Shaan Shahid

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Shaan Shahid
شان شاہد
Shaan speaking at a conference
Armaghan Shahid

(1971-04-27) 27 April 1971 (age 51)[1][2]
  • Actor
  • writer
  • director
Years active1990–present
Spouse(s)Amina Armaghan Shahid
Children4 daughters

Armaghan Shahid (Urdu: ارمُغان شاہِد; born 27 April 1971), better known by his stage names Shaan Shahid (Urdu: شان شاہِد) and Shaan, is a Pakistani[3] actor, producer, model, writer and film director. Shaan has established himself as one of the most popular leading actors of Pakistan.[4][5] Shaan started his acting career in 1990 by making his debut in Javed Fazil's film Bulandi opposite Reema Khan. He has won many awards in Pakistan including one Pride of Performance, fifteen Nigar Awards, five Lux Style Awards, one Pakistan Media Award, ARY Film Award.[6] He is considered the highest-paid film star in Pakistan.[7]

Early life and family[edit]

Armaghan Shahid, better known today as Shaan Shahid, was born in Lahore to director Riaz Shahid and theatre, film and television actress Neelo. His father was a Muslim[5][8] whereas his mother was a Punjabi Christian who embraced Islam.[5] His paternal uncle Fiaz Shahid was a cameraman and producer for PTV in Islamabad.

He started his early education at the prestigious Aitchison College. His first acting venture came at a boy scout bonfire. He won the best actor award in a play called Alif Noon, playing a comedy character, but never took acting seriously as a career. After Aitchison, he left for New York, United States and joined Newtown High School. Dreaming of being a lawyer, he always thought he had the talent to become one. He stayed in New York for seven years, then returned to Pakistan for a vacation where he took up the family business, Riaz Shahid Films. At the age of 19, he acted in his first film, Bulandi, which was released in 1990.[2]

He married Amina Shaan and has four daughters: Bahisht-i-Bareen Shaan Shahid, Fatima Shahid, Shah Bano Shahid, and Raanay Shahid.



Shaan made his debut with Bulandi in 1990 opposite another debutante Reema Khan. He has since appeared in hundreds of Urdu and Punjabi language films.

In 2013, the highest-grossing film Waar direction of Bilal Lashari stars him, Aisha Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Uzma Khan, Ali Azmat, and Meesha Shafi. He won the Best actor award of viewer's choice at 1st ARY Film Awards. After success of Waar he appeared in Jami's O21 alongside Aamina Sheikh, Iman Ali, Shamoon Abbasi and Ayub Khoso.[9] In 2015 Yalghaar starring Shaan and Adnan Siddiqui, the direction and production of Hassan Waqas Rana is set to be the most expensive film in the history of Pakistani cinema with an estimated budget of Rs 50 crore.[10][11]

There is the independent dance-based film Naach (2013) opposite Javed Sheikh, Momal Sheikh and newcomer Neil Uchong. Last is Shehzaad Rafique's Punjabi romantic film Ishq Khuda which stars him alongside Saima, Ahsan Khan and Wiam Dahmani. Shaan has sung a few songs in his films.

Film directing[edit]

Keen on making a difference to filmmaking in Pakistan, Shaan launched himself as a director. He directed his ambitious project Guns and Roses - Ik Junoon, which was released in 1999. The film was produced by the art entrepreneur Tanvir Fatima Rehman. He co-starred with Faisal Rehman, Meera and Resham. The music was scored by M. Arshad, the cinematography was done by Azhar Burki, and it was written by Pervaiz Kaleem. In 2000 he directed Mujhe Chand Chahiye starring himself, Noor, Reema Khan, Moammar Rana, Javed Sheikh and Atiqa Odho.

He then directed Moosa Khan (2001), which starred him, Saima, Abid Ali, Jan Rambo and Noor. The film received genuinely positive reviews from critics.

He signed a three-film deal with actress Juggan Kazim in 2008. One film, titled Chup was under pre-production for several years until it was scrapped; the others are still in pre-production. He is working with screenwriter Mashal Peerzada and Pakistani television director and screenwriter Sarmad Sultan Khoosat for his film projects. In 2009, Shaan appeared on ARY Digital's show Happenings which showed him directing a film scene with actress Resham in a Haveli house. In the interview he confirmed he has been making a film, however, not much is known about it. In 2012, he announced that he is set to direct one film that stayed under production for several years, Mission Allahu Akbar opposite Juggan Kazim in Thailand. In 2013, Shaan said his films were on hold as he is involved in his ambitious acting projects.[12]


Shaan joined Geo Television Network and hosted a morning show named Geo Shaan Say on Geo News. But he soon left the show to focus on the development of his movie Waar.

