ISLAMABAD: Early television dramas of Pakistan dramas had always attracted the viewers because of its story, script and direction but besides these strong points the catalyst for the success were remained their legendary actresses.
Pakistani dramas are not only famous in Pakistan but also on aired in other neighboring countries. A famous drama of Pakistan Television Waris Directed by Ghazanfar Ali aired with Chinese dubbing on China’s national television.
Indians were also persuaded by the immense popularity of Pakistani dramas. Humsafar and zindagi gulazr ha were aired on Indian channels.
Profiles of 16 top legendary television actresses of Pakistan are given below:
Rohi Bano born on August 10 1951 in Karachi. She was a pioneer of Pakistani drama industry, she works with Rahat Kazmi, Talat Hussain other top heroes of that time. Some of the classic dramas of Rohi Bano were Kiran Kahani, Zard Gulab, Kanch ka Pul.
She was awarded with Pride Performance Award for her contribution in drama industry.
Shehnaz Sheikh is a Pakistani Television actress and host, born in Lahore Pakistan. Sheikh made her debut in 1980 with drama serial Balila which was written by Shoaib Hashmi .
She has appeared in drama serials, such asTanhaian Ankahi and in a show Uncle Sargam. After such enormous success in TV dramas, she left TV industry in the mid-1990s and since retired.
In November 2005, she along with her husband worked with FAME, a welfare organization to help victims of 8 October 2005 earthquake in Northern Pakistan.
Marina Khan was born on December 26, 1962 in Peshawar, Pakistan. She was appeared in drama serials, such as Tanhaian,Dhoop, Kinaare and Nijaat.
Her mother is English and her father a Pakistani who served in the Pakistan Air Force. She is the owner of Fat Cat Productions, a joint venture with her husband, Jalil Akhtar.
Bushra Ansari was born February 16, 1954 in Karachi, Bushra Ansari is the daughter of journalist and writer Ahmad Bashir.
Bushra Ansari is a Pakistani television presenter, singer, actress, comedian, playwright, and author who started as a child performer in the 1960s and has remained a major TV personality for over four decades.
Bushra Ansari has written drama serials and plays including Neeli Dhoop ), Makaan and Kucch Dil nay Kaha and Dil hai Chhota sa.
Bushra has won numerous awards, including the Pride of Performance Award in 1989 as well as presidential award from Parvez Musharif and a Women’s Achievement Award from Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
Tahira Wasti was born in Sarghoda in 1944. She started working on Pakistan Television in 1968 from a drama serial Jaib Qutra based on a novel by Sadaat Hassan Minto.
She appeared in a number of dramas until 90s, most of them have become classics of PTV such as Kashkol, Jaangloos and Daldal.
Her prominent personality made her renown for regal roles suitable for representing royal, feudal or upper-class families, as in plays like Garnata, Tipu Sultan, Shaheen and Aakhri Chatan.
Khalda Riyasat was born on January 1st 1953. Riyasat earliest drama was the detective series, Naamdaar. Her career took off with Bandish during the late 1970s.
In another popular venture, she acted alongside actor Moin Akhtar in the cheek-in-tongue long play, Half-Playt, by Anwar Maqsood.
Some of her notable plays include, Panah, Bandish, Dhoop, Deewar, Khoya Hua Aadmi, Silver Jubilee, Tabeer, Ab Tum Jasakte Ho and Parosi among many others. She died of cancer on 26 August 1996.
Badar Khalil was born in Lahore, Pakistan, she is also known as Bado Apa. In Karachi her first main appearance was in Unkahi which was a classic Haseena Moin special. Badar Khalil started her showbiz career in 1968 as an anchor in children’s shows on PTV.
Initially, Badar Khalil gained her recognition for the performance she gave in the play Bi Jamalo, in which she played Bi Jamalo herself, directed by Shahzad Khalil whom she had a few years before the drama hit screened.
Zaheen Tahira is a most senior and veteran actress in Pakistan Television History. She dominated on TV Screens in Late 70’s-present. She has appeared in Dramas and Plays over 700 plus in Lead, supporting and other roles.
Nowadays she is appearing in no of private channels in numerous plays and dramas in role of supporting and others. She appeared in Pakistani record breaking Television Breaking Points the phenomenal serial Khuda KI bASTI by Shaukat Sidiqui.
Rubina Ashraf was born on November 9 in Lahore, Punjab. Rubina did graduation in Graphic Designs in 1986. She started her career as an actress from a play Aur Dramay written by Asfaq Ahmad.
Later she started working with PTV and played many roles in serials.
Peerzada was born int in Lahore on April 9, 1955. Her father is a mechanical engineer. She did her graduation in Commerce.
In 1976, she starred her film Nazdikiyan. This was followed by many films, including Bazaare Husn and Khawahish. She has a long list of television plays to her credit, among them the popular are Raat and Hisar.
She has also performed on stage for such successful productions as Raaz-o-Niaz and Gurya Ghar.
She has travelled widely, performed in Oslo in an Ibsen festival, and won many awards, including two presidential awards for her films and two Graduate Awards for her work on stage.
Uzma Gilani is considered in most respectable actresses of television industry. She started her career in 70’s from a classic drama Qilla Kahani written by Ishfaq Ahmad.
She was also appeared in dramas such as Naseman, Pagle, Be waris and Rangy Hath.
She also suffered from Cancer during her career.
Odho was born into a Muslim family in Karachi Pakistan on February 12, 1968. She started her professional life as a make-up artist and hairstylist in 1989.
While working as a make-up artist for various advertising agencies in Karachi, she was discovered by television personality, Anwar Maqsood.
She starred in his play, “Sitara Aur Mehrunissa” in 1993; the role turned her into a household name in Pakistan. In 1995, she made her film debut in Jo Dar gya wo mar gya.
ince 2009, she has also been engaged in philanthropic activities.[She has been working for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital.
Mahnoor Baloch is an American-born born in 1970 Pakistani actress, model and film director.
Mahnoor, a Canadian national, began her modelling career at the age of 23. Mahnoor Baloch started her modeling career in the early 1980s. She appeared in the TV commercials of well known brand names
She made her TV debut in 1993 with the drama serial Marvi. Baloch was married at the age of 15 in 1985.
Sania Saeed was born on 28 August 1972. She first appeared on television in a street theatre play, televised for 8 March, for the program Aadhi Duniya in 1989.
She then appeared inHaseena Moin’s serial Aahat, directed by Sahira Kazmi, followed by Anwar Maqsood’s Sitara aur Meherunisa. She won PTV Award for Best actress in 1991 as well as in 2011 and received Lux Style Awards in the Best Actress category.
Sania has been working in theatre and television for over two decades.
Shagufta Ejaz was born on May 5, 1960 in Gujrat.She started her career in showbiz industry in late 1980s, debut with Jangloos in 1989.
Shaguta has been working with the PTV for a long time. Currently she is being seen at different TV channels in different drama serials. She won the ‘Best Supporting Actress’ for her role in Mera Qatal Mera Dildar at the Hum Awards.
Maria Wasti was born in Tanzania in 1980. In mid-1990s, she was approached by Bakhtiar Ahmed, the programme manager PTV Lahore Centre to be cast in a play called Sarrah or Ammara alongside Resham a film actress.
She got boost from drama kalo written by Bano Qudsia. She also appeared in classic dramas such as Buta from toba taig signh, Neen, Bulandeon pa basera and Kali Ankhen.
She has since done over 50 serials and around the same number of assorted plays