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Iqra Aziz
Iqra Aziz.jpg
Aziz during the launch of Oppo F7 in 2018
Born (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 21)[1]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
OccupationActress, model
Years active2014–present
Known forDeewana (2016)
Khamoshi (2017)
Suno Chanda (2018)
Height4 ft 9 in (145 cm)
RelativesSidra Aziz (sister)

Iqra Aziz (born 24 November 1997) is a Pakistani television actress and model who works in the Urdu television industry.[2][3] She rose to fame by playing a role of Muqaddas in Hum TV's serial Muqaddas for which she won the Hum Award for Best Television Sensation Female. Later, she garnered the nomination for Best Actress Popular Award for portraying the character of Ameena in Hum TV's soap opera Choti Si Zindagi. She has played the role of Ajiya Nazakat Ali in 2018 popular series Suno Chanda.[4][5][6] Currently Aziz is playing the role of Noori in Momina Duraid's Ranjha Ranjha Kardi.[7]

Aziz made her acting debut with a supporting role in Kissey Apna Kahein (2014). She had her first leading role with the 2015 romantic series Muqaddas. Subsequently she is known for her leading roles in Deewana (2016), Laaj (2016), Choti Si Zindagi (2016), Natak (2016), Gustakh Ishq (2017), Qurban (2018), Suno Chanda (2018) and Tabeer (2018).

Early life

Aziz was born on 24 November 1997 into a Sindhi family in Karachi, Sindh. She belongs to a family of 3 - her mother, herself and her elder sister Sidra Aziz, who is currently living in Malaysia.[6] She was raised by her mother. She mentioned in interviews about her mother's struggles being a single parent. According to her it was very difficult for them to meet the day to day financial needs, her mother is credited to be first female careem driver in Karachi. Aziz resides in Karachi along with her mother.[8] She has an uncompleted Bachelors of Commerce degree from University of Karachi, and she wishes to complete it as soon as she gets a break from acting and modelling.[6][9][10]

Career

Aziz started her career when she was hardly 14. In an interview she mentions her mother always wanted that she should complete her education before turning to acting. She dabbled into acting with the help of her elder sister. She first auditioned as a Television commercial model and was picked by Talent agency Citrus.[6] Aziz continues to appear in Television commercials till date. Later she was noticed by Hum TV's co producer Momina Duraid who offered her a role in her series Kissey Apna Kahein. She acted along with Arij Fatyma, Danish Taimoor and other senior actors in the series.[6][11]

She followed her acting career with a leading role in another Hum TV's drama series Muqaddas, an adaptation of Adeel Razzak's novel of the same name.[12] She was seen opposite Noor Hassan. Series proved to be the break-through for her and she received Hum Award for Best Television Sensation female.[13] The series also received mix reviews and was nominated for Best Television Play at annual Lux Style Awards.[14] In the same year she appeared as a Parallel lead in Ilyas Kashmiri's directorial Mol.[12]

In 2016 she was seen in Socha Na Tha and in a leading role in Deewana where she played the character of Mehar Sultana (Mehru) who befriends the mischievous but loving Jinn Falak (Shehroz Sabzwari) and eventually falls in love with him. Aziz subsequently did a supporting role of Marina Zaman in Ahmed Bhatti's directorial Kisay Chahoon and a Parallel lead role of Mannat Chaudhary in Laaj. Her on-screen chemistry with Shehzad Sheikh in Choti Si Zindagi was praised and both received a nomination for Best Onscreen Couple.[13][15] The series also garnered her a nomination for Hum Award for Best Actress.[15]

Aziz then starred in Gustakh Ishq opposite Zahid Ahmed and did a guest appearance in 2017 series Dil-e-Jaanam.[16] She appeared in Ghairat alongwith Syed Jibran and in Khamoshi opposite Zara Noor Abbas, Affan Waheed and Bilal Khan.[17][18] The later of which was a critically and commercial hit.[19] In Khamoshi, Aziz played the character of Naeema, an arrogant, greedy and career-driven girl. Her role as antagonist was praised. A reviewer from Mangobaaz wrote, "The way she has portrayed Naeema’s character so well that you can’t help but hate her".[20] Aziz walked the ramp for designer Aisha Farid’s collection Crystalline on Hum TV's Bridal Couture Week.[21] In early January 2018, she wrapped up the shooting of a Hindi music video with Hamza Malik and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan which was released in July 2018.[22] and did a special appearance in Asim Azhar's music video.[23][24]

