Atiqa Odho

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Atiqa Odho
Atiqa Odho at grand opening of Karo Mumkin campaign by Telenor Pakistan
Born (1968-02-12) 12 February 1968 (age 55)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation(s)Actress, Host
Years active1989–present
Javed Akhund
(m. 1989; div. 1999)
(m. 2012)

Atiqa Odho[1] (Urdu: عتیقہ اوڈھو; born 12 February 1968 ) is a Pakistani television and film actress, television host, and the namesake of her own founded cosmetics brand Odho Cosmetics.[2] She debuted in Anwar Maqsood's TV series Sitara aur Mehrunissa and later appeared in dramas like Dasht, Nijaat, Harjaee and most recently in Humsafar. She also starred in a string of films, including Jo Darr Gya Woh Marr Gya, Mummy and Mujhe Chand Chahiye.

Early life and career[edit]

Born into a Sindhi family,[3] the granddaughter of the Sardar of Jacobabad, in 1968, she started her professional life as a make-up artist and hairstylist in 1989.[4] 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. In 1995, she made her film debut in Jo Darr Gya Woh Marr Gya. Her latest role is as Mansura in Pyar Ke Sadqey.

In 2022, Atiqa Odho joins the Turkish drama Koyu Beyaz in which she will make her debut on the world stage.[5]

Social work[edit]

Since 2016, she has also been engaged in philanthropic activities.[vague] She has been working for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital,[6] Fatmeed Foundation, and as a social worker in "Hamara Mulk, Hamaray Log".[when?] She is currently the CEO of Odho Cosmetics and Odho Productions. She is also the ambassador for a campaign on awareness of breast cancer in Pakistan.[7]

In June 2021, Atiqa has been elected as the chairperson of Actors Collective Trust that aims at the betterment of the artist community.[8]

Personal life[edit]


Atiqa first married at the age of 15. She gave birth to her first daughter at the age of 16, and to a son at the age of 19. Her first marriage lasted only six years. Odho was again married to Javed Akhund at the age of 21 and had one daughter and a son. She gave birth to her son at the age of 29. A few years later, they were divorced. In July 2012, she married Samar Ali Khan for the third time.[9][10][11][12]

The liquor case controversy[edit]

In June 2011, Odho was detained and then released shortly after, by the Airport Security Force at the Benazir Bhutto International Airport for allegedly carrying two liquor bottles in her luggage. After a court trial for 9 years, she was finally acquitted by a Rawalpindi civil court in August 2020.[13][14]


Year Title Role Notes
1995 Jo Darr Gya Woh Marr Gya [15]
1997 Mummy [15]
2000 Mujhe Chand Chahiye [15]
2016 Lahore Se Aagey Shama Rani [16]
Dobara Phir Se [17]
2017 Chain Aye Na Ruba's mother
2018 Na Band Na Baraati Zoya's mother
2020 Kahay Dil Jidhar Shahana Farooqi [18]
TBA Neelofar Begum Kashif [19]


Television serials[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Sitara Aur Mehrunissa Sitara [20]
1993 Dasht Shahtaaj [20]
Nijaat Sajida [17]
1994 Talaash
Angar Wadi Dr. Hajra Hamza Shafee
2000 Junoon
2001 Aan
2002 Kirchiyan
2002 Tum Hi To Ho
2003 Chahtain
Umrao Jaan Ada
2004 Harjai
2006 Dhool
2007 Karishmay
2008 Atiqa O
2010 Hum Tum Shagufta
2011 Saans
Humsafar Farida Hussain [20]
2012 Band Baje Ga
2013 Siskiyaan
Ishq Samandar
Aarzoo-Jeene Ki To Nahi
Ghalti Se Mistake Ho Gai
2015 Dil Hi To Hai
2015 Nazo
2016 Mera Kya Qasoor Tha
Iss Khamoshi Ka Matlab Salma [17]
Mushrik [17]
Besharam Sara [17]
2017 Khan Shabana
Laikin [21]
Piyari Bittu Shakila [22]
2018 Khatakaar
Ro Raha Hai Dil
2019 Hania Saira
2020 Pyar Ke Sadqay Mansura [20]
2021 Pardes Raheela
2022 Angna
2022–23 Kaisi Teri Khudgarzi Mehwish
Meri Shehzadi Shahana
2023 Jurm Shahana Mujib

Television long-plays/ telefilms[edit]

