An Interview with Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum

Farida Khanum. While driving through the busy streets of Lahore on a Saturday, I was trying to prepare myself for my meeting with the legendary Ghazal singer herself. As it happened, it wasn’t easy to get hold of her. With time and age, she has been very selective in the people she meets. It took me a while to get hold of her contact numbers, and to feel that courage which let me dial her number for the very first time. “Ma’am Farida Khanum baat ker rhe hein?” “Ji mein bol rhe hon” When the first time I talked to her via phone, it was as if I have had known her since ages (While driving to and from work, I listen to her melodious voice on an almost daily basis, so for me she is pretty much a regular part of my life). While driving towards her residence, I was thinking about all these things, breathing deeply to prepare myself for the moment when I will be in the presence of Malika-e-Ghazal. To be honest with my readers, I was not sure what to expect. Women in performing arts can be too plastic for my liking. Will she be the same? And within my heart I was hoping that it will not be the case. After talking to her a few times via phone, I was sure it will not be the case. Farida Khanum, Malika-e-Ghazal, will not be a disappointment, I told myself before ringing the bell at the entrance of her bungalow.

Farida Khanum is known for various popular ghazals she has sung. The list includes “Woh Ishq jo hum se rooth gaya” “Aaj Janey ki Zidd na karo” “Mere Ham nafas” “Dil Jalaney ki bat kerte ho” and geets like “Meine pairon mein payal to bandhi nahin”. Farida Khanum has an outstanding command over semi classical pieces like “sajan laagi tori lagan manma”.

I am from the generation who grew up watching PTV. PTV had a certain class in those days. My generation grew up listening to Noor Jehan, Iqbal Bano, Abida Perveen, Reshma, Farida Khanum and Nayyara Noor courtesy PTV. I believe without any training in music or any knowledge about the raags, my generation can differentiate between good, bad singing and music. Following the same criterion, due to her quality art, Farida Khanum has always been one of my favorite ghazal singers from Pakistan. My first memory of Farida Khanum is from her famous song “Meine pairon mein payal to baandhi nahin”. As a child I always adored that woman in blood red sari adorned with some garlands. For many years to come, that look remained etched in my memory.  To me, for many years to come, that was how a perfectly dressed woman looked like.

I was ushered in, and that was where I found Farida ji waiting for me. Ever graceful, she looked fragile with age. My heart missed a few beats; I wasn’t prepared for seeing an aged Farida Khanum. Through all my research, and my talks with her, I was aware of her age, but somehow I still came to her place to meet her with that very young image of hers in my mind. That blood red sari and those garlands never left my imagination. But did it matter? Not at all! She is a beautiful woman even today. However, in about 30 seconds, she made me comfortable by her welcome note. In a minute, she was treating me like I was of her own flesh and blood. I would love to mention here that overall there was a feel of love and happiness at her place. I was happy to enjoy a cup of tea with her, along with the delicacies which were being served. She has one loving family. Those of you, who have never met Farida Khanum, let me tell you that she is just like your grandmother, loving and warm towards you, appreciative of whatever you do. Solving the mystery of “who Farida Khanum really is” in my mind, I realized that she is a woman who has smiled her jubilance at life. Life in return has smiled back at her. She, to me, is a woman who is contented and deeply satisfied with life. The kind of love and care she showered, the way she held her authority despite all the leverage she offered during the discussion made me feel as if I was in the presence of my own grandparents. I am sure all of you have got the point by now. Oh, yes, meeting her was an exhilarating experience! I have rarely come across anyone who has impressed me this much in only one sitting.

Farida Khanum has aged very gracefully. Unlike others who have this habit of denying their age, she has accepted it with elegance. I would say when I met Farida ji, I have come to know how a person looks when he or she is happy with the outcome of life.

