Zaheen Tahira

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Zaheen Tahira
Died (aged 70)
Karachi, Pakistan
Other namesTahira Aapa
OccupationTelevision actress, Film actress
Years active1966–2019
Known forKhuda Ki Basti
AwardsTamgha-e-Imtiaz (2013)

Zaheen Tahira (1949 – 9 July 2019) was a Pakistani film and television actress, producer and director. She also worked for Radio Pakistan and on stage.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

She was born in 1949 in Lucknow, India[2][1][5] (according to some sources, she was born in 1940 in Lucknow, British India[6][7]).


She is considered to be one of the most senior and veteran actress in Pakistan television history.[4] She dominated the TV screens in the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s by portraying strong characters mainly on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Karachi centre. She has appeared in over 700 drama serials in lead and supporting roles. She also produced and directed a few television series. Currently she appears in plays mostly on private channels. She played the lead role in Pakistan's record breaking serial Khuda Ki Basti by Shaukat Siddiqui.

In 2013, she received the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (Medal of Distinction) by the President of Pakistan in recognition of her work in the Pakistani entertainment industry.[8]

Illness and death[edit]

Tahira was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi after suffering a major cardiac arrest on 23 June 2019. On 27 June 2019 she was shifted to the CCU from ICU. Her son Kamran Khan said that "Mum is hospitalized. she is getting better now, By evening they will remove the ventilator."[9] Her grandson Danial Shahzad Khan said that "Zaheen Tahira is very much alive and is currently admitted in the coronary care unit."[10]

Zaheen Tahira died in Karachi on 9 July 2019 around 9:30 AM.[11]


She has appeared in a number of plays and Dramas in late 60's-present some of her dramas listed below:

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Iconic Zaheen Tahira passes away". The News. 9 July 2019.
  2. ^ a b "سینئر ترین اداکارہ ذہین طاہرہ انتقال کر گئیں". Jang.
  3. ^ a b "Awards celebrate showbiz achievements (Hum Awards)". Dawn (newspaper). 14 March 2013. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of Zaheen Tahira on website Retrieved 27 July 2018
  5. ^ "Veteran actress Zaheen Tahira passes away". Bussiness Recorder. 9 July 2019.
  6. ^ "Veteran TV actor Zaheen Tahira passes away in Karachi". The Express Tribune. 9 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Veteran actor Zaheen Tahira passes away at 79". Dawn. 9 July 2019.
  8. ^ a b President decorates civil and military awards on Pakistan Day The Nation (newspaper), Published 24 March 2013, Retrieved 27 July 2018
  9. ^ "ذہین طاہرہ زندہ ہیں، بیٹے نے موت کی افواہوں کی تردید کر دی". (in Urdu).
  10. ^ "Zaheen Tahira's grandson rubbishes rumours of actor's death".
  11. ^ Pakistani actor Zaheen Tahira passes away, Samaa Tv, 9 July 2019
  12. ^ a b c d e Filmography of Zaheen Tahira on IMDb website Retrieved 27 July 2018

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