Iqra Aziz Hussain (née Aziz; born November 24, 1997) is a Pakistani actress who works in Urdu television known for her portrayals in social to comic girl next door. She is the recipient of several accolades, including three Lux Style Awards and four Hum Awards.[4]

Iqra Aziz
Born (1997-11-24) 24 November 1997 (age 26)[1][2]
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Occupation
  • Actress
Years active2014–present
Spouse
(m. 2019)
[3]
Children1

Aziz made her acting debut in 2014 with Kissey Apna Kahein. She had her first lead role in the 2015 drama Muqaddas. Subsequently, she has appeared in notable shows including, Choti Si Zindagi (2016), Qurban (2018), Raqeeb Se and Khuda Aur Muhabbat 3 both (2021). Aziz established herself with the 2018 social comedy drama Ranjha Ranjha Kardi which earned her the Lux Style Award for Best Actress Critics Choice and is recognised for her comic portrayal of Ajiya Nazakat in Suno Chanda (2018), for which she gained praise and won the Hum Award for Best Actress Popular and Lux Style Award for Best TV Actress.[5]

After a brief hiatus, she returned to television with family drama Mannat Murad (2023) which failed to leave an impact. Aziz is married to actor and writer Yasir Hussain, with whom she has a son.

Early life

Aziz was born on 24 November 1997 in Karachi.[6][7] She mentioned in interviews about her mother's struggles being a single parent.[7] Iqra finished college while working but eventually left her studies to focus on acting. In 2018, she talked about her plans to resume education in the next couple of years.[7][6]

Career

Early work (2014–2017)

Aziz started her career when she was 14. She dabbled into acting with the help of her elder sister. She first auditioned as a television commercial model and was picked by Talent agency Citrus.[7] Aziz continues to appear in television commercials till date. Later she was noticed by Hum TV's co producer Momina Duraid who offered her a role in her series Kissey Apna Kahein. She acted along with Arij Fatyma, Danish Taimoor, Shabbir Jan and other senior actors in the series.[7][8]

She followed her acting career with a leading role in another Hum TV's drama series Muqaddas, an adaptation of Adeel Razzak's novel of the same name.[9] The series proved to be the break-through for her and she received Hum Award for Best Television Sensation female.[10] The series also received mix reviews and was nominated for Best Television Play at annual Lux Style Awards.[11] In the same year she appeared as a parallel lead in Ilyas Kashmiri's directorial Mol.[9]

In 2016 she was seen in a leading role in Socha Na Tha and Deewana. In the later, she played the character of Mehar Sultana (Mehru) who befriends the mischievous but loving Jinn Falak (Shehroz Sabzwari) and eventually falls in love with him. Aziz subsequently did a supporting role of Marina Zaman in Ahmed Bhatti's directorial Kisay Chahoon and a parallel lead role of Mannat Chaudhary in Laaj. Her on-screen chemistry with Shehzad Sheikh in Choti Si Zindagi was praised and both received a nomination for Best Onscreen Couple.[10][12] The series also garnered her a nomination for Best Actress at Hum Awards.[12]

Aziz then starred in Gustakh Ishq opposite Zahid Ahmed and did a guest appearance in 2017 series Dil-e-Jaanam.[13] She appeared in Ghairat (series based on Honour Killing) along with Syed Jibran and Muneeb Butt and in romantic drama Khamoshi opposite Zara Noor Abbas, Affan Waheed and Bilal Khan.[14][15] The later of which was a critically and commercial hit.[16] In Khamoshi, Aziz played the character of Naeema, an arrogant, greedy and career-driven girl. Her role as antagonist was praised.[17] A reviewer from Mangobaaz wrote, "The way she has portrayed Naeema’s character so well that you can’t help but hate her".[18] Aziz walked the ramp for designer Aisha Farid's collection Crystalline on Hum TV's Bridal Couture Week.[19] In early January 2018, she wrapped up the shooting of an Urdu music video "O Jaana" with Hamza Malik and Rahat Fateh Ali Khan which was released in July 2018.[20] and did a special appearance in Asim Azhar's music video "Jo Tu Na Mila".[21][22]

