Mehreen Jabbar

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Mehreen Jabbar
Jabbar at the shoot of Ramchand Pakistani
Born (1971-12-29) 29 December 1971 (age 45)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation Television producer, television director, film director
Years active 1994 – present
Parent(s) Javed Jabbar (father)
Website Official website

Mehreen Jabbar (Urdu: م‍ﮩ‍رين جبار ) (b. 29 December 1971, is a Pakistani film and television director and producer based in New York City.[1] She is a daughter of the famous Pakistani media-person Javed Jabbar.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mehreen grew up around Pakistan's show business. Her father, Javed Jabbar has been a filmmaker, and a very successful ad man apart from being a former Pakistani senator and a cabinet minister. After receiving a BA degree from St. Joseph's College in Karachi, Mehreen went to the US to study film and completed a two-year program at University of California Los Angeles in 1993, with a Film, Television and Video certificate. She returned to Pakistan, and directed and produced drama series/serials under the banner of TasVeer Productions, almost all of which were critically acclaimed by the Pakistani press.[3]


Jabbar directed her first play in 1994, called Nivala, which was an adaptation of Ismat Chughtai's short story. However, the play never made it to the television screens, having been refused by state-run television channel PTV on the grounds that it was an Indian writer's work. It was a setback for Mehreen but she continued working for television and since then has made several award-winning telefilms and TV series for several TV channels in Pakistan, in addition to a number of short films which have aired in festivals worldwide. In 2012, Coke Kahani aired on Pakistani television. There are several themes and messages Coke Kahani attempts to highlight including how fast the old family traditions have changed, "Our attention spans have reduced dramatically. We just send text messages and don't really have the time to sit down and talk to each other whether it's family or friends. Nothing can replace face-to-face interactions because they allow new ideas to be shaped and feelings to be shared."[2]

Mehreen has been a member of the Central Board of Film Censors in Karachi, a founding member of WAR (War Against Rape), the Kara Film Festival in Karachi, and has also served as a juror at the Leeds International Film Festival. Recently she was the Artistic Director and Directing Mentor at the Maisha Film Lab in Uganda, a non-profit film lab founded by director Mira Nair. Mehreen currently resides in New York City .

Ramchand Pakistani[edit]

Ramchand Pakistani was Jabbar's first feature-length film, which was released in Pakistan, India and the UK to wide critical and audience acclaim. The film premiered in the competition section of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2008. It won the FIPRESCI PRIZE from the International Federation of Film Critics and received Honourable Mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Awards at the London Film Festival, 2008 as well as the Audience award at the Fribourg International Film Festival. The film recently had a week-long screening at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) in New York.

The film also won the popular Public Award (the People's Choice Award), presented on 21 March, the final night of the prestigious Fribourg International Film Festival in Switzerland.

Audience members viewed over 13 outstanding films from around the world, and Ramchand Pakistani secured the highest number of "First Preference" votes. Countries whose films were also featured in the main competition included India, Germany, China, France, Iran, Algeria, Brazil, Belgium, Mexico, Chile, Colombia and South Korea.

The Public Award at Fribourg includes a cash prize of 5,000 Swiss Francs for the Producer of the film. The award is sponsored by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SIDA).

Director Mehreen Jabbar attended the five-day festival as a guest. She answered questions and comments from jam-packed audiences which warmly applauded the film at the end of each of its three screenings.

This is the fourth major international award won by Ramchand Pakistani since its release at international Festivals in 2008.



Year Title Language Notes
2008 Ramchand Pakistani[4] Urdu
2013 Dil Mera Dharkan Teri Urdu
2016 Dobara Phir Se[4] Urdu
2016 Lala Begum[4] Urdu Short film
2017 Kasam Se Urdu Filming

Noted television[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Ramchand Pakistani wins FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics and receives Honourable mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Awards at the London Film Festival (2008)
  • Won – Indus Drama Awards (2004) Best Director for Harjai
  • Won – IndusVision Young Achievers Award (2002)
  • Won – Lux Style Awards (2002) Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai nominated for Best TV Series
  • Won – Kara Film Festival (2001) Best Director & Best medium-length Film for Daughters of the Late Colonel
  • Won – 9th Lux Style Awards (2010) Best TV Director for Doraha
  • Nominated – 10th Lux Style Awards (2011) Best TV Director for Daam
  • Won – Pakistan Media Award (2010) Best Drama – Satellite Malal
  • Nominated - Hum Awards (2012) Best Director for Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu

Festival screenings[edit]

Beauty Parlor screened at:

  • Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Pusan Film Festival, South Korea
  • San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, USA
  • Trikone Festival, USA
  • New Orleans Film Festival, USA
  • Toronto Inside Out Film Festival, Canada
  • Regent Park Film Festival, Canada
  • Leeds Film Festival,UK
  • Bite the Mango Festival,UK
  • Travelling Film Festival of the British Film Institute. UK
  • Screenings at Pioneer Theatre, and the Queens Museum of Art, New York .

Daughters of the Late Colonel screened at:

  • KaraFilm Festival, Pakistan

Ramchand Pakistani Official Selection at:

  • Tribeca Film Festival
  • Seattle International Film Festival
  • Osian Film Festival
  • Rhode Island International Film Festival
  • Pusan International Film Festival
  • London International Film Festival
  • South Asian International Film Festival
  • Third I Film Festival, San Francisco
  • Cairo International Film Festival
  • Dubai International Film Festival
  • Kerala Film Festival
  • Fribourg Film Festival


  1. ^ a b "New York Story, Karachi Style". The Wall Street Journal. 23 June 2011. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c, Interview with Mehreen Jabbar on The Express Tribune newspaper, 23 December 2012, Retrieved 19 March 2017
  3. ^ "An evening with Mehreen Jabbar, her profile". T2F website. Retrieved 18 March 2017. 
  4. ^ a b c, Filmography of Mehreen Jabbar on IMDb website, Retrieved 18 March 2017
  5. ^ a b c, Profile of Mehreen Jabbar on website, Retrieved 19 March 2017
  6. ^ a b c d e f, 'Mehreen Jabbar talks Jackson Heights, and 'hulchal' in Pakistani cinema', Dawn newspaper, Published 21 October 2014, Retrieved 18 March 2017

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