Imran Ashraf Awan (born September 11, 1989) is a Pakistani actor, screenwriter, and host.[1][2]

Imran Ashraf
عمران اشرف
Imran Ashraf in 2022
Born
Imran Ashraf Awan

(1989-09-11) 11 September 1989 (age 34)
Occupation(s)Actor
Screenwriter
Host
Years active2011–present
Spouse
Kiran Ashfaq
(m. 2018; div. 2022)

Ashraf has been noted for his acting in television serials such as Dil Lagi (2016), Alif Allah Aur Insaan (2017–2018), and Raqs-e-Bismil (2020–2021). He is best known for portraying mentally challenged 'Bhola' in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi (2018–2019) for which he won the Best TV Actor award at the Lux Style Awards.

Early and personal life edit

Imran Ashraf was born on September 11,1989 in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.[3][4] His father was a banker, while the family roots lie in Sialkot, Punjab.[5] [6]

In 2018, he married Kiran Imran.[7] The couple has a son, Roham Ashraf.[4][7] They divorced in 2022.[8]

Career edit

Actor edit

After starring as a child in Boota from Toba Tek Singh in 1999,[9] he made his debut as an adult with Wafa Kaisi Kahan Ka Ishq in 2011, having moved to Karachi in 2010 following the failure of the family business.[10]

Further, in 2017, he appeared as a transgender person in Alif Allah Aur Insaan and won an award at the 6th Hum Awards. In 2018, he wrote the drama serial Tabeer and was nominated for Best Writer at the 7th Hum Awards.[11] In 2018, his performance as a mentally challenged Bhola in Kashif Nisar's directed Ranjha Ranjha Kardi established his career as a leading actor and earned him the Lux Style Award for Best TV Actor - Viewer's choice.[12][13]

Screenwriter edit

In 2018, he wrote and acted in Tabeer.

In 2020, he wrote and acted in Mushk.[14]

Host edit

In 2023, Ashraf began hosting the comedy talk show Mazaaq Raat.[15]

Filmography edit

Television serials edit

Year Title Role Screenwriter Network Notes
1999 Boota from Toba Tek Singh PTV Child star[9]
2010-2011 Wafa Kaisi Kahan Ka Ishq Ghalib Hum TV Debut
2012 Nadamat
Jazeera Bilal Urdu 1
Baandi Kamyar ARY Digital
Ab Ke Sawan Barsay Express TV
2012-2013 Hisar E Ishq Urdu 1
2013-2015 Meri Maa Adnan Geo TV
2013 Kaala Jadu (season 2) ARY Digital
Kohar Urdu 1
Noor e Nazar Imroze PTV Home
Woh Hum TV
2014 Jhooti Express TV
Gumaan
Mere Meherbaan Shehryar Hum TV
Shehr-e-Ajnabi Sufiyan A-Plus
Chingari Express TV
Rangbaaz [10]
Noori TV One
Sadqay Tumhare Hum TV
Meka Aur Susral Sarmad Chaudhry ARY Digital
Roothi Roothi Zindagi Express TV
2015 Mohabbat Aag Si Arshad Hum TV
Pardes Jawad
Abro Hamid
Ishq Nachaya Ramzi Express TV
Faltu Larki Tabish A-Plus
Jhoot Jamal Hum TV
2015-2016 Gul-e-Rana Ashar
2016 Dil Lagi Dastageer ARY Digital
Baba Ki Rani Sajid
2016-2017 Bad Gumaan Jawad Hum TV
Shehrnaz Nofil Urdu 1
Khuda Mera Bhi Hai Zaahir ARY Digital
Kitni Girhain Baaki Hain (Season 2) Various characters Hum TV Episode 6, 17, 26, 34
2017 Dil-e-Jaanam Haris
2017-2018 Alif Allah Aur Insaan Shammu
Toh Dil Ka Kia Hua Tipu
Main Maa Nahi Banna Chahti Faris
2018 Tabeer Yasir  
Paimanay Urdu 1
Lashkara Sunny ARY Digital
Dil Mom Ka Diya Azhar
Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja Hassan Express TV Episode 17
2018-2019 Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Ghulam Mohiuddin; Bhola Hum TV [16]
Siskiyan BOL TV
2019 Jaal Zaid Hum TV
Inkaar Rehan Chaudhary [17]
Rani Nokrani Abdullah Express TV
Kahin Deep Jaley Zeeshan Geo TV [18]
2020-2021 Mushk Adam   Hum TV [19]
Raqs e Bismil Moosa [20]
2022 Badzaat Wali Geo TV [21]
Chaudhry and Sons Billu [22]
2023 Heer Da Hero Hero Butt
2023-2024 Namak Haram Mureed Hum TV [23]

Telefilms edit

Year Title Role Network
2018 Parda TV One
2021 Hum Tum Aliyan Express TV
2023 Piyar Ke Naghmay Mangu TV One

Films edit

Year Title Role Director Notes
2022 Dum Mastam Sikandar Mohammed Ehteshamuddin Debut film[24]

