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Saba Qamar Biography – A Pakistani actress and Pride of Performance

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Real Name: Saba Qamar Zaman
Profession: Pakistani actress
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Boyfriend: Azeem Khan
Age: 39

Saba Qamar Zaman (born 5 April 1984), known professionally as Saba Qamar, is a Pakistani actress who works predominantly in Urdu films and television. She has won several accolades including Lux Style Awards and Hum Awards. Qamar is one of Pakistan’s most popular and highest-paid actresses. The government of Pakistan honored her Tamgha-e-Imtiaz in 2012, and Pride of Performance in 2016.

Qamar first received positive media attention for the role of Fatima Jinnah in the historical drama Jinnah Ke Naam (2007), and this breakthrough was followed by further success in several television series, including the pre-partition drama Dastaan, the melodrama Uraan (both 2010), the romantic dramas Maat and Pani Jaisa Piyar (both 2011), the socio Thakan (2012), thriller Sannata, the romantic Bunty I Love You (both 2013), family drama Digest Writer (2014), crime thriller Sangat (2015) and Besharam (2016), receiving Best Actress awards and nominations for each of them. She has also appeared in the acclaimed biographical film Manto (2015), the romantic comedy Lahore Se Aagey (2016), and the Hindi educational drama Hindi Medium (2017), for which she received a nomination for the Filmfare Award for Best Actress.

Saba Qamar Biography
Saba Qamar Biography

Qamar continued to draw praise for portraying Fouzia Azeem and Noor Jehan in the 2017 biographical dramas Baaghi and Main Manto, and a strong woman, fighting for her friend’s attempted rape and murder in the 2019 courtroom drama Cheekh. The first of these earned her a Lux Style Award for Best Television Actress. She features in listings of the nation’s most popular personalities.

Saba Qamar Biography
Saba Qamar Zaman

5 April 1984 (age 39)

Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
  • Actress
  • Model
  • Host
Years active 2004–present
  • Tamgha-e-Imtiaz (2012)
  • Pride of Performance (2016)

Early life (Saba Qamar Biography)

Saba Qamar Zaman was born on 5 April 1984 into a Sindhi family in Hyderabad, Sindh, Pakistan. She lost her father at a very young age and spent most of her childhood in Gujranwala with her grandmother. She got her early education in Gujranwala, then moved to Lahore to pursue further studies. Her family is settled in Karachi.

Acting career (Saba Qamar Biography)

Beginnings and breakthrough (2005–2011)

Qamar appeared in the PTV Home television series Mein Aurat Hoon (2005). The series was shot in Lahore and was followed by several classic PTV series including GharoorTaqdeerChaapDhoop Mein Andhera HaiKanpur Se Katas TakUnbiyaanable, and Maamo. Later in 2007, Qamar appeared in ATV’s series Khuda Gawah which was the remake of the 1992 Indian film of the same name, and the biographical drama Jinnah Ke Naam, which was the production by PTV Home in the direction of Tariq Mairaj. She played the role of Fatima Jinnah and the series was a tribute to the founder of Pakistan, Muhammad Ali Jinnah. Though the series failed commercially, Qamar received a nomination for Best TV Actress (Terrestrial) at the Lux Style Awards. In an earlier interview with The Express Tribune, Qamar confessed, “For me, acting is being able to express the feelings, emotions, and expressions of different people and characters”.

Saba Qamar Biography
Saba Qamar Biography

In 2010, she appeared in the supporting role of Surraya in Hum TV’s pre-partition television series Dastaan, an adaptation of Razia Butt‘s novel Bano. She was seen opposite Ahsan Khan, Sanam Baloch, and Fawad Khan. The series proved to be the breakthrough for her and she won the Best TV Actress trophy at the Pakistan Media Awards (2010). She won the PTV Awards for the best TV actress in both public and jury choice categories at the 16th Annual PTV Awards, held on 23 July 2011 for her role in Tinkay. Tinkay also earned a nomination for Best Television Actress at Lux Style Awards. This was followed by a supporting role in the PTV Home’s social drama on women Bint-e-Adam. Her role in the series was of a rich brat who falls for a boy from a poor background and marries him against her cruel father’s wishes. Bint e Adam was a major critical and commercial hit, however, critics noted that her role was “limited” from an acting point of view.

