Yawar Hayat Khan (18 October 1943 – 3 November 2016), was a producer and director of the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) starting from 1965 to 2004. He is considered one of the chief architects of Pakistan Television drama serials in its early years after television was introduced in Pakistan in 1964.[3][4]

Yawar Hayat Khan
Born18 October 1943[1][2]
Died3 November 2016(2016-11-03) (aged 73)[1]
Occupation(s)Producer, Director of TV dramas[1]
at Pakistan Television Corporation
Years active1965-2004 (retired in 2004)[1][2]

Early life edit

Yawar Hayat Khan was born in Lahore, on 18 October 1943,[1][3] the eldest son of Brigadier Azmat Hayat Khan[5] and grandson of Sir Sikandar Hayat Khan, the Punjabi Khattar aristocrat and statesman. From his mother's side he was the nephew of Anwar Kamal Pasha, a famed early film director of Pakistan and a grandson of the famous Urdu poet and writer, Hakim Ahmad Shuja. He was initially educated at the Aitchison College, and then went on for his Bachelor of Arts degree to the Forman Christian College.[1][3]

Creative work edit

Yawar Hayat Khan started his television career at Pakistan Television Corporation in 1965.[1] As a young producer-director, he directed the immensely popular rural folk drama Jhok Siyaal (1973), based on a work written earlier by Syed Shabbir Hussain Shah, the Punjabi writer (husband of the classical singer Malika Pukhraj and father of Ghazal singer Tahira Syed). This was followed by serials such as Samundar , Nasheman, Dehleez, Sahil, Gumshuda and others, during the 1980s and 1990s. He retired in 2004.[2]

The influence of British film director Sir David Lean is often visible on Khan's work, especially his epic, panoramic shots of natural scenes.[2]

In an interview on TV, Yawar Hayat also compared some of his work to the writings of the American writer William Faulkner, stating that he also created 'highly cerebral' and 'complex' works, that often reflected the lives of feudal aristocrats in their declining years, at odds with a changing society; as well as a diversity of rural and urban poor engaged in a 'harsh and sometimes grotesque struggle' for existence. Veteran TV actor Behroze Sabzwari gives a lot of credit to producer/director Yawar Hayat Khan for high quality TV dramas produced on Pakistan Television Corporation.[6] Late Professor Jilani Kamran, a famous Pakistani critic and author, whilst praising Hayat Khan's work as 'enjoying a special status in PTV's seminal years' also stated that his popularity and that of other directors/producers like him, was 'fast declining among the young digital generation'. While Mustansar Hussain Tarar, another Pakistani writer, feels that "With the departure of Yawar Hayat a creative era of production and direction has come to an end. He was an excellent conversationalist and had a profound influence on anyone who met him." Moreover, he won many Awards including Asian Awards, Asian Excellence Performance Awards, Nigar Awards, and PTV Awards.[1]

Death edit

Yawar Hayat Khan died after a prolonged illness, in Lahore, Pakistan, on the evening of 3 November 2016.[1][3]

TV dramas edit

  • Farar[7]
  • Goonj
  • Kundi[1]
  • Lamp Post[7]
  • Sedhraan
  • Qila Kahani
  • Hairat Qadah
  • Jhok Siyal (1973)[1][3]
  • Band Gali aur Khula Rasta (PTV Aur Dramay Series-1980s)
  • Bandar Jaati aur Mamta (PTV Aur Dramay Series-1980s)
  • Goonga aur Company Bahadur (PTV Aur Dramay Series-1980s)
  • Qasai aur Mehngai (PTV Aur Dramay Series-1980s)
  • Dehleez (1981)[3][8]
  • Nasheman
  • Samundar (1983)[3]
  • Saahil-i-Gumshuda[9]
  • Phool (Ek Haqeeqat Ek Fasana Drama Series)
  • Zanjeer (Ek Haqeeqat Ek Fasana Drama Series)[7]
  • Picnic (Drama 83)- 1983 Drama Series
  • Gumshuda (Drama 88)- 1988 Drama Series
  • Airport
  • Jazeera[7]
  • Jheel (Jazeera Sequel)
  • Lambay Hath
  • Vaadi
  • Malika e Alam
  • Hisaab
  • Aik Muhabbat Ki Kahani
  • Zanjeer
  • Sada Bahar
  • Adam Zaad (Hairat Kadah Remake)
  • Ye Kahani Nahi Hai
  • Shanakht
  • Parwaz[7]

Awards and nominations edit

Year Award Category Result Ref.
1998 9th PTV Awards Best Producer Won [10]

References edit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Zulqernain Tahir (4 November 2016). "TV producer Yawar Hayat Khan dies". Dawn newspaper. Archived from the original on 4 February 2023. Retrieved 21 February 2024.
  2. ^ a b c d Yawar Hayat Khan interview for Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV-Home) on YouTube (interview in Urdu language) Published 25 November 2015, Retrieved 24 July 2018
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Former PTV producer Yawar Hayat Khan dies in Lahore". Daily Pakistan newspaper. 3 November 2016. Archived from the original on 16 October 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2024.
  4. ^ "Jameel Fakhri passes away (TV actor Jameel Fakhri talks about Yawar Hayat Khan)". The Nation (Pakistan) newspaper. 10 June 2011. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  5. ^ Info on Azmat Hayat Khan (Yawar Hayat Khan's father) on Indian Army Officers (1939-1945) website unithistories.com website, Retrieved 24 July 2018
  6. ^ "Light and shade (TV actor Behroze Sabzwari talks about Yawar Hayat Khan)". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 4 October 2015. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e Adnan Lodhi (4 November 2016). "Iconic TV producer Yawar Hayat Khan passes away". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  8. ^ TV drama 'Dehleez', its cast and director Yawar Hayat Khan on YouTubeRetrieved 24 July Archived 16 April 2022 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ TV drama 'Saahil' directed by Yawar Hayat Khan listed on reviewit.pk website Published 4 April 2015, Retrieved 24 July 2018
  10. ^ "PTV Awards 1998", PTV (News), archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 29 June 2021