‘Marriage’ disclosed

Published May 2, 2007

LAHORE, May 1: Film actress Saima has at last disclosed her marriage with writer, director Syed Noor, saying she thought it was an appropriate time to reveal that she had tied the knot with Noor some two years ago.

Talking to Dawn on Tuesday, Saima said: “We got married two years back on July 24, 2005.”

The couple has been a subject of media speculations for the last many years, and rumour mongers have been claiming they were married.

To a question, Saima said it would not be shocking for Noor’s wife Rukhsana for she already knew everything since our marriage took place two years ago.” Our relationship would be a good one”, she hoped.

When asked was there any special reason for disclosing the wedlock now, she claimed there was no urgency and she just thought it appropriate to make the relationship public. Saima further said she was under no pressure to disclose the marriage.

To another query, she said that she had a strong belief in Noor that he would never deceive her.

She said soon their waleema ceremony would be held in Lahore. “I would now go for selective films and also perform in TV plays.”

Film sources say Syed Noor got inclined towards Saima on the sets of Ghoongat, a film released some 10 years ago, and soon it evolved into a two-way affair.

Their marriage, according to the sources, took place at Islamabad four years ago in which a few close friends, including some of the big names from the industry participated.

Sources say Saima hails from Multan. She is from a Pathan family. She was introduced in the industry by the late Nagina Khanum, and director M Akram Khan signed her in five films in a go.

Initially, she was paired with late Sultan Rahi in Punjabi flicks, but was recognized as a serious actress when Syed Noor launched her in Urdu films. Choorian and Majajan earned her immense popularity.

Noor’s Wife Rukhsana, when asked to comment on the marriage, said, “Ask her (Saima) who seeks popularity”. She said she had not seen any statement by Syed Noor himself and it was only Saima who was issuing such statements. She said that she had not talked to Noor on the issue. “I am finding his cell phone switched off.”

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