Armeena Khan

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Armeena Khan
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Khan promoting Huff! It's Too Much in 2013
Born Armeena Rana Khan
(1987-03-30) 30 March 1987 (age 31)[1]
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence London, United Kingdom
Nationality Pakistani Canadian
Alma mater University of Manchester
Occupation Actress, model
Years active 2013–present

Armeena Khan (pronounced [əɾˈmiːnaː ˈxaːn]; born Armeena Rana Khan on 30 March 1987) is a Pakistani-Canadian film and television actress and model. One of Pakistan's most popular actresses, she has received a Lux Style Award, a Hum Award and a Nigar Award nomination. Most of her television series in which she has starred were highly successful, establishing Khan in the Urdu entertainment industry.[1][2][3][4] In 2016, Eastern Eye named her among the "50 Sexiest Asian Women", and the following year, she was awarded the Women Empowerment Award by the Pakistan Achievement Awards.[5][6]

Khan, born in Toronto to Pakistan parents, was raised in Manchester, and earned a Masters degree in Business Administration from the University of Manchester. Khan worked as a model for a few months and later made her acting debut with the British short film Writhe, which was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, making her the first actress from Pakistan to attend the festival. She rose to prominence with the role of an antagonist in the romantic television series Muhabbat Ab Nahi Hugi (2014), garnering her a Best Villain nomination at Hum Awards. She followed it by garnering widespread critical acclaim for her starring roles in the romantic series— Ishq Parast (2015) and Karb (2015). In 2015 and 2016, she played a girl next door in the film and television adaption of the novel Bin Roye Ansoo, the former earned her a nominations for the Lux Style Award for Best Supporting Actress. She established herself in Urdu cinema by starring as the female lead in the romantic comedy Janaan and the war drama Yalghaar, both of which rank among one of the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time. Khan subsequently received unanimous praise for portraying a woman caught in a romantic triangle in the romantic television series Rasm E Duniya (2017) and a troubled wife in Hum TV-produced social drama Daldal (2017).[7][8]

Early and background[edit]

Khan was born on 30 March 1987 in Toronto, Ontario, to Pakistani parents. Her father is a businessman, and her mother is a homemaker. She has two sisters, one elder and a younger. She did her schooling from Toronto, however, the family later relocated to Manchester, where she attended the University of Manchester, earning an Honors degree in Business Administration. She later studied method acting at the Ealing Studios and the Pinewood Studios. According to the actress, she holds dual citizenship of Pakistan and Canada.[8][9] Khan is fluent in English and Urdu and can read Arabic.[6]

Khan pursued modeling in 2010 before becoming an actress. During this time, she worked for various brands and products, including Nishat Linen, Faysal Bank and Sprite. She established herself as a well-known model in Pakistan and in Britain and soon began receiving offers for film roles.[6][8]

Acting career[edit]

Khan's first acting role was for the British short film "Writhe", in which Khan played the role of a serial killer. The film was selected for the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Khan claimed that she was the first Pakistani actress to walk at Cannes in 2013.[8][10] She then appeared in another short film, titled Stranger Within Me which was screened at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival.[8][11][12] Khan starred alongside Azfar Rehman in the sitcom Happily Married which aired in 2013 on ARY Digital. The year 2013, also witnessed the broadcasting of Khan's first serious acting performances with the airing of Shab-e-Arzu ka Alam, in which she plays the lead role alongside Mohib Mirza. But it was the television series Muhabbat Ab Nahi Hugi that proved to be a breakthrough for her,[8] and for which she was also nominated for Hum Awards 2015.[2] She then moved on to continue with other TV serials Ishq Parast and Karb playing the lead role alongside Adnan Siddiqui.[13] Khan made her Bollywood debut in 2013 with Huff! It's Too Much with a lead role in the film.[3]

Khan became a well-known actress in the country with the 2015 romantic drama film Bin Roye[8] as the lead cast alongwith Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed,[14] and was later turned into a drama serial with the same name.[15] Produced by Momina Duraid, the film and the television version were based on the novel Bin Roye Aansu by Farhat Ishtiaq.[16][14] That same year, she featured alongside Osman Khalid Butt in the music video "Sajna". Sung by Yasir Jaswal and produced by his brother Uzair Jaswal, the single was well received upon release and earned her nationwide recognition.[17][18] Her other big screen projects include the epic-war drama Yalghaar,[19] a film by Hassan Waqas Rana which is being termed as the most expensive movie in the history of Pakistani cinema, and Janaan, a romantic comedy which is directed by Azfar Jafri and Co produced by Hareem Farooq, Reham Khan and Imran Raza Kazmi.[20] In November 2016, she was signed for Rasm E Duniya, a television drama that aired on ARY Digital.[9] In 2018, Khan played the leading role in the patriotic war film Sherdil.[21][22][23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Khan announced her engagement to Pakistani-British businessman Fesyl Khan on twitter in July 2017.[7] That same year, Khan revealed that Fesyl had proposed her on the beach of Cuba.[25][26]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Director Notes
2013 Writhe Sarah Sharaz Ali British short film
2013 Huff! It's Too Much Ishita Pushkar Jog Hindi-language film
2014 Stranger Within Me Aamina Sharaz Ali British short film
2015 Bin Roye Saman Shafiq Shahzad Kashmiri Nominated—Lux Style Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Janaan Meena Khan Azfar Jafri Nominated—Nigar Award for Best Actress
2017 Yalghaar Kajo Hassan Rana
2017 Sherdil Film has yet to be released Not sure Azfar Jafri Filming[21]

Television[edit]

Year Television Role Director Channel Notes
2013 Happily Married Armeena Wajahat Rauf ARY Digital
2014 Shab-e-Arzoo Ka Alam Kiran Sohail Javed ARY Digital
2014 Muhabbat Ab Nahi Hugi Fizza Arham Momina Duraid Hum TV Nominated—Hum Award for Best Villain
2015 Ishq Parast Dua Zohaib Badar Mehmood ARY Digital
2015 Karb Haniya Amna Nawaz Khan Hum TV
2016 Bin Roye Saman Shafiq Haissam Hussain Hum TV
2017 Rasm E Duniya Haya Harib Roomi Insha ARY Digital
2017 Daldal Hira Shuja Siraj ul Haque Hum TV

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b "HUM TV Awards 2015: the nominations are in". Dawn. 
  3. ^ a b "Huff! It's Too Much: A candyfloss romance with a real touch - Times of India". The Times of India. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
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  12. ^ "THE HIT DOZEN OF 2017". MAG THE WEEKLY. 5 January 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
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  14. ^ a b "Mahira Khan and Humayun Saeed's Bin Roye likely to steal your hearts". The Express Tribune. 
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  21. ^ a b "Here's all you need to know about movie 'Sherdil'". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 24 February 2018. 
  22. ^ Ahmad, Ayesha (2015-04-28). "Adnan Siddiqui's 'Karb' looks like a bore". HIP. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  23. ^ "Armeena Rana Khan signs her next television project - Daily Times". Daily Times. 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  24. ^ Khan, Saira (2018-01-16). "Armeena Khan talks about Daldal with BBC Asian Network". HIP. Retrieved 2018-03-26. 
  25. ^ "Sorry guys, Armeena Khan is officially off the market!". Express Tribune. 2017-08-18. Retrieved 2017-07-18. 
  26. ^ "Fan accuses Armeena Khan of already being married once before". Express Tribune. 2016-08-24. Retrieved 2018-03-31. 

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