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Riyasat DVD Cover
Also known as Kingdom of Hearts
Genre Drama
Written by Asgher Nadeem Syed
Directed by Kamran Qureshi
Creative director(s) Asma Akber
Starring Nadeem Baig, Talat Hussain, Humayun Saeed, Rashid Mehmood, Maria Wasti, Ismat Zaidi, Maira Khan and Adnan Jilani
Theme music composer Waqar Ali
Composer(s) Akhtar Qayyum
Country of origin Pakistan
Original language(s) Urdu
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Rafiq Nasar and
Samina Humayun Saeed
Producer(s) Humayun Saeed
Abdullah Kadwani
Aslam Bhatti
Location(s) Dubai, Sharjah and Pakistan
Cinematography Syed Naeem Rizvi
Editor(s) Faisal Gulzar
Running time 40 min each
Production company(s) 7th Sky Entertainment
Channel 2001
Original network ARY Digital Network
Original release 2005 (2005)
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Riyasat (Urdu: رياست‎) is a TV serial aired in 2005, written by Asghar Nadeem Syed and directed by Kamran Qureshi.[1] A true story of love revolves around lives of people from two different societies, today’s modern Dubai and a small seaside village. A tale that covers drugs and gold smuggling, human trafficking and evasion from the law.[2]


Qadir Jogi, (Talat Hussain), a fisherman involved in human trafficking and gold smuggling, becomes enemy of Shahnawaz Khan (Nadeem Baig), the owner of a small shipping company when he refuses to help Qadir in smuggling. The enmity reaches to the next generation, Nadir (Adnan Jilani) and Ahmed Nawaz Khan (Humayun Saeed) which starts from business competition and reaches to a woman, Sherry (Zainab Qayyum) who marries Ahmed Nawaz. The enmity of Qadir Jogi results in losses of Shahnawaz's young daughter, and then his honest army man son-in-law lives.

Taking Seth Moosa Karim's help, Shahnawaz succeeds in getting Qadir Jogi deported from Dubai. In return, Qadir gets Shahnawaz killed in a plane crash. Qadir's own son Nadir, dies afterwards in a car accident during the hospitality of a Swiss Princess. Qadir Jogi, who tried to kill Shahnawaz’s son twice, left alone after the accidental death of his only son Nadir.[3]


Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Ismat Zaidi as Captain Sheraz's Mother
  • Rashid Farooqui as Fareed
  • Silvia as Princess
  • Paul as British Ambassador
  • Dr Ausaf Khan as Jewish businessman
  • Akbar Subhani as Shani's Father
  • Shan as Naveed
  • Imtiaz Taj as Khalqa
  • Aslam Sheikh as Malqa
  • Parveen Akbar as Ayesha's Mother
  • Qaisar Naqvi as Shaini's Mother
  • Shahzad Ali Khan as Seth Moosa Kareem
  • Hareem Qureshi as Shanzabe
  • Nighat Sultana as Bachai


The theme song Riyasat Hai Riyasat was composed by Waqar Ali and sung by Sonu Nigam. The music video was recorded in India and released in December 2005.

Awards and nominations[edit]

5th Lux Style Awards

  • Won - Best TV Serail (Satellite) (2006)
  • Won - Best TV Actress (Satellite) (2006) - Maria Wasti
  • Nominated - Best TV Actor (Satellite) (2006) - Talat Hussain.
  • Nominated - Best TV Director (Satellite) (2006) - Kamran Qureshi.[4]


  1. ^ "7th Sky - Riyasat". 
  2. ^ "IMDb - Plot Riyasat". 
  3. ^ "Plot - Riyasat". 
  4. ^ Riyasat. "Lux Style Awards". IMDb. Retrieved 2006.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

External links[edit]

External video
A promotional video of Riyasat