Faysal Quraishi (Urdu: فیصل قریشی; born on 26 October 1973) is a Pakistani actor, producer, and television host.[3] He is one of Pakistan's highest-paid actors.[4] He is the recipient of more than 20 nationally recognised awards. He first gained recognition for playing the leading role of Boota in the television series Boota from Toba Tek Singh (1999) and has been a part of more than 200 projects.[5]

Faysal Quraishi
فیصل قریشی
Qureshi in 2022
Born (1973-10-26) 26 October 1973 (age 50)[1]
NationalityPakistani
Occupations
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Host
Years active1984–present
Notable workFitoor (2022)
Bashar Momin (2014)
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2010)
Boota from Toba Tek Singh (1999)
Muqaddar (2020)
Height179 cm (5 ft 10 in)
Spouses
Rozina
(m. 1992; div. 2000)
Ayesha Agha
(m. 2001; sep. 2003)
Sana Faysal
(m. 2010)
Children4
Parent
RelativesRozina Qureshi (aunt)
Saima Qureshi (cousin)

He hosted a morning show called Muskurati Morning with Faisal Qureshi from 2010 to 2014 on TV One. From 2016 to 2019, he hosted the morning show Salam Zindagi on ARY Zindagi.[6] He was also the host of a game show called Jeet Ka Dum on Hum TV and is currently hosting another game show, Khush Raho Pakistan, on BOL TV. He became a producer in 2017 with the production house Connect Studios, and owns a film production house named Faysal Quraishi Films.[7]

Early life edit

Quraishi was born in Lahore, Pakistan. His father belonged to the Urdu-speaking community, hailing from erstwhile Hyderabad State but settled in Lahore, while his mother, Afshan Qureshi, is a Sindhi-speaking Memon. His mother and aunt, Rozina Qureshi, were famous film actresses of their time.[8]

Career edit

Quraishi began his career as a child artist and appeared in the plays Emergency Ward and Andhera Ujala for PTV. He made his film debut as an actor in the 1992 film Saza.[9]

He first played minor roles in television serials before landing his first lead role as Boota in Boota from Toba Tek Singh in 1999, which made him an overnight star. Faysal has also appeared as a judge on competition shows Dum Hai To Entertain Kar and Nachle. He also hosted the reality show Hero Banney Ki Tarang and the morning show Muskurati Morning on TV One. He also played a variety of characters in many critically acclaimed dramas, including Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2009), Meri Ansuni Kahani (2009), Masuri (2005), Roag (2014), Main Abdul Qadir Hoon (2010), Qaid-e-Tanhai (2010), and Kis Din Mera Viyah Howay Ga (2011–2018), Rang Laaga (2015), Muqaddar (2020), and many others. In 2018, he featured in Khalish. Faysal also played the leading role in Bashar Momin, the first Pakistani drama to air on Indian television.[10]

In 2015, Daily Pakistan reported that Faysal had become one of the highest-paid artists in television, charging Rs. 3 million per episode. He continues to be one of the most sought-after and highest-paid actors in Pakistan today.[4][better source needed]

From 2016 to 2019, Quraishi hosted the morning show Salam Zindagi which aired on ARY Zindagi.[11] He was appointed CLF Goodwill Ambassador by the Children's Literature Festival on 30 July 2019.[12]

Filmography edit

Films edit

Year Movie Role Notes
1992 Saza
2013 Aina [13] Nadeem Remake of Aina
2015 Good Morning Karachi Shavaiz
Manto Asim
2016 Laloolal.com Rameez
2023 Money Back Guarantee Cameo[14]
TBA

Sorry: A Love Story

TBA Also co-producer[15]

