Sania Saeed

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Sania Saeed
Native name ثانیہ سعید
Born Sania Saeed
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistan
Education BA Hons in Psychology
Alma mater University of Karachi.
Occupation Actor, anchor (theater and television)
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Shahid Shafaat (m.1998–present)

Sania Saeed is a Pakistani actor and host.

She first appeared on television in a street theatre play, televised for 8 March, for the program Aadhi Duniya in 1989. The play was Aurat. She was the first announcer for Network Television Marketing, Karachi center.[1] She then appeared in Haseena Moin's serial Aahat, directed by Sahira Kazmi, followed by Anwar Maqsood's Sitara Aur Mehrunissa directed by Zark in 1991 & 1992 respectively, which shot Sania to her stardom in the Pakistani television Industry.[2] Sania has been working in theatre and television for over two decades.

She won PTV Award for Best Actress in 1991 as well as in 2011 and received four Lux Style Awards in the Best Actress category. She has appeared opposite Zuhab Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Ismat Zaidi, Soniya Hussain, Badar Khalil, Khalid Ahmed and Sana Askari in many episodes of Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain

Early life and education[edit]

Sania was born in Karachi. Her father Mansoor Saeed was a political activist and translated books, documentaries and theatre plays in Urdu and his best works include the translations of Carl Sagan's Cosmos, Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man and Bertolt Breckht's life of Galilio, Exception and the rule, He who says Yes and He who says No, Good Person of Schezwan and Saint Joan of the Stockyards.

Sania's mother, Abida Saeed is a Montessorian and had established Seedling Montessori School in 1983 and runs to date.

Sania did her matric from St Joseph's Convent High School, Karachi. Intermediate from PECHS college for Women and Honours from University of Karachi, in Clinical Psychology.


1982 was the year when Sania's father Mansoor Saeed with other like-minded comrades established a theatre group named DASTAK.[3]

The Dastak Experience

Dastak was very active in the struggle for democracy during the longest dictatorship in Pakistan that ended in 1988. It was doing both proscenium and Street theatre. It was a group of volunteer political activists, students, trade union workers, students, women and human rights' activists, journalists and teachers. Sania started from playing child characters, crowds and scene changers to major characters in the Urdu translations of these Dastak performances.

  • The Chameleon (Chekhov) – Girgit
  • Exception and the rule. – Anokhi baat bhi mumkinhai
  • Life of Galileo etc. – Galileo ki Daastan
  • Interview in Buenos Aires – Aik jalawatan se interview.

Democracy bought new tasks, and the younger lot of the group moved into street theatre, protesting against discriminatory laws against women, unemployment, unavailability of basic amenities, encouraging education, etc. and continued up to 1990.

The Katha Experience

In 1992, Shahid Shafaat, Sania's husband, also an active member of Dastak, assisted by other friends, conducted a workshop with the working children of Korangi with the help of PILER and Goethe Institute. This workshop evolved into a play, "Tarikyon ke saye" first performed at a local marriage hall in their home town (Korangi, an Industrial area in Karachi) and then later at Pak American Cultural Centre (PACC). The children who participated in this workshop came out a little more aware of themselves. It is one of the rare original full length scripts that was developed from a workshop. This group formalised and is now called KATHA.[4]

Television experience

1989 – First appearance. Sania as part of Dastak, was invited to perform street theatre play "AURAT" (originally written by Safdar Hashmi of Jan Natya Manch India) for PTV, they gladly accepted. Women's issues were being given a lot of importance and several programs were being designed and presented one of which was "AADHI DUNIYA", produced by Fahmida Nasreen. The 20-min play was recorded in two days and performed by activists of Dastak.

Television shows[edit]

Drama serials[edit]

Year Drama Serial Channel
1989 Tapish PTV
1991 Aahat PTV
1992 Sitara Aur Mehrunissa NTM
2000 Zaib-un-Nissa PTV
2000 Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai PTV
2001 Kahaniyan PTV
2003 Shayad Key Bahar Aaye PTV
2004 Thori Si Mohabbat Geo TV
2004 Waada ARY Digital
2006 Bebak Hum TV
2007 Jhumka Jaan Hum TV
2008 Khamoshiyan Hum TV
2010 The Ghost Hum TV
2010 Roshan PTV
2010 Kalmoohi PTV
2011 Hawa Rait Aur Angan PTV
2011 Aao Kahani Buntay Hain PTV Home
2011 Lamha Lamha Zindagi ARY
2011 Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai Express Entertainment
2012 Zard Mausam Hum TV
2013 Darmiyaan ARY Digital
2013 Aseerzadi Hum TV
2013 Numm Geo TV
2013 Main Manto Geo TV
2012-13 Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain Hum TV Opposite veteran actors like Badar Khalil, Ismat Zaidi, Mohammed Ehteshamuddin and young actors like Shamoon Abbasi, Soniya Hussain Zuhab Khan and Sana Askari
2013 Sharek-e-Hayat Hum TV As Behroze Sabzwari wife
2015 Aitraz ARY Digital Opposite Imran Abbas Naqvi
2016 Mor Mahal Geo Entertainment as an oracle
2016 Sang-e-Mar Mar Hum TV as Noman Ijaz's wife
2017 Sammi (2017 TV series) Hum TV as chandi
2017 Kitni Girhan Baqi Hain Hum TV as Sanam


Year Film Role
2015 Manto as Safiya / Beghum Manto
TBA Aashiq[5] TBA

Telefilms and long plays[edit]

Play Genre Channel
Talaash Long Play PTV
Chup Darya Long Play PTV
Bila Unwan Long Play PTV
24 Ghante Telefilm PTV
Drama Fever aka Aurat aur Char Dewari TV Film ARY Digital
Meethi Meethi Baatein Long Play PTV
Intekhab Telefilm Geo TV
Aik Larki Bheegi Bhaagi Si Eid Telefilm Geo TV
Putlighar Telefilm Hum TV
Ab Tum Ja Saktay Ho Long Play PTV
Faraar Long Play PTV
Tarazu Telefilm Hum TV
Saatwaan Aasman Telefilm ARY Digital
Kathak Telefilm PTV
Zindagi Udaas Hai Tu (Kya Karun Ammi) Long Play Geo TV
Koshish Telefilm PTV

Theater and stage plays[edit]

Year Play Genre
2008 Prem kahani
2009 Main Adakara Banu gi[6]

Talk shows[edit]

Year Show Channel
1999 Sehar Honay Ko hai PTV
2000 Ariel Maa (season I) PTV
2009 Junoon-E-Gum Gashta (Along with Lutfullah Khan) Geo TV
2010 Hawa ke Namm Geo TV
2012 Ariel Maa (season II) PTV

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Category Award Ceremony Outcome
2003 Shayad Key Phir Bahar Aaye Best Actress TV 2nd Lux Style Awards[7] Won
2009 Jhumka Jaan Best TV Actress Satellite 8th Lux Style Awards[8] Won
2010 The Ghost Best TV Actress Satellite 9th Lux Style Awards[9] Won
2011 Hawa Rait Aur Aangan Best TV Actress Terrestrial 10th Lux Style Awards[10] Won
2011 Kalmoohi Best Actress Outsource 16th PTV Awards[11] Won
2012 Aao Kahani Buntay Hein Best TV Actress Terrestrial 11th Lux Style Awards[12] Nominated
2013 Zard Mausam Best Actress 1st Hum Awards[13] Nominated
2013 Aseerzadi Best Actress 2nd Hum Awards[14] Won
2016 Manto Best Actor Female (Jury) 2nd ARY Film Awards Pending


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