Samina Ahmad

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Samina Ahmad
Born (1946-03-20) March 20, 1946 (age 76)
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Fareed Ahmad (div. 1993)
Manzar Sehbai (m. 2020)
Children2
AwardsPride of Performance (2011)

Samina Ahmad is a Pakistani film and television actress, stage performer, producer and director. She is a veteran television actress with over 50 years of work experience in the Urdu entertainment industry. Ahmad performed for many PTV's major successful series, including Waris (1979), Alif Noon and Family Front. One of her most recent roles includes the Geo TV's widely-popular four-part comedy series Kis Ki Aayegi Baraat (2009–2012), and the Hum TV's acclaimed comedy drama series Suno Chanda (2018) and its sequel Suno Chanda 2 (2019).[1][2] For her contributions towards the television industry, she was honoured by the Government of Pakistan with the Pride of Performance in 2011.

Early life and career[edit]

Ahmad was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan (then Punjab, British India) on 20 March 1946. Her father was Director Forests, in the West of Pakistan, and her mother was housewife. Her father died in 1965 and mother in 2018. She is the elder among her five siblings. She has done Masters in Home Economics.[3]

Ahmad had started her career with serious plays on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), however she is known for comedy plays like Akkar Bakkar, Taal Matol, Alif Noon and Such Gup. She also acted in the famous comedy drama Family Front (1997 Comedy Drama TV Series).[4] She has recently acted in another TV comedy named Side Order. Her switch to the comic roles proved to be highly rewarding for her, and she quickly became a top media person in Pakistan. When asked in an interview about what she values most in life ? ... Her prompt reply was, "Humanity". Samina Ahmad was just an 18 year old college student in Lahore, Pakistan, when she first started working for Pakistan Television Corporation. During her long career, she has also worked at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore as a Program Director for two decades. Despite her busy professional career, Samina Ahmed has also been an active member of Women's Action Forum in Pakistan.[2]

Ahmad was a programmer director at Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore while also performing on the television. In 1997, she launched her own television company named as Samina Ahmad Productions, which produced the widely-popular TV drama Family Front.[4][5]

Personal life[edit]

Ahmad was married to a Pakistani filmmaker Fariduddin Ahmed, the son of veteran filmmaker W.Z. Ahmed, who made a popular Pakistani film Waada (1957). The couple has a son, and a daughter together. Fariduddin divorced her, a few years before his death in 1993, the reason being his love for the actress Shamim Ara, who he later married.[6] Ahmad married actor Manzar Sehbai on 4 April 2020, in a private Nikah ceremony in Lahore.[7]

Filmography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Movie Role Notes Ref
1984 Naraaz Rahat
2014 Dukhtar Rukhsana [8]
2018 Load Wedding Raja's Mother [1]
2020 Intezaar Salma Kanwal
2021 Khel Khel Mein Zaib [9]

Television[edit]

