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Shoaib Mansoor
Born (1951-02-04) 4 February 1951 (age 73)
Occupation(s)TV & Film Director, Writer, Producer, Lyricist, Musician
Years active1976–present
SpouseAnila Khan
ChildrenZohaib Mansoor

Maham Mansoor

Sahib Mansoor
AwardsPride of Performance Award (2002)
Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award (2008)
PTV Award
Cairo International Film Festival
Lux Style Award
Roberto Rossellini Award
London Asian Film Festival
IRDS Film Awards

Shoaib Mansoor (Full name, Shoaib Mansoor), (Urdu: شعیب منصور; born 4 February 1951 Karachi) is a Pakistani television and film director, writer, producer, lyricist and musician of Muhajir origin.[1][2]

Active in the television industry since 1976, when he produced one of PTV's first programmes to be aired in colours, the music show Jharnay,[3] he first found success for composing and writing the song Dil Dil Pakistan in 1987, thereby introducing Vital Signs musical band in mainstream Pakistani television. He was also well-recognised for directing many critically acclaimed hit drama series on Pakistani television.[4]

He became internationally known and popular for directing TV shows including the 1982 classic Ankahi, comedy series Fifty Fifty (1980) and the travel documentary show, Gulls and Guys which was sponsored by the John Player Gold Leaf company and which was a commercial success reality show, and the military fiction series, Alpha Bravo Charlie (1998). Mansoor found further critical acclaim for his musical abilities, writing songs for Vital Signs in the 1990s and introduced the band nationwide. A versatile artist, he became a popular and respected film director after the release of critically acclaimed films Khuda Kay Liye (2007)[5] and Bol (2011). Mansoor won much acclaim for his work including the Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award from the President of Pakistan in 2008.[6][1]


Pride of Performance Award Recipient
Presented byGovernment of Pakistan

Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he calls himself) is among the most influential and famous figures in the Karachi entertainment sector.[4] He has directed, written and produced super hit TV shows such as Ankahi, Fifty Fifty, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehrey Din and Gulls & Guys, which aired on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).[7]

Shoaib Mansoor has also been a successful songwriter and music composer. Back in the 1980s, he introduced the pop sensation Vital Signs to the mainstream media. Besides being Junaid Jamshed's mentor and writing the lyrics for the song Dil Dil Pakistan, he was the backbone for the band's songs and composed and produced most of the Vital Signs' albums. Between 2001 and 2003, he directed the Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan music video picturised on Iman Ali and Rasheed Naz. He wrote and composed a number of Vital Signs' hit numbers such as Aitebar. In addition, he directed all of Vital Signs' videos and also produced a music video compilation and a movie titled Geetar '93.[4]

In 2007, Shoaib Mansoor debuted as a film director with the critically acclaimed film Khuda Kay Liye released on 20 July 2007 all over Pakistan.[2][5] It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.

In 2009, he began directing a big budget film Bol, with Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick and Iman Ali playing lead roles. The premiere was on 24 June 2011.[1]

Shoaib Mansoor's fourth film Verna starring Mahira Khan as the main female lead was released by Hum Films on 17 November 2017.[8][9][10]


Year Film Director Producer Screenwriter Music composer Cinematographer
2007 Khuda Kay Liye Geo Films [4] Yes Yes Yes No No
2011 Bol Geo Films [11] Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2017 Verna Hum Films [10] Yes Yes Yes Yes No
2024 Aasmaan Bolay Ga Geo Films [10] Yes Yes Yes Yes No


Awards and achievements[edit]

In recognition of his outstanding services, Mansoor has been decorated with presidential award of Pride of Performance in 2002 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2008.[12] He has also been awarded PTV Lifetime Achievement Award by the then-President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on the 43rd anniversary of Pakistan Television in November 2007. In 2007, he received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for Khuda Ke Liye. His film Bol (2011)[11] was awarded the Best Hindi film award in IRDS Film awards 2011 by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS), a Lucknow-based civil society organisation, for raising many social issues including the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society.[13] He has also won Lux Style Award, Roberto Rossellini Award, London Asian Film Festival and was nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

Year Award Category Title Result
2005 The 1st Indus Drama Awards Special Award for Direction Fifty Fifty Won
2007 Cairo International Film Festival Silver Pyramid Award Khuda Kay Liye Won
2007 PTV Award[4] Lifetime Achievement Award Won
2007 Roberto Rossellini Award[4] Best Film Khuda Kay Liye Won
2008 Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan[12] Achievement Won
2002 Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan[14] Achievement Won
2011 IRDS Film Awards[4] Best Hindi Film Award Bol Won
2011 London Asian Film Festival Best Film Bol Won
2011 Asia Pacific Screen Awards Best Screenplay Bol Nominated

Lux Style Awards[edit]

Ceremony Category Project Result
3rd Lux Style Awards Best Video Director Anarkali Won
7th Lux Style Awards Best Film Khuda Kay Liye
11th Lux Style Awards Best Film Bol
Best Original Soundtrack Nominated
17th Lux Style Awards Best Film Verna
Best Film Director


  1. ^ a b c Rashid, Haroon (27 June 2011). "Shoaib Mansoor: Pakistani film-maker tackling hypocrisy and taboos". BBC News. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Khuda Kay Liye thaws 43 years of India-Pakistan screen chill". Hindustan Times (newspaper). 1 April 2008. Archived from the original on 26 January 2013. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. ^ Suhayb, Muhammad (5 March 2023). "FLASH BACK: THE DEBUT THAT WASN'T". Dawn News. Starting off as a producer in Pakistan Television's (PTV) Karachi centre, Shoaib made his debut with the music show Jharnay in 1976 – one of the first programmes to be aired in colour.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Saira Agha (17 August 2018). "Pride of Pakistan: Shoaib Mansoor". Daily Times (newspaper). Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Q&A: 'Khuda Kay Liye was born out of anger'". The Times of India. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  6. ^ Shoaib Mansoor's second film likely to create ripples Dawn (newspaper), Published 26 December 2010, Retrieved 21 June 2020
  7. ^ Shoaib Mansoor as producer of TV shows Published 6 June 2011, Retrieved 25 June 2020
  8. ^ Sulaiman, G. (1 March 2017). "Pakistani Movie Verna: Mahira Khan Starts Shooting for Shoaib Mansoor's Film! [Pictures]". Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  9. ^ "Shoaib Mansoor's Verna to hit theatres on Eid-ul-Fitr 2017". The Nation (Pakistani newspaper). 14 October 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  10. ^ a b c "Mahira Khan talks about her new venture Verna". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 13 October 2016. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  11. ^ a b Shoaib Mansoor's film Bol (2011) on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 25 June 2020
  12. ^ a b 137 Pakistanis, 17 foreigners get civil awards Dawn (newspaper), published 15 August 2007, Retrieved 25 June 2020
  13. ^ "IRDS award for Shoaib Mansoor". Glamsham.com website. 16 January 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2020.
  14. ^ Shoaib Mansoor's Pride of Performance Award info on Dawn newspaper Published 24 March 2002, Retrieved 25 June 2020

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