Superstar of yesteryears, Lollywood actress Zeba Begum, was admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) of a private hospital in Rawalpindi on Tuesday with chest pain.

A family source said her condition has improved after treatment and she is being kept under observation.

Zeba Begum was married to film star Muhammad Ali with whom she has a large number of hit movies — Insan Aur Aadmi, Insaf Aur Qanoon and Tum Miley Pyar Mila — are among them.

Born in Anbala in undivided India, Shaheen, made her silver screen debut in 1961 with film Chiragh Jalta Raha and adopted Zeba as her film name.

Her pairing with actor Waheed Murad was also one of the favourites of film goers in 1960s.

A CNN survey named her among 25 greatest actors of Asia.

She got Nigar Award for best actress thrice – Armaan, Insaan Aur Aadmi, and Muhabbat – and given two special Nigar Awards. She was bestowed second highest civil award Hilal-i-Imtiaz in 2016. Her successful movies include Eid Mubarak, Kaneez, Dard-e-Dil, Koh-e-Noor, Josh, Suhagan, Taj Mahal, Anjaan, Mohabbat Rang Laye Gi, Ek Phool Ek Pathar and Bahoo Rani. In 1970, she played a young-to-old role in Shabab Kiranvi’s film Insaan Aur Aadmi.

Zeba performed in a Bollywood movie, Clerk, with Muhammad Ali. The film was produced, directed and starred by Manoj Kumar.

Spanned over almost three decades, Zeba starred in 94 movies in her career. Her last film, Muhabbat Ho To Aisi, opposite Muhammad Ali was released in 1989.

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