Irfan Khoosat (Punjabi, Urdu: عرفان کھوسٹ) (born 9 June 1952) is a Pakistani actor, director, producer and comedian.[1][2][3]

Irfan Khoosat
Born (1952-06-09) 9 June 1952 (age 71)
  • Actor
  • Comedian
  • Director
  • Producer
Years active1969–Present
Known forPlaying the role of 'Direct Hawaldar' in TV drama Andhera Ujala (1984-1985)
Children9, including Sarmad Khoosat
AwardsNigar Award in 1985

He is famous for his comic role as Hawaldar Karamdad in the TV series Andhera Ujala (1984-1985) in which he portrayed a simpleton and a blabbermouth character of a low-ranked policeman.[1]

He is also well-known as a stage comedian.

Early and personal life edit

Irfan Khoosat was born in Okara, Punjab.

His father Sultan Khoosat, who died when Irfan was nine, was a painter, a former employee of Radio Pakistan and himself an actor and comedian.[4] His maternal grandfather Mughal Basheer was also an actor, appearing in the 1962 Urdu-language film Chiragh Jalta Raha.

He has been married three times and has nine children, including notable film and TV director and actor Sarmad Khoosat[3] and Kanwal Khoosat, who's also a director, screenwriter and actress.[5]

Early career edit

Irfan Khoosat got his first breakthrough as a child artist with Radio Pakistan, when he replaced an actor for the show Ultay Pultay.[4]

Career edit

Actor edit

Irfan Khoosat began his acting career with the Punjabi-language movie Kochwan in 1969 and even if he's better known for his work on television he would eventually appear in more than 100 films, with 66 in Punjabi, 39 in Urdu and a single movie in Pashto, Banke Lalya which released in 2013.[6]

Director edit

Irfan Khoosat has directed the 1985 Punjabi-language film Direct Hawaldar, also acting in it, based on his famous role from Andhera Ujala.[7]

He has also directed a television serial, Karam Daad Aur Jaffer Hussain, a spin-off of Andhera Ujala.

He has directed plays as well, including Tokray Thallay, which was staged at Lahore's Alhamra Arts Council in 2010.[8]

Producer edit

Irfan Khoosat has produced numerous television serials, including Aao Kahani Buntay Hain (2011), directed by his daughter Kanwal, but concentrating mainly on comedy dramas such as Do Aur Do Chaar (2002) and Shashlik Xtra Hott (2011), both written and directed by his son Sarmad.

Telefilms that he produced include Tamasha Ghar (2003), directed by Sarmad, and Hernaam Kaur (2003), written and directed by Sarmad, an adaptation of a Manto short story about the partition.[9]

Selected filmography edit

Films edit

Year Title Language
1976 Zaib-un-Nisa Urdu
1977 Jabroo Punjabi
1979 General Bakht Khan Urdu
1981 Khan-e-Azam Punjabi
1982 Aangan Urdu
1985 Hum Say Hay Zamana Urdu
Direct Hawaldar
1986 Nazdeekiyan
Joora Punjabi
1991 Watan Kay Rakhwalay Urdu/Punjabi
1997 Deewane Tere Pyar Ke Urdu
1998 Dupatta Jal Raha Hai
Choorian Punjabi
2000 Tere Pyar Mein Urdu
Mehndi Waley Hath Punjabi
2003 Qayamat – A Love Triangle In Afghanistan Urdu
2005 Naag aur Nagin
Koi Tujh Sa Kahan
2006 One Two Ka One
2007 Jhoomar
2010 Channa Sachi Muchi Punjabi
2011 Bol Urdu
2012 Shareeka Punjabi
2014 The System Urdu
2015 Dekh Magar Pyaar Say
Main Manto
2018 Donkey King
2019 Wrong No. 2
2022 Tere Bajre Di Rakhi Punjabi

Television edit

Year Title Role Channel
1975 Such Gup Politician PTV
Taal Matol
1983 Samundar
1984 Andhera Ujala Havaldar Karam Dad
1986 Hazaron Raaste Boota Khan
1993 Fareb Najeebullah
1997 Ashiyana Rehmat
1999 Aahlna
2001 Shashlik
2008 Kothi No. 156 Hum TV
2010 Rangeel Pur PTV Home
2012 Larka Karachi Ka Kuri Lahore Di Tau Ji Express Entertainment
Ashk Ramzan Geo TV
Quddusi Sahab Ki Bewah Maulavi Saheb ARY Digital
2013 Aunn Zara Zara's grandfather A-Plus TV
2014 Sadqay Tumhare Hum TV
2015 Ishq Ibadat
Kaisay Tum Se Kahoon Anamta's father
Preet Na Kariyo Koi Fayyaz
Surkh Jorra Sarmad Hum Sitaray
Pardes Kabeer
2016 Khuda Aur Muhabbat (season 2) Dilawar Geo Entertainment
2017 Sammi Riaz Hum TV
Meherbaan Dua's father A-Plus TV
Baaghi Fauzia's father Urdu 1
Shayad Dada Geo TV
2018 Noor ul Ain Qasim ARY Digital
Aakhri Station Train ticket checker
De Ijazat Dua's father Hum TV
Belapur Ki Dayan Rehmat
Chakkar Sajad BOL Entertainment
2018 Kabhi Band Kabhi Baja Express Entertainment
2019 Anaa Daneen's grandfather Hum TV
Janbaaz Havaldar Karam Dad Express Entertainment
2020 Dushman e Jaan Ahsan ARY Digital
2022 Mrs and Mr Shameem Umaina's father ZEE5

Awards and recognition edit

He won a Nigar Award for his comic role in the 1985 film Hum Se Hai Zamana.[10]

References edit

  1. ^ a b "In a league of his own (actors Jamil Fakhri and Irfan Khoosat)". Dawn (newspaper). 11 June 2011. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  2. ^ "Biography of Irfan Khoosat". website. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  3. ^ a b Shoaib Ahmed (7 May 2018). "Irfan Khoosat graces Adabi Baithak". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  4. ^ a b "PNCA Appreciation for Art series: Irfan Khoosat recounts journey to success". The Express Tribune. 9 May 2013. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  5. ^ Tayyaba Rana (8 February 2016), "The extremely talented Kanwal Khoosat gets 'HIP'", hip. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  6. ^ "Profile". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  7. ^ "Profile of Irfan Khoosat". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 31 August 2022.
  8. ^ "Irfan Khoosat's production entertains Lahore". The Express Tribune. 15 October 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  9. ^ "Khoosat Films to re-release telefilm Hernaam Kaur". Something Haute. 26 August 2022. Retrieved 28 March 2023.
  10. ^ "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 31 August 2022.

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