I had many questions listed for the interview. The most important answer I got was however not to any of those questions. That special answer was the peace with life I felt in her. She is simple to the core. Very humble for a woman who is often called as Malika-e-Ghazal. Interesting was the discussion about modern music and her obvious disagreement with skin shows in cinematic art today. (It was just like I was talking to my ami; just that I didn’t dare tell Farida ji to let it go. If it was ami, I would have said, yar ami, choren ap).

Mukhtar Begum; Farida Khanum's sister

“Artists are the identity of any nation” said Farida Khanum, with an air of aristocracy which she has truly earned through her fabulous singing career.  Farida Khanum mentioned that she was born in 1934. At many places it is mentioned that her year of birth is 1935, but she made it clear that in those days nobody gave much attention to these facts so she is not sure. “Farida is my real name” she replied to my question. “I was born in Calcutta”. I enquired about her times in Amritsar and she replied that her elder sister moved to Calcutta to pursue her music passion as a serious singer. Rest of the family moved too. Mukhtar Begum whom Farida Khanum lovingly calls “Bibi” was the wife of Agha Hashr Kashmiri.  “When I was born” said Malika-e-Ghazal, “a movie was in making whose lead female role (enacted by her Bibi) was named Farida. I was named after that character. It was a nice name”. “It is all because of my sister that I became an artist. My mother was not a formally educated woman. It was my sister who knew better.” In typical Farida Khanum style of being humble, she mentioned that when her elder sister used to sing, there were no mic and her sister, the legendary Mukhtar Begum, used to sing brilliantly. Even without a mic she used to be loud enough and had excellent control over her “sur”.  Farida Khanum mentioned Mukhtar begum with utmost respect. She mentioned that their father passed away when Farida sahiba was only a toddler. It was her sister, Mukhtar Begum, who actually brought her up.

Understanding Farida Khanum is not possible without knowing Bibi better. Mukhtar Begum not only trained Farida Khanum in classical music, but she also trained other artists like Naseem Begum. Mukhtar Begum is known to have contributed towards growth of the artist in Malika e Taranum Noor Jahan. She encouraged Noor Jehan sahiba a lot. Mukhtar Begum was the guardian of Pakistani film actress Rani. Bibi, as Fradia Khanum lovingly calls her, was not only an artist of great caliber, she was a person who knew how to bring the best out of other artists. Thank you Bibi, for polishing the art in Naseem Begum, Rani and Farida Khanum for us!

Farida Khanum with Lata

In 2013, Times of India published an article naming Fairda Khanum as “Malika-e-Ghazal”. When she was asked about her feelings regarding such appreciation across the borders, she humbly said “ap sab bachon ki mohabbat hai bs or kuch nahin”.  Farida Khanum was awarded Halal-e-Imtiaz by Gen. Musharaf’s government.

Farida Khanum as a person is very simple. If you have ever met the legend, you will agree with me. While we were discussing her early life, in her typical grandmotherly fashion she “ordered” me to have tea and enjoy the delicacies served along with it. When I took time in following her instructions, she very sweetly told me to stop working for a minute and have tea first. “Khaada ee kuj nahin” was the statement!

Farida Khanum mentioned that she was trained in classical music by Ustaad Ashiq Ali Khan sahib from the famous Patiyala gharana. Farida Khanum said that she has sung in various genres but ghazal is her forte which she always enjoyed more. Although she did not imitate anyone’s style, but was greatly impressed by Mukhtar Begum and Begum Akhtar’s style of singing. Talking about pre-partition music, she said that those music directors, most of them were Muslims. It was pre-partition time. Those directors like O.P. Nayyer and Madan Mohan, they had the talent. Also, Madan Mohan came from a rigid Muslim family and when he started taking interest in music his family did not appreciate it much. He came from a well off family of Rawalpindi, but when his family criticized him for this passion for music, Madan Mohan left Rawalpindi and went straight to Bombay.

