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Oct 09 2009

Talat Hussain

Category: Actors,Ary Tv,Atv,Geo Tv,Hum Tv,Indus Tv,Ptv,Talat Hussain,Tv Onemansoor @ 5:47 am

Talat Hussain in insan aur admi

Talat Hussain (also spelled as Tallat Hussein), is a Pakistani Film/Television/Stage actor. He was born in Delhi, India, His complete name is Talat Hussain Warsi. He is the son of Altaf Hussain Warsi and Shaista Begum. His family migrated to Pakistan in 1947.

It’s said that age is not important unless you are cheese…or an actor. It is the excellence of an actor, and the audience, which keeps you going. And the countdown is still going high for Talath Hussain — an actor par excellence.

Talat Hussain at the pinnacle of his career as we see him today, governing the single room production company ‘Studio 9′, began as a child artist from Radio Pakistan and since then there was no looking back.
Though, never an outstanding student, he traversed the road to success to acquire instant fame. After years of hard work, he finally decided to try this hand in directing and stepped into the realm of production. “I was forced to direct a play by a friend and after that I started my own production company,” goes Talat.

Talat Hussain in parchaiyaan

Adding another feather in his cap, this actor turned producer aimed at improving the standard of production which has deteriorated and is certainly not what it had been in 50′s and 60′s. Providing a reason for such an outcome he said, “when you talk about quality of production, you refer to technical facilities, content of a play, the role of a director and other professionals like engineers, editors, lighting people and set designers. If you expect quality from these things then you would have to analyse the personalities of people involved which are determined by social, cultural and intellectual environment. These very people have mediocre minds which leads to weak conceptualisation. In this case, the execution of a particular concept into reality would obviously be of low standard.”

Drama projects reality and is based on various aspects of life. It enhances the insight into various problems and relationships. Illuminating the very fact he said, “during our times, the ruling elite represented the middle class and despite being very conservative in approach, they had a very tolerant attitude and that came into play when the policies were made. The whole scenario was changed when General Zia came into power in 70′s and 80′s. The policies became very orthodox during the Martial Law and though now that orthodoxy is receding, people governing various crucial matters are not very liberal. This very attitude restricted the creative artist and his choices due to which everything is sliced and divided into pigeon holes. It is very difficult to revert back to the era of 60′s where the quality of production is concerned and to some extent the censor policies also have a role to play.”

Talat Hussain in aansoo

Talat believes that people themselves are responsible for such harsh censor policies. He says that the younger generation handling production is not aware of their own cultural norms and traditions. They try to imitate what they see on foreign channels which is not in total conformity with our society and so obviously the censor becomes active. Stating his own example he said, “I have directed and produced two serials of 13 and 11 episodes respectively. Out of these only two shots have been censored. I always say that give me a boy and girl. I’ll make them sit 10 feet apart and shoot that scene in such a way that it will be censored. Then I’ll make them sit next to each other and the censor will not touch the scene.” He believes that the way a certain relationship is projected decides whether it should be censored or not. The people exercising power find normal behaviour offensive. “They belong to the rural set up and their social environment is completely opposite to the urban culture,” he said, “we make plays based on urban lines which they might find indecent and so people sitting in the parliament raise hue and cry.”
Apart from the policies, rampant commercialism and lack of workaholic professionals is also responsible for deteriorating quality of production. Earning quick bucks is the ulterior motive of the fresh blood coming in this field

“Our whole society has become commercial now,” he confided, “the set designers are more concerned about money, actors about glamour and directors about making a hit play and when you have to sell everything, the norms and values take a back seat.” Though, he thinks that his generation worked with passion and the priorities of the young budding actors are different. He feels that Yasir Akhtar, Nabeel and Shabbir Jan have what it takes to be good actors placing Shabbir slightly above the rest. “Shabbir has achieved that point where he can be recognised as a mature actor where as the others are still in the making.”
Talat Hussain has worked in five western productions and found them well organised technically competent and very committed to their work. He thoroughly enjoyed working in them. “It was wonderful working with professional actors,” he expressed, reminiscing his experience in the movie Jinnah “despite being so well known, they were very down to earth. Unlike our directors, they respect the actors working for them and do not take them for granted.”

Talat Hussain in hawaian

He admits that there aren’t any training grounds for aspiring directors, actors and behind the scene technicians, but still he considers our dramas much better than those of India. Denouncing those who compare both, he vehemently expressed his views, “there are people who say that Indian drama is better than ours. There isn’t any comparison between the two. Their genius is in music. If you look at drama as a genre, the way it exists, it originated from Greece. If Indian drama had energy, vigour and force, it would have over shadowed Greek drama. Indian drama does exist but it is not their genius.”
Being one of the few well read performers, his priorities are to produce the best possible serials. “I am not interested in any kind of competition,” he said while adding, “I don’t want to surpass anyone. I have always tried to produce a product with a 100 per cent attention to make it the best.” He refused to reveal any immediate future plans but is thinking of making a film.
An internationally acclaimed outstanding performer, he aspires to prove his mettle in production as well and give something outstanding and different to the viewers.
Talat Hussain started his career from PTV in 1967. His first television play was Arjumand. In 1972, he moved to England, and joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA). Talat Hussain’s early roles was in Jimmy Perry and David Croft’s It Ain’t Half Hot Mum. His roles in It Ain’t Half Hot Mum was The Club Proprietor (bartender) in Cabaret Time, The Bar Proprietor in Don’t Take the Mickey, The RAF Control Tower Officer in Fight to Jawani along side Jeffrey Holland and Robin Parkinson. He was also worked for BBC Radio in play Crown Coat.

