Vasay Chaudhry

Vasay Chaudhry (Urdu: واسع چوہدری‎; born on 12 November 1981) is a Pakistani screenwriter, actor, director, producer, host, and comedian. He is best known for writing sitcoms and comedy-dramas for Pakistani televisions. He is also known for writing films. He wrote Main Hoon Shahid Afridi and Jawani Phir Nahi Ani. While Mai Hoon Shahid Afridi was an average success, Jawani phir Nahe ani went on to become the highest grossing film of Pakistan cinema and broke all the previous Box office records while earning more than 490 million at the box office.[citation needed] He also wrote Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2, which was released on 2018 Eid al-Adha and broke the all time biggest box office grosses record.It also went on to become the First Pakistani film to make 700 Million rupees worldwide. Chaudhry is also known for hosting the comedy show, Mazaaq Raat, on Dunya News since 2015.[1] His name is sometimes misspelled as Wasay, Wassay, Wesay or Vassay in print and electronic media.

Vasay Chaudhry
Born (1981-11-12) 12 November 1981 (age 39)
Alma materNational College of Arts
OccupationActor, writer, humorist, host
Years active2000–present
Spouse(s)Mahera Shah
AwardsSee below

BiographyEdit

Chaudhry was born on 12 November 1981 and lives in Lahore. He completed his A-levels studies from Lahore College of Arts and Sciences. Chaudhry enrolled himself at Government College University (Lahore) for a bachelor's degree but ended up graduating from University of Punjab, Lahore. Later, he began an MBA at Lahore School of Economics but dropped the course after the first semester. He later earned an MMA (Master's in Multimedia Arts) degree at National College of Arts.[2] He married Mahera Shah in 2008 and the couple have three daughters together.[3]

CareerEdit

Chaudhry started his career in 1998 when he did a theatre play called Desperado. He recalls, "I had just a 45-second role in it! So I started off with a role – that calling it a cameo would be a disgrace! I began to pursue theatre seriously when I went to LACAS for my A-levels where I met Zain Ahmed (actress/director Samina Ahmad's son) and acted and assisted him on his play, Blood wedding".[4] Afterwards, he went on to become head of the Dramatics Club in LACAS and directed an old Urdu play called Bari Dair Meherban Aatay Aatay for the Rafi Peer Theatre International Theatre Festival.[citation needed]

Chaudhry's first writing venture for television was a sitcom called Jutt and Bond in 2001, starring Fawad Khan in lead role along with Ahmad Ali Butt and Farah Tufail.[5] It was television adaptation of his theatre play of the same name performed in 2000. Chaudhry approached Younis Butt to write the series; when he refused, Chaudhry wrote the show himself.[6] He recollected the memories of Jutt and Bond while speaking to a newspaper "So, then I sat down to make the decision and thought about all the terrible dramas I have seen in my life. I thought about how bad could my writing really is, decided to give it a shot and wrote Jutt and Bond."[6]

In 2010, after establishing himself in 25-minute sitcom business, he wrote his first long TV serial Dolly ki Ayegi Baraat, which turned out to be a huge commercial and critical hit.[7] He continued writing long TV serials after success of Dolly. Chaudhry in an interview stated that he has started enjoying writing for film and TV more than sitcoms.[3] Chaudhry's most famous TV plays as a writer include Timmy G, Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat, Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat, Inspector Khojee, Kash Tu Mera Baap Na Hota, Yeh Shaadi Nahi Ho Sakti, telefilm Armaan and Jackson Heights (drama). He terms his Eid Special play Kash Tu Mera Baap Na Hota which aired on Geo TV, 2011, as one of his personal favourite work along with Inspector Khojee and Jackson Heights.[3] In cinematic work, he debuted with the script and screenplay writing for Main Hoon Shahid Afridi; it was declared a commercial hit of Pakistani cinema, 2013, and garnered accolades from critics and audience alike.[8][9][10]

Chaudhry has been seen in TV commercials from time to time, prominent ones include MCB ad and Zong.[citation needed] Chaudhry wrote in the Herald (Pakistan) as a film reviewer and critic for a brief period, during 2002–03.[11] Since then he has occasionally contributed towards writing on Pakistani media and cinema in Pakistan's leading newspapers like Pakistan Today, The Express Tribune[12][13] and The News.[citation needed]

MantraEdit

Chaudhry in one interview explained the reason for writing as "only to bring the people's attention to the various character types that exist amidst us. It is important to be a responsible role model but for most people, it is easier to pick ideas off the internet and ape them."[14][failed verification]

Chaudhry believes in self-censorship but insists "My target has always been to entertain people; I am not into "artistic stuff" as far as my work is concerned, at least not now. Even when I was doing theatre, I wasn't into it. I suppose it's because I am influenced by entertainment films of the 80s and 90s".[6] He regards Anwar Maqsood and Mushtaq Ahmad Yusufi as his gurus in comedy writing and laments the lack of fresh ideas and wit in majority of current comedies.[citation needed] Being a strong believer in originality he was quoted saying "It's mostly foreign concepts that we are picking up and then trying to localize and obviously failing. We need to learn to improvise rather than copy ideas."[15][failed verification]

ReceptionEdit

Chaudhry has been praised in the Pakistani press as a writer uniquely in touch and comfortable with Punjabi culture.[16] He is a firm believer of "self censorship" and calls himself old school when it comes to the views regarding a writer's moral responsibility towards his audiences. He credits this to his training in a pre-cable TV world and asserts that he "refrains from [writing] obnoxious jokes."[17][failed verification]