Qamar then appeared in Sarmad Khoosat’s romantic series Pani Jaisa Piyar (2011), where she played the character of Sana who has been engaged to Adarsh, the son of her mother’s best friend ever since she was a child. Adarsh, however, has been unaware of this engagement, as his parents thought that he needed to focus more on his education than wedding plans. It was followed by a role in PTV’s Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoole. She was paired with Ahsan Khan in both series. Both of which garnered her Lux Style Award nominations for Best Television Actress. Later that year, she appeared in Maat where she played the role of selfish, self-obsessed Saman opposite Adnan Siddiqui and Aamina Sheikh. The series was a critical and commercially hit and became the thirteen highest-rated Pakistani television series and also garnered her Pakistan Media Awards for Best Actress. That same year, Qamar collaborated with Sami Khan on three of Geo TV’s projects, Jo Chale To Jaan Se Guzar GayeTere Ik Nazar, and Main Chand Si, receiving further praise.

Critical acclaim and professional expansion (2012–2015)

Qamar next appeared in Ameen Iqbal’s Thakan (2012), which also starred Yumna Zaidi where she played the role of Sadaf who works extremely hard like a machine day and night to run her family but no one except her grandfather feels sympathy for her or even cares about her. It was followed by the leading roles in the Amna Nawaz Khan-written Na Kaho Tum Mere Nahi (2012) and Faiza Iftikhar’s Yahan Pyar Nahin Hai (2012). The latter of which earned her a nomination for Best Actress at Hum Awards. She gained recognition for portraying a range of characters in the serials Shehryar Shehzadi (2012), Kaash Aisa Ho (2013), Sannata (2013), and Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi (2013), some of which garnered her several best actress nominations. Qamar won her first Hum Awards for Best TV Actress for her role as Diana in Bunty I Love You, at the 3rd Hum Awards. That same year, Qamar worked in the television film Aina (2013), opposite Faysal Qureshi. The film, a remake of the 1977 film of the same name, was well received by the audience and she was nominated for the Best Actress award at the Tarang Housefull Awards. After two consecutive years of poorly received serials, Qamar’s career prospects began to improve in 2014; she appeared in five projects: JaanamBay Emaan MohabbatBunty I Love YouIzteraab, and Digest Writer. The romantic drama Jaanam (alongside Adnan Siddiqui) and the romance Bay Emaan Mohabbat (alongside Agha Ali and Adnan Shah Tipu) earned little praise, but the family drama Bunty I Love You (a story about a girl who got married at age of 17 to a much older man, later dreams of living a free life after his death) was Qamar’s first critical success since Maat. Directed by Siraj-ul-Haque, the series was generally well received. A reviewer from Daily Pakistan considered it along with Digest Writer as “one of the best performances of Qamar”. The series received five nominations at Hum Awards including Qamar for Best Actress. She next appeared in Izteraab. Her performance as a working woman did not go well and despite the strong cast, story, production house, and promotions, the drama turned out to be a major critical and commercial Disaster.

Qamar appeared in three series in 2015. She first reunited with Muhammad Younis Butt and Fawad Wyne in the comedy series S.H.E where she played the role of Lady S.H.O Bajirao Mastani. She then starred alongside Adeel Chaudhry in Fahim Burney’s directorial Kaisay Tum Se Kahoon which tells the story of star-crossed lovers who are reincarnated. It was her third consecutive appearance in Momina Duraid’s production. Although the series did not do well in terms of ratings, her performance was praised by the critics. The following year, Qamar collaborated with Mikaal Zulfiqar for the third time (alongside Zahid Ahmed, Kiran Haq, and Sonia Mishal) in Kashif Nisar’s Sangat where she played the role of Aisha, a rape survivor who faced difficulties when her husband came to know that he was not the biological father of daughter they have. The series earned her the nomination for Best Actress in both Jury and Popular categories at the Hum Awards.

