Rangeela’s ‘Gaa Mere Manwa Gata Ja Re’ On New Year Day, His Birthday

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(PKONWEB Report) — Every New Year’s Day, comedian Rangeela’s famous song ‘Gaa Mere Manwa Gata Ja Re’ reminds many of us to keep going (not look back) at heart’s desire, as the ride is long but not uncertain. So true. Rangeela’s message through his famous song couldn’t have been more subtly and poignantly told.

Rangeela, Pakistan’s one of the finest comedians was born on the first day of January in the year1937. He’s regarded as one of the best screen entertainers Pakistan has seen with his punchlines and slapsticks readily repeated with alacrity. He stood out and performed in over 300 films in his career spanning over 4 decades, and became a household name for his humor, caricatures and articulated dialogues and body languages.

Saeed Khan Rangeela was his real name–born in Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan. His family moved to Peshawar, when he was very young. He took keen interest in bodybuilding and physical exercises as a teenager.

Rangeela moved to Lahore at a young age and earned his livelihood painting billboards for the Pakistani film industry.

Once, when the shooting of a film was taking place, an actor for the film’s humor character role was needed. The film director asked Saeed Khan to play the part which he did, and Rangeela was born. All those present during the shooting were amused by his acting style and Saeed Khan became Rangeela the actor through sheer luck.


Rangeela made his professional cinematic debut in a 1957 Punjabi film Nooraan and 1958 Punjabi film Jatti. He started playing humorous roles in movies and, to everybody’s surprise and delight, became highly popular.

In 1969, he formed ‘Rangeela Productions’ to produce his own movies. He not only produced films but also directed his productions, sang songs, and wrote some scripts as well. His movies, to the surprise of many film industry stalwarts, attracted a large number of viewers.

The film Diya Aur Toofan (1969 film), released on 9 May 1969, was Rangeela’s directional debut. He directed numerous other movies under the banner of Rangeela Productions. His acting was showcased in the film Rangeela (1970), in which he played the title role.

His third consecutive hit film was Dil Aur Dunya (1971), starring Habib, Aasia and Rangeela. He brought to the film Dil Aur Dunya, a sobering sense of a director’s prowess which is the opposite to his celluloid persona.

When Rangeela produced the film Dia Aur Toofan, he sang a song Gaa mere manwa gata ja re, janaa hai hamka duur. People of the film industry were taken aback to know Rangeela was producing a film. The film attracted a large number of movie-goers. His song also became very popular and remains so even today.

Rangeela died on 24 May 2005 at the age of 68. By that time, Rangeela had become a dominant actor to reckon with in Pakistani entertainment industry–actually he remained so for over forty years. He was married three times and had eight daughters and six sons.

Gaa Mere Manwa Gata Ja Re, Rangeela. Rest in Peace (RIP), and we wonder if Coke Studio can infuse the song with a new hype and traction it. Here’s another one Rangeela deserves:

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