Shoaib Mansoor

Shoaib Mansoor, (Urdu: شعیب منصور; born 19 April 1952) is a Pakistani television and film director, writer, producer, lyricist and musician. Active in the television industry since 1980, he first found success for composing and writing the song Dil Dil Pakistan in 1987, thereby introducing Vital Signs musical band in mainstream Pakistani television.[2] He was also well recognised for directing many critically acclaimed hit drama series in Pakistani television.

Shoaib Mansoor

Born (1952-04-04) 4 April 1952
OccupationDirector, Writer, Producer, Lyricist, Musician
Years active1980–present
Spouse(s)Anila Khan
ChildrenZohaib Mansoor

Maham Mansoor

Sahib Mansoor
AwardsPride of Performance [1]
PTV Award
Cairo International Film Festival
Lux Style Award
Roberto Rossellini Award
London Asian Film Festival
IRDS Film Awards

He became internationally known and popular for directing TV shows including the 1982 classic Ankahi, comedy series Fifty Fifty (1980), and the military fiction series, Alpha Bravo Charlie (1998). Mansoor found further critical acclaim for his musical abilities, writing songs for Vital Signs in the 1990s and introduced the band nationwide. A versatile artist, he became a popular and respected film director after the release of critically acclaimed films Khuda Kay Liye (2007)[3] and Bol (2011). Mansoor won many awards for his work including the Sitara-e-Imtiaz Award from the President of Pakistan in 2007.[4]


Pride of Performance Award Recipient
CountryIslamic Republic of Pakistan
Presented byGovernment of Pakistan

Shoaib Mansoor or ShoMan (as he calls himself) is among the most influential and famous figures in the Pakistani entertainment sector.[5] He has directed, written and produced super hit TV shows such as Ankahi, Fifty Fifty, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehre Din and Gulls & Guys, which aired on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).[6]

Shoaib Mansoor has also been a successful songwriter and music composer. Back in 1980s, introduced the pop sensation Vital Signs to the mainstream media. Besides being Junaid Jamshed's mentor, he was the backbone for the band's songs and composed and produced most of the Vital Signs' albums. Between 2001 and 2003, he directed the Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan music video picturised on Iman Ali and Rasheed Naz. He wrote and composed a number of Vital Signs' hit numbers such as Aitebar. In addition, he directed all of Vital Signs' videos and also produced a music video compilation and a movie titled Geetar '93.

In 2007, Shoaib Mansoor debuted as a film director with the critically acclaimed film, Khuda Ke Liye released on 20 July 2007 all over Pakistan.[3][7] It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.

In 2009, he began directing a big budget film Bol, with Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick and Iman Ali playing lead roles. The premiere was on 24 June 2011.[8]

Shoaib Mansoor's third film Verna starring Mahira Khan as the main female lead was released by Hum Films on 17 November 2017.[9][10][11]


YearFilmDirectorProducerScreenwriterMusic composer
2007Khuda Kay LiyeYesYesYesNo


Awards and achievements

In recognition of his outstanding services, Mansoor has been decorated with presidential award of Pride of Performance in 2002 and Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan in 2007.[12] He has also been awarded PTV Lifetime Achievement Award by the then-President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf on the 43rd anniversary of Pakistan Television in November 2007.[1] In 2007, he received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for Khuda Ke Liye. His film Bol (2011)[13] was awarded the Best Hindi film award in IRDS Film awards 2011 by Institute for Research and Documentation in Social Sciences (IRDS), a Lucknow-based Civil society for raising many social issues including the regressive attitude of a male-dominated society.[14] He has also won Lux Style Award, Roberto Rossellini Award, London Asian Film Festival and was nominated for Asia Pacific Screen Awards.

2005The 1st Indus Drama AwardsSpecial Award for DirectionFifty FiftyWon
2007Cairo International Film FestivalSilver Pyramid AwardKhuda Kay LiyeWon
2007PTV AwardLifetime Achievement AwardWon
2007Roberto Rossellini AwardBest FilmKhuda Kay LiyeWon
2002[15]Pride of PerformanceAchievementWon
2011IRDS Film AwardsBest Hindi Film AwardBolWon
2011Lux Style AwardBest FilmBolWon
2011London Asian Film FestivalBest FilmBolWon
2011Asia Pacific Screen AwardsBest Feature FilmBolNominated


  1., Shoaib Mansoor on website, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  2. "Q&A: 'Khuda Kay Liye was born out of anger'". The Times of India. 23 May 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  3., Shoaib Mansoor article in Dawn, Karachi newspaper, published 26 December 2010, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  4., Shoaib Mansoor, an influential Pakistani film personality, Daily Times newspaper, published 28 September 2015, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  5., Shoaib Mansoor as producer of TV shows, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  6., Shoaib Mansoor's film Khuda Ke Liye (2007) on IMDb website, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  7. Rashid, H. (27 June 2011). "The Pakistani film-maker tackling hypocrisy and taboos". The BBC. Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  8. Sulaiman, G. (1 March 2017). "Pakistani Movie Verna: Mahira Khan Starts Shooting for Shoaib Mansoor's Film! [Pictures]".
  9. "Shoaib Mansoor's Verna to hit theatres on Eid-ul-Fitr 2017". The Nation. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  10. "Mahira Khan talks about her new venture Verna". The Express Tribune. 13 October 2016. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
  11., Civil Awards of Pakistan conferred for 2007, Dawn, Karachi newspaper, published 15 August 2007, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  12., Shoaib Mansoor's film Bol (2011) on Complete Index To World Film website, Retrieved 4 March 2016
  13. "IRDS award for Shoaib Mansoor". Retrieved 4 March 2016.
  14., Shoaib Mansoor's Pride of Performance Award info on Dawn newspaper, Published 24 March 2002, Retrieved 2 May 2016
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