Abid Ali is born and raised in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, though he got fame from dramas of PTV Lahore centre. Abid started his career from Radio Quetta in early 1970’s, which was the sole media opportunity in then small town of Quetta. Pakistan television Quetta center was inaugurated in 1974, but before that Abid had migrated to Lahore the cultural center of Pakistan. Abid’s first famous play was Jhok Sayal in 1973-74 from PTV Lahore centre. In Jhok Sayal Abid was paired with Humera Chaudhry. Humera Chaudhry was a new face at that time, who also provided vocals for few songs in films of that era.
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In 1989, television entered a new era when first private terrestrial channel NTM (Network Television Marketing) was launched thus ending monopoly of PTV over television transmission. NTM encouraged many independent producers to make dramas which introduced television audience to new subjects which otherwise were restricted on PTV. Abid Ali is a prominent name, who invested in infant private drama productions to strengthen its future. Abid produced many successful dramas like Dooriyan(1991), Dasht(1994), Doosra Aasman (1997), Pinjra (1999), Hawa Pe Raqs (2002) most of which were successful. Abid Ali experimented with new subjects and ideas in all these dramas. Dooriyan was based on a novel of Sidney Sheldon, Dasht was the story of a tribal environment in Balochistan, while Doosra Aasman was first Pakistani drama shot in UAE, which was based on Pakistani expatriates in UAE.
Similarly Hawa Pe Raqs was story covering the circus workers. Abid also introduced many new faces through his productions like Atiqa Odho, Asad Malik in Dasht, Nida Mumtaz in Dooriyan, Iman Ali, Zeeshan Sikandar in Pinjra and Moammer Rana in Hawa Pe Raqs. Abid also starred in all these dramas in character roles performing memorable roles of his career.
Humera Chaudhry started her career as a singer and also acted in few television plays around 1973-74. Humera’s younger sister Shama Chaudhry was also an artist.
Paired with Abid Ali, Jhok Sayal in 1974 was the most successful play of Humera. After success of Jhok Sayal, many critics predicted a bright career for the Humera in both films and television. But the on-screen pair of Jhok Sayal decided to be one in real life too. Despite strong opposition from her father, Humera finally married Abid Ali.
Humera quit acting and singing thus sacrificing her career for this marriage. Iman Ali has been a leading model who is also successful in acting. Iman Ali is known for doing selective work. Iman started her career from modeling. One of her earliest drama was Pinjra(1999) produced by her father Abid Ali. Her first major introduction was appearance in video of Abrarul Haq’s song Saannu tere naal pyar ho gaya opposite Meekal Zulfiqar.
On television Iman appeared in several dramas, mostly in glamorous roles. Her famous dramas are Jaye Kahan Yeh Dil (Geo Tv), Qismat (Geo TV), Dil Day Ke Jayenge(Geo Tv). Iman’s debut film was critically acclaimed Khuda Ke Liye in 2007. Iman Ali starred with another debutant Fawwad Khan and also won the Lux Style Award in the subsequent year. After Khuda Ke Liye, Iman Ali decided to do selective work. Bol in 2011 was her next major venture.
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Rabia Noreen started her acting career from PTV Karachi center’s drama Zeenat which was written by Fatima Surriya Bajiya. Despite success of Zeenat, Rabia took a break from acting after marriage. Her first marriage was not successful and thereafter she also worked as air-hostess. Rabia returned to acting from drama Babar in 1996 in which she played the role of second wife of Babur (played by Shabbir Jaan). Since her return Rabia mostly appears in negative roles. Rabia married Abid Ali in mid 2000’s. It was second marriage of both Abid Ali and Rabia Noreen and now both live in Karachi.Humera Chaudhry and Abid Ali, in drama Jhok Sayyal of PTV Lahore center in 1974Before wrapping up, here is a song from past in the voice of Humera Abid Ali from drama Dasht shot in the rugged terrain of Gawaddar, Balochistan.
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It was the first ever drama shot in the remote area of Gawaddar in 1993, when it was a small fishermen town without basic infrastructure. Till this day it is the most successful drama made in the background of Balochistan, a province otherwise neglected by our media. Dasht is indeed an all time classic drama of Pakistan which introduced Attiqa Odho. It was also the first successful drama of Nauman Ejaz in lead role.https://vimeo.com/106210999. Artists: Attiqa Odho, Shaista Jabeen, Sabiha Khanum, Azra Aftab, Nauman Ejaz and othersHere is a duet in the voice of Humera Abid Ali, Rabab Kehta Hai from drama Dasht shot on Attiqa Odho and Nauman Ejaz.Credits:Vocals: Humera Abid Ali, Ameer AliMusic: Wajid Ali NashadArtists: Nauman Ejaz (as Balach) and Attiqa Odho (as Shah Taaj)Here is a clipping of OST of drama Doosra Aasman in the voice of Humera Abid Ali. It was the first drama shot in UAE, focusing on Pakistani expatriates there working in various fields.
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So the tune of OST has a traditional Arabic touch.https://vimeo.com/106211787Credits. Music: Wajid Ali Nashad.The ever green punjabi song Menu Dharti Qali Kara De in the voice of Humera Chauhdary in 1973. The song achieved the folk status and is sung at festivals, weddings and other joyous occasions in Punjab. The lyrics were provided by legendary Punjabi poet Ustaad Daaman, a rare occasion as he always avoided writing lyrics for filmi songs. The song has been remixed by many artists afterwards like Tahira Syed, Shahida Mini but the original one was in the voice of Humera Chaudhry who in 1973 was a young voice starting her career as a singer and actor.https://vimeo.com/106212856.