Sarmad Khoosat

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Sarmad Khoosat
سرمد کھوسٹ
Born (1979-05-07) May 7, 1979 (age 43)
Years active1999–present
Parent(s)Irfan Khoosat

Sarmad Sultan Khoosat (born May 7, 1979) is a Pakistani actor, film/TV director, producer and screenwriter best known for directing the super-hit TV dramas Humsafar and Shehr-e-Zaat.[1] He is considered to be one of the best South Asian filmmakers with his film Zindagi Tamasha being selected as Pakistan's entry for the Best International Feature Film at the 93rd Academy Awards. The film also premiered at the 24th Busan International Film Festival under the section 'A Window on Asian Cinema'. He also portrayed the role of Saadat Hasan Manto in his film Manto.


He is the son of veteran TV and film actor, producer and comedian Irfan Khoosat,[2] while his sister Kanwal Khoosat is also a director, screenwriter and actress.[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Academically, he graduated from Government College University (Lahore) and earned a master's degree in Psychology and a gold medal. He also was a member of the Debating Society of GCU.[2]

He rose to prominence during the late 1990s, when he created the sitcom Shashlik which ran for over three years on PTV. Sarmad directed the series of Tele-films for Geo Tv "TAMASHA GHAR" in 2003 with the screenwriter Saji Gul which was based on themes dealing with subconscious desires and fears (inspired by Freudian school of psychology).

His first television drama as a director was Piya Naam Ka Diya in 2007, in which he acted opposite filmstar Saima Noor and Erum Akhtar. Sarmad then served as executive director for a soap serial named Mujhe Apna Naam-o-Nishan Milay, directed by his sister Kanwal Khoosat. Khoosat's TV drama, Kalmoohi that he wrote and directed, began airing on PTV in early 2010, also got good reviews.[citation needed] In 2011, he gained significant prominence and acclaim with the TV drama Pani Jaisa Piyar[4] that aired on Hum TV. It won him the best director award for it on LUX Style Awards. He directed Jal Pari, which was aired on Geo TV. He went on to direct Humsafar for Hum TV, which became an overnight success. His serial Shehr-e-Zaat was especially popular with women.[5][6][7]

He conducted a workshop at the Lahore University of Management Sciences's annual amateur film festival in June 2011.[8]

Khoosat directed episodes for Faseele Jaan Se Aagay and Ashk. He also directed the remake of the original Pakistani film, Aina, as a telefilm. In 2015, he completed shooting Mein Manto.[9]

In October 2018, he delivered a 24-hour-long live act, No Time To Sleep, enacting the last 24 hours of a death row prisoner's life, a performance which earned him critical appreciation.[10]

He wrote the script for Saqib Malik's upcoming production Ajnabee Sheher Main,[11] while he has two upcoming feature films as director, writing one as well.[12] His feature film, "Zindagi Tamasha" won the Kim Jin Seok award at the Busan Film Festival 2019 as well as the Best Film and Best Actor at the Asian Film Festival 2021. Despite its critical acclaim, his film release was halted in 2020 by the notorious party, TLP which called for it to be censored. Although the film was cleared for release by Pakistani authorities, Khoosat continued to receive death threats calling for the film to be banned. He took to social media to pen a letter to the government of Pakistan and Imran Khan, the Prime Minister-calling for protection against the threats. However, the government halted the release and instead invited TLP members to review the film. COVID-19 and the eventual lockdown further halted cinematic releases. Although the film was selected to represent Pakistan at the Oscars, its release remains a mystery.



Year Title Network Director Actor
2007 Piya Naam Ka Diya Geo TV Yes Yes
2008 Mujhe Apna Naam-o-Nishan Milay Geo TV Yes No
2011 Pani Jaisa Pyar Hum TV Yes No
Humsafar Hum TV Yes No
2012 Ashk Geo TV Yes No
Shehr-e-Zaat Hum TV Yes No
Mera Yaqeen Ary Digital Yes No
Daagh Ary Digital Yes No
2016 Mor Mahal Geo TV Yes No
2013 Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli Geo Entertainment No Yes
2017 Teri Raza Ary Digital No Yes
Baaghi Urdu 1 No Yes
Mujhay Jeenay Do Urdu 1 No Yes
Manto Geo TV Yes Yes
2018 Noor ul Ain Ary Digital Yes No
Lamhay (A-Plus TV series) A-Plus TV No Yes
Aakhri Station Ary Digital Yes Yes
2021 Pardes Ary Digital No Yes


Year Title Role Network Notes
2020 Churails Husband Released on Zee5 [13]


Year Film Director Actor Notes
2013 Aina Yes No Remake of Aina, a 1977 classic
2015 Dhokay Baaz No Yes
2016 Ek Thi Marium Yes No Based on the life of female fighter pilot Marium Mukhtiar


Year Film Director Actor Notes
2015 Manto Yes Yes Played the titular role of Manto
2018 Motorcycle Girl No Yes
2019 Zindagi Tamasha Yes Yes
2022 Kamli Yes No

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


Sarmad Khoosat Film .[15]

  1. ^ "Shehr-e-Zaat: A spiritual romance". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 12 October 2012. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Profile and interview of Sarmad Khoosat". website. Retrieved 1 September 2017.
  3. ^ Tayyaba Rana (8 February 2016), "The extremely talented Kanwal Khoosat gets 'HIP'", hip. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  4. ^ "'Pani Jaisa Pyar' TV Drama Review". website. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  5. ^ "International Segment: Humsafar, a journey you wouldn't want to miss". 18 October 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  6. ^ Atiqa Odho (24 February 2012). "Humsafar — Mohabbaton ka safar". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Humsafar: Here's what the noise is about". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 14 December 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  8. ^ Raza, Rahib (2011-02-13). "Festival at LUMS: Learning from others key to reviving film industry – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Saadat Manto comes to life in biopic 'Mein Manto'". The Express Tribune. 2015-06-09. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  10. ^ NewsBytes (30 October 2018), "Sarmad Khoosat expresses gratitude for overwhelming response on No Time To Sleep", The News International. Retrieved 31 October 2018.
  11. ^ Ahmed Sarym (30 November 2015), "Saqib Malik is working on four scripts at the moment", hip. Retrieved 31 October 2018
  12. ^ Instep Desk (4 October 2018), "Sarmad Khoosat announces two films", The News International. 31 October 2018.
  13. ^ "Churails Episode 2, 3 and 4 Reviews". Oyeyeah. 2020-08-19. Retrieved 2021-03-15.
  14. ^ Sarmad Khoosat to receive 'Pride of Performance' award, Pakistan Today (newspaper), Published 15 August 2016, Retrieved 1 September 2017
  15. ^ Zindagi Tamasha :Circus of Life, Highlights Critical Social Issues, Mediachowk

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