Zama Habib – Wikipedia
|Occupation||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
|Children||Aamna Habib (Daughter), Saarim Habib (Son)|
Zama Habib (born as Md Badiuzzaman), also known as Zaman Habib, is a Mumbai-based Indian television writer. He has written serials such as Sapna Babul Ka…Bidaai,Sasural Genda Phool,Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai,Saas Bina Sasural, Nimki Mukhiya,Nimki Vidhayak and Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein. He is the script consultant of Anupamaa.
Early life and background
Zama Habib hails from Ijra, Madhubani District, Bihar but he spent his childhood in Kolkata (then Calcutta) West Bengal. He did his schooling from the Presidency Muslim High School, Calcutta and after completing his intermediate from Maulana Azad College, Calcutta he came to Aligarh Muslim University to pursue his higher education. He did his BA (Hons) and MA in English literature from Aligarh Muslim University.
He was involved in theater in his college days and wrote, acted and directed several plays. His first play Batwara (based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s famous short story “Toba Tek Singh”) was staged in 1988 in Kala Mandir, Calcutta. Other notable plays he wrote are Janta Express and Chaddi Pahan Ke Phool Khila Hai. He has also translated plays by Anton Chekhov and other writers. His collection of translated plays in Urdu called Aadhi Raat Ka Suraj was published in 1992. He is a well known young poet of Urdu Literature and his poetry appears in leading Urdu literary magazines.
In 1993, he left his research halfway and came to Delhi. Soon he became a radio artist and wrote and acted in many radio plays and serials. He anchored/presented few popular programs (Zero Hour, Adaab Arz Hai and Only For Broken Hearts) on AIR FM as radio jockey as well.
And then after spending few years in Delhi he came to Mumbai where initially he got lot of encouragement and appreciation from actor, director Sachin Pilgaonkar. He has written more than 5,000 episodes of Hindi and Bengali serials.
Along with writing serials he has also co-produced with Ravi Ojha serials like Sasural Genda Phool and Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein. In 2016, he founded his own company Qissago Telefilms LLP and produced two shows Nimki Mukhiya For Star Bharat and Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein For Sony Entertainment. Nimki Mukhiya has second season as Nimki Vidhayak which was launched on 12 August 2019.
He has also produced, written, directed a short film, The Family that has been selected for many film festivals.
Between 2014 and 2018, Zama Habib has also served as Joint Secretary and later as Hony General Secretary of Screenwriters Association (SWA). After a gap of two years, he once again has been elected as honorary General Secretary of Screenwriters Association (SWA) for 2021–2023.
He has also penned lyrics/title songs for the serials like Maamla Gadbad Hai, Zindagi Milke Bitaayenge, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai, Sajda Tere Pyaar Mein, Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein and more. Recently, he has penned the Title Song of his latest project, ‘Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana’.
In 2016, Zama Habib opened his own production house called Qissago Telefilms LLP with his wife and partner, Ishrat Ara and produced shows, Nimki Mukhiya, Nimki Vidhayak, Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein and Zindagi Mere Ghar Aana.
Shows by Qissago Telefilms
He has won several awards for his shows Sasural Genda Phool, Nimki Mukhiya, Ek Hazaaron Mein Meri Behna Hai. Recently he won Best Lyrics Awards for his song “Ek Chup Tum Ek Chup Main” (Ishaaron Ishaaron Mein) at the first ever SWA Awards 2020.