Ahmed Rushdi (April 24, 1934 – April 11, 1983) was born in Hyderabad Deccan and was fond of singing from a very early age. His father had hoped that Rushdi would be a Hafiz-e-Quran but he passed away when the boy was just 6 years old.
After moving to Pakistan Rushdi and his friends would hang out on the fringes of Clifton (Karachi) singing and then he decided one fateful day to try out for an audition at Radio Pakistan. The year was 1954 and his very first recording was to become his signature tune. It was a song titled Bandar Road se Kemari” and was recorded for the film Karnama. After his songs from the films Saperan and Mehtab were successful soon he became and essential commodity for most films and producers lined up to have his voice feature in their film.
Rushdi had a considerable impact on the rising popularity of stars such as Waheed Murad, Kamal, Nadeem and Mohammad Ali and his songs from a string of films gained immense popularity. Ye Dunya, Zamana Kya Kahega, Hichkolay, Saperan, Mehtab, Devar Bhabi, Dil Mera Dharkan Teri, Anjuman, Naseeb Apna Apna, Jawani Diwani, Khamosh Nigahen, Fasana-e-Dil, Tum Hi Ho Mehboob Mere, Issay Dekha Issay Chaha all included Ahmed Rushdi songs that were popular with the public. He was also lauded for his Patriotic and Wartime songs. In 1981 Rushdi suffered a heart attack and was forbidden by doctors to continue to sing but he didn’t heed their advice. In 1983 he recorded his last song for the film “Hero” and a non film track which went “Aanay Walay Suno, Mere Pyaray Suno”. Finally on April the 11th in 1983 Rushdi suffered another heart attack and this one sadly ended his life.
From SHAMA (April, 2000)