Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times (2015) was first published by Libredux, UK. A Pakistani edition has been brought out by Libredux Pakistan in 2016. It is the first complete biography of the legendary Pakistani filmmaker, screen idol and writer Waheed Murad. It forms a part of the trilogy “Visionaries for our times” by Khurram Ali Shafique. The other two titles in the series are Iqbal: His Life and Our Times (2014) and Cyrus the Great: His Life and Our Times (expected 2017).

Cover design by Mellowatts Design.

Khurram Ali Shafique is the author of several books on Iqbal, including “Iqbal: an Illustrated Biography”, for which he received Presidential Iqbal Award, and the recently published “Iqbal: His Life and Our Times”. He has vast experience as an educationist. He is the founder of Marghdeen Learning Centre and is the pioneer of online courses in Iqbal Studies, which he has been conducting since May 2011.

Prologue: A Question

Can the people of Pakistan find through their recent heritage the much-needed confidence in their existence as a people?

Chapter 1: The Man Behind the Legend

A compact biography of Waheed Murad, tracing the background of family and outlining his personal and professional life, his ambitions and aspirations, his untimely death and the aftermath

Chapter 2: The Filmmaker

An in-depth study of the films produced by Waheed Murad under his own banner, “Film Arts”

Chapter 3: The Writer

A scholarly appraisal of the contribution of Waheed Murad to the literature of his people through the three films which he wrote

Chapter 4: The Chocolate-Cream Hero

Sociological and psychological study of the rise of Waheed Murad as an iconic hero of the silver screen in Pakistan – a classification of his film roles, and what do they tell us about the society that endorsed them

Epilogue: The Answer

Can the people of Pakistan find through their recent heritage the much-needed confidence in their existence as a people?” This question is answered here in the light of what has been presented in the four chapters of the book

Awards Received by Waheed Murad, Complete Filmography and References

Indispensable for further research on the subject

About the book

This is what the author has to say about the book:

Writing this book has taken me over thirty years – more than the span of my adult life. I was still in school in November 1983 when I heard the news that Waheed Murad has died. The grief I felt was not easy to express and it deepened even more as I witnessed almost the entire society mourning the dead hero for well over a year. It was not an ordinary grief because it repeatedly triggered an extraordinary question: ‘Could Waheed have lived longer if we, the society, had behaved differently?’
In varied words and tones, the same question was presented by a horde of magazines, newspapers, audio cassettes and even books that came out in the months following the untimely death.
This was the backdrop against which I started writing this book – within weeks after the death of Waheed, whom of course I had never met in his lifetime. My opportunities for carrying out the research increased as I grew older but so did my understanding of the deeper meaning of the simple question that had been raised by so many and answered by none.
I wrote several drafts of my story of Waheed only to discard them after completion. Meanwhile, I progressed from being a wannabe author to a well-reputed one. My repertoire increased to include more than 200 articles and papers, and more than thirty books – histories, textbooks, screenplays, Iqbal Studies, literature and much else. I was honoured with a Presidential Iqbal Award – among other awards and recognitions for my work.
That work, it now seems to me, was preparation for writing this book – Waheed Murad: His Life and Our Times – and whatever else I write henceforth will perhaps be its explanation. With pride, humility, joy and gratitude I offer this slim volume of 180 pages and more than a hundred pictures to all who might be interested.

How to purchase

The book can be ordered from many online bookstores, including the following:

 Customers in Pakistan

Customers from Pakistan can get it through TCS by ordering it from their website, Yayvo.com (credit card is not required).


Visit the Waheed Murad Website for further information about the book, updates and press gallery, and a treasure trove of information, pictures, videos and songs related to Waheed Murad.

Visionaries for Our Times

Libredux UK includes this volume in the series, Visionaries for Our Times, which also includes Iqbal: His Life and Our Times (2015) and Cyrus the Great: His Life and Our Times (expected 2016).