17 comments on “Fascinating Discovery: In real life, one of my favorite film villains became a Sufi saint!

  1. A fascinating story this. Will have to search more about Ashraf Khan.
    I remember watching Roti many many years back on late night TV.

  2. hi Richard. as always, thank you so very much. beautiful tribute song. wonderful story. should have a bollywood for the 99% film fest. wishful thinking.

  3. Interesting piece of information.
    I’ve wanted to see the film now for a long time especially after reading the review at memsahab’s. After reading this I have to hurry :)
    Soothing tribute. Isn’t that Nazir Hussain in the picture at the beginning?

  4. Pacifist and Harvey, yes, this is very interesting, and you should watch the film right now! :) Pacifist, regarding Nazir Hussain, that’s not one of the actors I can spot so easily on sight, so, I’m not really sure, but you’re probably right. :)

    Ann, you are welcome, and it would be great to have a “Bollywood for the 99%” fest. Maybe I should do a “best of” post like that sometime soon – and forward the links to a couple of the “Occupy” groups: “Best of [Classic] Bollywood for the 99%”!

    And, yes, that song in the tribute does make for very nice listening… The Roti songs are the ones that impressed me (and I’ve found out I’m not alone in that regard), but now I would like to listen to more of the other songs that were sung by Ashraf Khan.

  5. who is hazrat ashraf khan…..A sufi or a singer/actor………..well he was the only acor those ancient dayz where it was only theatres live stage showz where there……he was a singer to he holds up the record to playin 2700 night for one single theater name malav pati munj sounds weird but yes he did played one single lead character for the live show for 2700 night……….mehboob khan once asked Mr Dilip kumar in his initial stage of his career…he said u want to know/learn acting then come with me, he got him to one of ashraf khan’s live show n asked him to watch him carefully coz he is one university to learn from….this is short success story of hazrat ashraf khan….more to say is he was never n actor nor singer all he was doin was ibbadat once he heard some one playin shehnai. was legend bismillah khan sahab recently expired was doin riyaz…he went to him n asked him to change his riyaz into ibbadat by playin tune la ilaha ill lallah…since then he never looked back n he started followin ashraf khan sahab…..now guyz u decide was he ever doin n actin or was he is singin or he was alwayz remembering Allmighty………..reach 917395419 his grandson in ahmedabad for more allah hafiz

  6. Aap Hazrat Ashraf Khan Sarkar………kai log aapko bambai sarkar, babuji sarkar aur bhaiya sahab bhi keh ke pukar te he……….aap behad khidmat guzar the maa ki be inteha dua-e hasil ki….aur fana fil shaykh ke mukam pe bhi pohoche……..AAP KE PIR-O-MURSHID HAZRAT GHULAM SARWAR SARKAR HAI………AAP FARMATE HAI..EK ROZ AAPNE KHWAB MAIN SARKAR-E-KAINAT DEEDAR KIYE AUR AAP SARKAR NE FARMAYA KI JANAB ASHRAF KHAN SARKAR KI (KHAKSAARI, AAJEEZI, KHIDMAT, AKEEDAT KO) AAP SARKAR-E-KAINAT NE KABOOL FARMAYA (SUBHAN ALLAH)…BAAT KEHTE WAQT AAPKE PEER FARMATE HAI KE AAB MERE BHAIYA SAHAB SE FAIZ KA CHASHMA JAARI HOGA AUR TAMAM MAKHLUQ FAIZYAB HOGI……………….JISKA SABOOT AAJ BHI JAARI HAI……………………………….BAAT BANTI HAI MERI TERE BIGAD TA KYA, KAAM HO JAEGA MERA, NAAM HO JAEGA TERA

    Master Ashraf Khan, who had made his mark as one
    of the most renowned actors of the Urdu and Gujarati stage and in the
    film world as well. He was also a leading Sufi saint, and this spiritual
    aspect of Ashraf Khan’s personality made a lasting impact on young, & old’s. Every adored with high respect to Ashraf Khan, Thousand’s take him as their spiritual guru till the end.
    here is the proper link developed by his grandson to get all information about affair of it: http://www.facebook.com/sufi.ashrafkhan.baba

  7. Imran Khan, I am looking into some of this a little more now. Thank you for all the comments from last month (and sorry I did not answer sooner). This is all quite fascinating! And apart from all of it, yes, from the little I’ve seen, I would say that Ashraf Khan’s performances were outstanding.

  8. There are 2 Temples of Baba Ashraf Khan-
    1.In Mumbai and
    2.In Miami,New Jersey,USA.
    I am very glad that this story has been brought up in limelight by you,after first exposure by Shri.Kamalakar pasupuleti ji in his blog kamalp.blogspot.com.
    In the Mumbai temple the frequent visitors are many wellknown names of the Bollywood,like Dilip Kumar,Mahesh Bhat etc.
    A.R.Kardar was also a devotee of Baba Ashraf Khan.Similarly Naushad was a regular too.
    -Arunkumar Deshmukh

  9. AHEMDABAD SARKAR (BABA ASHRAF KHAN)AAP SAB KI DUA SUNTE HAI, OR AAP KE CAHNEVALO KO HAMESH APNE KARIB RAKHATE HAI.I REALY FEEL VERY VERY VERY LUCKY BECUSE I CONECTED AHEMDABAD SARKAR.

  10. IMRAN KHAN AAP KA BAHOT BAHOT SUKRIYA KI AAP NE HAME AHEMDABAD SARKAR KE BARE MAI ITNI SARI JANKARI DI.SARKAR AAP KO HAMESH KUSH RAKHE OR AAP KI HIFAJAT KARE.ALLAH HAFIZ.

  11. Can any1 here say where do we have that mandir of ashrafkhan sarkar in mumbai n who is the responsible person to meet there I m in search of it since long. I ill be thankfull to the person who cn guide me to him n also any phone number of that person who handles the affair of the mandir

    Thank’s

  12. We are followers of Baba Ashraf Khan and his mureed and gaddi nashin Baba Hiral Shah.

    Actually, there are several temples of Baba across the world, not just Mumbai and Miami/New Jersey. You’ll be able to find several across Spain, as well as Indonesia etc.

    The address of the Mumbai temple is Khar (West) 18th Road. It is formally known as Sai Hira Niwas or Laxmi Narayan Temple or Sai Hira Allah Malik Asthaan. Here, several other sufi saints including Baba Ashraf’s murshid Baba Sarwar Badshah are honored as well.

    Each year, a Mela of Baba Ashraf Khan is held in the Mumbai temple. It is a beautiful week of celebration and prayer in honor of the great Sufi master.

  13. Chandru if u cn share picz or videos abt the temple n lil more info abt it ill be glad to have it

  14. Who take care of his gadi now who is the rite person to meet up where is his dargah little more light needed from u mr chandru if u cn help

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