Nigar (magazine)

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Nigār (Urdu: نگار‎) is a Pakistan-based entertainment magazine published weekly from its head office in Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan.[1]

CategoriesFilm magazine
FounderIlyas Rashidi
Year founded1948
First issue21 November 1948; 71 years ago (1948-11-21)
Based inKarachi

History and profileEdit

Nigar was the brainchild of Ilyas Rashidi, also known as the Pioneer of Film Journalism (بابائے فلمی صحافت) in Pakistan. Ilyas Rashidi acquired experience in entertainment journalism through his association with Umer Azad (his older brother) and his daily newspaper Anjum, which had shifted its offices from Delhi to Karachi in 1947. Ilyas had been inspired by Filmfare magazine and thus purchased a children's magazine Monthly Nigar from his friend Ibne Hassan Nigar, and re-branded it as a weekly film magazine. In 1957, the Nigar Awards were founded, as an extension of Nigar (magazine).[2]

The magazine has news and feature articles relating to Pakistani cinema and recently it has added Pakistani dramas as well. The magazine includes extensive photography of actors and actresses.[3]


  1. ^ Mahmood, Rafay (12 January 2012). "Baba-e-Filmi Sahafat: The return of Nigar Awards". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Reviving the industry's annual award show". Daily Times (newspaper). 21 January 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Nigar Film Awards revived after 12 years". Times of Islamabad (newspaper). 20 January 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2019.