Zara Noor Abbas

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Zara Noor Abbas
Born (1990-03-13) 13 March 1990 (age 29)[1]
NationalityPakistani
OccupationActress, Model
Years active2016–present
Known forDharkan (2016)
Khamoshi (2017)
Lamhay (2018)
Spouse(s)
Asad Siddiqui (m. 2017)
[2]
RelativesAsma Abbas (mother)
Bushra Ansari (aunt)

Zara Noor Abbas (born on 13 March 1990), also known by her married name Zara Noor Siddiqui is a Pakistani actress.[3][4] She is known for her role as Arsala in Momina Duraid's Khamoshi (2017). She has also acted in serials Dharkan (2016), Lamhay (2018) and Qaid (2018). She will be seen in upcoming films Parey Hut Love (2019) and Chhalawa (2019).

The daughter of actress Asma Abbas and niece of Bushra Ansari, Abbas made her acting debut in her early days. She used to appear in theatres and short plays. In 2016, she made her television debut with a role of Areen in Hum TV's Dharkan. She gained critical acclaim for her portrayal of Arsala in 2017 series Khamoshi which ranks among the highest rated drama series of 2017 and established her as a leading actress in Urdu television. Currently, she is playing a role of Reham in Geo Entertainment's Qaid opposite Syed Jibran.

Early life[edit]

Abbas was born on 13 March 1990 in Karachi, Sindh.[5] She is the daughter of actress Asma Abbas, niece of Bushra Ansari and maternal grand-daughter of Ahmad Bashir. She is from the Punjabi background.[6][7][1]

Career[edit]

After participated in various plays and dance competitions, she made her television debut in the Fahim Burney's directed 2016 series Dharkan, where she played the lead character of Areen opposite Adeel Chaudhary and Ghana Ali.[8][7] The series ran for 18 episodes and aired weekly. About her television debut, she said "If it hadn’t been for Fahim Burney I would have never been a part of the drama industry". He is a star maker, she further said.[9][10] The series also receive mixed reviews from critics. Shahbano Yousuf of Daily Times stated, "We see this drama as a great blend of our culture, its norms and value mixed with fantastical romance".[9]

In 2017 she was appeared in another project with lead role as Arsala in critically acclaimed series Khamoshi opposite Bilal Khan, Affan Waheed and Iqra Aziz.[1][11] Upon release, Khamoshi has become one the most watched drama series of 2017 and also nominated for Best Drama Serial category at annual Hum Awards.[12][13][14] Her on-screen chemistry with Bilal Khan was praised and series proves to be the breakthrough for her.[15] Acoording to Buraq Shabbir of The News International, the series turned out to be a game changer for her.[16] Ahmed Sarym of The Express Tribune praised her saying, "Within a short span of time, she’s not only been able to mark a niche but also impress both commercially and critically alike".[7]

Abbas appeared in two series in 2018. She first starred alongside Shaz Khan in Amna Nawaz Khan's directorial Lamhay which tells the story of star-crossed lovers who are reincarnated.[17] Its her third consecutive appearance in Momina Duraid's production after Dharkan and Khamoshi. Series did not do well in terms of ratings but her performance was praised critically.[18] Her next series was Qaid. She starred opposite Syed Jibran and played the role of a Reham, a Home teacher who faces difficulties when came to know about her student being attracted towards her. The series explores the relation of Student and Teacher.[19] The series received average reviews.[citation needed]

Upcoming projects[edit]

Besides television Abbas was signed to her first film, Parey Hut Luv, directed by Asim Raza, also starring Maya Ali, Mahira Khan and Shehryar Munawar Siddiqui.[20][21] The film is slated to release in August 2019[22] Abbas said in an interview that she was pleased to work with her fellow cast members in her debut film. She further said that though she did she not have a lead role, her character is important to the film.[23] In the same year, she was signed to Wajahat Rauf's comedy-drama Chhalawa.[24] She will be seen with her husband Asad Siddiqui in the project.[25] In a Teaser review, Sarah Hassan of Daily Times called Abbas, "Breathe of fresh air".[26] She will also be part of upcoming Wajahat Rauf's venture Karachi Se Lahore 3 which will be the third installment in Karachi Lahore (film series).[27]

Personal life[edit]

In 2017, she married to fellow actor Asad Siddiqui, the nephew of Adnan Siddiqui. According to Abbas, they first meet on sets of Kis Ki Ayegi Baraat. The marriage ceremony was held in Karachi, Pakistan.[28][29][2]

Off-screen work[edit]

In June 2018, Abbas gave's speech on "Power of a Single Decision" at Government College University in Lahore organized by TED Talk.[30][10] She served as a showstopper for FnkAsia at Fashion Pakistan Week.[31][32][33]