Television shows edit

Year Title Role Network
2023-present Mazaaq Raat Host Dunya News

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Work Result Ref
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Supporting Actor Gul-e-Rana Nominated
2018 6th Hum Awards Alif Allah Aur Insaan Won
2019 7th Hum Awards Best Writer Drama Serial Tabeer Nominated
2020 19th Lux Style Awards Best TV Actor (Viewers' Choice) Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Won [25]
2021 20th Lux Style Awards Kahin Deep Jale Nominated [26]
2022 8th Hum Awards Best Actor Popular Raqs e Bismil Nominated [27]
Best Actor Jury Nominated [28]
21st Lux Style Awards Best TV Actor (Viewers' Choice) Nominated [29]
Best TV Actor (Critics' Choice) Nominated
2023 22nd Lux Style Awards Best Film Actor Dum Mastam Nominated

References edit

  1. ^ Zia, Iman (24 October 2017). "Let's Talk About Imran Ashraf Who Plays The Most Underrated Character In "Alif Allah Aur Insaan"". MangoBaaz.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  2. ^ Haider, Sadaf (17 February 2016). "My heroine won't allow anyone to slap her: Faiza Iftikhar & Nadeem Baig on upcoming TV drama Dil Lagi". Images.dawn.com. Archived from the original on 22 March 2019. Retrieved 22 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Birthday wishes pour in as Imran Ashraf turns 32". Daily Pakistan (newspaper). 11 September 2021. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  4. ^ a b "Imran Ashraf - Biography, Career, Personal and Filmi Life". Parhlo.
  5. ^ "Profile". Nettv4u. Retrieved 3 January 2024.
  6. ^ "Imran Ashraf's brother joins showbiz". Daily Times. 20 April 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Imran Ashraf sends love to wife Kiran Imran on her birthday". Geo News. 1 March 2021. Retrieved 16 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Imran Ashraf's ex wife Kiran Ashfaque regrets changing herself for a man". The Express Tribune. 8 July 2023.
  9. ^ a b "I'm lucky I have worked with Khalilur Rehman. His dialogues are the best: Imran Ashraf". Daily Times. 15 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b "My acting was so bad that project heads wanted my scene removed: Imran Ashraf". Images. 30 October 2018. Retrieved 27 January 2022.
  11. ^ Haq, Irfan Ul (22 December 2017). "Iqra Aziz and Shehzad Sheikh pair up again for upcoming serial". Images.dawn.com. Archived from the original on 23 December 2017. Retrieved 22 December 2017.
  12. ^ "Imran Ashraf attributes career's success to his 'Ranjha Ranjha Kardi' character, Bhola". The Express Tribune. 18 August 2023.
  13. ^ "Zahid Ahmed, Imran Ashraf declared Best TV Actors at LUX Style Awards 2020". Daily Pakistan. 18 August 2023. Archived from the original on 24 October 2023.
  14. ^ "Urwa Hocane & Imran Ashraf gear up for a project together". 4 November 2019. Archived from the original on 23 June 2020. Retrieved 25 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Imran Ashraf to Take Over Vasay Chaudhry's Role in Comedy Show 'Mazaaq Raat'". Bol News. 10 August 2023. Retrieved 24 October 2023.
  16. ^ Farooqui, Wardah (17 November 2020). "Imran Ashraf as 'Bhola' Ahmad's Heart Warming Session Goes Viral!". dnd.com.pk. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  17. ^ ZIA, IMAN (19 April 2019). "Imran Ashraf Just Responded To Haters Criticizing Him For Playing A Psycho In New Drama "Inkaar"". MangoBaaz. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  18. ^ Isani, Aamna Haider. "Imran Ashraf & Neelum Muneer take up new roles in this romance". The News International. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  19. ^ Waqas, Maliha (30 July 2020). "Imran Ashraf & Urwa are coming together on TV screens soon". The Nation (Pakistan). Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  20. ^ "Imran Ashraf starrer 'Raqs-e-Bismil' to air from December 25". Daily Times. 16 December 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2021.
  21. ^ Images Staff (15 March 2022). "New drama Badzaat starring Imran Ashraf Awan, Urwa Hocane and Ali Abbas is coming soon". Images.
  22. ^ "Ayeza and Imran Ashraf's Ramadan drama's first teaser released". dailytimes.com.pk. 28 March 2022.
  23. ^ "'Namak Haram' Trailer Unveiled: A blend of Power, Betrayal, and Revenge". Hum TV. Retrieved 20 October 2023.
  24. ^ "Imran Ashraf and Amar Khan to make film debut with Dum Mastam". 26 October 2019.
  25. ^ "https://images.dawn.com/news/1182224" (19)
  26. ^ "https://tribune.com.pk/story/2324144/lsa-2021-winners-bayaan-and-pyaar-ke-sadqay-reign-supreme?" (20)
  27. ^ "8th Hum Awards Nominations 2022: See the Full List here". Magpakistan. Retrieved 26 September 2022.
  28. ^ "Winners List of 8th Hum Awards". Bolnews. Retrieved 25 September 2022.
  29. ^ "LSA 2022: And the nominees are". Theexpresstribune. Retrieved 23 November 2022.

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