Qamar then made her acting debut as a leading actress in the acclaimed biographical drama Manto (2015). Directed by Sarmad Khoosat, the film was made on a big budget and performed poorly at the box office with a lifetime collection of Rs 5.05 million, however, it was critically praised and Qamar’s portrayal of the singer Noor Jehan was well received by the critics, and earned her a nomination at the ARY Films Awards for Best Supporting Actress. The film was later adapted into a television series with the same cast in 2017, titled Main Manto, and was aired on Geo TV.

Established actress (2016–present)

In 2016, Qamar played the role of a struggling actress in the period drama Mein Sitara, (a serial based on the Hollywood golden era) alongside Mekaal Zulfiqar and appeared as Mishal in Farooq Rind’s Besharam opposite Zahid Ahmed. The latter was a commercial and critically hit. Sadaf Haider of The Express Tribune praised her saying, “Qamar is in great form as Mishi and plays her with restraint and quiet power; a welcome relief from the wounded women she has played of late”. During the 16th Lux Style Awards, the series earned 5 nominations including Qamar for Best TV Actress. She was also nominated for her projects Mein Sitara and Lahore Se Aagey in the Best Actress category. Qamar next played a rockstar opposite Yasir Hussain, in the traveling comedy Lahore Se Aagey (2016). The film, a sequel to the comedy Karachi Se Lahore, ranks among the highest-grossing Pakistani films of all time with a worldwide grossing of Rs21.60 million. Later that year, she played a leading role in the psycho–thriller 8969, a critical and commercial failure.

Qamar was offered an Indian film opposite Randeep Hooda, and supporting roles in Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai (2012) and Heroine (2012), which she declined. After the 2016 Uri attack, relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated; the Indian Motion Picture Producers Association (IMPPA) and the Film Producers Guild of India banned Pakistani artists from working in India until the situation normalized. The comedy-drama Hindi Medium (2017), in which Qamar played the lead female role of Mita Batra, a nouveau riche opposite Irrfan Khan, marked her first project in Hindi cinema. The critical reception of the film was positive. A reviewer for The Times of India wrote, “Saba, as the dominating wife is sheer delight onscreen”. In a scathing review, Sreehari Nair of Rediff.com labeled the film “fascinatingly frustrating” and called Qamar a “natural actress, sexual daring”. The film earned over ₹334.36 million worldwide, a majority of which came from the Chinese box office. and China with a collection of ₹334.36 million. Qamar received several Best Female Debut and Best Actress awards & nominations at various award ceremonies, including a Best Actress nomination at Filmfare. Later that year, Qamar was declared the top Bollywood debutante of 2017 by Eastern Eye.

Saba Qamar with her Boyfriend
Saba Qamar with her Boyfriend

In 2017, Qamar worked in the biographical drama series Baaghi, in the role of Pakistani controversial figure Qandeel Baloch. The series was a critical and commercial success, becoming one of the highest-grossing Pakistani dramas of 2017. Qamar’s performance was widely praised by the critics and her portrayal of the actress and singer was applauded even before its release. Neeha of The Nation wrote, “Without a doubt, Qamar has done an outstanding job”, whereas a reviewer from The Express Tribune said she “slayed the social media star with such finesse”. The series earned her a Lux Style Award for Best Actress (Television) and IPPA Award for Best Actress.

In 2018, Qamar appeared in three short films. She first paired with Ahsan Khan in Siraj-ul-Haque directorial Moomal Rano. The film was made as part of the Zeal For Unity initiative to bridge cultural barriers between India and Pakistan. It was critically praised and was nominated for Best Film at the 2018 European Festival. It was also released by the digital platform Zee5. She then appeared in Fahim Burney’s Dil Diyan Gallan, opposite Zahid Ahmed where she played the character of Raniya, and in Iss Dil Ki Essi Ki Tessi. In 2019, Qamar worked in the crime drama Cheekh, opposite Bilal Abbas Khan, she played a headstrong girl who fights for justice. It is considered both a critical and commercial blockbuster. Qamar next collaborated with Sarmad Khoosat for the film Kamli, and Saqib Khan‘s debut film, titled Ghabrana Nahi Hai.