Farida Khanum Ghazals

“My singing career began at Radio Pakistan. Bukhari sb auditioned me. I used to sing classical. When Z. A. Bukhari sb auditioned me, he said (Ashiq Ali) Khan sahib has trained Farida really well.  Bukhari sb said that with this quality of singing, I cannot reject her in this audition, but I will offer one program a month. My selection of raags depended on the time of the day”. Remembering her days at Radio Pakistan, Farida Khanum mentioned that there were gems from the field of music who were associated with Radio Pakistan in those days. Barkat Ali Khan sahib was one of them.  “When selecting a ghazal to sing, I focused on the poet’s caliber and on the music director’s ability of creating melody which public could remember. In PTV days when it used to be our only TV channel, I participated in programs like Jashn-e-Baharan and Mehfil e Mosiqi. I had very little formal education, so for correct pronunciation of words, I worked very hard with the music directors. They corrected us and helped in learning correct pronunciation and throw of each word”.

Remembering partition, she mentioned that it was a tough time and Muslims migrating from India suffered a lot. From the point of view of art too, it was a loss. We lost many technicians and investors to India at the time of partition. According to Farida Khanum “Ayub Khan, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, and Pervaiz Musharraf were the leaders who truly promoted art”. She mentioned that during Ayub sahib’s era trend of Islamization had just started. At that time the society was much more tolerant. The difference can be seen in the way female singers used to dress in 1960s, 1970s and then in later decades.  In earlier decades of PTV anything decent was acceptable as dress code. In 1980s, things changed and rules at PTV became a little stricter.

 Farida Khanum is a living legend, and the beauty of her persona is that she is not even a little affected by the grandeur of her stature. She is a simple, down to earth lady. I mentioned to her the popularity of her geet and ghazals like “Meine pairon mein payal to bandhi nahin” and “wo ishq jo hum se rooth gaya” in the younger lot. Her only response was “pyar hai ap logon ka”.

In a PTV program Taghazal, Farida Khanum sang together with Ustad Amanat Ali Khan sahib.  She also talked about Fateh ali Khan sahib, mentioning his great ability to sing various raags. Nawab Shehenshah recorded that song which became an instant hit. The song was “Milan rut aee”. Talking about her contemporaries and especially about the younger lot of musicians and singers, she mentioned that Nayyara Noor and Mehnaz were two very talented artists. She also appreciated Malika e Taranum Noor Jehan sahiba for her hard work in music and her unusual musical talent.  She named Iqbal Bano sahiba too, who is undoubtedly one of the best Ghazal singers ever. Roshan Ara Begum in Farida Khanum’s view was a great classical singer. Appreciating her contemporaries she mentioned that “when we started off our careers, it was not about money. We got paid very little amount from radio and TV, but were passionate about our work and the art of music.” She mentioned that in those good old days it was the art that was held in high esteem. Remembering Master Manzoor Farida Khanum mentioned that he was the one who conceived “Wo ishq jo hum se rooth gaya”. “Initially he wanted someone else to sing that tune, but then I convinced him through my rehearsals that I could do a better job with this one”. She is skeptical of the modern approach of not respecting the artist for his/ her artistic caliber, but for sheer amount of money people make. Excessive focus on Islamization in the 1980s and this lack of respect for the art itself has pushed many artists away from the centre of stage she believes.

Apparently our beloved Malika e Ghazal is a social person who was on good terms with her contemporaries. The way she talks about her colleagues and their children shows what a soft hearted and loving person she is on the inner side. She has 4 daughters and a son. She lives with her son, his wife and his kids, and her second eldest daughter in Lahore.  Farida Khanum mentioned that music is not an easy field to reach the top. It demands a lot of efforts. She mentioned about the lack of desire in her kids to learn music, none of them pursued music as a career.

“I have performed in many countries. Moscow in Russia and Kabul in Afghanistan were among the first few destinations where I sang a few of my ghazals”. She fondly remembered Jashan-e-Kabul of that time when Afghanistan used to be peaceful. She has sung a few times for movies from across the border and a couple of ventures for Hollywood too. In 1953, she appeared on screen in the movie “Sailaab” alongside Sabiha Khanum, the leading lady of silver screen in that decade.  In 1975 her work appeared in “Towers of silence” (Hollywood) and in 2001 her famous ghazal “Aaj jane ki zidd na kro” graced the screen for ‘Monsoon Wedding”.