Breakthrough in Suno Chanda and beyond (2018–present)

The following year, Aziz collaborated with Shehzad Sheikh for the second time, (alongside Bilal Abbas Khan and Omair Rana) in Idream Entertainment's Qurban. She appeared as Heer, a bubbly and bright girl hailing from a rich household and was seen in a love triangle opposite Sheikh and Khan.[23] She portrayed the role of Ajiya Nazakat (Jiya) in Suno Chanda which was a finite series during Ramadan 2018. She was paired opposite Farhan Saeed. Aziz and Saeed were praised for their on-screen chemistry.[24][25] The series received mix reviews and earned her a nomination for Best Television Actress at Lux Style Awards.[26] In an interview, Aziz said that she was overwhelmed and was not expect the series to be the massive hit.[27] She played the role of Tabeer in Hum TV's Tabeer.[28] Ahmed Sarym of The Express Tribune states, "At such a young age, Aziz has already proven her mettle through a wide range of characters from the exuberant Jiya to a vampish Naeema in Khamoshi and the titular character of Tabeer".[27]

She then appeared in Faiza Iftikhar's Ranjha Ranjha Kardi. Her role as Noori belongs to the lower cast of Untouchables was praised by critics.[29] Buraq Shabbir of The News International stated, "Popularly known as the feisty Jia from Suno Chanda and now the equally fiery Noori in Ranjha Ranjha Kardi, has spark".[6] In 2019, she appeared in Suno Chanda 2 A sequel of Suno Chanda which is an Ahson Talish directorial and produced by MD Productions.[30][31] The year 2020, she starred as Nirma in ARY Digital's dramatic Jhooti which received negative response and underperformed in ratings. In 2021, Aziz was seen playing Ameera in the social drama Raqeeb Se which starred an ensemble cast of Nauman Ijaz, Hadiqa Kiani and Sania Saeed. It received rave response from critics and earned her a nomination at the Lux Style Awards for Best Actress (Critics' Choice). Later in that year, she starred in the highly anticipated romantic drama Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 opposite Feroze Khan. It gained high viewership and became 2nd most watched Pakistani television series on YouTube with negative reviews from critics for its problematic plot. Writing for Oddonee opined, "People are not sure if Khuda Aur Mohabbat 3 is a drama or a trauma. All I can say is that we had high expectations, but it doesn’t meet any of it".[32]

After a brief hiatus, Aziz made her television comeback with Geo Entertainment's family comedy drama Mannat Murad opposite Talha Chahour and directed by Syed Wajahat Hussain. The show panned by critics for its repetitive storyline, performances of leads and development. In a review stated, "it’s bad and you wouldn’t even watch it beyond 15 minutes" and also dislike the chemistry between the lead pair. if it wasn’t for Iqra’s reputation but even that isn’t enough to salvage it". In 2024, she starred in ARY Digital's romantic comedy drama Burns road Kay Romeo Juliet opposite Hamza Sohail.

Other work and media image

Aziz has been described in the media, among Pakistan's most popular and highest-paid actresses.[33][34] In September 2018, she won the Most Stylish TV actor Award at the Hum TV Style Awards.[35] She also performed on Hum Style Awards along with Farhan Saeed.[8] She serves as an ambassador for a number of brands such as 7up, Nestle, Cadbury, and National Foods.[36] In November 2018 she paired with model Hasnain Lehri to launch OPPO's A7 in Pakistan.[37] She was also the brand ambassador for the same.[37] She was named in the Top 50 Sexiest Asian Women List by Eastern Eye[38][39] and most searched people of Google Pakistan in 2018.[40]

After the success of Ranjha Ranjha Kardi and Suno Chanda, she was cited by The News International as playing an inspirational female character on Pakistani television.[41] In July 2019, controversy arose after few pictures of Iqra's vacation in Thailand circa 2018 wherein she was dressed in beach-styled minimal clothing. The photos garnered negative reaction on social media and her sister, Sidra Aziz, took to Twitter to express her discomfort over the negative comments.[42]

She has also appeared as a guest in serials and talkshows. Her first guest appearance was in Jago Pakistan Jago in 2015. In 2018 she appeared as a Guest in The After Moon Show a comedy-talkshow and Tonite with HSY. In May 2018, Aziz became a victim of news after breaching contract with the Citrus talent.[43][44][10] Fahad Hussain, Head of Citrus Talent states, Aziz breached an agreement that states the latter has to solely work in projects approved by the talent agency. She has, however signed contract and deal with another PR agency, despite being reminded of the first contract.[43][45][44][46] In response Aziz denies the allegations saying, "Fahad never provided her with a copy of the agreement that she breached and used to delay her rightful payments for many months".[47][48][49][50] Later the dispute was solved by their lawyers on which both said,

“We want to thank our lawyers for mediating between us and resolving our issues which arose due to miscommunication and misunderstandings. Also, we have both mutually decided to continue working with each other in the future. So, guys, we are back with a bang!!!”[51]

Personal life

On 7 July 2019, at the 18th Lux Style Awards, Aziz became engaged to actor and writer Yasir Hussain.[52][53] On 28 December 2019, Aziz married Hussain.[54] In July 2021, Aziz gave birth to their son.[55][56]

Filmography

Television

Year Title Role Notes Ref
2014 Kissey Apna Kahein Shanzey
2015 Muqaddas Muqaddas
Mol Sajjal
2016 Socha Na Tha Shafaq
Deewana Mehr Sultana
Kisay Chahoon Marina Zaman
Laaj Mannat
Choti Si Zindagi Ameena
Natak Shafaq
2017 Gustakh Ishq Najaf
Ghairat Saba
Khamoshi Naeema Sabir
2018 Qurban Heer
Suno Chanda Ajiya "Jiya" Nazakat
Tabeer Tabeer
Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Noor "Noori" Bano
2019 Suno Chanda 2 Ajiya "Jiya" Arsal Ali [57]
2020 Kasak Faryal
Jhooti Nirma [58]
2021 Raqeeb Se Ameera [59]
Khuda Aur Muhabbat 3 Mahi Kazim Shah [60]
2023 Mannat Murad Mannat Choudhury [61]
2024 Burns Road Kay Romeo Juliet Freeya Motiwala [62]

Other appearance

Year Title Role Notes
2017 Judai Zunaira (Zuni) Telefilm
Dil-e-Jaanam Samira Cameo appearance
2022 Aik Thi Laila Laila Mini series[63]

Music videos

Year Song Artist Notes
2018 "O Jaana" Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Hamza Malik [20]
2018 "Jo Tu Na Mila" Asim Azhar [21]
2021 "Mera Jora" Zeb Bangash [64]

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Work Result Ref.
2016 4th Hum Awards Best Television Sensation Female Mol Won [10]
Best Supporting Actress Nominated [10]
2017 5th Hum Awards Best Actress Popular Choti Si Zindagi Nominated [65]
Best On-screen Couple along with Shehzad Sheikh Nominated [65]
2018 Hum Style Awards Most Stylish TV Actress None Won [35]
2019 Lux Style Awards Best Television Actress – (Viewers' Choice) Suno Chanda Won [26]
Best Television Actress – (Critics' Choice) Won [26]
Hum Awards Best Actress (Popular) Won [66]
IPPA Awards Best Television Actress (Jury) Won [67]
Hum Awards Best On-Screen Couple along with Farhan Saeed(Popular) Won [66]
Best Actress Tabeer Nominated [66]
Best on-screen Couple along with Shehzad Sheikh Nominated [66]
2020 Hum Style Awards Most Stylish TV Actress Ranjha Ranjha Kardi Nominated [68]
Pakistan International Screen Awards Best Television Actress Nominated [69]
19th Lux Style Awards Best Actress (Critics' Choice) Won [70]
2022 8th Hum Awards Best Actress Popular Raqeeb Se Nominated [71]
Best Actress Jury Won
21st Lux Style Awards Best Actress – (Critics' Choice) Nominated [72]
2023 Lux Style Awards Best Actress – (Critics) Aik Thi Laila Nominated [73]
IPPA Awards Best TV Actor (Female) Nominated [74]
Best On-Screen Couple with (Yasir Hussain) Nominated

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