TelevisionEdit

WritingEdit

Chaudhry has contributed as a writer in various TV shows:

Year Show Channel Notes
2001 Jutt and Bond[18] Indus TV, Channel G Sitcom, 102 Episodes
2001 Motor Chalay Pum Pum[19][20] Pakistan Television Corporation Sitcom, contributed writing
2002 Yaraana Purana[4] Sitcom, contributed writing
2004 Jallywood[21] Sitcom, 7 episodes
2005–8 Rubber Band (TV Series)[22] ARY Digital Sitcom, 176 Episodes
2006–7 Urban Desi[21] Aaj TV Sitcom, Co-writing with Ali Kazmi, 65 Episodes
2006 Inspector Khojee[23] Pakistan Television Corporation Sitcom, 52 Episodes
2009 Yes Sir[23] A-Plus Entertainment 13 Episodes
2010–12 Timmy G[24] ARY Digital Sitcom, 116 Episodes
2011 Kash Tu Mera Baap Na Hota[3] Geo TV Eid special long play
2010 Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat[25] Geo TV Telenovela 17 Episodes, Chaudhry's First long TV series
2011 Takkay Ki Ayegi Baraat[25] Geo TV Telenovela 16 Episodes
2012 Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat[25] Geo TV Telenovela 19 Episodes
2013 Yeh Shaadi Nahi Ho Sakti[26] ARY Digital Telenovela 27 Episodes
2013 Armaan[27] Geo TV, PTV Telefilm
2013 Abhi Toh Mein Jawaan hoon[28] Geo TV, PTV Telefilm
2014–15 Jackson Heights[29] Urdu 1 Telenovela
2014 Bad Times A-Plus Entertainment
2013–16 Hum Awards[30] Hum TV Script writing and hosting of the show
2012 Dolly ki Aa Gai Baraat[31] Geo TV Telefilm
2016 ARY Film Awards ARY Digital Script writing and hosting of the show

ActingEdit

Year Show Character Channel Notes
2004 Cafe Chill[32] Geo TV
2005 Tamasha Ghar (Hari Bhari)[33] PTV
2005–2008 Rubber Band (TV Series)[34][35] Ali Toor ARY Digital
2004 Jallywood
2006 Inspector Khojee[2] Himself PTV
2006–07 Urban Desi AAJ TV
2009 Yaasu Panju Har[36] ARY Digital
2010 Na jaane kyun[37] Haider PTV
2011 Kash Tu Mera Baap Na Hota[38] Ifran Geo TV
2012 Annie Ki Ayegi Baraat[39] Bobby D Geo TV
2009–13 Timmy G[2] Timmy G ARY Digital
2013 Silvatain[40] Mikaal ARY Digital
2013 Armaan[41][42] Danny PTV & Geo TV
2014 Kahani Raima Aur Manahil Ki[43][44] Wahaj Hum TV
2014 Pyarey Afzal[45][46] Dr. Sibtain ARY Digital
2014 Nazdeekiyan Faiq Ary Digital
2015 Ishq for Sale[47] Shehenshah Hum TV
2016 Mann Mayal[48] Ifti Hum TV
2019 Love u Jatta Film
2021 Absolutely Knot Haseen Khalid Telefilm

HostingEdit

Year Program Channel Notes
2005–2006 Bekaar Singh Dey Naal Channel G
2013–2015 Hum Awards HUM TV [49][50][51]
2015–present Mazaaq Raat Dunya TV Replaced Noman Ijaz
2016 Lux Style Awards Geo TV Chaudhry wrote and hosted a segment with Fawad Khan and Ahmad Ali Butt[52]
2021–present Ghabrana Mana Hai ARY

DirectionEdit

Year Program Channel
2004 Jallywood

ProductionEdit

Year Program Channel
2009 Yes Sir Adaptation of the British showYes Prime Minister

Guest appearancesEdit

FilmographyEdit

Key
Film are currently on Cinema
  Denotes films that have not yet been released
Year Film Role Writer Actor Notes Ref.
2013 Main Hoon Shahid Afridi Yes No [57][58]
2015 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani Sheikh Yes Yes (Film debut as an actor) [59][60]
2018 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 Yes Yes [61][62]

TheaterEdit

Year Drama Role Notes Ref.
2000 Jutt and Bond
2004–2005 Oop Singh
Inspector Khojee[2]

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Film/Drama Role Awards Category Result Ref.
2005 1st Indus Drama Awards Best Sitcom Drama Writer Nominated
2011 Dolly Ki Ayegi Baraat writer 10th Lux Style Awards Best Writer Nominated [63][64]
2013 Armaan actor Tarang Housefull Awards Best Supporting Actor Won [65]
2014 Main Hoon Shahid Afridi writer 1st ARY Film Awards Best Dialogue Writer Award Won [66][67]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani writer 2nd ARY Film Awards Best Dialogue Writer Award Won [68][69]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani writer 2nd ARY Film Awards Best Screenplay Writer Award Won [70]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani writer 2nd ARY Film Awards Best Story Award Won [70]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actor 2nd ARY Film Awards Best Actor in a Supporting Role Award Nominated [71]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actor 2nd ARY Film Awards Best Star Debut Nominated [72]
2016 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani actor Lux Style Awards Best Supporting Actor Nominated [73]

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