Filmography[edit]

Key
Films that have not yet been released Denotes film / series that have not yet been released

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2016 Dharkan Areen Lead Role
2017–2018 Khamoshi Arsala Sabir Lead Role
2018 Lamhay Aleena Lead Role
2018–2019 Qaid Reham Lead Role
2019 Deewar-e-Shabdagger Feroza Jahan Lead Role[34]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2019 Chhalawadagger Haya Rafaqat Filming[24]
2019 Parey Hut Lovedagger TBA Filming[23]
2019 Karachi Se Lahore 3dagger TBA Announced[27]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Happy Birthday to the gorgeous diva Zara Noor Abbas". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  2. ^ a b "Zara Noor Abbas shared a picture with husband Asad Siddiqui 'too vile' for Internet". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  3. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas confronts ridiculing models at Fashion Week with Instagram post". The News International. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  4. ^ Staff, Images (2018-04-12). "Actor Zara Noor Abbas calls out models for mocking her at fashion week". Dawn. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  5. ^ Staff, Images (2019-03-13). "Zara Noor Abbas celebrates 28th birthday with an intimate house party". DAWN. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  6. ^ says, Abdul salam (2018-04-21). "Pakistani mother-daughter celebrities who are too good to be ignored". Business Recorder. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  7. ^ a b c "I've always been very opinionated and staunch with my words: Zara Noor Abbas | The Express Tribune". The Express Tribune. 2018-07-11. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  8. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas tells women to realise their self worth on Women's Day". Daily Times. 2019-03-09. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  9. ^ a b "Dharkan: Romance that everyone yearns to watch - Daily Times". Daily Times. 2016-07-24. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  10. ^ a b "My first marriage was for all the wrong reasons: Zara Noor Abbas". The Express Tribune. 2018-10-16. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  11. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas confronts ridiculing models at Fashion Week with Instagram post". The News International. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  12. ^ "Exciting: Hum Awards has revealed their viewers choice nominations list". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-07-23.
  13. ^ Desk, Instep. "Top rated TV plays currently on air". The News International. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  14. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas targets on-screen portrayal of women in new Instagram post". The News International. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  15. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas: Know your self-worth and remind yourself of who you are". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  16. ^ Instep (2019-01-27). "In conversation with Zara Noor Abbas". TNS - The News on Sunday. Retrieved 2019-03-11.
  17. ^ Haq, Irfan Ul (2018-04-30). "Shaz Khan and Zara Noor Abbas are set to star in upcoming drama Lamhe". Dawn. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  18. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas is the only thing that makes Lamhay worth watching". Something Haute. 2018-09-22. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  19. ^ Shabbir, Buraq. "Qaid is about juvenile obsession, says Zara Noor Abbas". The News International. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  20. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas to make film debut alongside Mahira Khan in 'Parey Hat Lav'". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  21. ^ Haq, Irfan Ul (2018-03-30). "Zara Noor Abbas will make her film debut with Mahira Khan-starrer Paray Hat Love". Images. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  22. ^ Rehman, Maliha (2018-12-18). "Parey Hut Love's shoot concludes with a star-studded wrap-up party". Dawn. Retrieved 2018-12-22.
  23. ^ a b "Mahira Khan, Sheheryar Munawar, Zara Noor Abbas to star in Asim Raza's next". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  24. ^ a b NewsBytes. "Wajahat Rauf unveils title of his Eid ul Fitr release, Chhalawa". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2019-03-06.
  25. ^ NewsBytes. "Zara Noor Abbas and Asad Siddiqui will feature in Wajahat Rauf's next". The News International. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  26. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas' character in 'Chhalawa' is like a breath of fresh air". Daily Times. 2019-03-31. Retrieved 2019-04-01.
  27. ^ a b "Third installment of 'Karachi Se Lahore' in the works". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  28. ^ "This couple is breaking wedding stereotypes!". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  29. ^ "Congratulations: Zara Noor Abbas has gotten engaged to Asad Siddiqui!". Daily Pakistan Global. Retrieved 2018-08-30.
  30. ^ TEDx Talks, "Power of a single decision | Zara Noor Abbas", TED, retrieved 2018-12-22
  31. ^ Staff, Images (2018-04-12). "Actor Zara Noor Abbas calls out models for mocking her at fashion week". DAWN. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  32. ^ Staff, Images (2018-04-14). "Areeba Habib apologises to Zara Noor Abbas for mocking her runway walk". DAWN. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  33. ^ "Zara Noor Abbas's runway walk, and the case of the mocking trolls". Daily Times. 2018-04-12. Retrieved 2018-12-24.
  34. ^ NewsBytes. "Zara Noor Abbas on her upcoming play Deewar e Shab". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 2019-03-12.

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