Year Title Role Network Notes
1991 Aaks PTV
1992 Talaash PTV
1995 Zikar Hay Kayi Saal Ka Neelofer PTV
2001 Tu Laak Chalay Re Gorey PTV [23]
2002 Aab Yaha Koi Nahi Aye Ga Indus Vision
2003 Baykhabri Indus Vision
2004 Marium Indus Vision
2007 Tum Intezar Karna Aaj TV
2008 Chalo Phir Se Jee Lain Ary Digital
2013 Abhi Tou Main Jawan Hoon Tasneem Tariq (TT) PTV, Geo TV
Main Hu Pyar Tera Hum TV
2014 Tum Na Miltay To Hum TV
2017 Principal Nadira 19 Grade Mrs. Nadira Hum TV [24]

Television shows[edit]

Year Title Notes
2008–10 Nestlé Nido Young Stars
2010 Karishma
Let's Makeup
2011 In the spotlight with Atiqa Odho
2013 Aap Ki Bat Atiqa Kay Sath

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Result Film Ref.
2000 Nigar Award Best Supporting Actress Won Mujhe Chand Chahiye [25]
2005 Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress Nominated Dhool
2021 Pakistan International Screen Awards Best Supporting Actress (Television) Nominated Pyar Ke Sadqay [26]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ NewsBytes. "Atiqa Odho is all set for a fundraiser in the US". Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  2. ^ "Atiqa Odho Profile". Archived from the original on 22 September 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  3. ^ Mahrukh Farooq (30 April 2015), "Profile: Atiqa Odho", Slogan magazine (April 2015), vol. 23, no. 6, p. 31
  4. ^ "Beauty business beckons". Archived from the original on 10 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  5. ^ "Atiqa Odho joins 'Koyu Beyaz'". Lahore Herald. November 24, 2022.
  6. ^ "Breast Cancer Awareness sessions in colleges". Shaukat Khanum Memorial. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  7. ^ "Breast cancer awareness drive need of hour: Odho". The Nation. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2010.
  8. ^ "Atiqa Odho elected chairperson of Actors Collective Trust – IG News". IG News. Retrieved 31 October 2021.
  9. ^ "Pakistani Celebrities Who Did Three Marriages - Atiqa Odho". Style. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Atiqa Odho - Biography, Age, Marriages, Dramas, Films | Reviewit.Pk". 2020. Reviewit.Pk.
  11. ^ "Atiqa Odho: Love in the time of politics". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  12. ^ "Atiqa Odho First Time Talk About Her Married Life". Health Fashion. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  13. ^ "Actress Atiqa Odho acquitted in liquor case after 9 years". Dawn. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Atiqa Odho acquitted in liquor case". The News. Retrieved 5 September 2021.
  15. ^ a b c Saadia Qamar (28 October 2011). "I'm a Pakistani first: Atiqa Odho". Express Tribune. Archived from the original on 18 June 2023.
  16. ^ Aamna Haider Isani (12 November 2016). "The Cameo Connection". The News International.
  17. ^ a b c d e "Mother of the moment". Express Tribune. 25 February 2016. Archived from the original on 18 June 2023.
  18. ^ Khurram Zia Khan (25 February 2020). "'Kahay Dil Jidhar' to highlight the menace of drug addiction". Daily Times.
  19. ^ "The occasional actor". The News International (newspaper). 13 July 2020. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  20. ^ a b c d "The Icon Interview: The World According to Atiqa". Dawn. 29 August 2021. Archived from the original on 12 February 2022.
  21. ^ "The Indian government needs to do its job protecting cultural exchange, says Atiqa Odho". Dawn Images. 23 January 2017.
  22. ^ Irfan Ul Haq (25 March 2017). "Sania Saeed and Atiqa Odho re-unite onscreen for TV drama on Alzheimer's". Dawn Images. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  23. ^ "Humayun Saeed looks super-cool in throwback photo with Atiqa Odho, Marina Khan". The News International. 27 April 2020.
  24. ^ Irfan Ul Haq (18 August 2017). "Is Atiqa Odho going back to school for her next telefilm?". Images by Dawn. Archived from the original on 19 July 2019. Retrieved 18 June 2023.
  25. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars"; The Nigar Awards". Desi Movies Reviews. Archived from the original on 22 July 2015. Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  26. ^ "PISA 2021 announces nominations in 24 categories". The Express Tribune. 26 September 2021. Retrieved 18 June 2023.

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