Atiqa Odho: As I know
By Anis Ahmed Shakur
Luckily, there are many examples of people
in show business who appreciate and recognize the virtues of hard work and ingenuity. A quick example is Atiqa Odho, who is
amply endowed with numerous qualities, including the aforementioned hard work and ingenuity.
Born to an enlightened family, she received the best possible education and upbringing in the U.S.A.
Though initially she seemed an ordinary child, her zeal set her apart from her peers.
Additionally, the vivacious and vital Atiqa had her own position from her earlier days. Atiqa was
persuaded by Pakistani television in 1990 to work for a drama serial. Her immediate response was that she was neither interested
in entertainment, nor did she fluently speak the Urdu language, which was a pre-requisite for the Urdu play.
Long story short, the television crew took the responsibility to groom Atiqa for her role in the television
play and Atiqa agreed to do it. Thus, Atiqa debuted from the Pakistani television drama serial, ‘Sitara aur Mehrun Nisa’,
in 1991, for which she was eminently suitable.
Moreover, Atiqa was heralded as a star of dazzling luminosity and rightly so. It sounds preposterous
that she was labeled such so quickly, but it is true. Her acting appealed to the masses. One can easily remember and savor
her great performances.
Atiqa, who is revered for her versatile acting, offered a convincing performance in the television
drama serial ‘Dasht’. The cast included Atiqa Odho, Fazila Qazi, Noman Ejaz and Abid Ali. Her interest was to
create entertainment, in the transaction; she attained fame beyond her wildest imagination.
Atiqa achieved legendary stature as a television artist. She was highly successful in modeling as
well. After nearly a decade, Atiqa grew too tired of travel between U.S. and Pakistan. Hence, she decided to make Pakistan
her permanent abode. She has a fervent desire to provide a congenial atmosphere to her two children, and her husband, Javaid,
Reverting to her show business career, one good thing about Atiqa is that she can tunnel into different
roles, which are offered to her from time to time.
In the past thirteen years, 1991- 2004, Atiqa has made her presence felt forcefully in Pakistani television,
film, theater, modeling and radio. Through her serene subtle and sometimes heartbreaking performance, she often steals the
The Pakistani television play, ‘Nijaat’, is a case in point, in which Atiqa’s acting
is laudable. Atiqa, who has brown hair and green eyes, is renowned for her artistic qualities. She enchants the Pakistani
community all over the world.
Atiqa gave a superb performance in the film ‘Mujhay chand chahiye’, in 2001, directed
by Shan. Stars included Atiqa Odho and Javed Sheikh. She made mediocre movies good and good movies great. Now she is poised
to reap awards and gather encomiums from the public.
As time passed by, Atiqa’s emergence as a prominent artist created ripples on and off the screen.
Atiqa, a promising artist then, and an accomplished artist now, worked even harder for her role in the film ‘Jo dar
gaya wo mar gaya’, in 1995.
We need wisdom to understand, to predict and seize opportunities. Atiqa is good in those venues. The
play ‘Talaash’ is a great example of Atiqa’s foresightedness, which was wisely directed by her.
In real life, Atiqa’s face usually wears a radiant smile, and she has a devoted international
following. Atiqa, who is renowned for the virtual inclusion of finer feelings, gave one of the most memorable performances
of her career in the thirteen episodes, very expensive drama serial, ‘Chahatain.’
Brimming with romantic tunes and powerful script, ‘Chahatain’ apparently delivers the
goods. This mega hit drama serial was pictured at twenty- eight different locations in Malaysia, including Kuala Lumpur, and
Jandabai jungle. Writer, Seema Ghazal, director, Ahsan Ali Zaidi The cast included Atiqa Odho, Humayun Saeed and Uzma Geelani.
Most importantly, ‘Chahatain’ was a group effort. No one artist could have done all that
‘The Pakistani public wants to see me in the entertainment business’, said Atiqa, ‘and
that is a lot to live up to.’
It seems that the dialogues she speaks are more heartfelt than what the viewers could visualize on
the screen. Put it this way, Atiqa offers a performance that goes beyond characterization. What could be a better example
of her involvement with character other than the television comedy drama ‘Tum he to ho’, in which Atiqa was dubbed
as Saira. Writer, Mohammad Ahmed, director, Marina Khan, producer, Humayun Saeed.
Most of all, Atiqa learned early in her life that one need to exist in the moment and attempt to be
emotionally and physically resonating with a given situation in the play. She brings out her emotion in the story ‘Umrao
Jan Ada’. Writer, Zehra Nigah, director, Rana Sheikh, produced by GEO television. The cast included Atiqa Odho, Amina
Banu, Shakeel and Bushra Ansari.
Likewise, Atiqa came out with a big plan to host a television talk show. With this intention, she
booked celebrities like Amir Khan, who hopefully will grace the show with their presence.
In fact, Atiqa stepped into her working life as a make- up artist and acquired training in England.
Later, she moved to Pakistan and practiced her profession as a beautician.
In times due course, she started her own beauty parlor and appropriately named it ‘Cuts and
Thinking young is great feeling healthy is even better.
In spite of her hectic schedule, Atiqa manages to keep herself young, active and healthy.
most definitely intends to make the years to come the best ones of her life.