Television serials edit

Year Title Role Producer Channel
1983 Dour-e-Junoon Aamir Mohammad Nisar Hussain PTV
1985 Andhera Ujala PTV Home
Emergency Ward
1995 Jin Pe Takiya tha
1999 Boota from Toba Tek Singh Boota PTV Home
2000 Harjaee Indus TV
Chamak PTV Home
2003 Deewar
Umrao Jaan Ada Gohar Mirza Geo Entertainment
2005 Wajood e Laraib Sheharyar Indus TV
Tum Kahan Hum Kahan Geo TV
Masuri[16] PTV Home
2004–2006 Main Aur Tum Shams Ary Digital
2007 Man-o-Salwa Sheraz Hum TV
2008 Jhumka Jaan
Kitni Door Kitne Paas PTV Home
Chaar Chand Geo TV
Ab Ghar Jaane Do
Abhi Abhi Ary Digital
Madham Madham
Dil Kay Afsanay
2009 Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan Aarfeen Geo TV
Aashti Nazrul Islam Hum TV
Baarish Kay Aansoo Asim Geo TV
Meri Unsuni Kahani Hum TV
Phir Kho Jaye Na Ary Digital
Tere Liye
Tikon
The Ghost Ayaan Daniyal Hum TV
Ishq Junoon Deewangi Musician
2010 Tere Jaane Kay Baad
Sandal Geo TV
Diya Jalay Sameer ARY Digital
Qaid-e-Tanhai Moiz Hum TV
Main Abdul Qadir Hoon Faiz Rasul
Yariyan Babar Geo TV
Haal-e-Dil Ary Digital
2010–11 Dil Hai Chota Sa Ahmer Geo TV
2011 Ishq Ibadat
Kya Meri Shaadi Shahrukh Se Hogi
Ek Hatheli Pe Hina Ek Hatheli Pe Lahoo Najeeb
Mera Saaein Aarish Ary Digital
Roag Ayaz
Umm-e-Kulsoom Nihal
Akhri Barish Nihal
Khushboo Ka Ghar Sikander
Kis Din Mera Viyah Howay Ga Sheedo Geo TV
2012 Sabz Pari Laal Kabootar Rafiq
Mera Yaqeen Asfar Ary Digital
Kis Din Mera Viyah Howay Ga Sheedo Geo TV
2012–13 Mera Pehla Pyar Taha Ary Digital
2013 Pachtawa
Adhoori Aurat Zayyan Geo TV
Kis Din Mera Viyah Howay Ga Sheedo
Mann Ke Moti Rahil
2014 Mein Bushra Faraz ARY Digital
Bashar Momin Bashar   Geo TV
Iqraar Shahbaz
2015 Maryam Geo TV
Bheegi Palkein   A-Plus TV
Mol Sheharyar Hum TV
Rang Laaga Aashiq Hussain Ary Digital
Naraz Azlan
2016 Tum Meri Ho Zayyan
Mera Yaar Miladay Dabbu
Waada Shahab
Aap Ke Liye Shaheer
2017 Zaakham Khawar
Mein Aur Tum 2.0 Shams
2018 Main Manto Asim Geo TV
Kis Din Mera Viyah Howay Ga (Season 04) Sheedo
Khalish Sahil
Baba Jani Asfand  
Haiwan Hameed ARY Digital
Satrangi A-Plus Entertainment
2020 Muqaddar Sardar Saif-ur-Rehman Geo Entertainment
Gustakh Rohail Express Entertainment
Log Kya Kahenge Saad ARY Digital[17]
2021 Fitoor Haider Geo Entertainment
Dil-e-Momin Momin Shahzad
2022 Farq Kamal Hassan
Hook Jaffar Ilahi ARY Digital
Aik Thi Laila Azeem Ullah Express Entertainment
2023 Siyaah SSP Rana Farrukh Green Entertainment
Shikaar Malik Bakhtawar
Zulm Malik Ajlal Hum TV
2024 Khaie Channar Khan Geo Entertainment

Other appearances edit

Year Drama Serial Role Channel Notes
2007 Kaun STN TV In episode 5 Honeymoon
2008 Resham Si Shaam Ahsaan Hum TV An episode for Qissaon ki Chaadar mini-series
2009 Mutthi Bhar Mitti Muzaffar An Independence Day special telefilm
Babies Unlimited Humdum Geo TV An Eid special telefilm
Nass Baliye Himself ARY Digital An Eid special telefilm
2010 Talluq Armaan Geo TV Appeared in Episode 2
Hum Kahani Meri Zubani ARY Digital
Phir Kab Milo Ge TV one
2011 Dum Hai Tou Entertain Kar Judge ARY Digital Reality Show
2012 Main Aur Tum Phir Se Comedy Sitcom
2015 Jeet Ka Dum Host Hum TV
2017 Jimmy Immy Timmy (JIT) Timmy ARY Digital Television film
2016–2019 Salam Zindagi Host ARY Zindagi Morning Show
2019 Jeeto Pakistan Guest ARY Digital
Bol Nights with Ahsan Khan Guest Bol TV
Khush Raho Pakistan Host Game Show

Awards and recognition edit

Year Awards Category Project Result Ref.
2003 Lux Style Awards Best TV Actor Deewar Nominated [18]
2004[19] Harjaee
Umrao Jaan Ada
2005 Best TV Actor (Satellite) Main Aur Tum Won [citation needed]
2006 Jaye Kahan Ye Dil Nominated
Best TV Actor (Terrestrial) Masuri [citation needed]
2009[20] Best TV Actor (Satellite) Manay Na Ye Dil
2011[21] Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan Won
2012 Roag [22]
2013[23] Jahez Nominated
2015[24] Best TV Actor Bashar Momin
2016[25] Rang Laaga Won
2017 Bheegi Palkein Nominated [26]
2021 Best TV Actor (Critics' Choice) Muqaddar [27]
Best TV Actor (Viewers' Choice)[citation needed]

See also edit

References edit

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