Farida Khanum Singer

For the modern day singers and especially for the female lot, Farida Khanum is an example. She has raised her kids with complete attention, has a complete family life, and yet, is an artist of a rare caliber. Throughout her life as a singer, she has maintained herself in all these aspects with utter grace.

Ma’am when did you actually realize you are a singing sensation? I asked her. “Russia se wapsi per” she confided in me as if she still did not believe herself to be a singing sensation. Only if she knew the height of this pedestal where she stands!

How would you rate Indian music in comparison to Pakistani music, I asked. She said that legends like Lata and Asha have performed very well over the course of their career. When people like Naushad and Khayyam were composing, the quality of music was very high. Now the music teachers in India do not have that same old quality.

“I recorded only one album in my career. I was always busy in other commitments, and albums took a lot of time. I preferred PTV and Radio thus. Singing for movies was not my cup of tea. Due to the difference in environment and the way things were done in films back then, I felt it was not my style of work. My family supported me in my career all through my life. In 1960s, after I got married, it was my husband who said that I should go to Russia with the troupe and sing. My selection of ghazals always came from great poets including Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, Iqbal, Ghalib, Faraz, Ehsan Danish etc. Compositions were also by people who really understood music. Khalil Ahmed is an example. I had very good control over Raag Darbari and I preferred to sing in it.  She fondly remembered Syed Mohiuddin sahib for arranging her musical evenings at Customs Karachi.

After the list of question exhausted, we talked for another few minutes, on general topics. I was keen to know how she used to treat her orchestra who played various musical organs for her. She is a very soft spoken person, who is never harsh with people; she always knew how to guide the orchestra to play to her satisfaction. Farida Khanum appears to be a very agreeable personality. However, she is authoritative in her own way. It is more like if she says something, it is said in such a convincing way that it’s next to impossible to not agree to whatever she is saying. (On a different note, I would love to learn this trick of the trade from her. As a woman this is what you are supposed to do, right? Be authoritative in a way that does not make you look or sound like that, right?)

All through the sitting, I felt a strong presence of the real woman within her. When answering the questions dealing with the art she is master of, the artist within came to the fore. When the discussion moved on to events less related to music and more about her, she appeared to be like any other woman who cares deeply about her kids and other people around her. I have huge respect for her for the fact that she dares to be a woman first. At one point during the interview, I was compelled to tell her that it seems she is still not aware of the status she holds in the world of music and that she is surprisingly too humble. To this she replied with a beautiful statement that “aajzi he Allah ko achi lgti hai”.  Another aspect I noted in her is that she must have been a fun loving kid herself back in her childhood. Also, she has all kinds of witty answers for you, in truly Punjabi style, and she has a great sense of humor too.

After a beautiful and memorable evening with Farida Khanum, Malika-e-Ghazal, I was about to leave when she herself wrapped a sandwich for me and told (read ordered) me to eat it on my way back. (kujj khaada he nh) You have eaten nothing so far, she said, a little angry with me. When I left, her family came to see me off. A wonderful evening with a wonderful artist and an exceptional woman came to an end. I so wanted this evening to never end, but it had to. Well, it’s me, so I came back with a truck load of answers to the questions for the readers, and an invite for myself, to meet her soon again. May Allah grant her health and a long blessed life. Ameen.

Samina Baig, The Youngest Pakistani Woman to climb Everest

Samina Baig

Samina Baig, born September 19th, 1990, was the first Pakistani native woman to climb Mount Everest. She also climbed and reached the summit of Mount Everest at the young age of 21. On top of this crowning achievement, she was the first Pakistani woman to reach the top of the Seven Summits.  Samina Baig could be considered a rising Pakistani star due to documentaries made about her achievements, interviews on the internet, and much more. As far as involvement in the Pakistani tourism industry, Samina Baig contributes in her own way. Samina Baig’s dream was always to plant the Pakistani flag at the peak of Mount Everest.

