Acting runs right in her veins: Shahnaz Rizwan’s father was a Bollywood actor. After the Partition, he moved to Pakistan, where she was born. Her first role was a chatterbox boy in her father’s friend’s movie. Her father thought of that as a one-time thing, but others saw her talent and soon she started starring in movies. She received her first Child Star award at the age of seven. She continued working in the television for a further ten years, but after that she took a break from the acting industry to focus on her education.
Shahnaz intended to resume her acting career once she graduates, but the situation changed when she got married and was soon the mother of three children. Taking her family as her priority, she did not resume acting. However, she did encourage her eldest son to pursue a career in acting. Taking his mother as an inspiration, he joined the drama school.
After several years in the UK (United Kingdom), Shahnaz found her way back into the film industry with the help of her son, who introduced her to
. When Ekta saw her acting videos she cast Shahnaz in her new drama serial “
Yeh Hai Mohabbatein
” (December 3, 2013-present), which airs on Star India. In this serial, Shahnaz plays the role of the lead character’s humorous and caring mother, who is also the binding agent in the family.