Salman Saqib Sheikh (Urdu: سلمان ثاقب شیخ), credited as Mani, is a Pakistani actor, politician and host. Mani is mostly known for his comic roles. He started his career as an anchor and first roadshow host before becoming a sitcom and comedy actor.

Mani
Born
Salman Saqib Shaikh

(1979-03-22) 22 March 1979 (age 45)
NationalityPakistani
Occupation(s)Actor, VJ, Host
Years active2000–present
Spouse
(m. 2008)
[1]
ChildrenMuzammil and Ibrahim

He is known for his roles in Meri Teri Kahani, Bandish and the telefilm Dil Toh Bacha Hai.[2][3][4]

Early life edit

Mani was born on 22 March 1977 and was raised in a locality of Gulshan-e-Iqbal[5] in Karachi. During an interview with Samina Peerzada, Mani explains that despite his father Saquib Sheikh was an actor and his elder sister Ayesha Mirza is an actress, he was interested in sports during his early days and did not think about venturing into the television. His initial interest grew after his minor appearance in a theatre with a theatre group Katha stars Sania Saeed and Nadia Jamil.

Career edit

Early career as actor and scriptwriter edit

He started his career in television as a junior anchor and host before becoming an actor. He wrote scripts for Fakhar-e-Alam's show Boom Boom Bastic aired on PTV.[6] In the early 2000s. We mention some of them, including Sarak Chapp, which aired on Geo TV and ATV. Mani amog Azfar Ali also created the Azfar Mani Show on AAG TV[7]. The show also experienced significant growth within the community and among the general public. This airing made them popular among such TV channels.

Mani played a generous role by participating in campaigns run by Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital[8]. His excellent behavior and attitude drew a lot of attention from people watching commercials. They came forward to contribute as much as they could. He also contributed to various commercials and campaigns for Pepsi, Tepal, Ufone, and Mobilink.

Host edit

In 2001, he hosted the first ever Road Show in Pakistan Television's history called Streets, aired on Indus Vision in which he conducts the show by asking issue-based questions to general public of Pakistan]]. He introduced road shows in Pakistan. He also hosted two other road shows called Road Romeo and Sarrak Chhap aired on ATV and Geo TV respectively.

Mani is also known as the pioneer of roadshows. It's an honor for him to be part of the golden generation, in which he gained much attention for sweating his hard work. He was the one who changed the audience's viewing ability with his brilliance at acting and genuine character indulgence. The cast of the TV show Sub Set Hai includes Mani, Adnan Shah Tipu, Salma Hassan, and Azfar Ali. This TV show became a world sensation among everyone, despite its borders. Mani had been part of various music channels, such as Indus Music and The Music.

He gave his best at street shows, where he asked for country issues. That was fantastic, and people loved it for being so real and oral in the community.

A similar show Ulta Seedha, penned by Faisal Qureshi, co-hosted by Mani was also aired on Geo TV. Mani then hosted the first talk show Casual for newly founded Hum TV in 2006. Hira and Mani initiated the show at Hum TV, specifically the Hum 2 Humara Show. Both of them served as the show's hosts. They upheld their reputation as an ideal couple, receiving widespread affection from both the audience and the public. This show aired for about three years, during which different actors and actresses came together and found pride in being part of the TV show.

Production edit

Mani produced a sports show Champions on ARY Digital. He also produced sitcoms Zerooos and Khala Surayya aired on Geo TV.[9][10]

Politics edit

Besides being an actor, Mani is also very active in politics.[11] He actively supported Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and attended several processions[12] across Pakistan [13] before joining Pak Sarzameen Party in 2018.[14] He and his wife, Hira Mani, have criticized Imran Khan and Altaf Hussain on several occasions.[15] He also did the polio campaign for UNICEF.

Personal life edit

He married fellow actress Hira Salman in 2008. Hira Salman, commonly known as Hira Mani, in her interview at Speak Your Heart With Samina Peerzada on 19 Oct 2018 [1] explained interesting story how she met Mani. She grabbed Mani's contact number from her friend's cellular phone (who was Mani's girlfriend) secretly & started talking to him on phone by name Mariam while she was also engaged to a Banker in Dubai at that time, whom she left afterwards and married Mani.[16] Their marriage ceremony took place on 18 April 2008. They frequently work together in most of their projects after marriage.[1][17][18] The couple has two sons: Muzammil (born in 2009) and Ibrahim (born in 2014).[19][20][21]

Television edit

As host edit

Year Title Network Notes
2001 Streets Indus Vision Pakistan's first Road Show
2001 Mani Says Indus Music Pakistan's first trolling show
2002 Road Romeo ATV
Sarak Chaap Geo TV
2006 Mani-Ism ARY Musik
2007 Casual Hum TV Political satire
2007 Azfar Mani Show Aag TV
2007 Champions Sports Show
2008 Hero Ya Zero Hum TV Game show
2010 Hum 2 Humara Show Hum TV [22]
2011 Hira Mani Show AAG TV [22]

