukhtar was born on 24 December 1914 in Delhi. He had spent his childhood in Gali choodi waalan (Near Jama Mosque, Delhi-11006) and took education from Anglo Arabic School, Ajmeri Gate, Delhi-11006. His father wanted his son to join Police or Army on a higher rank but Sheikh Mukhtar was keenly interested in theatre. One of his acquaintances from his area started working in a theatre company so Sheikh mukhtar also moved to Kolkata and joined theatre company.A tall and manly figure, Sheikh Mukhtar played a variety of roles like dada (Contemporary Bhai). He produced Noor Jehan in which he played Sher Afghan Quli Khan, the first husband of Queen Nur Jahan. Later he migrated to Pakistan and died. Some of his movies are Bahen, Roti, Bhookh (1947), Ustadon Ke Ustad, Hum Sab Ustad Hai, Halaku, Chenghis Khan, Birju Ustaad, Do Ustad, Mr. Lambu (1956) with Suraiya and Noor Jehan with Meena Kumari. He was basically from Dholi Khaal area of Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh.

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