Talat Hussain (actor)

Talat Hussain, is a Pakistani actor. He was born in British India. His complete name is Talat Hussain Warsi. He is the son of Altaf Hussain Warsi and Shaista Begum who was one of the pioneering voices of Radio Pakistan, Karachi.[1] He is the eldest of three brothers. His family migrated to Pakistan in 1947.

Talat Hussain اردو: طلعت حسین
Talat Hussain Warsi

18 September 1940
Delhi, India
Years active1964–present
Spouse(s)Dr. Rakshanda Talat


Talat Hussain started his performing arts career on Radio Pakistan in 1964. Hussain first appeared on PTV, Lahore in 1965.[1] Notable performances on TV include Parchaiyaan, Bandish, Hawain (1997) Kashkol (1995), Des Pardes, Castle, Riyasat (2006). His first television play from Karachi was Arjumand.

Hussain has also performed in many stage productions in Pakistan including, Andhera Ujala (produced by Nautanki Tola) Raz o Niaz (produced by Rafi Peer Theatre) and Sufaid Khoon (produced by NAPA) among others.

In 1972, he moved to England for further studies and joined the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).[1] Hussain's early roles on television in the UK were in Jimmy Perry and David Croft's It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Cabaret Time, Don't Take the Mickey, Fight to Jovani alongside Jeffrey Holland and Robin Parkinson. He also worked for BBC Radio in the play Crown Coat. He also worked on stage in the UK, in Comedian which was performed at Nottingham Play House and West End.

Hussain has worked in several foreign films, television drama serials and long plays, including Channel Four's television serial Traffik and Family Pride. In 2006, Hussain won the Amanda Award for the Best Supporting Role in Norwegian film Import-export (2005).[1] He also worked in the Indian film Sautan Ki Beti and made a guest appearance in Jinnah (1998 film).[1]

In the early 1980s, Hussain narrated the translation of the Qur'an in Urdu language, which was then commercially produced on audiotape (and later on CD as well) by the Shalimar Recording Company. Hussain has also lent his voice to the character of Jesus in the Urdu dubbed version of the film Jesus (1979 film).

Talat Hussain's career has been recorded by the author Huma Mir in the book Yeh Hain Talat Hussain. In 2014, Tributes were paid to him at an event at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi by many well-known TV personalities including playwright Haseena Moin, veteran TV actor/playwright of Alif Noon (1982) fame, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, journalist Mazhar Abbas and veteran TV actor Qazi Wajid.[2][3]

Personal life

Hussain is married to Dr. Rakhshanda Hussain,[1] a professor of psychology at the University of Karachi. They have three children, two daughters and one son : Tazeen,[1] the eldest daughter, was a television actress before quitting after her wedding, the younger daughter, Roohaina, has a few television plays to her credit, while the son is working at a multinational company after doing a MBA degree and is interested in film-making.[1]

In 2012, he is a faculty member at the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi where he teaches acting[1][4] and serves as a member of the governing body at the Karachi Arts Council and an ambassador of I Am Karachi. He has also been affiliated with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (a PEMRA member) and the National Book Foundation of Pakistan (an ambassador).

In February 2012, in an interview to a major English-language newspaper of Pakistan, Talat Hussain revealed that he caught a skin allergy in 2010. This skin allergy developed complications due to wrong treatment by a local cosmetologist. "I couldn't even talk properly, let alone walk or sit after the treatment."[4] His hands trembled and it was difficult for him to hold a teacup and light his cigarette back in 2012.[4]


Des PerdesPTV
Eid Ka JoraPTV
Fanooni LatifeyPTV
Ik Naye Morr PePTV
Panchwan MausamPTV
2002Thori Khushi Thora GhamPTV
Tariq bin ZiadPTV
The Castle: Aik UmeedPTV[5]
TraffikChannel Four[1]
Typist (TV series)PTV
Night ConstablePTV
Insaan aur AadmiPTV[1]
Raabta (TV series)PTV
Dard ka ShajarPTV
2005RiyasatARY TV
2004Meharun NisaYousufIndus TV/ Zee TV
2016Mann MayalRehmanHum TVIfti's father (Dead)



  • Andhera Ujala
  • Raz o Niaz
  • Guriya Ghar
  • Lao Tau Qatalnama Mera
  • Sufaid Khoon
  • Khalid Ki Khala
  • Jo Chalay To Jaan Sey Guzar Gayey

Awards and nominations

See also


  1. Profile: The pause factor (Profile of actor Talat Hussain) Dawn (newspaper), Published 12 October 2012, Retrieved 19 March 2019
  2. Veteran actor Talat Hussain in the eyes of his contemporaries The News International (newspaper), Published 25 May 2014, Retrieved 19 March 2019
  3. Drama is reflection of society: Talat Hussain The News International (newspaper), Published 12 April 2017, Retrieved 19 March 2019
  4. Rafay Mahmood (20 February 2012). "Celebrated TV star waits to light up screens again (Talat Hussain)". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 19 March 2019.
  5. The Castle: Aik umeed - Haseena Moin's Masterpiece Daily Times (newspaper), Published 3 July 2016, Retrieved 19 March 2019
  6. actor Talat Hussain in film Chiragh Jalta Raha (1962) on pakmag.net website Retrieved 19 March 2019
  7. Talat Hussain stars in Project Ghazi Retrieved 19 March 2019
  8. Humayun, Sheheryar and Saira team up for Pakistan's 'first ever superhero film' The Express Tribune (newspaper), Published 14 July 2016, Retrieved 19 March 2019
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