Other work and media image

In 2009, Qamar joined the political satire show Hum Sab Umeed Se Hain, as a host and presenter where she also did the parody of politicians and actors. The show was extremely popular and was at the number-one spot in ratings in Pakistan. She decided to quit the show and was replaced by Meera in 2013. In January 2018, she appeared in a photoshoot for Mahid Khawar’s creation “Padmavat” where she dressed up like Rani Padmavati. In May 2018, she showcased golden bridal couture for designer Nilofer Shahid. She was the showstopper for Rimple and Harpreet Narula‘s first Pakistan show on Shaan-E-Pakistan. On 10 December 2018, she walked the ramp for designer Uzma Babar’s collection Umsha on Bridal Couture Week. Qamar became the ambassador for a number of brands including Lux Pakistan, Sunsilk, Dalda, Ufone, and Tapal.

Qamar is considered one of the nation’s most popular and highest-paid actresses. After the success of Mein Sitara and Hindi Medium, she was cited by critics as one of the finest actresses in Pakistan. Throughout her career, she has received several accolades including Lux Style Awards, Hum Awards, Pakistan Media Awards, PTV Awards, and a Filmfare Awards nomination. In 2012, the Government of Pakistan honored her with Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the fourth-highest decoration given to civilians in Pakistan based on their achievements. In 2016, she received Pride of Performance in recognition of meritorious work in the field of arts.

In addition to acting, Qamar has supported charitable organizations for various causes. She is involved with several humanitarian causes and is vocal about issues faced by women and children. In June 2018, she did a special appearance in Shuja Haider’s music video “Jeevan Daan” to raise awareness against child abuse. The song was socially relevant and highlighted issues concerning children and women. In August 2018, Qamar expressed in an interview, “I encourage and urge people to invest in good education as it will shape the future of our children and our society”. On Independence Day in 2018, Daily Times named Qamar the “Pride of Pakistan“.

In April 2020, she started her YouTube channel and released the mini-series Isolation based on the situation of Lockdown due to COVID-19. She further raised her hands for collecting COVID relief funds for poor minorities and transgender communities with Ali Zafar’s charity trust “Ali Zafar Foundation”. Qamar revealed through her YouTube channel about her relationship in which she was engaged for eight years and parted ways with him. She described it as an abusive relationship.

Filmography (Saba Qamar Biography)


Year Title Role Notes
2015 Manto Noor Jehan Debut film
2016 Lahore Se Aagey Tara Ahmed
8969 Zara Nawazish
2017 Hindi Medium Meeta Batra Bollywood film
2022 Ghabrana Nahi Hai Zubeda
Kamli Hina

Telefilm (Saba Qamar Biography)

Year Title Role Network
2004 Ishq Saba Geo Entertainment
2006 Kal Sana PTV Home
2011 Balay Ki Bali Vaneeza Hum TV
2012 Pyar Mein Twins Sara Ary Digital
Love Ki Khichdi Fiza
2013 Aina Aliya Geo Films
2018 Dil Diyan Gallan Raniya Hum TV
Iss Dil Ki Essi Ki Tessi Samaira
2021 Hangor S-131 Naheed ARY Digital

Short films

Year Title Role Network Notes
2018 Moomal Rano Nigar Zee5 Short film
2020 Sikka Narrator Qissa Nagri

Television (Saba Qamar Biography)