Talat has worked in several foreign films and television drama serials and long plays. He worked in some episodes of Channel Four’s television serial Traffik. In 2006, Talat Hussain won the Amanda Award for the Best Supporting Roll category in the Norwegian film Import-eksport. He also starred in Jinnah witch starred Christopher Lee who played Jinnah but Hussain played a refugee.
Talat married to Rakhshanda in 1972 a professor of University of Karachi. They have three children (two daughters and one son). He is currently working for National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi.

Talat Hussain in Mohabbat kon rokay

Famous Plays (Dramas)

* Aansoo, PTV
* Arjumand, PTV
* Des Perdes, PTV
* Hawaaian, PTV
* Kashkol, NTM
* Perchaiyan, PTV
* Tariq Bin Ziyad, PTV
* Traffik, Channel Four
* Typist, PTV
* Joseph Nahi Manta, Geo Tv
* Chand Parosa, Geo Tv
* Maa aur Maamta, Indus Tv
* Mohabbat Kon Rokay, ARY Tv
* Tanveer Fatima BA, Geo Tv
* Riyasat, Ary Tv
* Khaali Aankhain, Ptv
* Nadan Nadia, Ptv
* Ana, Geo Tv
* Woh Rishtey Woh Natey, Geo Tv
* Kaun Jaanay Kia Hona Hai, Geo Tv
* Thori Khushi – Thora Ghum, Ptv
* Maa, Ptv
* The Castle Aik Umeed, Ptv
* Operation Dwarka 1965, Ptv

Talat Hussain in Import-eksport (Norwegian film)

Famous Films

* Chiragh Jalta Raha
* Gumnaam
* Import-eksport (Norwegian film)
* Insan aur Aadmi
* Ishara
* Jinnah – The Movie
* Laaj
* Qurbani
* Sautan Ki Beti (Indian film)


* Pride of Performance Award (1982)
* Amanda Award (2006) Best Supporting Role – Import Eksport.

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Aug 23 2009

Aijaz Aslam

Category: Actors,Aijaz Aslam,Ary Tv,Atv,Geo Tv,Hum Tv,Indus Tv,Ptv,Tv Onemansoor @ 10:01 pm

Aijaz Aslam: Beyond Roshoo By Anis Shakur

“The beauty of man”, states an old Arab proverb, “lies in the eloquence of his tongue”.

The above mentioned maxim holds true to fashion designer-cum-artist, Aijaz Aslam. He spells his first name with double “z”, which is also his trade- mark.
Born to a middle class family 37 years ago on October 3, he proved to be a bright student in his school days.

His father made occasional appearances in Pakistani television plays, when Pakistan television was in its infancy.

What distinguished Aijaz from other kids was his aptitude for showbiz and modeling.

Subsequently, he successfully completed a fashion- designing course in London.
In 1989, he stepped into the world of modeling and achieved name and fame beyond his wildest expectations.

In 1993, Aijaz debuted from Karachi television station’s super hit drama serial, “Kashkol”, which changed his life forever.

Renowned writer, Hameed Kashmiri, top of the line director, Nusrat Shaheen, artist of the highest repute, Talat Husain and the likes of him, made “Kashkol” one of the greatest drama serials in the annals of Pakistan television.

Most of all, it was Aijaz (super smartly dubbed as “Rosho”) who did the trick.

The sad gaze in his eyes, the indescribable pathos in his voice and the loneliness and despair, which he carried through out the series, made him one of the most astonishing performers ever to grace Pakistan television.

In reality, he looked like the reincarnation of fugitive-famed, David Janssen.
“Roshoo”, an embodiment of innocence, relives a nightmare as another dream disintegrates.

His intense, charismatic performance in his most memorable role in “Kashkol”, vaulted him to super stardom.

“Roshoo” became his identity as well.

Aijaz helped usher I what has been called the second golden age of TV drama.

All exhilarating, all wonderful, “Kashkol”, a reality written script, is a must-see!

But Aijaz is more than an actor. He is the topmost fashion designer and an innovator.

A decade ago, Aijaz embarked upon the fashion design business in a very humble manner and with meager resources. He started his business with one machine.

Today, numerous workers earn a respectable livelihood in his stitching units.
An unobtrusively brilliant man, Aijaz designs everything from A to Z.

His mastery in fashion design created waves in Pakistan and across its borders.
What he does best is design real fashion for real people and let the spotlight shine on them.

“I have always delighted most in my work as a fashion designer”. Aijaz said with confidence.

His specialty is men’s wear. Additionally, he is in charge of two manufacturing units.

