Tanha (TV series)

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A promotional logo image of "Tanha".
Created by Navid Antulan
Written by Haseena Moin
Directed by Siddharth Sengupta
Starring Sushma Seth
Opening theme "Tanha" by Raju Singh
Country of origin India
Original language(s) Hindi
No. of episodes 40
Producer(s) Afnan Arts
Running time approx. 60 minutes
Original network STAR Plus
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release 1997-1999

Tanha was an Indian television drama which aired on Star Plus from 1997-1999.It was a joint presentation of India and Pakistan and it included top Pakistani actors such as Sajid Hasan and Marina Khan.The lyrics for the title song were composed by Javed Akhtar and set to tune by Raju Singh. It was written by Haseena Moin, the writer of popular Pakistani television series like Dhoop Kinare, Tanhaiyaan and Ankahi.Tanha set a was a very popular drama and it received huge ratings.It was an Indo-Pak Drama and was enjoyed by the people of South Asia.


Tanha is a poignant family drama. Sushma Seth plays the role of a contemporary Muslim woman, Shakeela Begum, a widow running a prosperous garment export industry. She is the dynamic and an inspiration, who strives to keep her family together.

The series opens with the family getting together to celebrate Eid. The story then unfolds the interesting and colourful characters and the intimacy and filial love between them. The series has been shot on location in Lucknow, Aligarh and other important cities in India.


A poignant family drama, Tanha is based on a widow (Sushma Seth), who strives to keep her family together.After facing a bunch of problems and difficulties in the end she succeeds to keep her whole family together.


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