Samina’s journey to the top of the mountains begins with her brother, Mirza Ali, who accompanied her to the top of Mount Everest and the Seven Summits. In this way, her brother became the third and the youngest male to reach the tops of these summits. During interviews and reports, both siblings made mention at the amount of preparation and planning each climb took, noting how much of a team they were during the journey. She reports her brother is not only her best friend, but also her most valuable personal trainer.

Samina Baig is largely considered a humongous inspiration to the millions of women in Pakistan, as the Pakistani flag was unfurled on the top of Mount Everest, the world’s highest peak. In some ways, the images and videos of Samina Baig holding the flag atop Mount Everest made her a Pakistani Star.

The conquering of Everest and the Seven Summits by Samina Baig also fell on the same date as the first successful climb by Tensing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, how reached the summit of Everest in 1953. Samina, born and raised in the small town of Shimshal near Hunza, in Gilgit-Balistan, is widely acclaimed as one of the most inspirational Pakistani women to grace the Television screen.

Samina and her brother will continue to climb the world’s highest peaks, bringing attention to Pakistan and hopefully revitalizing the Pakistani tourism industry in their own way, by bringing attention to the country of Pakistan and creating universal and critical appeal in the form of record breaking. Samina Baig will continue to bring inspiration to thousands across the world, and will continue her studies as her brother embarks on more expeditions.

Popular TV and Film Actresses of Pakistan

Mehwish-Hayat

Following is a list of TV and Film Actresses of Pakistan. If you follow Pakistani celebrities keenly then you must know few of these talented Pakistani celebrities.

  • Mehwish Hayat

Date of Birth: January 6, 1983

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Hiba Ali

Date of Birth: August 31

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Marwa Hocane

Date of Birth: September 28, 1992

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Urwa tul Wusqa or Urwa Hocaine