Dramas that have not yet been released Denotes dramas that have not been released yet
Year Title Role Network
2005 Mein Aurat Hoon Rubina PTV Home
Chaap Zarina ATV
Sussar In Law Tania PTV Home
2006 Gharoor Sadia
Rait Kay Dairay Asma
Dhoop Mein Andhera Hai Zindagi
Taqdeer Dua
Kahin Tum Kahin Hum Mehru
Phool Kiran
Banjar Roshni Geo Entertainment
2007 Khuda Gawah Sonia ATV
Dil Se Shikayat Hai Sara
Mohabbat Ab Nahi Hogi Silah
Number 1 Zara
Not Responding Iffat PTV Home
Mammo Salma
Un Biyan Able Rania
Woh Subh Kab Ayegi Hina ATV
Chubhan Urooj PTV Home
Bint e Adam Zainab
Phool Aur Kantey Simi
Na Janay Kyun Ayesha
2009 Tere Ik Nazar Nida Geo Entertainment
Nadia Naam Ki Larki Nadia
Jinnah Ke Naam Fatima Jinnah PTV Home
Tinkay Eman
Muhabbat Yun Bhi Hoti Hai Ghazal ATV
Mishaal Hiba PTV Home
Amarbail Bakhshan ATV
Half Light Aiza ARY Digital
2010 Chand Ki Goud Main Saboor Geo Entertainment
Lahore Junction Sabahat PTV Home
Dastaan Suraiya Hum TV
Kanpur Se Katas Tak Pooja Indus Vision
2010-2011 Uraan Ayesha Geo Entertainment
Aankh Salamat Andhay Log Amara ATV
2011 Pani Jaisa Piyar Sana Hum TV
Main Chand Si Irsa ARY Digital
2011-2012 Maat Saman Hum TV
Ghar Ki Baat Hai Seemi A-Plus TV
Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoole Zartash PTV Home
Khalida Ki Walida Khalida
Main Aisa Kyun Hoon Nida
Two In One Sonia
Nazar Katrina
Jo Chale To Jaan Se Guzar Gaye Zufishan Geo Entertainment
2012 Thakan Sadaf ARY Digital
Bhool Surraiya PTV Home
Yahan Pyar Nahin Hai Haleema Hum TV
Shikwa Na Shikayat Meerub Express Entertainment
Shehryar Shehzadi Sarwat Urdu 1
2012-2013 Aqal Bari Ya Bhains Humaira TV One Pakistan
Na Kaho Tum Mere Nahi Mehreen Hum TV
2013 Kaash Aisa Ho Irfa ARY Digital
Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi Gul-e-Rana Hum TV
2013-2014 Miss Fire Maya Geo Entertainment
Sannata Rukayya ARY Digital
Bunty I Love You Dania Hum TV
2014 Jaanam Falak A-Plus TV
Izteraab Zara Hum TV
Bay Emaan Mohabbat Dania ARY Digital
2014-2015 Na Katro Pankh Mere Naamia ARY Zindagi
Digest Writer Farida Hum TV
2015 Kaisay Tum Se Kahoon Anamta
2015-2016 S.H.E Bajirao Mastani Geo Entertainment
Sangat Ayesha Hum TV
2016 Mein Sitara Surraiya TV One Pakistan
Besharam Mishal ARY Digital
2017-2018 Baaghi Fouzia Azeem Urdu 1
Manto Noor Jehan Geo Entertainment
2019 Cheekh Mannat ARY Digital
2022 Fraud Maya
2023 Sar-e-Rah Rania
TBA Tumhare Husn Ke Naam dagger Salma Green TV
Serial Killer dagger Sarah
Gunnah dagger TBA Express Entertainment

Special appearance (Saba Qamar Biography)

Year Title Role Network Notes
2005 Jag Beeti Erum PTV Home The episode “Faisla”
2010 Talluq Naila Habib Geo Entertainment Episode “17”
2011 Faseel-e-Jaan Se Aagay Neelofar PTV Home Episode “Matti Ka Qarz”
2012 Timmy G Saba Qamar ARY Digital Episode “77”
2014 Shareek-e-Hayat Recurring Hum TV Anthology series

Music videos

Year Title Singer
2004 Boliyan Abrar-ul-Haq
2018 Jeevan Daan Shuja Haider
Funn Mitti Se
2020 Qubool Bilal Saeed
2021 Chingariyan Mustafa Zahid
Begum Shak Karti Hai Abrar ul Haq
2022 Kabhi Mai Kabhi Tum Asim Azhar

Web series (Saba Qamar Biography)

web series that have not yet been released Denotes web series that have not been released yet
Year Title Role Platform Notes
2022 Naina Ki Sharafat Naina UrduFlix Urduflix original
Mrs and Mr Shameem Umaina Zee5 Web Series
TBA Mandi Films that have not yet been released Uzma Rana TBA

