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  • Syed Ishrat Abbas (Urdu: سیّد عِشرت عبّاس ‬‎), better known by his stage name Darpan (Urdu: درپن‬‎), was one of the original romantic heroes of the "golden age" of Pakistan's film industry (also commonly known as Lollywood).[1] He belonged to a well-educated Shia family originally from Uttar Pradesh, India, where he was born in 1928.[2]

    His brother, Santosh Kumar, was also a film actor. Another brother, S. Sulaiman, is a film director.

    Darpan started his film career with the Pakistani Punjabi film Billo in 1951.[3] After starring in a few more films produced in Lahore, he decided to try his luck in India, where he only had moderate success. Notable films from this period include Barati (1954), and Adl-e-Jehangir (1955) opposite Meena Kumari. Critics applauded his lead role performance back in Pakistan's film Saheli (1960) in which he starred alongside Nayyar Sultana and Shamim Ara.[4] He won a Best Actor Nigar Award for his performance in Saheli (1