Date of Birth: July 2, 1991

Claim to Fame: VJ and TV actress

  • Sanam Jung

Date of Birth: October 28, 1988

Claim to Fame: Host and TV actress

  • Maya Ali

Date of Birth: July 27, 1989

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Hira Tareen

Date of Birth: 24th October 1992

Claim to Fame: TV host and actress

  • Sanam Saeed

Date of Birth: November 30, 1984

Claim to Fame: TV actress and model

  • Amina Ilyas

Date of Birth: October 11, 1990

Claim to Fame: Model and Film Actress

  • Kanza Wayne

Date of Birth: unknown

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Momal Sheikh

Date of Birth: April 6, 1986

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Moomal Khalid

Date of Birth: unknown

Claim to Fame: Model and TV actress

  • Nausheen Shah

Date of Birth: unknown

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Neelum Muneer

Date of Birth: March 20, 1992

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Nida Yasir

Date of Birth: October 12, 1973

Claim to Fame: TV actress and host

  • Reema Khan

Date of Birth: October 27, 1971

Claim to Fame: Film Actress

  • Sumbul Iqbal

Date of Birth: August 30, 1990

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Sadia Khan

Date of Birth: unknown

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Fatima Effendi

Date of Birth: December 17, 1992

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Zahley Sarhadi

Date of Birth: June 11, 1981

Claim to Fame: TV actress and VJ

  • Madiha Iftikhar

Date of Birth: February 5, 1985

Claim to Fame: TV actress and Model

  • Aiza Khan

Date of Birth: January 15, 1991

Claim to Fame: TV actress and Model

  • Sana Javed

Date of Birth: 1983

Claim to Fame: Cricketer and TV actress

  • Uroosa Qureshi

Date of Birth: 2 January, 1990

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Sarwat Gilani

Date of Birth: September 9, 1982

Claim to Fame: TV actress and Model

  • Sajal Ali

Date of Birth: January 17, 1994

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Saboor Ali

Date of Birth: September 18, 1990

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Natasha Ali

Date of Birth: January 1

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Najia Baig

Date of Birth: November 19

Claim to Fame: TV actress and host

  • Juggan Kazim

Date of Birth: January 7, 1981

Claim to Fame: TV actress and host

  • Javeria Saud

Date of Birth: 1972

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Javeri Abbasi

Date of Birth: December 29, 1972

Claim to Fame: TV and Film Actress

  • Ayesha khan

Date of Birth: September 27, 1982

Claim to Fame:TV and Film Actress

  • Alishba Yusuf

Date of Birth: September 16, 1985

Claim to Fame: TV actress and VJ

  • Sara Yusuf

Date of Birth: April 20, 1988

Claim to Fame: TV actress and Model

  • Ayesha Omar

Date of Birth: October 12, 1981

Claim to Fame: TV actress and singer

  • Ayesha Sana

Date of Birth: September 19, 1965

Claim to Fame: TV and Film actress

  • Angeline Malik

Date of Birth: March 28, 1975

Claim to Fame: Director and Film Actress

  • Hina Dilpazir

Date of Birth: January 16, 1966

Claim to Fame: TV actress and host

  • Jana Malik

Date of Birth: April 1984

Claim to Fame: TV actress

  • Jiya Ali

Date of Birth: September 8, 1972

Claim to Fame: Model and TV actress

  • Mehreen Syed

Date of Birth: August 2, 1981

Claim to Fame: Model and TV actress

  • Begum Khurshed Mirza

Date of Birth: 1918

Claim to Fame: Film and TV actress

Pakistani entertainment movies and television shows have been a popular side of Pakistani media. The classic movies and dramas have captured hearts of their views. The charm of these serials and movies lies with the TV and Film actresses of Pakistan. There have been numerous legendary personalities that never failed to impress their audience and became the star of the screen. Over the years, many actresses have come and gone, and many left a strong impact on the film and drama industry of Pakistan.

Among numerous legendary TV and Film actresses of Pakistan, Begum Khursheed Mirza is one of the oldest actress Pakistani audiences witnessed. She was a professional film actress before the independence of Pakistan and appeared in numerous films, including Badi Didi in 1939, Jeevan Prabhat in 1937, Naya Sansar in 1941 and many others. Her amazing performances made her come back on screen after she decared her retirement from the film industry. She appeared in drama serial Kiran Kahani and Zer Zabar Pesh, both written by Haseena Moin. Her performances were regarded as the best ones among all other Pakistani actresses at that time.

Other recent TV and Film actresses of Pakistan that have undoubtedly won many hearts and made a mark in Pakistani cinema and television include Reema Khan, Resham, Meera and many others.

Reema khan made her debut in 1990 at an age of just 19 in a movie named “Bulandi” directed by Javed Fazil. She has done more than 200 films and almost all of these made their place in the cinema. Her early movies include Ishq, Zherilay, Piyar hi Piyar, Naag Devta, Dil, Sailab, Sahiba, Shama and Aag. Her career continued to grow and she appeared multiple times on television shows too as a host or as a guest. She was married to an American surgeon named S.Tariq Shahab in May 2012. Now she peruses her career as not just an actress but as a director and producer too.

Pakistani TV dramas are considered the best entertainment source in Pakistani media. They have gained a momentum over the years and have lived up to the traditional, old standard of the dramas. Recent actresses that appear on the television include Mehwish Hayat, Marwa Hocane, Urwa Hocane, Sanam Saeed, Sajal Ali and many more. Mehwish Hayat has appeared in insha’Allah, her debut film and a hit film named Na Maloom Afrad. She has acted in numerous, amazing dramas, including Mannchalay, Phir Chand Pe Dastak, Bin Tere, Mirat-ul-Uroos, Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain, Ishq Mein Teray, Meray Qatil Meray Dildar, Kabhie Kabhie, Kami Reh Gaee.

