Ashraf, but he mostly was known as Punjabi film music director and M. Ashraf was popular in both Urdu and Punjabi films. M. Ashraf started his film career with his mate Manzoor (film Svera song tu jo nahin hay to kuchh bhi nahin hay...
by S.B.John fame) in film Speran (1961) and his first song Chand sa Mukhra gora badan... was not only his first super hit song but also the first hit song of Ahmad Rushdi who was struggling since his debut in 1956. M. Ashraf composed music with Manzoor in 28 films in the 1960's.
After separation from Manzoor his first film as M. Ashraf was Sajda in 1967. In the 1970's he reached the peak of his film career and composed music for many big films. He continued his success march in the 1980s despite the downfall of Urdu films and a dominance of Punjabi films.
In the 1990's he was blamed for piracy of old Pakistani and Indian songs and his answer was that to survive, it was necessary because it was a demand of film producers. M. Ashraf got music lessons from his Nana (grand father who was Mamu (uncle) of Master Inayat Hussain). He assisted his uncle Akhtar Hussain Akhian (film Patey Khan fame) in five years. His son M.
Arshad is also a well known music director and he was instructor for late musician Nazir Ali who assisted him in few films in the 1960's before becoming a top music director. M. Ashraf passed away on February 4, 2007. Read more on Last.fm.
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