Saba Qamar

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Saba Qamar
Born Saba Qamar Zaman
Gujranwala, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actress
Years active 2008–present

Saba Qamar Zaman (Urdu: صبا قمر زمان‎) is a Pakistan film and television actress. One of Pakistan's most popular and highest-paid actresses, Qamar is the recipient of several accolades, including a Lux Style Awards and a Hum Awards.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7]

Born in Gujranwala, Qamar moved to Lahore for education and made her debut with a role in the television series Main Aurat Hoon (2005). Qamar continued to appear in supporting roles in the following years, but her claim to fame came in 2007, when she played leading roles in two of the hit dramas, Dhoop Mein Andhera Hai and Jinnah Ke Naam. She later received widespread recognition for portraying unconventional roles in several of the highest-rated Urdu television series, including the domestic drama Uraan (2010), the partition-based period drama Dastaan (2010), the social drama Main Chand Si (2011), the family dramas Maat (2011) and Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi (2013), the melodrama Thakan (2012), the psychodrama Sannata (2013), the romantic dramas Bunty I Love You (2013) and Digest Writer (2014), the tragic romance Sangat (2015) and the modern dramas Besharam (2016) and Main Sitara (2016), all of which earned her critical acclaim as well as several accolades. Qamar established herself as a leading actress of Urdu cinema for portraying the singer Noor Jehan in the acclaimed biographical drama Manto (2015) and a rockstar in the travel comedy Lahore Se Aagey (2016), both of which rank among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time. Her first project in Bollywood came with the acclaimed drama Hindi Medium (2017), which earned her unanimous praise from critics.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Gujranwala, raised in Hyderabad, Qamar moved to Lahore to pursue further studies. In Lahore, she made her debut in PTV Home drama Main Aurat Hoon (2004).[8] Qamar made her debut in the TV series Main Aurat Hoon.[8] She won the PTV award for the best TV actress in both public and jury choice categories at the 16th Annual PTV awards, held on 23 July 2011 for her role in Tinkay. This was followed by a Supporting role in the PTV Home's social drama on women Bint e Adam. Her role in the series was of a rich brat who falls for a boy from poor background, and marries him against her cruel father's wishes. Bint e Adam was a major critical and commercial hit, however, critics noted that her role was "limited" from an acting point of view.[6] She baggedwon the Best TV Actress trophy for her role as Suraiya in Dastaan at the first Pakistan Media Awards (2010), and was also the recipient of the Best TV Actress trophy in both the public and jury choice categories at the 16th annual PTV Awards (2011). She has won the award for best actress at the 17th Annual PTV Awards (2012) for her role in Tera Pyar Nahin Bhoole.[8]

In 2015, she made her film debut in movie Manto directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat.[9] She appeared in the spin-off to Karachi Se Lahore called Lahore Se Aagey.[10] It was announced that she will make her debut in Hindi film industry, in Saket Chaudhary's film, Hindi Medium opposite Irrfan Khan.[11]

At the first-ever Pakistan Film Festival kicked hosted by the United Nations at the United Nations Headquarters in New York in the presence of some of the biggest Pakistani stars, ambassadors accredited to the United Nation, community members, media and movie buffs. Her film Lahore Se Aagey was the main attraction of the event. Pakistan's Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi, who took the initiative to hold the festival, read out a welcome address, saying the films from Pakistan will convey the energy and dynamism that defines today's Pakistan.



Films that are in production Denotes films that are in production
Year Film Role Notes
2013 Aina Rita Television film
Nominated–Tarang Housefull Awards for Best Actress
2015 Manto Noor Jehan Nominated–ARY Film Award for Best Supporting Actress
2016 Lahore Se Aagey Tara Nominated–Lux Style Award for Best Actress
8969 Motia [12]
2017 Hindi Medium Meeta Batra Hindi Movie
Baaghi Qandeel Baloch Television film; Filming

Selected television work[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Saba Qamar was awarded President of Pakistan's Pride of Performance Award in 2016

Year Serial/Film Award Category Result
2010 Jinnah Ke Naam Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress (Terrestrial) Nominated
2011 Tinkay PTV Awards Best Actress Jury Won[14]
Best Actress Viewers Won[15][16]
Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress (Terrestrial) Won
Dastaan Pakistan Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2012 Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoolay PTV Awards Best Actress Jury Won[17]
Best Actress Viewers Nominated[18]
Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress (Terrestrial) Nominated
Pani Jaisa Pyar Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress Nominated
2013 Maat Pakistan Media Awards Best Actress Nominated[19]
Aina Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best On Screen Couple Nominated
Maat Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Yahan Pyar Nahi Hai Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Maat Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress Nominated
2014 Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress Popular Nominated
2015 Sannata Lux Style Awards Lux Style Award for Satellite Best TV Actress Nominated
Bunty I Love You Hum Awards Best Actress Won
Best Actress Popular Nominated
Most Impactful Character Nominated
Digest Writer Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress Popular Nominated
2016 Sangat Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress Popular Nominated
Manto ARY Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Galaxy Lollywood Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2017 Lahore Se Aagey Galaxy Lollywood Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role Female Nominated
Best Dance Performance with Yasir Hussain Nominated
Best On Screen Couple with Yasir Hussain [20] Nominated
Lux Style Awards Best Actress Film Nominated
Nigar Awards Best Actress TBA
Mein Sitara Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress Nominated
Besharam Best Television Actress Nominated
ARY Viewers Choice Awards Best Couple with Zahid Ahmed Nominated
Best Actress [21] Won

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "“We love Indians and Hindi films” – Saba Qamar". 
  2. ^ "An actor needs to be shameless in front of the camera: Saba Qamar". 
  3. ^ "Is Besharam worth your time?". Express Tribune. May 13, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Mein Sitara: Serial on Lollywood's golden era a dark horse among Pakistani dramas". Express Tribune. April 1, 2016. 
  5. ^ "5 Pakistani actresses we'd love to see on the big screen". Express Tribune. February 17, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b "16th PTV Awards ceremony honours artists". Pakistan Today. 2011-07-24. Retrieved 2012-09-08. 
  7. ^ "Toss up: Saba Qamar". 
  8. ^ a b c d e "First person: Scent of a woman". April 21, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Must watch: Literary genius Manto comes to life in much-awaited biopic". Dawn News. August 7, 2015. 
  10. ^ "MOVIE REVIEW: Lahore Se Aagey". Samaa TV. November 12, 2016. 
  11. ^ You can't judge someone's capabilities based on the language they know, shares Saba Qamar
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