Marwa Hocane and Urwa Hocana and sisters and both are successful as Pakistani TV actresses. Mawra Hocane started her career as a VJ and model. She is known for her role in drama serials named Yahan Pyar Nahi Hai, Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain, Ek Tamanna Lahasil Si, Aahista Aahista and Nikhar Gaye Gulab Sar . She was also nominated for Best Actress in Hum Rewards in 2013. Her elder sister Urwa Hocane also is a recognized drama actress.

Rising Pakistani Film Star, Mohib Mirza

Mohib Mirza, Pakistani

Mohib Mirza has been in multiple serials, television shows, films and commercials. He is most recognized from his work on Aag TV’s sitcom, Ishrat Baji, where he played the main character. Mohib’s other most noteworthy achievement which led to his stardom was when he hosted Pakistani Idol. Mirza was not always a Pakistani film star however, because it was not until he graduated from St. Judes in North Nazimabad Town that he realized he wanted to be an actor.

It wasn’t an easy road though. He began to run out of money to pay for school, so him and some friends pooled their resources and started a theatre company of their own called Dramaybazz. They wrote and published an Urdu play, which received mass critical appeal. Mohib Mirza finally began his career as a Pakistani film star in Sakira Kazmi’s PTV drama serial, Zebunnisa. Since then, Mirza has gone on to create a lucrative and diverse career in the Pakistan film industry.

Mohib finally earned international appeal when he won the award for best supporting actor in the International Filmmaker Film Festival for his work in Insha Allah. He made history as a Pakistani film star by being the very first Pakistani actor to have received this particular award. Mirza is currently writing a pictorial book called Silent Cinema, in hopes of bringing Pakistan’s film industry forward. He has big plans for this particular work.

While Mohib has made a name for himself in Pakistan as a Pakistani film star, it is known that he receives more attention and press in India. He feels more welcome and more of a star in India, where he says the public treats him differently as a rising actor. He has received great feedback on his show Yeh Shaadi Nahi Ho Sakti. He claims to have taken a lot from his personal life into writing the show.

Mohib Mirza is a defining act in the Pakistani film industry. As a great example of a rising Pakistani film star, Mirza inspires more and more young Pakistani actors to try their hands at acting. Mohib Mirza has been an actor for over 10 years, and in that time, has gone to change the Pakistani film industry. When Mohib is not working, he is spending time with his wife, popular TV actress and model, Aamina Sheikh.

List of Urdu Authors and Poets from Pakistan

Ismat Chughtai

Pakistan has a rich literary background and is a home to numerous talented Authors and Poets. Here are a few Authors and Poets from Pakistan.

  • Abdaal Bela

Abdaal Bela is an Urdu language fiction writer born in 14 December 1956. His notable works include Pakistan Kahani, Darwaza Khulta Hai and Zer Labi. He tops the list for Authors and Poets from Pakistan

  • Abdul Qavi Desnavi

Abdul Qavi Desnavi was an Urdu language writer and critic born in 1 November 1930

  • Ahfaz ur Rahman

Ahfaz ul Rehman is a respected journalist, writer and poet born in 4 April 1942. He worked significantly for the freedom of press and rights of journalists.

  • Ahmad Bashir

Ahmad Bashir was born on March 24, 1923 and was popular writer and journalist. His notable works include Dil Bhatkey Ga and Jo Milay Thay Raaste Mein.

  • Ahmad Faraz

Ahmad Fraz is a renowned Urdu poet from Pakistan. He was born in 12 January 1931 and was popular for his romantic poetry. He was awarded by numerous awards for his work.

  • Aijaz Ahmad Mangi

Aijaz Mangi is a famous journalist and writer, born in February 25, 1965. He writes for a newspaper named, “Daily Ummat.” He is known for interviewing many famous personalities, including Murtaza Bhutto.

  • Akhtar Raza Saleemi

Akhtar Raza Saleemi, also known as Muhammad Pervaiz Akhtar was born in 16 June 1974. He is known to be an Urdu, Hindko and Potohari writer,poet, critic and editor.

