Shehnaz Sheikh

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Shehnaz Sheikh
Shehnaz sheikh in tanhaiyaan.jpg
Shehnaz Sheikh in Tanhaiyaan as zara
BornShehnaz Sheikh
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationActress
Years active1980–1999
ReligionIslam
Spouse(s)Seerat Hazir (From 1980's–Present)
Children2
 
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Shehnaz Sheikh
Shehnaz sheikh in tanhaiyaan.jpg
Shehnaz Sheikh in Tanhaiyaan as zara
BornShehnaz Sheikh
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
OccupationActress
Years active1980–1999
ReligionIslam
Spouse(s)Seerat Hazir (From 1980's–Present)
Children2

Shehnaz Sheikh is a Pakistani Actress born in Lahore, Pakistan.[1] She has appeared in drama serials, such as Tanhaiyaan, Ankahi and in a show Uncle Sargam. After such enormous success in TV dramas, she left TV industry in mid-1990's and since retired.[2]

Career[edit source | edit]

Shiekh made her debut in 1980 with drama serial Balila which was written by Shoaib Hashmi. The show aired only few episodes and it got cancelled later[3][4] but Sheikh already got noticed by that time and signed in drama serial Ankahi written by Haseena Moin and directed by Syed Mohsin Ali and Shoaib Mansoor. She played the role of Sana Murad an ambitious and level headed girl from middle-class family.[5]

Her next drama Maray Thay Jin K Liye was a critical success. Her performance as a modern, independent woman who is still conservative at heart was praised.[6]

After the success of Ankahi, Sheikh again collaborate with Hassena Moin in her next drama serial Tanhaiyaan directed by Shahzad Kalil.[7] The show got massive critical and commercial success and now considered cult classic.

Raj Kapoor was looking for a Pakistani actress for his film Henna. Kapoor wanted to cast Sheikh but she refused to work in the movie. So after her refusal Haseena Moin recommended Zeba Bakhtiar, thus Zeba was casted in the title role of Henna.[8][9] When the film released in 1991 it was a success and was also chosen as India's entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.[10][11]

In early 1990's she appeared in couple of episodes of a show with Uncle Sargam and Yes Sir No Sir. She also hosted a show Showbiz Masala which used to air on NTM.[4][12][13]

Retirement From Acting[edit source | edit]

During an interview, Sheikh described her reasons of not acting anymore because of lack of new characters and challenges as an artist. She said that, "I didn’t want to restrict myself to characters which depicted the exact same personality. I wanted to branch out into something more diverse, more challenging,"[14]

Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay[edit source | edit]

After 27 years of Tanhaiyaan drama serial, a sequel named Olper's Tanhaiyan: Naye Silsilay was aired in late 2012. The script has been co-written by Haseena Moin and Mohammad Ahmed and directed by Marina Khan. Six of the 16 original cast members reprises their roles but Sheikh refused the offer since she has quit acting.[15][16] But Haseena Moin wanted her to render her voice for some letters her character has written to her sister in the drama. Sheikh agreed to doing a voice-over but demanded some amount for it. According to Haseena Moin, the sponsors refused to pay and she in return turned down the voice-over offer too.[17]

During an interview, Haseena Moin said about Sheikh's refusal of the offer to be a part of Tanhaiyan Naye Silsilay that "My guess is that as she had created an image in the past serial with her looks and young age, she didn’t want to spoil it."[18]

Personal life[edit source | edit]

Sheikh is married to Seerat Hazir, who is also a Pakistan Television personality. They have two sons. She is settle in Lahore with her family and teaches and directs children’s plays at a reputed academic institution in Lahore. Talking about her work, she said that, "I thrive in the environment I work in. With adults, I feel one always has to deliver. It’s always ‘what’s it going to be this time?’ You’re always on your guard with adults. With children, it’s more natural. They take you for what you really are. You don’t have to pretend."[14]

In November 2005, she along with her husband worked with FAME, a welfare organisation to help victims of 8 October 2005 earthquake in Northern Pakistan.[19][20]

Acting credits[edit source | edit]

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Shehnaz sheikh biography". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  2. ^ "Remember the glory". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  3. ^ "baleela". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Shehnaz sheikh". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Ankahi-The serial that spawned a thousand Sanas!". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  6. ^ "Show Time-Shanaz Sheikh-PTV Karachi". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Prime time: A case of old wine". Dawn News. 28 October 2012. Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  8. ^ "Shehnaz Sheikh Was The First Choice For Henna". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  9. ^ "Shehnaz Sheikh: Raj Kapoors first choice!". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  10. ^ "Henna". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  11. ^ "Saraansh to Barfi: Indian Movies at the Oscar so far". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  12. ^ "Popular Pakistani TV Actress Shehnaz Sheikh". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  13. ^ "Lehri ptv programme YES SIR NO SIR". Retrieved 11 February 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "Destiny’s child". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "FAMOUS DRAMA SERIAL TANHAYAN NAYE SILSILAY IS BACK AFTER 27 YEARS". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "‘Tanhaiyan’ actors make a comeback with sequel". The Express Tribune. 20 October 2012. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  17. ^ "The new beginning that was a bad idea". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "INTERVIEW: I am Not Happy with Tanhaiyan Sequal: Haseena Moin". Retrieved 10 February 2013. 
  19. ^ "FAME launched at Depilex to help quake victims". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "All for a noble cause". Retrieved 18 March 2013. 

External links[edit source | edit]

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