DiyaAurToofaan movie poster, Rangeela’s directorial debut, 1969.

"My philosophy is to make people appear at their best."

–Rangeela (1937-2005).

Saeed Khan Rangeela was one of Pakistan’s finest actors and was also a singer and director in Pakistani cinema history. He is regarded as one of the best comedians of the Pakistani film industry.

He moved to Lahore at a young age and earned his livelihood by painting billboards for the Lahore movie industry. From humble beginnings he found widespread fame and fortune as he stumbled upon a movie set by accident. Rangeela made his professional cinematic debut in a 1958 Punjabi film Jatti, directed by M.J. Rana. Much later he formed Rangeela Productions to produce his own movies. After winning four awards in four consecutive years for best writer in 1970 (Rangeela), best comedian in 1971 (DilaurDuniya), special award for playing three roles simultaneously in 1972 (MeriZindagiHaiNaghma) and best comedian again in 1973 (InsaanaurGadhaa), Rangeela wrote another movie in 1979 titled ‘AuratRaaj’.

Auratraaj was a rare spectacle of feminism at that time, showing reversed roles of the women and men. It highlighted, in a humorous manner, how difficult it would have been for men if they had to perform the duties of women.He truly was a visionary and an inspiration. By the 1980s we lost our reverence and our sense of marvel for cinematic genius and let the industry diminish, and with it the memory of all the work done by artists, actors and directors of the industry.