Aamina Sheikh

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Aamina Sheikh
Born Aamina Abdul Sheikh
August 29, 1981
New York City, USA
Residence Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani American
Alma mater American International School
Hampshire College
Occupation Actress, supermodel
Years active 2008 – Present
Spouse(s) Mohib Mirza (2005-present)
Website
Aamina Sheikh.com

Aamina Sheikh (born as Aamina Abdul Sheikh, on August 29, 1981) is a Pakistani American actress and model. She has won one Lux Style Awards, one New York Film Festival Award, one SAARC Film Festival Award, one Tarang Housefull Award and one Veet Beauty Award in different categories.

Sheikh started her acting career with 2008 telefilm Baarish mein deewar. In 2010, she earned commercial success with Hum TV's serial Daam and later earned recognition for playing glamorous roles in male-centric serials such as Hum Tum (2010), Uraan (2010), Mera Saaein (2010), Main Abdul Qadir Hoon (2010). Sheikh subsequently played more prominent roles in serials like Maat (2010), Mera Saaein 2 (2012), and Mirat Ul Uroos (2013).

Despite acting in serials, Sheikh made her film debut in the 2012 reincarnation melodrama Seedlings for which she won two international awards New York Film Festival Award and SAARC Film Festival Award in Best Actress category. In 2012, She achieved further critical and commercial success for her role of Zarnab, a tomboy in Abdullah Kadwani's Armaan for which she was nominated at the Tarang Housefull Awards—Best Actress. The following year, she starred in social drama Josh: Independence Through Unity, a critical and commercial success. Sheikh was widely praised for her role which earned her several national and international awards in the Best Actress category (including Silent River Film Festival).

Sheikh garnered international recognition as a spokesperson for the French beauty brand L'Oreal.[1]Through her successful acting career, she has established herself as a commercially successful actress of Pakistani cinema.

Early life[edit]

Sheikh was born in New York City, USA and is the daughter of Abdul Sheikh, a pharmacist by profession.[2] Sheikh's paternal side of family have established themselves in the textile business, but her father had a passion for chemistry; he pursued it and became a pharmacist.

Sheikh has spent her childhood in Karachi and Riyadh. She received her primary education from Mama Parsi School and secondary from American International School in Riyadh. Sheikh continued further studies in Karachi and did her O and A levels from St.Joseph's Convent and The Lyceum, respectively. Aamina has majored in film video production from Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts and has worked as an assistant at Manhattan-based multi-media company Curious Pictures.[3]

Career[edit]

Debut (2003-2007)[edit]

Returning to Pakistan, Sheikh landed a job with Geo Television, where she directed and produced children talkshow Bachey Man Ke Sachey. In 2007, Aamina made her on-screen debut in Sharjil Baloch and Khalid Ahmed's telefilm, Gurmuch Singh ki Waseeyat. It was based on Saadat Hassan Manto's novel, The Will of Gurmukh Singh.[4] Set during the time of partition, it is a story of Sheikh Sahab and his friendship with Gurmukh Singh, a revered elder of the neighborhood. In the wake of Partition, Muslims — with the exception of Sheikh Sahib — are leaving a largely Sikh village. Sheikh Sahib is confident that as long as his friend Gurmukh Singh is there no harm can come to him or his family. On the night of Eid, Gurmukh passes away leaving instructions with his son that sweets should be delivered to Sheikh Sahib's house as had been the tradition for decades. His wish is carried out in the morning but in an unexpected way. The telefilm was well received and caught the attention of drama addicts.[2] Aamina first major serial's offer came soon after that with Wilco, the ISPR and 7th Sky Entertainment's joint venture, where she portrayed a woman from Thar desert.

Television Serials, Modeling and Film (2008-present)[edit]

Sheikh with Mahnoor Khan and Jahanzaib Khan performing on song Ko Ko Korina.

2008 had Sheikh rolling with three major telefilms: Aasmaan Chu Lay, Pachees Qadam Pe Maut and Baarish Mein Deewar. Sheikh played a rickshaw driver who's determined to become the soul breadwinner of the family, in Syed Ali Reza's Aasmaan Chu Lay. Sheikh had to learn and drive a rickshaw on Karachi's busiest M.A. Jinnah road and Garden Area, with a massive camera attached to it and had to attract real passengers.[5] In the same year Sheikh made her runaway debut with Rehana Saigol’s fashion show.[2][6] She has done extensive print work for fashion/advertising labels/companies, such as Maria B, Deepak Perwani, Amir Adnan, Nomi Ansari, Niche Lifestyle, Khaadi, Teejays, The Men's Store, Fahad Hussayn, Hang Ten, Maheen Khan, Umbereen Sharmeen, Chinyere, Crossroads and Limited Edition. In the following year, she did her second photoshoot for Niche Lifestyle, with Popstar and actor Atif Aslam.[7]

In 2010, Sheikh did Mehreen Jabbar's mega drama serial Daam and Haissam Hussain's Ishq Gumshuda. Both had huge casts and were received well by the audiences and critics.

In 2011, Sheikh played the role of a grieving mother in Summer Nicks' multi award-winning feature film Seedlings and went on to win New York Film Festival Award for Best Actress and SAARC Film Festival Award for Best Actress. She then went on to play the lead in Iman Paveen's feature Josh before taking on the role of Natasha in the high-octane action spy thriller, Operation 021, produced by Zeba Bakhtiar and directed by Australian filmmaker, Summer Nicks. [8] [9] [10]

In 2013, Sheikh was awarded Miss Photogenic Award at the 1st Veet Celebration of Beauty Awards.

