Samina Peerzada

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Samina Peerzada
Born Samina Butt
(1955-04-09) 9 April 1955 (age 59)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Residence Karachi, Pakistan
Occupation Actress, director
Years active 2004 – present
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Usman Peerzada (1975–present)

Samina Peerzada (Punjabi, Urdu: ثمینہ پیرزادہ‎; born as Samina Butt, on 9 April 1955) is a Pakistani television, film actress, and a director who has appeared in numerous films and television serials.

Personal life[edit]

Peerzada was born into a Kashmiri Muslim family to Moinuddin Butt and Almas Butt in Lahore. Her father is a mechanical engineer. She did her graduation in Commerce. During her academic years, she took an active part in extracurricular activities. When she showed an inclination toward acting, both her parents supported her in adopting it as a profession.[citation needed]

In 1975, she married Usman Peerzada, also an actor, who encouraged her career. She has two daughters, Anum and Amal Peerzada.[citation needed]


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.

As director[edit]

Now, she has become one of the more promising directors hailing from Pakistan's film industry based in Lahore. She initially directed a string of successful television productions, such as Sophia and Karb for Pakistan Television, but later chose to move to the celluloid world with her rather controversial directorial debut, Inteha, a film in which she also had a short role. Inteha was well received in the major urban centres of Pakistan, and paved way for Peerzada to direct Shararat, a film which lacked the slick urban look which people related Peerzada's films with.

Current projects[edit]

She has in recent years put cinema on the back-burner and has instead chosen to act in a number of television serials for the plethora of relatively new Pakistani cable / satellite channels. However, Peerzada returns to cinema with Saqib Malik's directorial debut Ajnabee Shehr Mein where she stars alongside Shaan and Ali Zafar. The film is expected to release sometimes this year.[which?] Peerzada has returned to acting in Pakistani television plays such as Sheeshay Ka Mahal, Kaanch, and Ghar Gharonda. Recently, Samina Peerzada was invited by Amnesty International India in New Delhi for International Week of Justice Festival, from 5–10 December 2008, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Peerzada participated in three public forums for the festival at Jamia Millia Islamia and Alliance Francaise on the issues of women empowerment, democracy and torture.


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.




Drama Role Year Broadcasting Network Additional Notes
Ana Sadiqa 2004 PTV
Dil, Diya, Dehleez Sheher Bano 2006 HumTV Dil, Diya, Dehleez is a drama which is based on the novel of same name by Riffat Siraj
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan Tai Amma 2009 Geo TV Meri Zaat is the most-viewed serial on Geo TV to date.
Kalmoohi Aasiya 2010 PTV
Dastaan Bibi/Saleha 2010 Hum TV Dastaan is based on a novel on the independence of Pakistan written by Razia Butt
Kafir Mehwish 2011 ARY Digital
Durr-e-Shahwar Durr-e-Shahwar 2012 Hum TV A phenomenal show that explores the difficulties faced by women after marriage
Kuch Khwab Thay Meray Annie 2011 ARY Digital
Mera Naseeb Salima 2011
Shehr-e-Zaat Naani/Amma 2012 Hum TV
Roshan Sitara Roshan Ara's mother 2012 Hum TV
Zindagi Gulzar Hai Rafia (Kashaf's Mother) 2012 Hum TV Hum Award for Best Supporting Actress
Ghaao Mahjabeen 2012 Geo TV
Rehaai Sumaira 2013 Hum TV
Kuch Is Tarah 2013 PTV Home
Meri Beti Airaj's Grandmother 2013 ARY Digital


Drama Role Year Additional Notes
The Blood of Hussain Lisa (General's daughter) 1980 Released in February 1981 in the UK,
Mukhra Nadeem's sister 1988 Punjabi film
Bazar-e-Husn 1988
Bulandi Mother 1990
Nazdeekiyan Samina Pirzada 1991
Darya Khan Samina Pirzada 1991
Khwahish 1993 aka The Wish (International: English title)
Zar Gul Nawab's Wife 1997


Drama Role Year Additional Notes
Zar Gul Director, writer, Nawab's Wife 1997
Inteha Director,Producer 1999 The movie was Samina Peerzada's debut directorial attempt[1]
Shararat Director 2003
Aasmaant Director 2010–2011 pre-production work

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Indrajit Banerjee; Stephen Logan (15 July 2008). Asian Communication Handbook 2008. Asian Media Information & Communication Centre. p. 387. ISBN 978-9814136105. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 

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