Mehreen Jabbar

Mehreen Jabbar (Artist)

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Mehreen is a Pakistani ­ American director who’s a 20 year veteran of the industry, with a prolific career as Director/Producer of gritty, hard ­hitting films and TV series for Pakistan and South Asia which have earned her both critical and commercial success.
Mehreen has also made a number of narrative shorts that have been screened internationally in film festivals as well as on TV.

Title Description
Name: Mehreen Jabbar
In Urdu: م‍ﮩ‍رين جبار
Famous As: Director
Nationality: Pakistani
Residence: New york, USA
Education: Completed two-year program at University of California Los Angeles in 1993, with a Film, Television and Video certificate,
Religion: Islam
Profession: Television producer, television director, film director
Awards : Pakistan media awards, Lux style awards, Indus awards, Hum awards, International awards
Date: 29 December 1971
Zodiac: Capricorn
Place: Karachi
Ethnicity: Sindhi
Parents: Javed Jabbar(famous media person) Ms. Shabnum Jabbar(mother)
Relatives: Ayaz nayek, Yasir Akhtar, Shazia Akhtar, Bia zaffar
Occupation(s): Television producer, television director, film director
Famous plays: Doraha, Mata-e jan hy too, Malal
Famous movies: Ramachand pakistani, Dobara phir sey


20 year old veteran in the field of direction--Mehreen jabbar

20 year old veteran in the field of direction--Mehreen jabbar

Mehreen Jabbar is the daughter of Javed Jabbar and holds a prominent place as a director of television dramas. Mehreen has directed and produced many television dramas serials, drama series, tele plays and feature films of long and short duration. Inspired from the towering personality of her father Javed Jabbar, Mehreen studied media sciences from USA. Along with this degree, She also holds certificate of film, television and video.  [1] abouts


Mehreen and her father- Javed jabbar

Mehreen and her father- Javed jabbar

Her first drama was a teleplay name niwala (morsel) in mid 1990’s which was based on a short story of Ismat Chughtai. Her first drama serial was Dhoop Mein Saawan in late 1990’s on PTV. Mehreen’s direction style is totally different from routine direction style of PTV dramas. Her dramas have much shorter scenes when compared with contemporary drama of 1990’s. She also prefers dialogues in simple and spoken language rather heavy dialogues full of philosophy. Symbolism, use of props and space is another important aspect of her direction. [2] career

Dramas and teleplays

Mehreen directed many famous drama serials like Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai, Daam, Doraha, Vasl, Malaal,Mata-e-Jaan, Pehchaan, Neeyat, Harjai, Jackson Heights. She has also directed drama series Kahaniyan and Newyork Stories. Speaking of tele plays, Ab Tum Ja Saktay Ho is her most famous tele play which featured Khalida Riyasat, Humayun Saeed and Sania Saeed. Ab Tum Ja Saktay Ho was based on a short story of Khadija Mastoor. Her other famous tele films are Farar, Abba, Amman Aur Ali, Chalo Phir Se Muskarayen and Putli Ghar. [3] Plays

Feature films

Mehreen Jabbar has produced 3 feature films in her direction career and all of her feature films are prove to be  award winning films both nationally and internationally.

Ramchand Pakistani

Ramchand Pakistani

Ramchand Pakistani

Mehreen Jabbar also directed her first feature film Ramchand Pakistani in 2008. A 7 year old Pakistani boy and his father belonging to the untouchable Hindu caste accidentally cross the border and spend years in an Indian jail while the mother on the other side doesn't know what has happened to them. 'Ramchand Pakistani', her first feature length film, was released theatrically in Pakistan,India and the UK in 2008/2009 to wide critical and audience acclaim. The film premiered in the competition section of the Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2008. It won the Fipresci Prize from the International Federation of Film Critics and received many other awards at film festivals around the world. It was shown at the MOMA (Museum of Modern Art), New York for a week long screening in 2010. The film continues to screen in film festivals and college campuses.   [4] ramchand

