Shoaib Mansoor : biography
Shoaib Mansoor, ( born August 19, 19??;PP, SI) is a Pakistani television and film director, producer, writer, lyricist and music composer. Active in the television industry since 1980, he founded his first success for introducing the world acclaim musical act, Vital Signs in the mainstream television after composing and writing the song, Dil Dil Pakistan, in 1987 as well as directing many critically praised drama-hit series in the country’s television.
He became internationally known and popular for directing the 1982 classic Ankahi and class comedy series, Fifty Fifty (1980), and the military fiction series, Alpha Bravo Charlie (1998). Mansoor found further critical acclaim for his musical writings songs for Vital Signs in 1990s, and introduced the band nationwide. A versatile artist, he became popular and respected film director after the release of critically acclaimed, Khuda Kay Liye (2007) and Bol (2011). Mansoor won many awards for his work, and is a honorary recipient of state honor, Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Awards and achievements
Khuda Ke Liye
His film Bol was awarded the Best Hindi film award in IRDS Film awards 2011 by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS), a Lucknow based Civil society for raising many social issues including the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society. He has also won Lux Style Award, Roberto Rossellini Award, London Asian Film Festival and was nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards.
|2007||Cairo International Film Festival||Silver Pyramid Award||Khuda Kay Liye|
|2007||PTV Award||Lifetime Achievement Award|
|2007||Roberto Rossellini Award||Best Film||Khuda Kay Liye|
|2008||Pride of Performance||Achievement|
|2011||IRDS Film Awards||Best Hindi Film Award||Bol|
|2011||Lux Style Award||Best Film||Bol|
|2011||London Asian Film Festival||Best Film||Bol|
|2011||Asia Pacific Screen Awards||Best Feature Film||Bol|
- Fifty Fifty (sketch comedy)
- Ankahi (Television drama series, 1982, last few episodes)
- Music ’89 (pop music show, 1989)
- Sunehrey Din (television miniseries, 1990)
- Imran Khan (TV documentary, 1993)
- Geetar ’93 (The Vital Signs music video collection, 1993)
- Alpha Bravo Charlie (television miniseries, 1998)
- Gulls & Guys (television reality show, 1999)
- Dhundle Raste (television miniseries)
- Jhernay (pop music show)
- Junoon Abhi Kum Nahin Howa
- PTV Awards Ceremony 1986
- Lux Style Award Ceremony 2008
- Geetar93 (videos based on pop band Vital Signs, November 1993)
|2007||Khuda Kay Liye||Winner – PTV AwardsCairo International Film FestivalRoberto Rossellini Award|
|2011||Bol||Winner – Lux Style AwardLondon Asian Film FestivalIRDS Film Awards|
A native of Karachi, Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he calls himself) is among the most influential and famous figures in the Pakistan showbiz scene. He has written, produced and directed hit TV shows such as Ankahi, Fifty Fifty, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehre Din and Gulls & Guys, which aired on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
Shoaib Mansoor has also been a successful songwriter and music composer and, in the 1980s, introduced the then-pop sensation Vital Signs to the mainstream. Besides being Junaid Jamshed’s mentor, he was the backbone for his songs and composed and produced most of the Vital Signs’ albums. Between 2001 and 2003, he directed the Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan series of songs picturized on Iman Ali and Rasheed Naz.
He wrote and composed a number of their hit numbers such as Aitebar. In addition, he directed all Vital Signs videos, producing a music video compilation and movie titled Geetar ’93.
In 2007, Shoaib Mansoor debuted as a film director with the critically acclaimed film, Khuda Ke Liye released on 20 July 2007 all over Pakistan. It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.