  • Akhtar Sheerani

Akhtar Sheerani was born on 4 May 1905 and is a famous Urdu poet and is known for his romantic poetry.

  • Mir Taqi Mir

Mir Taqi Mir is a famous, legendary Urdu Poet, born on 1723, his work is still recognized and respected in Urdu literature.

  • Mirza Adeeb

Mirza Adeeb was born on 4 April 1914 and he is famous as drama and story writer. ‘Pas-i Pardah’ is his one of the most notable works.

  • Ali Moeen

Ai Moeen Nawazish is a young Urdu columnist, born in Rawalpindi.

  • Faiz Ahmed Faiz

Faiz Ahmad Faiz was born in 13 February 1911, he is known for his commendable Urdu poetry and revolutionary ideas. He was awarded with numerous awards and titles including the Nishan-e-Haider.

  • Ishtiaq Ahmed

Ishtiaq Ahmad was born in 1947 and is renowned for him Urdu detective novels.

  • Ismail Ahmedani

Ismail Ahmedani was a well-known Saraiki writer. He is a novelist and fiction writer. He was born on 1 January 1930

  • Ismat Chughtai

Ismat Chughtai was born on August 15, 1915 and was a famous Urdu writer known for her feminist ideology.

Famous TV and Film actors from Pakistan

Adeel Hashmi

TV and Film actors from Pakistan are the essence of Pakistani television drama serials and cinema. There have been some amazing actors that marked their importance in the industry and are still loved by critics and audience alike.

  • Abdur Rashid Kardar

Abdur Rashid Kardar is one of the classical and legendary actors of Pakistan. He was born on October 2, 1904. He started his career as an actor and then became a successful director who is credited for establishing the film industry in Bhati Gate.

  • Abid Khan

Abid Khan was born in November 1953 and was renowned for his comic roles in stage dramas and TV serials. He is known for a famous stage play “Shartiya Mithay.”

  • Adeel Hashmi

Adeel Hashmi has worked as a TV actor, socialist and screen writer. He was born in India and is known for his performance in a comedy drama serial named, “Teen Bata Teen”.

  • Adil Murad

Ali Murad was born 1976 and is a renowned film producer and actor. He was the lead actor in a Film release in 1996 named “Raja Sahib.”

  • Ahmed Jahanzeb

Ahmed Jahanzed was born in May 28, 1978 and pursues his career as a pop singer and composer. His famous songs incude “Kaho ek din.”

  • Aijaz Aslam

Aijaz Aslam was born in October 3, 1972 and is a famous TV actor and fashion designer. He is best known for his lead roles in drama serials “Kashkol” and “Kis din Mera Veya Howe ga.”

  • Albela

Albela was born in 1941 and was popular as a comedian in drama serials. He was known for his performances in theatre and stage dramas.

  • Ali Haider

Ali Haider, a popular Pakistani singer was born in 22 October, 1967, His most famous song is “Puani Jeans” released in 1993.

  • Ali Zafar

Ali Zafar was born in 18 May 1980, and is one of the most popular singer and actor currently working in Pakistan. He has appeared in some Bollywood movies and has released numerous songs.  He has been awarded by numerous awards on his work.

  • Fahad Mustafa

He was born in 26 June 1983 and is a host of renowned game show “Jeeto Pakistan” and has done a number of drama serials.

  • Faisal Rehman

Faisal Rehman was born in 17 September 1960 and has worked as a TV and film actor, writer and director.

  • Farhan Ali Agha

Farhan Ali was born in May 12, 1975 and is known for his acting in many drama serials.

  • Farooq Qaiser

Farooq Qaiser born on 31st October is a famous Pakistani voice actor, columnist and director.

  • Ghulam Mohiuddin

Ghulam Mohuiddin is a legendary artist of Pakistan, born in 27 October 1951. He has done more than 400 movies and also works in TV productions.

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