Rahat Kazmi

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Rahat Kazmi
راحت کاظمی
Born30 June 1946
EducationGovernment College
University of Punjab
OccupationActor and a film director
Spouse(s)Sahira Kazmi
ChildrenAli Kazmi (son)
Nida Kazmi (daughter)
RelativesShyam (father-in-law)
Rafay Kazmi (grandson)

Rahat Kazmi (Urdu: راحت کاظمی‎) is a Pakistani actor, TV news presenter anchorman, and an academician. He has worked in several TV serials for PTV such as 1967's Mayaar, 1974'sQurbatain aur Faaslay and 1976's Pakistan's first coloured and classical serial Parchaiyan. After these TV Dramas, he worked in PTV's many other TV dramas such as the late 1970's Teesra Kinara, 1980's Ehsaas, and Dhoop Kinare (1985).[1][2]

Early life and education[edit]

Rahat Kazmi was born at Shimla, Punjab, British India on 30 June 1946.[1] Rahat's father was a lawyer by profession, and he wanted his son to follow his footsteps. Rahat completed his high school education in Rawalpindi. He successfully completed and received his law degree (LLB) in Lahore. Additionally, Rahat received his master's degree in political science from Government College University, Lahore and a master's degree in English literature from Punjab University.


He joined the Pakistan Civil Service in 1968 as an Information Officer. In 1976, he resigned from his job and pursued acting. He worked for Pakistan Television Network and appeared in famous drama serials such as Qurbatein aur Faslay, Teesra Kinara, Parchayian, Dhoop Kinaray, Raghon mein andhera, Ehsas, Zikar hay kayi saal ka, Nangay Paon, Saraab and others. Currently Rahat is working as an administrative director for L'ecole for Advanced Studies (LAS), an academic institute in Karachi[citation needed]. He also teaches English Literature and Drama to A level students at LAS, Karachi. Rahat Kazmi is also a director at the National Academy of Performing Arts. He has previously taught at Avicenna School and Hamdard University (Clifton Campus, Karachi) in 2001.[3]


Rahat married Sahira Kazmi in 1974 who herself is an accomplished actress in Pakistan and daughter of actress Mumtaz Qureshi (Taji) and her first husband, actor Shyam. They first met on the sets of PTV in 1971.[4] They have a son Ali Kazmi and a daughter (Nida Kazmi). Nida worked in PTV serials such as Hawaa Ki Beti and Zaibunisa. Later she quit acting, while Ali Kazmi continued his acting career.[2][4]


Film Name Year
Aaj aur Kal[3] 1976
Insaniyat 1976
Suraj bhee tamashai 1977
Mehmaan 1977
Muthi bhar chawal 1978
Khandaan 1980
Saima 1980
Aazmaish 1980
Aas paas 1982
Jaan-e-mun 1982
Identity Card[5] 2014
Mantostaan[6] 2017


Drama Year
Mayaar 1967
Rahat Kazmi show[2] 1970
Parchaiyan[2][4] 1976
Dhoop Kinare[3][2][4] 1985
Comedy Comedy 1990


Drama / Play Year Writer / Producer / Director
Goonge 1967 N/A
Koltar N/A N/A
Anarkali N/A Fatima Surayya Bajia
Auraaq N/A Fatima Surayya Bajia
Qurbatain aur Faaslay[4] 1971 Rahat Kazmi
Ghazanfar N/A N/A
Teesra Kinara[2][4] N/A Rahat Kazmi (Writer), Shahzad Khalil (Director)
Dhoop Kinare 1987 Haseena Moin, Sahira Kazmi (Director)
Karavan[2] N/A Iqbal Ansari
Nangey Paaon [2] N/A Shahid Kazmi (Writer), Haider Imam Rizvi (Director)
Ragoan mein andhera N/A Yunus Javed (Writer), Mohammad Nisar Hussain (Director)
Parchaiyan 1976 Haseena Moin
Ehsaas[3] N/A Shahid Kazmi (Writer), Shahzad Khalil (Director)
Saraab N/A Bano Qudsia
Zikr Hai Kai Saal Ka 1996 Sahira Kazmi
Kaise Kahoon 2006 Sahira Kazmi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Rahat Kazmi profile Times of India (newspaper), Retrieved 19 November 2020
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Profile of TV actor Rahat Kazmi". PTV Home website. 21 October 2007. Archived from the original on 2 January 2008. Retrieved 20 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c d Saadia Qamar (9 May 2011). "Rahat Kazmi: A legend on stage and behind the camera". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b c d e f Zahra Chughtai (3 January 2015). "Once Upon A Time (PTV's golden era - Rahat Kazmi profile)". Newsline (monthly magazine). Retrieved 20 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Filmography of Rahat Kazmi on Cinestaan.com website Retrieved 19 November 2020
  6. ^ Avinash Lohana (28 January 2017). "Mantostaan will be screened at the Cannes International Film Festival". Times of India (newspaper). Retrieved 19 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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