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April 9, 1955
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
|Years active||Actress (1980s–present), Director (1990s-present)|
|Spouse(s)||Usman Peerzada (1975–present)|
Peerzada was born as Samina Butt into a Muslim family to Moinuddin Butt and Almas Butt in Lahore. Her father is a mechanical engineer. She did her graduation in Commerce. During her academic years, she took an active part in extracurricular activities. When she showed an inclination toward acting, both her parents supported her in adopting it as a profession.
In 1976, she starred her film Nazdikiyan. This was followed by many films, including Bazaare Husn and Khawahish. She has a long list of television plays to her credit, among them the popular are Raat and Hisar. She has also performed on stage for such successful productions as Raaz-o-Niaz and Gurya Ghar.
Now, she has become one of the more promising directors hailing from Pakistan's film industry based in Lahore. She initially directed a string of successful television productions, such as Sophia and Karb for Pakistan Television, but later chose to move to the celluloid world with her rather controversial directorial debut, Inteha, a film in which she also had a short role. Inteha was well received in the major urban centers of Pakistan, and paved way for Peerzada to direct Shararat, a film which lacked the slick urban look which people related Peerzada's films with.
She has in recent years put cinema on the back-burner and has instead chosen to act in a number of television serials for the plethora of relatively new Pakistani cable / satellite channels. However, Peerzada returns to cinema with Saqib Malik's directorial debut Ajnabee Shehr Mein where she stars alongside Shaan and Ali Zafar. The film is expected to release sometimes this year.[which?] Peerzada has returned to acting in Pakistani television plays such as Sheeshay Ka Mahal, Kaanch, and Ghar Gharonda. Recently, Samina Peerzada was invited by Amnesty International India in New Delhi for International Week of Justice Festival, from December 5–10, 2008, commemorating the 60th anniversary of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Peerzada participated in three public forums for the festival at Jamia Millia Islamia and Alliance Francaise on the issues of women empowerment, democracy and torture.
She has traveled widely, performed in Oslo in an Ibsen festival, and won many awards, including two presidential awards for her films and two Graduate Awards for her work on stage.
|Drama||Role||Year||Broadcasting Network||Additional Notes|
|Dil, Diya, Dehleez||Sheher Bano||2006||HumTV||Dil, Diya, Dehleez is a drama which is based on the novel of same name by Riffat Siraj|
|Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan||Tai Amma||2009||Geo TV||Meri Zaat is the most-viewed serial on Geo TV to date.|
|Dastaan||Bibi/Saleha||2010||Hum TV||Dastaan is based on a novel on the partition of India written by Razia Butt|
|Kuch Khwab Thay Meray||2011||ARY Digital|
|Roshan Sitara||Roshan Ara's mother||2012||Hum TV|
|Zindagi Gulzar Hai||Rafia (Kashaf's Mother)||2012||Hum TV||Based on the novel of the same name by Umaira Ahmed|
|The Blood of Hussain||Lisa .... General's Daughter||1980||released in February 1981 in the UK,|
|Mukhra||sister nadeem||1988||Punjabi film,aka Face (International: English title) punjbi film|
|Bazar-e-Husn||1988||aka Market (International: English title)|
|Bulandi||mother||1990||aka Vantage (International: English title)|
|Darya Khan||Samina Pirzada||1991|
|Khwahish||1993||aka The Wish (International: English title)|
|Zar Gul||Nawab's Wife||1997|
|Zar Gul||Director, Writer, Nawab's Wife||1997|
|Inteha||Director,Producer||1999||The movie was Samina Peerzada's debut directorial attempt|
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