Khayyam Sarhadi

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Khayyam Sarhadi
Native name خییام سرحدی
Born 1948
Bombay, British India
Died 3 February 2011 (2011-02-04) (aged 62)
Lahore, Punjab
Cause of death Heart attack
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actor, Television personality, Radio personality
Spouse(s) Atiya Sharaf (divorced)
Saiqa (wife till his death)
Children 4 (daughters)
Zarghuna Khayyam
Parent(s) Zia Sarhadi (father)
Zahira Ghaznavi (mother)
Relatives Zhalay Sarhadi (niece)

Khayyam Sarhadi (1948 – 3 February 2011) was a Pakistani film and television actor and a radio personality.[1]

Early life[edit]

Khayyam was born to a Muslim family in 1948 in Bombay, in the home of parents Zia Sarhadi and Zahira Ghaznavi in British India and grew up there. Later he moved to Karachi, Pakistan and stayed there for sometime and moved again to Lahore. His maternal grandfather, Rafiq Ghaznavi, was a musician and since both his parents were writers, he was into showbiz from an early age. Khayyam travelled to the United States where he got his master's degree in cinematography.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Khayyam Sarhadi was married to a film actress Atiya Sharaf. Later, the couple got divorced and he got married to a TV actress Saiqa. He had four daughters one from Atiya and three from Saiqa, one of his daughters is Zarghuna Khayyam. Sarhadi was a son of a famous Indian film director, producer and writer Zia Sarhadi and his mother was a writer named Zahra Sarhadi.[1] He was the uncle of a model and actress Zhalay Sarhadi.


Sarhadi started his career from acting and directing theatre plays and later started working in TV dramas with Pakistan Television Corporation. Since then he had worked in thousands of dramas and directed a few. He also worked in some films.[2] His scripts were in Roman letters because he couldn't read Urdu well.[1]

Throughout his career Khayyam Sarhadi won hundreds of awards including PTV National Award, Nigar Award, and the prestigious award of Pakistan – The Pride of Performance Award in 1991.[1] He was among the few who won a Pride of Performance at a young age.


Sarhadi died with a sudden heart attack on 3 February 2011 at the age of 62 in Lahore. His funeral was held at his residence in Defence Housing Authority, Lahore.[3]





  1. ^ a b c d e f "Khayyam left acting poorer". Dawn. 13 February 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2016., Khayyam Sarhadi's profile and obituary on Dawn newspaper
  2. ^ "Khayyam Sarhadi dies". The Nation newspaper. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2016.
  3. ^ "Khayyam Sarhadi died with the heart attack". Dawn. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 29 May 2016.

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