For the Karachi born Pakistani TV actress Sania Saeed, it was but natural that she would enter into enacting dramas, sooner or later. Coming from parents who were highly educated and soaked into drama, she picked up her threads early, while at the same time pursuing her studies. She made her first break into television in 1989 when she was 17, through a street theatre play called “
”. In fact, Sania’s skills in drama were honed and polished by her participation in her father’s troupe, called Dastak.
Dastak was formed in the backdrop of the struggle for democracy in Pakistan in 1982, and it staged street theatre with the help of a closely knit group of volunteer human rights activists. It continued the struggle till 1988 helping to bring to an end Pakistan’s longest running autocratic rule. It was here that Sania learnt her first lessons in theatre by playing child characters in some of the Urdu versions of world famous plays, including those of Chekov and others.
However, it was actually about 4 years later that she shot into real prominence through her roles in the serial “
” in 1991, followed the very next year by “Sitara Aur Mehrunissa” .
After these two landmark serials there was no looking back for her. She has a fair mix of TV dramas (about 30) and TV serials (about 16), but her association with TV does not end there, she took part in Talk Shows also, being eminently qualified for the same. She had never ignored her education and completed her course in Clinical psychology after her early education.
Her association with Dastak also extended even further, when she got her husband, writer director, Shahid Shafaat too, involved in the Dastak movement. Together they formed what was later christened as Katha, a grouping of working children from their hometown, trained into performing street plays. All in all, Sania Saeed is not just a TV personality, but a veritable movement, who with her father Mansoor Saeed and husband Shahid, has brought street theatre in Pakistan to a new level.