By Anas Khwaja
Khwaja Shabbir Quader was born in Dhaka. His father is Khwaja Rahman Quader and mother Najma Ismail. He was the second son of the family-elder to Shaheer and youger to Tanveer.
Khwaja Shabbir Quader – the name will be remembered in the family for a long time for two reasons- one, he was the first to form a band group in East Pakistan and second as the first family member to play a lead role for a commercial movie.
Shabbir Quader was one of the pioneers to form the first band group in East Pakistan (Bangladesh) in 1967. They were knowns as “IOLITES“. He was the drummer while other members of the group were Alamgir (vocal- famous Bengali singer now settled in Pakistan), Fahmi Omar (base), Rafiq Islam (rhythm) and Fazli Rab (lead guitar). The group’s name was later changed to Windy Side of Care. This band group performed many live shows including one for Karachi TV and also recorded songs with EMI.
Khwaja Shabbir was the first member from the Dhaka Nawab family to act in a commercial film. ** He played the role of one of the heroes in movie Gori. The movie was released on 17 May 1968. Other cast included Rehman, Naseema Khan, Akbar and Meena. Gori was produced & directed by Mohsin for Nargis Productions. Commercially this film did not do well in the box office. Even though he got an offer from Bombay Talkie right after the release.
Khwaja Shabbir (1946-1991), educated in St Gregory and Dhaka Notre dame settled down in the state of California (US) in 1969. He turned spiritual in the eighties, made religious trips overseas and finally died of cancer in 1991. he had two sons Asef, born in 1976 and Rehan, born in 1979. Both are engaged to be married and live in Orange County, Southern California.
We found a clip of the song Pher ek baar wahi naghma goon goonado zara from movie Gori which is posted for the viewers. Other facts of the song are music Samir Das/Karim Shahabuddin (?), lyrics Akhter Yousaf, , singer Bashir Ahmed.
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**The last Kiss was not a coomercial movie.