Tahira Wasti was a noted TV actress of Pakistan. She was the wife of a fellow TV actor Rizwan Wasti (1937 – 24 January 2011). Tahira Wasti was one of the most recognized face on the Pakistani TV. She started her career in 1968 TV drama serial ‘Jaib Katra’ (1968), a drama serial based on a short story written by the famous short story writer Saadat Hassan Manto. Then she acted in many Pakistani television dramas that gained her a lot of recognition among the public. She was mainly known for portraying ‘regal type’ female characters on TV. She was mainly active from 1968 to the late 1990s. She died on 11 March 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan.
|In Urdu:||طاہرہ واسطی|
|Native Name :||Tahira|
|Profession:||Television actress & writer|
|Awards :||Nominated for ‘Best Writer Award’ at The 1st Indus Drama Awards|
|Place:||Sargodha (British India)|
|Relatives:||Maria Wasti (niece)|
|Date:||11 March 2012|
|Rest Place:||Karachi, Pakistan|
|Years active :||1968 – late 1990s|
|Started career:||In 1968|
|Popular Drama serials:||Aakhri Chatan, Afshan, Daldal, Fishaar, Jaib Qatra – 1968, Jaangloos & Kashkol – 1990s|
Tahira Wasti has undeniably been one of the most professional and adept actresses that the television screen has seen in at least a couple of decades. Wife of the later actor and newsreader Rizwan Wasti and mother of Laila Wasti, the talented actress and drama producer, acting is something that seems to run in the veins of her and her family members.No television viewer, who has seen the dramas produced in the late eighties and nineties, can forget the unforgettable performances given by Tahira Wasti in every role that she was a part of. Her roles were mostly supporting but that didn’t inhibit her from showing her true potential through her skills as an actress. Her earliest dramas include ‘Afshan’, ‘Jangloos’. ‘Daldal’, ‘Piyaas’ and long play ‘Heer Waris Shah’, aired on PTV Home and ‘Kashkol’, which was screened on former channel STN.
Her earliest dramas
Her earliest dramas include Afshan, Jangloos. Daldal, Piyaas and long play Heer Waris Shah, aired on PTV and Kashkol, which was screened on former channel STN.Although she took a break from acting for a few years, she has reemerged with a revamped look in a number of productions both on PTV as well as private channels.Her recent performances have come in the dramas like Harjai, Dil Diya Dehleez, Maamta and Doraha. She has also acted in a tele film by the name of Uss Ki Biwi.
She started working on Pakistan Television Corporation 1968 from a drama serial Jaib Qutra based on a novel by Saadat Hasan Manto. She appeared in a number of dramas until 90s, most of them have become classics of PTV such as Kashkol, Jaangloos and Daldal. Her prominent personality made her renown for regal roles suitable for representing royal, feudal or upper-class families, as in plays like Garnata, Tipu Sultan, Shaheen and Aakhri Chatan. She also wrote plays for television and showed special interest in science fiction.
Tahira Wasti has undeniably been one of the most professional and adept actresses that the television screen has seen in at least a couple of decades.Wife of the later actor and newsreader Rizwan Wasti and mother of Laila Wasti, the talented actress and drama producer, acting is something that seems to run in the veins of her and her family members.No television viewer, who has seen the dramas produced in the late eighties and nineties, can forget the unforgettable performances given by Tahira Wasti in every role that she was a part of.Her roles were mostly supporting but that didnt inhibit her from showing her true potential through her skills as an actress.
TV drama serials
- Aakhri Chatan
- Jaib Katra – 1968
- Kashkol – 1990s
- Tipu Sultan
- Dil, Diya, Dehleez (TV series)
- Aakhri Chatan
- Chand Grahan
- Teer Pa Heer (Pashto Comedy Drama)
- Shaam Se Pehlay (PTV drama serial)
- Uss Ki Biwi (a telefilm)
- Heer Waris Shah (PTV drama serial)
Tahira Wasti passes away
Renowned television actress Tahira Wasti died on Sunday after a protracted illness. She was 68, a private TV news channel reported. Tahira was the wife of Rizwan Wasti, a famous television and film actor who died last year. He was also an English newscaster. TV actress Laila Wasti is her daughter and Maria Wasti is Tahira’s niece. Afshan and Aakhri Chatan were among the best drama serials of Tahira Wasti. She was one of the oldest and most-recognised faces of Pakistan Television, appeared in shows like Kashkol, Jaangloos and Daldal.