Hailing from Karachi, Shoaib Mansoor is among the most influential and famous figures in Pakistan's showbiz industry. He became internationally known and popular for directing the 1982 classic Ankahi and class comedy
Hailing from Karachi, Shoaib Mansoor is among the most influential and famous figures in Pakistan's showbiz industry. He became internationally known and popular for directing the 1982 classic Ankahi and class comedy series, Fifty Fifty (1980), and the military fiction series, Alpha Bravo Charlie (1998).
He is a television and film director, producer, writer, lyricist and music composer. Active in the television industry since 1980, he founded his first success for introducing Vital Signs in the mainstream television after composing and writing the song, Dil Dil Pakistan, in 1987 as well as directing many critically praised drama-hit series in the country's television.
Mansoor found further critical acclaim for his musical writings songs for Vital Signs in 1990s, and introduced the band nationwide. A versatile artist, he became popular and respected film director after the release of critically acclaimed, Khuda Kay Liye (2007) and Bol (2011). Mansoor won many awards for his work, and is an honorary recipient of Sitara-e-Imtiaz.
Shoaib Mansoor has also been a successful songwriter and music composer and, in the 1980s, introduced the then-pop sensation Vital Signs to the mainstream. Besides being Junaid Jamshed's mentor, he was the backbone for his songs and composed and produced most of the Vital Signs' albums. Between 2001 and 2003, he directed the Ishq Mohabbat Apna Pan series of songs picturised on Iman Ali and Rasheed Naz.
He wrote and composed a number of their hit numbers such as Aitebar. In addition, he directed all Vital Signs videos, producing a music video compilation and movie titled Geetar '93. He has written, produced and directed hit TV shows such as Ankahi, Fifty Fifty, Alpha Bravo Charlie, Sunehre Din and Gulls & Guys, which aired on Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV).
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. It received the Silver Pyramid Award from the Cairo International Film Festival for 2007.
In 2009, he began directing a big budget film Bol which had Atif Aslam, Mahira Khan, Humaima Malick and Iman Ali playing lead roles. The premiere was on 24 June 2011.