Sabzwari, is a Pakistani Film / Television actor. He was born in Karachi,
Pakistan in 1957.
Behroze began his career from Radio Pakistan as Radio
presenter, In the late 1970s he start his acting career as a child artist in
“Live” television kids play Dada jan Nana jan. He won popularity with a TV
play Khuda Ki Basti, in 1974 with his role Nausha.
He performs serious and comic roles with equal ease. Among his successful TV
serial is Tanhaiyaan, It was Qabacha that endeared him to many households.
Also did good acting in “Mera Naam Mangoo” (Drama serial about professional
Behorze has appeared in a number of television commercials. He has also
done many stage plays, including Mirza Ghalib Bandar Road Par. Mirza Ghalib
Bandar Road Par was the famous play of Khawaja Moinuddin. As a matter of
fact this play was the earliest of Behroz plays and introduced him to the TV
viewers throughout Pakistan in early seventies.
He was married to Javaid Sheikh’s sister Safeena and living happily ever
after. Behroz has been with Pakistan TV for the last 26 years.
Behroze is a son of Dr. Sabzwari, his father was a Naval officer. He got
married to Safeena in 1986 and has two children. His son Sheroze Sabzwari,
is follows his footstep and acted in several sitcoms and television plays.
Besides acting, Behroze Sabzwari owns a car showroom on Tariq Road in
Some famous Tv Plays & Serials
* Khuda Ki Basti
* Mera Naam Hai Mangoo
* Gharana Fasana
* Yeh Zindagi Hai
* Koi Tou Baarish
* Socha Na Tha
* Aik Graduate Ki Long Story Short Main
* Baray Baray Dahi Baray
* Hastey Bastey
* Mirza Ghalib Bunder Road Per
* Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai
* Zra si aurat
* Brahim Ki Talash
* Footpath ki Ghaas
* Kachwa aur Khargosh
* Nana Jan Dada Jan
* Dil Waley
* Palkon Ki Chahaon
* Chief Saab
* Ek Aur Love Story
* Khulay Asman Ke Niche
* Tere Ghar Ke Samnay
An Interview with Behroz Sabzwari
There are certain actors for whom the television has played the
part of an institution. Behroz Sabzwari is one of them. Having started
acting from a very young age, he was groomed and polished by the seasoned
actors with whom he worked.
His association with television dates back to November 1967 when his
first play, Nana Jan Dada Jan was made. He has fond memories of the drama
that was telecast live. “I remember I forgot the dialogues that I was to
deliver, however, the senior actors covered it up somehow,” he says with a
chuckle. Neither was he scolded for this, nor was his blunder noticed by the
audience. In fact being very young, he was always encouraged and supported
by the people around him.
“I wasn’t aware of the fact that I can act, but all I can remember is
that I could mimic people very well,” he reveals.
On being questioned about why he is mostly seen in the comic roles,
Sabzwari says that an actor has to do whatever work he is offered. “However,
I did act in plays in which I played a negative role or serious ones such as
Khuda ki Basti and Uljhan,” he tries to clarify.
The character he played in the serial Mandi is his favourite one as he
considers it one of the most satisfying works he has ever done. It gave him
the opportunity to portray a person who undergoes various changes as he
grows from a young lad to an old man. But this is not all, Kachwa aur
Khargosh, Mera Naam Mungoo and Ankahi are also some of his memorable works.
Sabzwari disapproves of the unprofessional attitude of the newcomers in
showbiz these days. And what bothers him the most is their unpunctuality.
The credit of Behroz’s most popular performance, in the role of Kabacha
in Tanhaiyan, goes to his craze for watching movies. “Shahzad Khalil told me
that the character I had to play in the serial was penned by the Haseena
Moin,” he recalls. Sabzwari realised that he had to put in his best to stand
out in the play which also had other notable artists. The director asked him
to watch as many movies starring Peter Sellers as he could get hold of, for
the roles the Hollywood actor played in his movies had a lot in common with
the character in Tanhaiyan.
Sabzwari says that he is a Marlon Brando, Anthony Hopkins and Robert De
Niro buff. He is also appreciative of the acting of Dustin Hoffman and tries
to watch all the movies of these actors to observe the finer points of their
Among the younger lot, he likes Nicholas Cage.
However, the actor confesses that he admires the work done by the senior
actresses and has too many favourites to name just one.
The genre of movies that Behroz enjoys the most is romance. “I like
love stories and at times thrillers too, it all depends upon my mood,” he
opines. The actor clarifies that by romantic movies he doesn’t necessarily
mean a-girl-meets-a-boy story, but movies that touch one’s heart and soul,
have an emotional feel to it.
Behroz Sabzwari blames the atmosphere of the cinema halls as well as the
standards of movies that are made in Pakistan for the audience’s lack of
interest in the silver screen. He doesn’t like to watch films in the local
cinema halls but whenever he goes abroad, he makes it a point to watch a
movie in the cinema.
He likes music of all sorts, and is
particularly fond of semi-classical. Like many people these days, taking
time out to listen to music is difficult for this actor.
“I don’t have much time to listen to music nowadays, but I still cherish
songs by Mehdi Hasan, Adnan Sami and Shafqat Amanat Ali,” he reveals. Nusrat
Fateh Ali Khan is a singer whom he admires the most. He likes the late
mastero for his versatility as well as his voice and choice of lyrics.
However, when it comes to the younger generation of singers, Behroze has
little to say about them as he feels that few have come up with any
remarkable music to be remembered by. Among the English singers, he admires
Shirley Bassey, but over all he is not too passionate about Western music.
Sabzwari laments that he doesn’t have time to read books anymore. The one
book that he believes is beyond comparison with any other book on earth is
the Holy Quran. Apart from that, he loves to read poetry. That is probably
why he has a collection of works by Parveen Shakir and Nasir Kazmi.
He admits openly that he is not much into reading and therefore wouldn’t
name books in order to show off.
Favourite Movie: The Godfather
Favourite book: Nasir Kazmi’s Devan
Favourite music: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan