Debut Projects: How did these twelve great ladies get started in Pakistani showbiz?
The Pakistani entertainment industry has flourished over the past two decades, one of these reasons has been the influx of promising newcomers who have become leading women with stage stealing performances and screen presence. crackling screen.
Audiences may remember an actor’s breakthrough project, but few people know about the projects they started their careers with. Often underestimated and even undocumented, many popular actors’ very first or early projects are not known to the public.
While there are plenty of actors who dominate our TV screens, only a handful of actors have proven themselves over the years in a way that makes them worthy of the title “star leader.”
These divas have been in the industry for quite some time now and have cemented their position as members of the hottest star category. The journey of these stars is truly inspiring.
Take a look and see which projects really launched these actresses’ careers and how far they’ve come in the industry since:
Mahira Khan was a popular video jockey before becoming an actress. She was approached by several filmmakers during her time as a VJ, however, she ended up saying yes to famed director Shoaib Mansoor. Mahira made her acting debut in the 2011 film bowl where she was cast in a supporting role opposite Atif Aslam. The song pictured on the pair, Hona Tha Pyaar, became a national anthem and contributed to Mahira’s first taste of mainstream popularity. Later that year, the Hum Kahan Kay Sachay thay The star made his TV debut with director Mehreen Jabbar Neeyat on ARY Digital. She also made her Bollywood debut opposite Shah Rukh Khan with Raees in 2017. Mahira’s last film project was the hit film Super star (2019) and his next film, Quaid and Azam Zindabad will be released on Eid this year.
In 2004, Saba had gone to see the filming of a play, but when the heroine of the play withdrew at the last minute, Saba was invited by the director to act in her place. Saba performed the lines given to her and received praise from the director and crew. This led to Saba initially making cameo appearances in some PTV plays that are undocumented. However, in 2005, Saba debuted with a leading role in the drama Principal Aurat Hoon for which she won the PTV Award for Best Actress. Later in 2007 with Khuda Gawah on PTV, Saba gained popularity and was approached by several private channels. Saba was last seen on television in the drama Cheek (2019). His next projects include two feature films, Kamli and Ghabrana Nahin Haiand a web series titled Man Jogi.
Mehwish had his first experience in front of the camera at the age of eight in a commercial as a child artist. She made a foray into the world of theater with a short film, Insha’allah with Mohib Mirza which premiered at international film festivals in 2009. However, Mehwish’s first high profile performance was in 2010 with the multi-star soap opera Larkiyan Mohallai Ki, produced by Momina Duraid for Hum TV. She made her first drama in the lead role the following year titled Mere Qatil Mere Dildar. Mehwish’s last project was the movie Chhalawa (2019). She will next be seen alongside Humayun Saeed in Nadeem Baig’s directorial film London Nahin Jaunga.
Sajal’s first acting stint was in Nida Yasir – Yasir Nawaz starrer sitcom Nadaaniyaan in 2009, where she briefly appeared in one episode. She auditioned with her sister Saboor Ali for the ARY soap opera, Mehmoodabad Ki Malkain produced by Humayun Saeed Banner. Both sisters passed the audition and were cast in the ensemble soap opera series. Sajal wowed critics with her natural yet impactful performance and she was immediately signed on to more projects. She then made her Bollywood debut with star Sridevi Mum. She was last seen in the critically acclaimed filmKhel Khel Mein against Bilal Abbas Khan. the Mum the star will next be seen in the Hollywood production of Jemima Goldsmith, What’s love got to do with it?
Ayeza was discovered at an event held at her university. She had auditioned for a commercial campaign during her teenage years, which eventually led to her acting debut in a supporting role in Fahad Mustafa – Sunita Marshal starring. Tum Jo Miley (2009). Despite limited screen time, Ayeza managed to make an impressive acting debut and the project landed her more work as an actress, followed by a breakthrough performance in Pyaray Afzal which made her the most searched actress in 2014. She culminated her career with a resounding success in Meray Paas Tum Ho.
After a brief stint in TV animation, Maya landed a small supporting role in Sanam Baloch starring Mikaal Zulfiqar Durr-e-Shehwar. She played the role of Sanam’s younger sister in the drama. The project was produced by Momina Duraid, directed by Haissam Hussain and written by Umera Ahmed. Maya managed to impress the crew with her dedication, and the director signed her on as the leading lady for his next project. Aik Nayi Cinderella (2012). Maya was last seen in the 2019 hit movie, Parey Love Hut and currently starring in a drama, Jo Bichar Gaye.
Mawra’s first stint on TV was VJing on ARY Musik before she was noticed by TV producers. Her debut as an actress took place through a sitcom titled Salsa Kichari in 2011 which aired on A-plus where Mawra showed off her acting skills. She was immediately noticed by bigger channels such as HUM TV. His Bollywood debut is Sanam Teri Kasam (2016), followed by the first Pakistani film was a blockbuster Jawani Phir Nahi Aani 2. She is currently seen in the drama series Hum TV Qissa Meherbano Ka.
After a brief stint in animation, Yumna was encouraged by fellow actor Affan Waheed, who was friends with Yumna’s older sister, to continue acting seriously. She landed her first role in ARY Thakhan (2012) which was produced by Asif Raza Mir. Yumna acted as the antagonist in the drama, which starred Saba Qamar as the protagonist. Although this was his first acting project on television, Yumna managed to impress the audience and ended up getting more projects as a lead actor. His latest drama Pyar Kay Sadkay has achieved numerous critical and commercial successes, including two prizes at the Lux Style Awards. She is currently starring in Ishq-e-Laa and Sinf-e-Aahan.
Sanam debuted with Mehreen Jabbar damn in 2010 which starred Sanam Baloch, Amina Sheikh and Adeel Hussain in the lead roles. Sanam played the antagonist in the drama and was praised for her refreshing subliminal performance in the role. Prior to her television debut, she did plays, modeling, and even animation as a teenager. Sanam got her first parallel drama in 2011 with Mera Naseeb followed by a starring role in Blockbuster Zindagi Gulzar Hai. His next project is a film called Ishrat made in China and the Zee5 web-series with Fawad Khan.
Hira started out as a VJ, followed by a stint in hosting. Hira made her acting debut in a sitcom Teri Meri Kahani in 2013 against her husband Salman Saqib alias Mani. Hira played a fictionalized version of herself on the sitcom. She showed her comedic side on the show and was appreciated for her comedic timing. The show, which originally aired on ARY Digital, was extended due to its popularity with its target audience and had a second season aired on Hum TV. Sun Yaara’s diva shot to stardom with Kashf in 2020. Hira is currently seen in ARY Yeh Na Thi Hamari Kismat.
Saboor began her acting career with a brief role in Choti Si Kahanifollowed by a supporting role in the family drama Mehmoodabad Ki Malkain on ARY Digital in 2011. In September 2016, she made her film debut with Nabeel Qureshi’s socio-comedy film actor in law, with Fahad Mustafa and Om Puri. Her portrayal of a sister who supports the character of Mustafa earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the Lux Style Awards. She entered the big leagues with Geo’s Fitrate in 2020.
Minal’s acting debut was in Geo TV drama Kaash Main Teri Beti Na Hoti in 2011, as a child star. This was followed by a supporting role in the sitcom series Quddusi Sahab Ki Bewah (2012) on ARY Digital. She was recently catapulted to stardom with back-to-back hit projects, Hassad, Nand and Jalan.