Uzma Gillani

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Uzma Gillani
Uzma Gillani

(1947-12-01) 1 December 1947 (age 74)
  • Actress
  • Advertiser
Years active1968 – present
Notable work
Waris (1979)
Dehleez (1982)
Kaisa Hai Naseeban (2019)
Inayat Shah Gillani
(m. 1965; his death 2017)
HonoursPride of Performance (1982)

Uzma Gillani (born 1947; Urdu: عظمیٰ گیلانی) is a veteran Pakistani television actress and advertiser.[1] She along with Khalida Riyasat, Tahira Naqvi and Roohi Bano dominated the television screens of Pakistan during 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.[1]

Early life[edit]

Uzma was born in Meerut, British India and her parents migrated to Pakistan.


Uzma is known for her tough nature and autocratic choice of roles, she is considered to be one of the greatest television actors of all time in Pakistan.[1] Uzma began her career through PTV's most successful plays Waris (1979–1982), Nasheman (1982), Dehleez (1981) and Panah (1981) which earned her widespread acclaim and recognition and a Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 1982.[2][3]

Uzma Gillani also battled successfully with cancer in her life.[4] With her career spanning over forty-five years, she is one of the early TV actresses that gained fame when television came into Pakistan in 1964.[5][6]

Personal life[edit]

Uzma married Inayat Shah Gillani who died in 2017 and she has two children.


Television series[edit]



The Government of Pakistan named a street and intersection after her in Lahore on August 16th, 2021.[11]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Year Award Category Result Title Ref.
1982 Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan Won Herself [5][2]
1998 PTV Award Best Actress Won Shaam Sey Phelay [12]
2013 2nd Hum Awards Hum Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Won Firaaq [13][14]
2014 3rd Hum Awards Hum Award for Best Actor in a Negative Role Nominated Firaaq [13]


  1. ^ a b c "Angels of the fall", Dawn News (Newspaper), retrieved 11 May 2021
  2. ^ a b c Mairas (23 July 2011). "Best Pakistani Female TV Actors: Uzma Gillani". website. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Upcoming plays of 2019", The News International, retrieved 21 February 2021
  4. ^ "World Cancer Day: Famous Pakistanis who battled the vicious disease", Pak Tribune, retrieved 2 February 2021
  5. ^ a b c d Profile of Uzma Gillani on website Retrieved 21 March 2019
  6. ^ "Importance of education highlighted", The Nation, retrieved 8 January 2021
  7. ^ "This photo from the shoot of 'Badlon Par Basera' reminds of Noorul Huda Shah's masterpiece", The Nation, retrieved 27 May 2021
  8. ^ "Recalling Zulfiqar Sheikh's drama serial 'Maa' on Mother's Day", The Nation, retrieved 12 January 2021
  9. ^ "Women portraying negative characters on TV", The News International, retrieved 11 February 2021
  10. ^ "Punjab governor hosts cast of upcoming film 'Sacch' at the Governor's House", Daily Times, retrieved 26 May 2021
  11. ^ "Lahore streets, intersections to be named after famous personalities". Dawn News. 18 August 2021.
  12. ^ "PTV Awards 1998", PTV (News), retrieved 28 July 2021
  13. ^ a b "2014 Hum Awards winners". Correspondent. Dawn News newspaper. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  14. ^ "3rd Hum TV Awards: Complete Nomination List 2015". Rida Sadiq. Brand Synario. 24 March 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2019.

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