Lala Begum

Lala Begum- film by Mehreen jabbar

Lala Begum- film by Mehreen jabbar

Lala Begum was 2nd feature film by Mehreen Jabbar in 2015. Film story was about confrontation of two sisters after a very long time. What happens when after 20 odd years of estrangement, two sisters are forced to have a face-to- face confrontation? With the tragic demise of her husband, Seher has no option but to return to her hometown and live with her older sister, Meher. But Meher has made it clear that Seher is not welcome in their home. After all, she had been tending to the house in her sister’s absence for all these years. Furthermore, she cannot find it in her heart to forgive Seher for running off with the man she believed was in love with her. But the reality of what actually transpired is revealed through the story as both sisters try to find the right moment where they can come together and start a conversation.  The film wass written by Syed Mohammad Ahmed.,produced by Zeal for Unity and directed by very talented Mehreen Jabbar. The film starred Marina Khan, Sonia Rehman Qureshi, Humayun Saeed, Mohammad Ahmed, Shahryar Zaidi, Jahan Ara Hai.   [5] Lala

Dobara Phir se

Another feature film by Mehreen Jabbar is "Dobara Phir se" which hits the theaters on 25 november 2016. The film plot is about a divorced Pakistani woman visits an upscale Connecticut suburb in an attempt to reconnect with her estranged ex-mother-law. 

Awards and nominations

Cast of film

Cast of film"Dobara phir sa"

Mehreen has won a number of Awards for her excellent and exceptional work in the field of direction. 
  • Ramchand Pakistani wins FIPRESCI Award from the International Federation of Film Critics and receives Honourable mention by the 13th Annual Satyajit Ray Awards at the London Film Festival (2008)
  • Won – Indus Drama Awards (2004) Best Director for Harjai
  • Won – IndusVision Young Achievers Award (2002)
  • Won – Lux Style Awards (2002) Aur Zindagi Badalti Hai nominated for Best TV Series
  • Won – Kara Film Festival (2001) Best Director & Best medium-length Film for Daughters of the Late Colonel
  • Won – 9th Lux Style Awards (2010) Best TV Director for Doraha
  • Nominated – 10th Lux Style Awards (2011) Best TV Director for Daam
  • Won – Pakistan Media Award (2010) Best Drama – Satellite Malal
  • Nominated - Hum Awards (2012) Best Director for Mata-e-Jaan Hai Tu [6] Awards


 Movie  Screening at
 Beauty Parlor  Hong Kong International Film Festival
   Pusan Film Festival, South Korea
   San Francisco Asian American Film Festival, USA
   Trikone Festival, USA
   New Orleans Film Festival, USA
   Toronto Inside Out Film Festival, Canada
   Regent Park Film Festival, Canada
   Leeds Film Festival,UK
   Bite the Mango Festival,UK
   Travelling Film Festival of the British Film Institute. UK
   Pioneer Theatre, and the Queens Museum of Art, New York .
 Daughters of the Late Colonel   KaraFilm Festival, Pakistan
 Ramchand Pakistani   Tribeca Film Festival
   Seattle International Film Festival
   Osian Film Festival
   Rhode Island International Film Festival
   Pusan International Film Festival
   London International Film Festival
   South Asian International Film Festival
   Third I Film Festival, San Francisco
   Cairo International Film Festival
   Dubai International Film Festival
   Kerala Film Festival
   Fribourg Film Festival

Complete list of Mehreens direction career

 Categories  Film/Short film/Commercial/Drama/telefilm
 Features  Ramchand Pakistani(2008)
   Dobara Phir se(2016), Kasam se(2017)
 TV series  Jackson heights
   Mera naam Yousaf ha
   Mata-e jan
   Coke kahani
   Aur zindagi badalti hy
   New york Stories
 TV films  Ghonghat
   Lala Begum
   Ab tum ja sskty ho
   Putli ghar
   Sham sy pehly
   Blind Spots
   Lagta to esa hi hay
  Coffe shop 
 Short films  Beauty Parlour
   Lal baig
   Sanam gazeeda
   Deedae Purkhoon
   Tumharay bina
   Office, Daughters of the late colonel
   Sehr hony tak
   Na men na tum
   Afsoon khwab
Commercials   Shan stories 1
   Shan stories 2
   Shan stories 3
   Shan stories 4
   Golden Pearl
   Tifanny rusks
Others  Dou Ghari(bilal Khan Video)

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