Bushra Ansari is a Pakistani television presenter, comedian, singer, actor and playwright who started her career as a child performer in the 1960s. Ansari won numerous awards during her career, including Pakistan’s highest civilian award Pride Of Performance in 1989.

Imran Aslam is a renowned journalist and media personality from Pakistan. Before he turned to journalism, he worked for Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan of the UAE and as Director of the Royal Flight of the President of the UAE. He began his journalistic career as the editor of #TheStar in the 1980s. In the 1990s he was editor and founding member of team behind the launch of The News, a Karachi English daily.


Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he calls himself) is among the most influential and famous figures in the Pakistani entertainment sector. He is a self-styled Pakistani television and film director, writer, producer, lyricist and musician. Active in the television industry since 1980, he first found success for composing and writing the song Dil Dil Pakistan in 1987, thereby introducing Vital Signs musical band in mainstream Pakistani television. He was also well recognised for directing many critically acclaimed hit drama series in Pakistani television.

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He became internationally known and popular for directing TV shows including the 1982 classic Ankahi, comedy series Fifty Fifty (1980), and the military fiction series, Alpha Bravo Charlie (1998). Mansoor found further critical acclaim for his musical abilities, writing songs for Vital Signs in the 1990s and introduced the band nationwide.

In 2007, Shoaib Mansoor debuted as a film director with the critically acclaimed film, Khuda Ke Liye released on 20 July 2007 all over Pakistan. It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.

It was followed by the film Bol in 2009, with Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick and Iman Ali playing lead roles. The premiere was on 24 June 2011.

Shoaib Mansoor’s third and recently released film Verna is again a bold comment on one of the most sensitive issue of Rape which is a undoubtedly a regional malady.

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Samina Peerzada is a woman of substance who has always worked towards breaking the glass ceiling for other women in our community. She is a living example of how a true artist has no expiry date. Samina was born in Lahore and was raised in Karachi. After graduating in commerce she chose to pursue a career in acting. After many successful years of acting in television dramas with signature roles Samina set her foot in films like Nazdikiyan, Mukhra, Bazar-e-Husn, Shaadi Mere Shohar Ki and Bulandi.

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She has traveled widely and has also performed in Oslo at The International Ibsen Festival. Her notable stage performances include productions such as Raaz-o-Niaz and Ibsen’s A Doll’s House.

She has a long list of television plays to her credit including Zindagi Gulzar Hai, Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan, Rehaai, Durr-e-Shahwar Dastaan and Karobi.
Her first Hollywood film, The Valley, is in post-production phase and will be releasing soon.

Samina Peerzada made her directorial debut through Inteha, a critically acclaimed film addressing the social issue of marital rape. Subsequently, she directed another well-received commercial film Shararat.

Samina Peerzada’s directorial debut Inteha received nine national awards. She was also conferred with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Beyond the Mango Film Festival held in Bradford, UK, in November 2013. She consecutively won the Hum Award for Best Supporting Actress in 2013 and 2014 for Roshan Sitara and Zindagi Gulzar Hai. She was decorated with Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Television by Hum TV at the 3rd Hum Awards held in Dubai in April 2015. She is now being recognised as an Icon of Industry at FocusPK17.

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