Qasmi family is a famous family of Pakistan widely respected for their immense contribution towards recitation of the Holy Quran and Naat. The prominent name of the Qasmi family is Qaari Shakir Qasmi and his other family members also earned fame.
Qaari Shakir Qasmi (قاری شاکر قاسمی)
Qaari Shakir Qasmi is a prominent Qaari of Pakistan. He rose to fame from the Pakistan Television (PTV) program Iqraa (اقراء) in late 1970’s. Iqraa was a program which teaches the recitation of the Holy Quran to the young kids. Qaari Shakir Qasmi was widely respected for his role in making qiraat (recitation of Quran) popular in Pakistan.
His contributions were also acknowledged by the Government of Pakistan and in 1981 when he was awarded the Pride of Performance by then president General Ziaul Haq. Apart from Iqraa, Qaari Shakir Qasmi regulalry recited the verses of the Quran before the speeches of General Ziaul Haq on radio and televisions from late 1970’s to mid 1980’s. The whole family of Qaari Shakir Qasmi now lives in USA.
Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi (وحید ظفر قاسمی)
Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi is the brother of Qaari Shakir Qasmi who excelled in Naat Khawani (Naat Recitation). Like his brother Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi can also recite the Holy Quran but he is mainly known for Naat Khawani. He is one of the most prominent and popular Naat Khawan of Pakistan who are also known internationally. He can recited Naats in both Urdu and Arabic.
Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi has been active on the television and radio since 1970’s. He has recited many popular and ever green Naats. In recognition of his contributions he was also awarded the Pride of Performance by the Government of Pakistan.
His famous Hamd/Naats are
1- Allah Hu Allah Hu
2- Zahe Muqaddar Hazoor Haq
3- Faaslon Ko Takalluf
4- Qaseeda Burda Sharif
Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi has also represented Pakistan internationally in various countries and is considered an authority on Naat Khawani. Like his brother Qaari Shakir Qasmi he is also widely respected in Pakistan.
The son of Qaari Waheed Zafar Qasmi, Hassan Zafar Qasmi is also a Naat Khawan.
The sons of Qaari Shakir Qasmi earned fame in acting.
Saud Qasmi (سعود قاسمی)
Saud is the son of Qaari Shakir Qasmi. Saud is a famous artist, who worked in films and television dramas. Saud started his acting career in early 1990’s with the Urdu film Gunaah released in 1993. Apart from Saud, Gunaah also introduced other new faces like Seemi Zaidi, Kubra Khanum to Pakistani film industry. Gunaah performed average at the box office and Saud failed to get the required attention of the film makers. He then appeared in PTV Karachi Centre drama Aitraaf in a supporting role and continued doing supporting roles in films and television
He rose to fame as the side hero of the film Chor Machaye Shor (چور مچاۓ شور) in 1996 which was directed by Syed Noor. After Chor Machaye Shor, he played the leading roles in many films. Syed Noor’s Hawain (ہوائیں) in 1997 proved super hit in which Saud was paired with Reema. After Hawain another superhit film Khilona (کھلونا) was released in 1998 where he was paired with Meera. Khilona was directed by Sangeeta and its success paved the way for Meera, Saud to further success. Saud did many Urdu and Punjabi films in late 1990’s till 2010. His pairing with Meera was quite famous and together they worked in some popular films like Khilona, Aashqi Khel Nahin, Miss Istanbul, Pal Do Pal. Saud has worked in nearly 150 films in Urdu and Punjabi.
In mid 2000’s Saud also returned to the television screen as a host,actor and producer. Saud also hosted the Ramazan Transmission on Express Tv last year. Like his father and uncle Saud also has full command on reciting the Holy Quran and he also occasionally recites Naat like his uncle Waheed Zafar Qasmi.
Saud is married to another artist Javeria Jalil in 2005. They are blessed with two kids, one daughter and one son. The daughter Jannat was born in 2007 and their son Ibrahim was born in 2011. In 2007, Saud started his own production house, named JJS Productions. Till date his most famous role on television is Shirazi in the drama Yeh Zindagi Hai which was also produced by the JJS Productions.
Javeria Jalil (جویریہ جلیل)
Javeria Jalil is an artist who worked on television as a singer, host, producer and actor. She appeared on television as a child singer in a musical program from PTV Karachi center and later worked in many dramas. Her most famous early drama was Khala Kulsoom Ka Kunba in late 1990’s.
Javeria married Saud and afterwards they formed their own production house JJS (Jannat Javeria Saud) Productions where Jannat is the name of their daughter. Javeria produced the drama Yeh Zindagi Hai in which she also played the leading role. The play was aired on Geo Tv in 2008 and proved quite successful. Yeh Zindagi Hai was aired in two seasons on Geo Tv. The first season has around 320 episodes of 50 minutes each. In the second season Yeh Zindagi Hai was changed to 25 minutes soap drama airing daily from Monday to Thursday till the Geo Tv was banned by the Government in 2013 due to the airing of a controversial morning show. The ban also ended Yeh Zindagi Hai, as when the Geo Tv was back no further episodes of YZH are aired.
JJS Productions also produced another successful drama Khuda Aur Mohabbat aired in 2011 on Geo Television.
Javeria also hosts the morning show of Express Entertainment Satrangi from past few years. She also returned to acting from the drama Yehi Zindagi Hai aired on Express Entertainment and produced by JJS Productions.
Jannat Saud (جنت سعود)
Jannat Saud is the daughter of Javeria and Saud. Like her parents. Jannat also acted as a child star in few dramas. Her most famous drama is Yeh Zindagi Hai, in which played the role of the daughter of Saud with the same name Jannat.
Mehmood Qasmi(محمود قاسمی)
Mehmood is also a son of Qaari Shakir Qasmi and the elder brother of Saud. He acted in only one drama Yeh Zindagi Hai. He was paired with Hinna Dilpazir in Yeh Zindagi Hai.
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Rashid Nazir Ali