The following year, Aziz collaborated with Shehzad Sheikh for the second time, (alongside Bilal Abbas Khan and Omair Rana) in Idream Entertainment's Qurban. She appeared as Heer, a bubbly and bright girl hailing from a rich household and was seen in a love triangle opposite Shehzad Sheikh and Bilal Abbas Khan.[25] She portrayed the role of Ajiya Nazakat (Jiya) in Suno Chanda which was a finite series during Ramadan 2018. The series also received mix reviews. In an interview, Aziz said that she was overwhelmed and was not expect the series to be the massive hit.[26] She played the role of Tabeer in Hum TV's Tabeer.[27] Ahmed Sarym of The Express Tribune states, "At such a young age, Aziz has already proven her mettle through a wide range of characters from the exuberant Jiya to a vampish Naeema in Khamoshi and the titular character of Tabeer".[26] Her upcoming projects include second season of Suno Chanda which is a Ahson Talish directorial and produced by MD Productions. The series will go on floor in 2019.[4]

Other work and media image

Aziz has established a career in the Pakistani television industry. She has also appeared as a guest in serials and talkshows. Her first guest appearance was in Jago Pakistan Jago in 2015. In 2018 she appeared as a Guest in The After Moon Show a comedy-talkshow and Tonite with HSY. In May 2018, Aziz became a victim of news after breaching contract with the Citrus talent.[28][29][13] Fahad Hussain, Head of Citrus Talent states, Aziz breached an agreement that states the latter has to solely work in projects approved by the talent agency. She has, however signed contract and deal with another PR agency, despite being reminded of the first contract.[28][30][29][31] In response Aziz denies the allegations saying, “Fahad never provided her with a copy of the agreement that she breached and used to delay her rightful payments for many months“.[32][33] Later the dispute was solved by their lawyers on which both said,

“We want to thank our lawyers for mediating between us and resolving our issues which arose due to miscommunication and misunderstandings. Also, we have both mutually decided to continue working with each other in the future. So, guys, we are back with a bang!!!”[34][35][36]

In September 2018, she won the Most Stylish TV actor Award at the Hum TV Style Awards.[37] She also performed on Hum Style Awards along-with Farhan Saeed.[11] She serves as an ambassador for a number of brands such as 7up, Nestle, Cadbury, and National Foods. In November 2018 she paired with model Hasnain Lehri to launch OPPO's A7 in Pakistan.[38] She was also the brand ambassador for the same.[38]

Filmography

Television

Year Show Role Notes
2014 Kissey Apna Kahein Shanzey Television debut[11]
2015 Muqaddas Muqaddas [12]
2015 Mol Sajjal [12]
2016 Socha Na Tha Shafaq [13]
2016 Deewana Mehr Sultana [27]
2016 Kisay Chahoon Marina Zaman
2016 Laaj Mannat
2016 Choti Si Zindagi Ameena [13]
2016 Natak Shafaq [13]
2017 Judai Zunaira (Zuni) Telefilm
2017 Gustakh Ishq Najaf [16]
2017 Dil-e-Jaanam Samira Cameo appearance
2017 Ghairat Saba [17]
2017 Khamoshi Naeema As antagonist[18]
2018 Qurban Heer [25]
2018 Suno Chanda Jiya Ramadan Special Finite Series[26]
2018 Tabeer Tabeer [27]
2018 Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Noor Bano (Noori) [39]
2019 Suno Chanda (season 2) Jiya Upcoming[40]

Music video appearances

Year Video Singer(s) Notes
2018 "O Jaana" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Hamza Malik [22]
2018 "Jo Tu Na Mila" Asim Azhar [23]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Result
2016 Hum Awards Best Television Sensation Female Won[13]
2017 Hum Awards Best Actress Popular Nominated[41]
2018 Hum Style Awards Most Stylish TV Actor Female Won[37]

See also

References

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