Samina Ahmad
Born (1947-03-20) March 20, 1947 (age 74)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationActress, producer, director
Years active1965–present
Spouse(s)Fareed Ahmad (div. 1993)
Manzar Sehbai (m. 2020)
Children2
AwardsPride of Performance (2011)

Samina Ahmad is a Pakistani film and television actress, stage performer, producer and director. She is a veteran television actress with over 50 years of work experience in the Urdu entertainment industry. Ahmad performed for many PTV's major successful series, including Waris (1979), Alif Noon and Family Front. One of her most recent roles includes the Geo TV's widely-popular four-part comedy series Kis Ki Aayegi Baraat (2009–2012), and the Hum TV's acclaimed comedy drama series Suno Chanda (2018) and its sequel Suno Chanda 2 (2019).[1][2] For her contributions towards the television industry, she was honoured by the Government of Pakistan with the Pride of Performance in 2011.

Early life and career

Ahmad was born in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan on 11 February 1950. Her father was Director Forests, in the West of Pakistan, and her mother was housewife. Her father died in 1965 and mother in 2018. She is the elder among her five siblings. She has done Masters in Home Economics.[3]

Ahmad had started her career with serious plays on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV), however she is known for comedy plays like Akkar Bakkar, Taal Matol, Alif Noon and Such Gup. She also acted in the famous comedy drama Family Front (1997 Comedy Drama TV Series).[4] She has recently acted in another TV comedy named Side Order. Her switch to the comic roles proved to be highly rewarding for her, and she quickly became a top media person in Pakistan. When asked in an interview about what she values most in life ? ... Her prompt reply was, "Humanity". Samina Ahmad was just an 18 year old college student in Lahore, Pakistan, when she first started working for Pakistan Television Corporation. During her long career, she has also worked at Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore as a Program Director for two decades. Despite her busy professional career, Samina Ahmed has also been an active member of Women's Action Forum in Pakistan.[2]

Ahmad was a programmer director at Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore while also performing on the television. In 1997, she launched her own television company named as Samina Ahmad Productions, which produced the widely-popular TV drama Family Front.[4][5]

Personal life

Ahmad was married to a Pakistani filmmaker Fariduddin Ahmed, the son of veteran filmmaker W.Z. Ahmed, who made a popular Pakistani film Waada (1957). The couple has a son, and a daughter together. Fariduddin divorced her, a few years before his death in 1993, the reason being his love for the actress Shamim Ara, who he later married.[6] Ahmad married actor Manzar Sehbai on 4 April 2020, in a private Nikah ceremony in Lahore.[7]

Children

Samina Ahmed has a son and daughter from her first marriage. Son Zain is associated with NAPA and teaches acting, while daughter Zara is not associated with the media industry.[8]

Filmography

Films

Year Movie Role Notes Ref
1984 Naraaz Rahat
2014 Dukhtar Rukhsana [9]
2018 Load Wedding Raja's Mother [1]
2020 Intezaar Salma Kanwal