Personal life[edit]

Sheikh is married to seasoned actor and comedian Mohib Mirza.[11] Sheikh had known Mirza since her school days when she was doing English plays with veteran actor Rahat Kazmi; she officially met Mirza on the sets of Geo Entertainment's Bachay Mann Kay Sachay which she was directing and Mirza was hosting.[2] In 2005, they decided to get married. Since then they have co-starred in a number of telefilms and drama serials as an on-screen couple.[2]

When asked about her family she has a very positive picture of a supporting and caring family: “I take great pride in my family, my support system that is built around me, my husband Mohib Mirza and all our close relations attached to my marriage”.

Filmography[edit]

Acting[edit]

Film
Year Film Role Additional Notes
2011 Love Mein Ghum Herself Special Appearance in song "Love Mein Ghum"
2012 Seedlings Maliha New York Film Festival Award for Best Performance by an Actress
SAARC Film Festival Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated - Pakistan Media Award for Best Film Actress
2013 Armaan Zarnab Remake of Armaan (1966 film)
Tarang Housefull Award for Best on screen Couple with Fawad Khan
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Fatima Silent River Film Festival Award for Best Actress
Pakistan Media Award for Best Film Actress
2014 O21 Natasha Releasing on 14 August 2014
Drama
Year Serial Role Additional Notes
2008 Wilco Megha PTV
Qisson Ki Chadar Aimen
Hajra
Episode Ghutan
Episode Tum Aurat Mein Mard, Hum TV
Mera Naam Hai Muhabbat Huma Appeared in episode Aashiq Pan Shop
Boltay Afsanay Razia Appeared in episode Daayin (witch) - a story by Ismat Chughtai, TV One
2009 Dil-e-Nadan Seema Geo TV
Agar Tum Na Hotay Shireen Nominated - Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress (Satellite)
Indus Vision
2010 Haal-e-Dil Seerat ARY Digital
Daam Maliha ARY Digital
Saleena Bushra ATV
Tere Liye Simran ARY Digital
Ishq Gumshuda Neha Hum TV
Hum Tum Amal Geo Tv
Uraan Sana Geo TV
Mera Saaein Naina ARY Digital
Main Abdul Qadir Hoon Nael Hum TV
2011 Maat Aiman Hum TV
Umm-e-Kulsoom Umm-e-Kulsoom ARY Digital
Kuch Kami Si Hai Asmee Geo TV
Mora Piya Ujala Geo TV
Ek Hatheli Pe Hina Ek Hatheli Pe Lahoo Hijab Geo TV
2012 Mera Saaein 2 Naina ARY Digital
2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Aiza Geo TV
Silvatein Zaib ARY Digital
Telefilm
Year Telefilm Role Additional Notes
2007 Gurmuch Singh ki Waseeyat Mian saab's daughter Based on Sadat Hassan Manto's work
2008 Baarish mein deewar Asma-ul-Haq AAG TV
Waapsi Saba Pakistan Independence Day Special on ARY Digital
2009 Bibi Jee Amber ARY Digital
Aik Jaise Khuwab Saba ARY Digital
Yeh Bakra Nahi Chalega Mehreen Eid al-Adha Special on ARY Digital
2010 Mera Mian Bolay Maen Saima Eid al-Adha Special on TV One
2011 Bhag Amina Bhag Amna Geo TV

Music work[edit]

Year Video Singer Notes
2007 "Mann Jaa Vay" Sheraz Uppal Video for Album Jhuki Jhuki
2008 "Neend Naa Aye" Fuzön Music Video
2009 "Ajnabi" Faraz Khosa Appeared with Faisal Qureshi
2009 "Tere Liye" Tania and Omer Appeared with Mohib Mirza
2010 "Narmi Se Chu Jaye" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan Appeared with Faisal Rehman
2012 "Yeh Zameen Ga Rahi Hai" R.D.Burman Josh Music Video

Awards[edit]

Year Film/Serial Award Category Result
2009 Dil-e-Nadan Lux Style Awards Best Emerging Talent Won
Best Model Nominated
Agar Tum Na Hotay Best TV Actress (Satellite) Nominated
2012 Seedlings New York Film Festival Awards Best Performance by an Actress Won
2012 Seedlings SAARC Film Festival Awards Best Actress in a Leading Role Won
2013 Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best on screen Couple with Fawad Khan Won
2013 Armaan Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Veet Celebration of Beauty Awards Miss Photogenic Won
2013 Lux Style Awards Warid—Best Dress Celebrity Won
2013 Maat Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
2013 Seedlings Pakistan Media Awards Best Film Actress Nominated
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Pakistan Media Awards Best Film Actress Won
2013 Josh: Independence Through Unity Silent River Film Festival Best Actress Won
2014 Seedlings ARY Film Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Seedlings ARY Film Awards Best Actress Viewers Choice Nominated
2014 Seedlings ARY Film Awards Best Star Debut Female Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Launch of L'Oreal Paris Makeup Studio". Fashion Central PK. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "There's something about Aamina". The Newsline Magazine. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  3. ^ "Glamazon: absolutely-aamina". Fouzia Mapara. Dawn. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Gurmukh Singh ki Wasiyat". Video: Channel Unplugged. Retrieved 25 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Aamina Sheikh Interview". Mag4u. Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2010. 
  6. ^ Butt, Rabia. "Who will be Pakistan's next top model?". Instep Dawn. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Atif and Aamina for Niche". Desi manzil. Retrieved 28 November 2010. 
  8. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/517734/chocolate-heros-armaan-has-big-plans-for-small-screen/
  9. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/517734/chocolate-heros-armaan-has-big-plans-for-small-screen/
  10. ^ http://tribune.com.pk/story/456379/lamha-does-it-again/
  11. ^ "Marriage, celebrity style". Maliha Rehman. Jang - Instep.