Hosting (Saba Qamar Biography)

Year Title Role Network Notes
2009–2013, 2015 Hum Sab Umeed Se Hain Host Geo Entertainment Political satirical show
2012 17th PTV Awards PTV Home Hosted with Imran Abbas
2017 Eid Show With Saba Qamar and Imran Abbas Dunya News
Hum Style Awards 2017 Hum TV Hosted with Farhan Saeed and Ali Kazmi
2019 18th Lux Style Awards Geo Entertainment Hosted with Yasir Hussain
Saba_Qamar Biography
Saba Qamar Biography

Other appearances

Year Title Role Notes
2009 The Shareef Show Mubarak Ho Herself Guest appearance
2014 Tonite with HSY Guest appearance with Adnan Siddiqui
Mazaaq Raat Guest appearance with Humayun Saeed

Awards and nominations (Saba Qamar Biography)

Year Content Award Category Result
2011 Tinkay PTV Awards Best Actress (Jury) Won
Best Actress (Viewers) Won
Dastaan Pakistan Media Awards Best Supporting Actress Won
2012 Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoole PTV Awards Best Actress (Jury) Won
Best Actress (Viewers) Nominated
Tamgha-e-Imtiaz Contribution to arts Honorary
2013 Aina Tarang Housefull Awards Best Actress Nominated
Best On-Screen Couple Nominated
Yahan Pyar Nahin Hai Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
Maat Pakistan Media Awards Best Actress Won
Hum Awards Best Actress Nominated
2014 Ullu Baraye Farokht Nahi Nominated
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
2015 Bunty I Love You Hum Awards Best Actress Won
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
Most Impactful Character Nominated
Digest Writer Best Actress Nominated
Best Actress (Popular) Nominated
2016 Sangat Nominated
Best Actress Nominated
Manto ARY Film Awards Best Supporting Actress Nominated
Galaxy Lollywood Awards Won
Pride of Performance Contribution to arts Honorary
2017 Lahore Se Aagey Galaxy Lollywood Awards Best Actor in a Leading Role – Female Nominated
Best Dance Performance (along with Yasir Hussain) Nominated
Best On-Screen Couple (along with Yasir Hussain) Nominated
Nigar Awards Best Actress Won
IPPA Awards Best Actress Film Nominated
Besharam ARY Viewers Choice Awards Best Couple (along with Zahid Ahmed) Nominated
Best Actress Won
IPPA Awards Best Actress Won
2018 Hindi Medium Star Screen Awards Most Promising Newcomer – Female Nominated
Masala! Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Won
Filmfare Awards Best Actress Nominated
Bollywood Film Journalist’s Awards Best Female Debut Won
Baaghi IPPA Awards Best Actor (Female) – Drama Won
Masala! Awards Breakthrough Performance of the Year Won
2020 Cheekh 1st Pakistan International Screen Awards Best Television Actress- Viewers Choice Nominated
Best Television Actress- Critics’ Choice Nominated
2022 Kamli Indus Valley International Film Festival Best Female Actor Won
Sunday Special Icon Awards Best Actress Of The Year Won
2023 Sar-e-Rah USAID Awards Outstanding Contribution To USAID-Funded Drama Won

Lux Style Awards (Saba Qamar Biography)

She holds the record for most acting nominations ever received by an actress.

Year Ceremony Category Project Result
2010 9th Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress (Terrestrial) Jinnah Ke Naam Nominated
2011 10th Lux Style Awards Tinkay
2012 11th Lux Style Awards Tera Pyar Nahi Bhoole
Best Television Actress (Satellite) Pani Jaisa Pyar
2013 12th Lux Style Awards Maat
2015 14th Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress Sannata
2017 16th Lux Style Awards Mein Sitara
Best Lead Actress in a Film Lahore Se Aagey
2018 17th Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress Baaghi Won
2020 19th Lux Style Awards Cheekh Nominated

Other recognitions

  • Top Bollywood Debutante of 2017 by Eastern Eye
  • Pride of Pakistan by Daily Times Pakistan in 2018

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