Veteran playwright, actor, journalist, and media personality Imran Aslam has been associated with showbiz industry for the last 40 years. Not only has he been a successful journalist, he has ventured into writing plays as well.
Not many know that Moin Akhtar’s classic play Rozee was Imran Aslam’s creation while he also penned Khaleej in the 80s that introduced Jahanzeb Gurchani to the field. Imran Aslam has been associated with Geo TV Network for over 15 years and currently is the President of Geo TV Network. He is being honored for his lifelong contribution to the media industry.
ShoMan is undoubtedly the most successful TV directors who ventured into films and excelled. Khuda Kay Liye and Bol are considered to be two of Pakistan’s best work in the last 10 years while his third film Verna is being screened in cinemas currently.
He has been the man behind PTV Classics such as Fifty Fifty, Ankahee, Sunehrey Din, Alpha Bravo Charlie and Gulls & Guys while has inspired a whole generation who grew up watching his programs. Not many know but Shoaib Mansoor was the man behind the emergence of pop singing in the country first with Jharnay in the 70s and later with Music 89 and Geetar 93 on PTV. He was the one who formed music band Vital Signs and wrote most of their songs till Junaid Jamshed’s last album Dil Ki Baat.
The veteran actress, singer, writer and also a popular host Bushra Ansari comes from a talented family; her father Ahmed Bashir was a renowned journalist and filmmaker; it was through him that she managed to enter a children’s music show as Bushra Ahmed Bashir.
In the 1970s, she was the only actress to be part of popular comedy programs Fifty Fifty and Kaliyaan where she got to sing and act. In the 80s she became a prominent part of Anwar Maqsood’s team and delivered many hit shows. She hosted countless TV programs as well before turning a sensitive writer whose plays spoke against the injustice in the society. Bushra Ansari is being honored for her enormous contribution to theatre, TV and films and is still going strong with the passage of time.
There are many faces of veteran actress Samina Peerzada who started her career as an actress who was way too beautiful for TV screen; so when she ventured into films, she fitted the screen perfectly.
After spending some time under the guidance of great directors including Nazrul Islam, Javed Fazil, and others, she ventured into direction and called the shots for both TV plays and films most notably Inteha. Samina is married to another legendary actor Usman Peerzada and for her contribution to the entertainment industry, she is being honored by Focus PK 17.