Brand ambassador for businesses[edit]

Shaan, with his extensive education and grooming and the ability to project class and elegance through his stature and expressions, has been a hot attraction for many brands and campaigns; several of them have had the pleasure of hosting him. On 17 February 2009, Unilever Pakistan launched their latest offering, the LUX Limited Edition soap, at the Pearl Continental Hotel in Lahore, Pakistan.[12] Shaan endorsed another mega brand, Pepsi, where he and the singing sensation Ali Zafar helped strengthen the brand in Pakistan.[12] Pakistan's telecom giant Mobilink hosted Shaan as a spokesperson for 'Mobilink Indigo', with the launch of the new face of Mobilink's premium post-paid brand 'Indigo' in 2004. It was projected as the brand for the elite executive and families. His character was a man whose demanding lifestyle has him juggling between work and family and Indigo helps him breeze through this life successfully.[12]

Shaan was the Goodwill Ambassador for 'One Pack = One Vaccine', a campaign launched by UNICEF, Procter & Gamble and the Ministry of Health in a bid to eradicate tetanus from Pakistan. Shaan has committed himself to the cause and has been visiting many areas and cities across the country, including malls and stores in Karachi and Lahore, to bring awareness amongst parents, especially mothers, about this deadly disease and how one can fight to eliminate it.[12]

Shan joined PSL franchise Lahore Qalandars as brand ambassador ahead of second season.[13]

Brand ambassador for sports[edit]

Shaan has a great interest in sports. After PSL he named the brand ambassador of Kashmir Premier League.[14] In January 2021, he has been named as the brand ambassador for Punjab Sports Board.[14]



Year Film Role
1990 Bulandi Shan
2001 Asoo Billa Asoo
2001 Musalman Azad Khan
2006 Majajan Zil-e-Shah
2007 Khuda Ke Liye Mansoor
2007 Soha Jora
2008 Zill-e-Shah Zill-e-Shah
2011 Jugni
2013 Waar Major Mujtaba Rizvi, a retired Pakistan Army Officer
2014 O21 Kashif Siddiqui
2017 Yalghaar Colonel Asad in Special Services Group of Pakistan Army
2017 Arth - The Destination Ali
TBA Zarrar Zarrar
Waar 2 Major Mujtaba Rizvi

Awards and nominations[edit]

Nigar Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work and artist Award Result
1997 Sangam Best Actor Won
1998 Nikah Best Actor Won
1999 Jannat Ki Talash Best Actor Won
2000 Tere Pyar Mein Best Actor Won

Lux Style Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work and artist Award Result
2000 Tere Pyaar Mein Best Actor Won
2002 Behram Daku Best Actor Nominated
2014 Waar Best Actor Nominated

Ary Films Awards[edit]

Year Nominated work and artist Award Result
2013 Waar Best Actor Won
2014 Honorary ARY Film Award Special Contribution to Pakistani Cinema Won

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Biography". Shaan Shahid. Archived from the original on 22 July 2017. Retrieved 2 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Which Pakistani Celebrities Have Dual Nationalities?". 30 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Shaan Shahid: The ageless superstar". 5 October 2014. Retrieved 21 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c "It's good to be the King!". The News. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Shaan Shahid Best Actor for Waar". Fashion Universe. 28 April 2014. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  7. ^ "Shaan Shahid, Fawad Khan, Mahira Khan: Pakistan's highest paid actors". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  8. ^ "Sheikh Riaz". Pakistan Point.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Reboots with Operation 021". The Express Tribune. Rafay Mahmood. 9 June 2014.
  10. ^ "From Waar to Yalghaar, this war takes epic proportions". The News. Nida Ameen. Archived from the original on 26 December 2014. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  11. ^ "Hassan Rana talks Yalghaar, Shaan and future of Pakistan's cinema". Nida Tapal. Retrieved 27 December 2014.
  12. ^ a b c d e " – The Official Website of Shaan". Retrieved 15 August 2016.
  13. ^ "Shaan join qalandars as ambassador ahead of psl second edition". Geo Tv. Retrieved 1 February 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Shaan Shahid likely to be appointed as Sports Ambassador". Baaghi TV. Retrieved 26 January 2021.

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