Atiqa Odho: As I know her
By Anis 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, in Pakistan.
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 show.
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 alone.
'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 cappuccino.'
Thinking young is great feeling healthy is even better.
In spite of her hectic schedule, Atiqa manages to keep herself young, active and healthy.
Atiqa most definitely intends to make the years to come the best ones of her life.