Television

Year Title Network Notes
1979 Waris[5] PTV Sughra Niaz Ali
1980 Side Order Tahira
1989 Kiran
1994 Husan Ara Kaun
1980 Alif Noon
1994 Angaar Waadi Dr's Hajra's mother
1997 Family Front[4][2][5] Nusrat
1998 Dhoop Mein Sawan[10]
2006 Hoo Ba Hoo [11] Indus TV
2009 Tanveer Fatima (B.A) Geo TV
2009 Azar Ki Ayegi Baraat Mehr-un-Nisa
2009 Bol Meri Machli[12]
2010 Chand Parosa
2009 Noor Bano Hum TV Bi Jaan
2009 Dolly ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV Mehr-un-Nisa
2009 Dastaan Hum TV Special appearance as Orphanage care taker, Bano came to Pakistan after partition and stayed in her orphanage.
2010 Talluq Geo TV
2011 Kitni Girhain Baqi Hain Hum TV Episodic role
2011 Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV
2011 Akhri Barish Hum TV
2011 Pani Jaisa Piyar Hum TV Nuzhat
2012 Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat Geo TV
2012-2013 Mirat Ul Uroos Geo TV Asghari
2013 Dil Muhallay Ki Haveli Geo TV Amma Bi
2015 Sawaab Hum Sitaray her role was Fehmida (Nimra's mother-in-law)
2015 Maikey Ko Dedo Sandes Geo TV
2015 Sangat Hum TV Adnan and Farah's mother
2015-2016 Gul-e-Rana Hum TV Jazba Aapi
2015 Bojh Geo TV
2016 Iss Khamoshi Ka Matlab Geo TV
2016 Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain (Season 2) Hum TV Episodic role in Aisa Bus Dramon Main Hota Hai
2016 Naimat ARY Digital Babar's mother
2016-2017 Dil Banjaara Hum TV Zubaida Mukhtar
2017 Sun Yaara Ary Digital Amna, Rafia's sister and Roshni's grandmother
2017 Pinjra A-Plus Entertainment
2017 Ghairat ARY Digital
2017 Yaar-e-Bewafa Geo Entertainment Humera
2017 Baday Mian TVOne Pakistan Telefilm
2017 Super Saas Telefilm
2017 Aangan ARY Digital Zaitoon Bano
2018 Ustani Jee Hum TV Anwar's mother
2018 Suno Chanda Hum TV Bi jaan
2018 Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja Express Entertainment Ep:4 Diana Cottage
Ep:10 "Ammi Nahi Manengi"
2018 Khatti Methi Love Story Express Entertainment
2018 Siskiyaan BOL
2018 Dilaara BOL
2019 Dil-e-Bereham A-Plus TV
2019 Do Bol ARY Digital Firdous
2019 Suno Chanda 2 Hum TV Bi jaan
2020 Kashf Hum TV Kashf's grandmother
2020 Bandhay Aik Dor Say Geo TV [13]
2020 Ghisi Piti Mohabbat ARY Digital Samiya's phuppo
2021 Safar Tamam Howa Hum TV [14]
Ms. Marvel Disney+ TBA; Hollywood debut[15]
Shehnai ARY Digital Bakht's grandmother

Awards and nominations

Year Title Award Category Result
1985 Naraaz Nigar Award Best Supporting Actress Won
1999 Herself PTV Awards Best Director Award by PTV.[5][2] Won
2005 Herself The 1st Indus Drama Awards Best Actress Sitcom in a Leading Role Won
2011 Herself Pride of Performance Award Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan Won

References

  1. ^ a b Shabbir, Buraq. "Samina Ahmed on her role in Load Wedding". The News International (newspaper) website. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d MariaS (1 October 2012). "Famous TV actress of Pakistan: Samina Ahmed". Pakistan 360 degrees website. Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  3. ^ Rewind with Samina Peerzada (6 June 2019), Suno Chanda & Do Bol's Legend Samina Ahmad | Part I | Rewind With Samina Peerzada, retrieved 6 June 2019
  4. ^ a b c Zoya Anwer (29 May 2015). "6 Pakistani comedy shows that need to make a comeback". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Profile of Samina Ahmad on tv.com.pk website Retrieved 21 March 2019
  6. ^ Shoaib Ahmed (17 April 2007). "W.Z. Ahmed passes away". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 21 March 2019.
  7. ^ "It's Never Too Late For 'Qubool Hai:' High Time To Accept Seniors In Love". Parhlo.
  8. ^ "Samina Ahmed and Manzar Sehbai - All You Need To Know". Reviewit.pk. 9 April 2020. Retrieved 5 December 2020.
  9. ^ Dukhtar (2014) film and Samina Ahmad (actress) on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 20 March 2019
  10. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qCNLANVwD44
  11. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Z4vlcaI1rA
  12. ^ https://harpalgeo.tv/program/bol-meri-machli
  13. ^ Shabbir, Buraq. "Ahsan Khan on his next drama serial, Bandhay Ek Dor Se". www.thenews.com.pk. Retrieved 4 April 2020.
  14. ^ "Teasers and OST of Safar Tamam Hua starring Madiha Imam & Ali Rehman are out". Something Haute. 4 March 2021.
  15. ^ "Samina Ahmed set to make her Hollywood debut". The Express Tribune. 10 April 2021.