Aijaz’s true genius is to design and create items, which are widely used by artists, who work in Pakistan television drama serials and in other related entertainment industry.

No fashion show or advertisement is considered complete without Aijaz’a presence.

He became the defining voice for quality fashion products.

His manufactured items, like boxer shorts, are very popular. He achieved excellence in sherwani’s, too.

His products exemplifies in boutiques at different locations, including his signature boutique in Clifton.

Passion for innovation, Aijaz says, fueled his ambitious new plan-to create his own brand of shoe.

A perfectionist, Aijaz’s high expectations influenced more than just those who worked under his umbrella. He profoundly affected the nation.

Despite his extremely hectic business schedule, he never side- tracked his television career.

His industriousness led to one success after another.

Cast in a succession of interesting roles, he increasingly found opportunities to show his dramatic abilities:

“Jawad” of Pakistan television drama “Jisay piya chahay” and “Atif” of “Aik gana aik afsana” (haan isi moar per) made Aijaz household word and a media darling.

His roles in the above two television plays are a breath taking art of acting.

So far, Aijaz has visited and performed in quite a few Pakistani cities. He also made public appearances in England, Canada, Dubai, Maldives and Turkey.

Aijaz appeared in a television drama, “Daira”, which was adapted from the English novel, “Moth smoke”. Cast includes, Usman Peerzada- Fakhir- Bunny.

Aijaz played the character of “Naveed” in the Pakistan television drama, “Patjhar ki chaaon”, cast includes Mahnoor Baluch- Javed Sheikh- Jahan Ara Hai- Badar Khalil, written by Mohammad Ahmed.

Lyrics of the above two plays are good enough to be devoured, mesmerized and insinuated in daily conversation.

He acts with his unique style, which he appropriately named “Aijaz style”.

Aijaz worked in the drama serial “Doosri Aurat”, directed by Haider Imam Rizvi, written by Naheed Sultana Akhtar. Cast, Shakeel- Laila Zuberi- Ayesha Khan.

One of Pakistan television’s most hand some man, his prestige grew with every new role. He feels privileged to be born and bred in Pakistan.

Also, he considers himself a lucky person to be born with the God-gifted talents for acting and entrepreneur ship.

He derives immense pleasure to bring happiness in the lives of millions of his fellow human beings.

Aijaz was dubbed as a drug dealer in a television drama. He played the role of notorious “Haider” or “Raider”, who trades narcotics for money. (The very opposite of “Roshoo,” who waged war against drug dealers.)

“Raider” is another successful chapter in his remarkable career.

From “Roshoo’s” peerless dramatization to numerous inventive screen- plays-his performance is simply unparalleled.

The popularity of Aijaz soared sky high in quick response to public perception. He just would not permit failure.

His enormous output in his business and in showbiz, has embedded itself in the Pakistani psyche.

What a difference ten years makes.

Today, he strides like a colossus in the world of fashion and modeling.

He certainly is prolific.

Are these astonishing performers born or made?

“No question, Aijaz Aslam is a phenomenon.

As with most prodigies, his technique is stunningly secure, but unlike many of them, he refuses to settle for the merely immaculate”.

That, perhaps, is the secret of being a true prodigy.

Aijaz Aslam with former president Pervez Musharraf

Aijaz Aslam with former president Pervez Musharraf

Some of Aijaz Aslam’s popular television drama serials and plays are listed below:

Kahan Se Kahan Tak on Ptv
Khahish e Benaam on Geo Tv
Kashkol on Ptv
Dharkan on Ptv
Mehndi on Ptv
Sherdil on Ary
Hum Se Juda Na Hona on Ptv
Mujhe Apna Bana Lo on Hum Tv
Tum Kahan Hum Kahan on Geo Tv
Main aur Tum on Ary
Kabhi Na Kabhi on Ary Tv
Thora Thora Piyar on Geo
Phir Youn Love Hua on Ptv
Doosri Aurat on Ptv
Tere Ishq Mein on Geo Tv
Socha Na Tha on Ary Tv
Na Tum Jano Na Hum Janain
Botal Gali
Rani ka Raja
Ab Ghar Janay Do

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May 09 2009

Drama Serial Kashkol on Ptv

Category: Kashkol,Ptvmansoor @ 4:39 am

In this drama Aijaz Aslam (now a renowned dress designer & actor) made his debut. He played the main role of Roshoo who was kidnapped by some beggars in his childhood and one day he manages to escape. He was then raised by a family who took care of him and he got the opportunity to study. His story moves on and takes lots of twists and turns and the complications arise as the story moves on.

Quality acting by quality actors with superb directions and script ensures engrossing viewing experience for the masses and has made this drama a classic.

Writer: Hameed Kashmiri

Director: Nusrat Shaheen

Cast: Talat Hussain, Syed Kamal, Tahira Wasti, Ejaz Aslam, Seema Rizvi, Ghalib Kamal, Mehmood Akhtar, Shabbir Jan, Tauqeer Nasir, Seemi, Mahmood Ali, Hassam Qazi, Rizwan Wasti, Qaisar Khan, Manzoor Qadir, Nasrin Wilson, Malik Anokha, Mani Gulzar

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