Year Title Network Notes
1979 Waris[5] PTV Sughra Niaz Ali
1980 Side Order Tahira
Alif Noon
1989 Kiran
1994 Husan Ara Kaun
Angaar Waadi Dr's Hajra's mother
1997 Family Front[4][2][5] Nusrat
1998 Dhoop Mein Sawan[10]
2006 Hoo Ba Hoo [11] Indus TV
2009 Tanveer Fatima (B.A) Geo TV
Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr-un-Nisa
Bol Meri Machli[12]
2010 Noor Bano Hum TV Bi Jaan
Dolly ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV Mehr-un-Nisa
Dastaan Hum TV Special appearance as Orphanage care taker, Bano came to Pakistan after partition and stayed in her orphanage.
Talluq Geo TV
Chand Parosa
Husn Ara Kaun TV One Zeenat[13]
2011 Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain Hum TV Episodic role
Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV
Akhri Barish Hum TV
Pani Jaisa Piyar Hum TV Nuzhat
2012 Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV
2012-2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Geo TV Asghari
2013 Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli Geo TV Amma Bi
2015 Sawaab Hum Sitaray her role was Fehmida (Nimra's mother-in-law)
Maikey Ko Dedo Sandes Geo TV
Sangat Hum TV Adnan and Farah's mother
Bojh Geo TV
2015-2016 Gul-e-Rana Hum TV Jazba Aapi
2016 Iss Khamoshi Ka Matlab Geo TV
Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain (Season 2) Hum TV Episodic role in Aisa Bus Dramon Main Hota Hai
Naimat ARY Digital Babar's mother
2016-2017 Dil Banjaara Hum TV Zubaida Mukhtar
2017 Sun Yaara Ary Digital Amna, Rafia's sister and Roshni's grandmother
Pinjra A-Plus Entertainment
Ghairat ARY Digital
Yaar-e-Bewafa Geo Entertainment Humera
Baday Mian TV One Telefilm
Super Saas Telefilm
Aangan ARY Digital Zaitoon Bano
2018 Ustani Jee Hum TV Anwar's mother
Suno Chanda Hum TV Bi jaan
Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja Express Entertainment Ep:4 Diana Cottage
Ep:10 "Ammi Nahi Manengi"
Khatti Methi Love Story Express Entertainment
Siskiyaan BOL Entertainment
Dilara Zehra
2019 Dil-e-Bereham A-Plus TV
Do Bol ARY Digital Firdous
Suno Chanda 2 Hum TV Bi jaan
2020 Kashf Hum TV Kashf's grandmother
Bandhay Aik Dor Say Geo TV [14]
Ghisi Piti Mohabbat ARY Digital Samiya's phuppo
2021 Safar Tamam Howa Hum TV [15]
Ms. Marvel Disney+ TBA; Hollywood debut[16]
Shehnai ARY Digital Bakht's grandmother
Baddua ARY Digital Mudassir's mother
Badnaseeb Hum TV Saeed's mother
Mere Humsafar ARY Digital Riffat
2022 Afrah Tafreeh Hum TV Khushi's grandmother
2022 Love Life Ka Law Geo Entertainment Baby Aunty

Web series[edit]

Year Title Role Platform Notes
2021 Dhoop Ki Deewar Sarah's grandmother ZEE5

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Title Award Category Result
1985 Naraaz Nigar Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1999 Herself PTV Awards Best Director Award by PTV.[5][2] Won
2005 Herself The 1st Indus Drama Awards Best Actress Sitcom in a Leading Role Won
2011 Herself Pride of Performance Award Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Shabbir, Buraq. "Samina Ahmed on her role in Load Wedding". The News International (newspaper) website. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d MariaS (1 October 2012). "Famous TV actress of Pakistan: Samina Ahmed". Pakistan 360 degrees website. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ Rewind with Samina Peerzada (6 June 2019), Suno Chanda & Do Bol's Legend Samina Ahmad | Part I | Rewind With Samina Peerzada, retrieved 6 June 2019
  4. ^ a b c Zoya Anwer (29 May 2015). "6 Pakistani comedy shows that need to make a comeback". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Profile of Samina Ahmad on tv.com.pk website Retrieved 21 March 2019
  6. ^ Shoaib Ahmed (17 April 2007). "W.Z. Ahmed passes away". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ "It's Never Too Late For 'Qubool Hai:' High Time To Accept Seniors In Love". Parhlo. 9 April 2020.
  8. ^ Dukhtar (2014) film and Samina Ahmad (actress) on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 20 March 2019
  9. ^ "'Khel Khel Mein' releasing on November 19". Daily Times. 30 October 2021.
  10. ^ "DHOOP MEIN SAWAN Episode 1(1998)". YouTube. Archived from the original on 5 December 2021.
  11. ^ "Hoo Ba Hoo - Episode #8 - ACB Comedy". YouTube. Archived from the original on 5 December 2021.
  12. ^ "Bol Meri Machli Episode, Bol Meri Machli Drama Cast, Bol Meri Machli Schedule, Bol Meri Machli OST".
  13. ^ "Prime Time: Questioning your sanity (Review of Husn Ara Kaun)". dawn.com. 20 February 2011. Retrieved 19 December 2021.
  14. ^ Shabbir, Buraq. "Ahsan Khan on his next drama serial, Bandhay Ek Dor Se". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  15. ^ "Teasers and OST of Safar Tamam Hua starring Madiha Imam & Ali Rehman are out". Something Haute. 4 March 2021.
  16. ^ "Samina Ahmed set to make her Hollywood debut". The Express Tribune. 10 April 2021.

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