Uncle Urfi

Uncle Urfi was a Pakistan Television Corporation serial drama which first aired in 1972.[1] It had such a powerful appeal that it turned into an instant hit. The serial has 26 episodes (each with a running time of 30-minutes) and it used to be telecast weekly by Pakistan Television Corporation.[3]

Uncle Urfi
GenreRomance, Comedy, Tragedy
Created byHasina Moin
Written byHasina Moin
Directed byMohsin Ali and Shirin Khan[1]
Shahla Ahmad
Begum Khurshid Mirza,
Azra Sherwani,
Qurban Jilani
Jamshed Ansari,
Akbar Subhani,
Khalid Nizami
Nahid Rafiq[1]
Country of originPakistan
Original language(s)Urdu
No. of episodes26 [2]
Producer(s)Shirin Khan, Mohsin Ali[2]
Production location(s)Pakistan
Running time30 min. (excluding commercials)
Original networkPakistan Television Corporation
Original releaseFebruary[1] 
September 1972[1]

Written by Hasina Moin and directed by Mohsin Ali and Shirin Vaqar Azim. The lead role was played by Shakeel as Uncle Urfi — a Pakistani expatriate in Canada who returns to Pakistan — and the character of Beena, the heroine, was performed by Shahla Ahmad. The supporting character of Hasnat, played by Jamshed Ansari, with his penknife, soon was the talk of the town and echoes of which could be heard even today. In fact, the whole serial was supported by a strong talented cast. All in all, good acting, powerful script and skilled direction helped accomplish one of the most celebrated productions of PTV.[4][1]


As the story goes, Shakeel, who is smartly dubbed as Uncle Urfi, takes interest in Beena. In reality, Uncle Urfi wishes to make Beena happy. Logically, Urfi should have taken Beena into confidence before doing her a favor. Instead, he kept her in the dark. The final moments of the last episode are fraught with pain and pathos.

Urfi tells Beena with certitude, hamari shadi hogi to sara zamana deikhey ga. To which poor Beena replies, kuchh shadiyaan dil kay weerano mein bhi to ho jaati hain, sirif khuda gawah hota hai.

The emotionally charged conclusion of Uncle Urfi, was so unexpected that literally nobody was prepared for it. Indeed, Haseena Moin had instilled so much despair in its dialogues that thirty-two years later in 2004, it still stands as a classic in its bittersweet illustration of the unbreakable bond of family.


  • Shakeel as Irfanuddin Ahmed aka Uncle Urfi. Guardian of Afsheen[5]
  • Shahla Ahmad as Beena, Uncle Urfi's love interest.
  • Nahid Rafique as Afsheen. Uncle Urfi's friend's daughter
  • Azra Sherwani as Ghazi Aapa, sister of Uncle Urfi
  • Qurban Jillani as Manzoor Uncle/Shaheed Bhai, brother-in-law of Uncle Urfi
  • Jamshed Ansari as Hasnat Ahmed, cousin of Afsheen
  • Begum Khurshid Mirza as Amma Bi, the mother of Manzoor Uncle
  • Akbar Subhani as Mansoor, the son of Ghazi Apa and Shaheed Bhai
  • Rehana Parveen as Azra, the daughter of Ghazi Apa and Shaheed Bhai
  • Ishrat Hashmi as Afsheen's aunty.
  • Subhani ba Yunus as Afsheen's uncle
  • Imtiaz Ahmed as Beena's father, Abrar
  • Azra Mansoor as Beena's mother
  • Khalid Nizami as head of Uncle Urfi's household.
  • Syed Zahid Ali as Uncle Urfi's secretary
  • Raju Jamil (Zulqarnain Jamil Aali s/o Jamiluddin Aali) as Police Inspector in episode 2 and as Zafar in episode 5/6 [6][7]
  • Mushtaq Ahmed as Zuby's Daddy[8]
  • Salma Aziz as Zuby
  • Azra Mansoor as Bari Bi
  • S. M. Saleem as Baray Mian
  • Khurshid Talat as Ambreen
  • Khurshed Ahmad as Jimmy
  • Ghazala Malik as Air Hostess 1
  • Naseem Aziz as Air Hostess 2
  • Rafat Jamil as Flight Steward
  • Tayyab Ali as Doctor
  • Rafiq Ahmad as officer
  • Sikandar Hayat as the mulaazim
  • Shehnaz Ismail as Fazeelat/Fuzzy (who Uncle Urfi referred to as "khatoon"[9]
  • Mehboob as Dada Jaan[10]


  1. http://pakistaniat.com/2011/01/15/ptv-uncle-urfi/, Detailed profile of drama serial Uncle Urfi (1972) on pakistaniat.com website, Published 15 Jan 2011, Retrieved 27 Dec 2016
  2. Nasreen Parvez, Pakistan Television Drama and Social Change, University of Karachi, Lions Communications, p.g# 235
  3. http://www.dawn.com/news/1146198, Uncle Urfi drama serial on Dawn newspaper, Published 24 Nov 2014, Retrieved 27 Dec 2016
  4. Saleem Abbas Qaiser, PTV Urdu Drama Serial Thesis (1970-2000), The Islamia University of Bahawalpur, Pakistan, Department of Mass Communications
  5. http://tribune.com.pk/story/1069435/shakeels-journey-over-the-decades/, Uncle Urfi's lead actor Shakeel's profile on The Express Tribune newspaper, Published 20 March 2016, Retrieved 27 Dec 2016
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTNETYA6nRE&list=PLA-InX7nU1rXBGme2PxDkrY11-UUhEz3m&index=3
  7. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4aNqvsgoFvA&list=PLfgbxJEcdXY9q_X9DRs7Ga-zurYJpZpc2&index=5
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N8j1XU12ob4&list=PLfgbxJEcdXY9q_X9DRs7Ga-zurYJpZpc2
  9. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udIMzPiMub0&index=4&list=PLfgbxJEcdXY9q_X9DRs7Ga-zurYJpZpc2
  10. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=27k8LSNVp2I&list=PLfgbxJEcdXY9q_X9DRs7Ga-zurYJpZpc2&index=6
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