As producer edit

Year Title Network Notes
2001 Sub Set Hai Sitcom
2010 Khala Surayya
2010 Zerooos Hum TV Sitcom
2013 Shilae Maseen Geo TV Telefilm

As actor edit

Year Title Role Notes
2000 Mera Ghar Aik Whirpool Writer
2001 Sub Set Hai Bobby [23]
2001 Kollege Jeans
2003 Ulta Seedha Ilyas Soomro Serial with Faisal Qureshi
2008 Ab Set Hai Bobby Writer
2010 Khala Surayya
2010 Zerooos Meenu Sitcom
2013 Shilae Maseen Telefilm
Meri Teri Kahani Mani Inspired by American series Curb Your Enthusiasm
Hum Sab Ajeeb Se Hain Behtreen friend; International
2014 Firaaq
Jab We Wed
2015 Mr. Shamim
2017 Lollipop
Yaqeen Ka Safar Haroon
2019 Bandish Dr. Abhiyaan
Dil Toh Bacha Hai Telefilm[24]
2021 Chupke Chupke Mani Ramadan special
2023 Teray Aany Se Ayaz Mamoo
2024 Tere Mere Sapany Sikandar Mamu Ramadan special show on Geo News

Film edit

Year Title Role Notes
2019 The Donkey King Rangeela Animated film[25]
2022 Ishrat Made in China Naushad/ Chunke [26]
Lafangey Security guard [27]
2023 Money Back Guarantee G.A. Muhajir [28]
Babylicious [29]
Teri Meri Kahaniyaan Shahanshah

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Hira Mani stole Mani from her friend, broke off her own engagement for him". Daily Pakistan. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Mani jokes about his 'first' marriage in an interview". The Express Tribune.
  3. ^ "Mani clarifies stance over controversial #MeToo comments | Pakistan Today". www.pakistantoday.com.pk. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  4. ^ Khan, Sheeba (2 February 2019). "Review: This black magic TV drama is a Pakistani horror fan's delight". DAWN. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  5. ^ "Gulshan-e-Iqbal". Wikipedia. Wikipedia. 9 March 2024.
  6. ^ "Mani On Rewind With Samina Peerzada | Part I".
  7. ^ AAG TV
  8. ^ Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital
  9. ^ "Mani On Rewind With Samina Peerzada | Part II".
  10. ^ "Mani makes new accounts on social media to bully politicians". The Express Tribune. 8 July 2021. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  11. ^ "Mani shares hilarious ideas up his sleeve to save Pakistan". Daily Pakistan Global. 25 July 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  12. ^ Web Desk (12 December 2020). "Politics affected my acting career - Mani". Behtareen. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  13. ^ "Hand Pakistan over to Imran Khan: Mani". Daily Times. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  14. ^ "Pak Sarzameen Party welcomes new entrants". Daily Times. 9 July 2018. Retrieved 1 May 2021.
  15. ^ "Hira Mani takes a jab at PM Imran Khan, saying he should allow people to worry". www.geo.tv. Retrieved 23 February 2023.
  16. ^ "I give my all to reach my wife's acting level: Mani". The Express Tribune. 12 December 2020. Retrieved 22 February 2023.
  17. ^ "Hira Mani gives success credit to husband Salman Sheikh". Dunya News. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  18. ^ "I'm proud to be labelled as 'Mani's wife': Hira Mani". The Express Tribune. 4 March 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  19. ^ "Syeda Hira Salman (@hiramaniofficial) • Instagram photos and videos". www.instagram.com. Retrieved 16 June 2019.
  20. ^ "My purpose is to act, no matter what the medium is: Hira". Daily Times. 17 August 2019. Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Yaqeen Ka Safar is honest and original, and has changed the paradigm of Pakistani dramas". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  22. ^ a b Ahmad, Fouzia Nasir (2 September 2018). "If I wasn't multitasking as a mum and wife, I'd consider all actors as cut-throat competition: Hira Mani". DAWN. Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  23. ^ "'Sub Set Hai' returning for a sequel called 'Mid Life'". Express Tribune. 5 February 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2022.
  24. ^ Haq, Irfan Ul (20 May 2019). "Hira and Mani are romancing on-screen yet again in an upcoming Eid telefilm". DAWN. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  25. ^ "The Donkey King: An epitome of quality, comedy and democracy". Retrieved 19 January 2020.
  26. ^ "First look for Mohib Mirza's 'Ishrat Made in China' is finally out". 24newshd.
  27. ^ Haq, Irfan Ul (13 January 2022). "Mani will soon be seen on cinema screens in horror-comedy film Lafangey". Images. Retrieved 7 October 2022.
  28. ^ "Shooting of Money Back Guarantee finished, confirms Gohar Rasheed". The News International (newspaper). 27 January 2020. Retrieved 17 January 2022.
  29. ^ "'Babylicious' trailer: A must-watch for the hopeless romantics". The Express Tribune. 11 January 2023. Retrieved 22 February 2023.