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Shaheed Latif

Shaheed Latif Indian film director

Indian film director
Shaheed Latif
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Indian film director
Was Film director Screenwriter Film producer
From India
Type Film, Television, Stage and Radio
Gender male
Birth 11 June 1913, Chandausi
Death 16 April 1967 (aged 53 years)
Spouse: Ismat Chughtai
The details


Shahid Lateef (11 June 1913 - 16 April 1967) was Hindi film director, writer, and producer. He was the maker of films like Ziddi (1948) with launched Dev Anand's career and Arzoo (1950) starring Dilip Kumar and Kamini Kaushal. Noted Urdu poet Kaifi Azmi started his career as a lyricist with his film Buzdil in 1951.

Early life and background

He was born in Chandausi, Uttar Pradesh and studied at Aligarh Muslim University, here he not just befriended Saadat Hasan Manto, but also Ismat Chughtai (1915–1991), who also went to become a noted Urdu writer. They married in 1941, and later had two daughters.


Lateef shifted to Bombay (now Mumbai) and started his career with Bombay Talkies, a noted film studio of Hindi film industry, where he wrote dialogues for Ashok Kumar-starrer, Naya Sansar (1941), followed by Amiya Chakravarty's Anjaan (1941) and Gyan Mukherjee's Jhoola (1941). This led to his directorial debut with Ziddi (1948), on a story by Ismat Chughtai. The film also established the career of actor Dev Anand. The husband wife duo worked together on many films, where Ismat was sometimes a scenarist, a writer or at times even producer.

He died in Mumbai, Maharashtra on 16 April 1967.


  • Jawab Ayega (1968) - Director
  • Baharen Phir Bhi Aayengi (1966) - Director
  • Picnic (1966) - Director
  • Sone Ki Chidiya (1958) - Director
  • Society (1955) - Director
  • Darwaza (1954) - Director
  • Faraib (1953) - Director
  • Sheesha (1952) - Director
  • Buzdil (1951) - Director
  • Arzoo (1950) - Director
  • Shikayat (1948) - Director
  • Ziddi (1948) - Director
  • Anjaan (1941) - Dialogue
  • Jhoola (1941) - Screenwriter, Dialogue
  • Naya Sansar (1941) - Dialogue
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