Fatima Effendi is a Pakistani TV actress and model. She played the role of Khushi aka Pagli in the Urdu TV drama ‘Kaash Main Teri Beti Na Hoti’ (2011).
Fatima Effendi Kanwar was born on Thursday, 17 December 1992 (age 30 years; as of 2022) in Karachi, Pakistan. Her zodiac sign is Sagittarius.
Fatima Effendi’s childhood picture with her mother and sister
She did her schooling at St. Joseph’s Convent School, Karachi, Pakistan. She then pursued a Bachelor of Fashion Design from the Asian Institute of Fashion Design, Iqra University, Karachi, Pakistan.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Weight (approx.): 60 kg
Hair Colour: Brown
Eye Colour: Brown
Figure Measurements (approx.): 36-30-34
She belongs to a Sindhi Muslim family. She is the descendant of Hassan Ally Effendi, founder of Sindh Madrassatul Islam which is the first school of Muslims in British India.
Parents & Siblings
Her father, Mushtaq Effendi, is a businessman. Her mother, Fouzia Mushtaq, is an actress. She has two sisters named Hina Mansoor and Mariam Effendi and one brother. She is the youngest among her siblings.
Fatima Effendi with her father
Fatima Effendi with her mother
Fatima Effendi with her sister Hina Mansoor
Fatima Effendi with her sister Mariam Effendi
Husband & Children
In 2010, while she was working in the Urdu TV drama ‘Larkiyan Muhally Ki,’ she met the Pakistani actor Arsalan Kanwar. While working together, they became friends, and soon, fell in love with each other.
Fatima Effendi with her husband
After dating for almost two years, the couple got married on 17 November 2012. In an interview, Arsalan talked about meeting Fatima for the first time. He said,
We met on the sets of our first drama together. Gradually I realized that we have a lot in common and I really liked her but she was very young at that time and I did not want to hurt her in any way. We were separated and out of touch for a long time after that. I backed out because I was not ready to get married. But when we were apart for a few days I realized that this is the girl I want to spend the rest of my life with.”
Fatima Effendi on her wedding day
The couple is blessed with two sons named Almir Kanwar (elder) and Mahbir Kanwar (younger).
Fatima Effendi with her husband and children
She belongs to the Effendi caste.
At the age of 8, she started working in TV commercials. In an interview, while talking about doing TV commercials, she said,
Since my mother was an actress, I have been doing work on and off for what seems like forever so I don’t remember if it was on my mind or not but I hated doing some of the commercials that were too childish for me since I wanted to be a heroine at that time. I used to cry but still did those embarrassing bubblegum ads because my mom wanted me to do them to gain confidence as I was an introvert in school.”
She has been featured in various print advertisements and TV commercials for brands like Genesis Talent and Sparkle Salt.
At the age of 10, she started her acting career with the Pakistani TV drama ‘Chal Jhooti’ (2001), which aired on PTV. She then acted in various Urdu TV dramas such as ‘Meri Unsuni Kahani’ (2009), ‘Man-O-Salwa’ (2007), and ‘Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan’ (2009).
Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan (2009)
In 2011, she came into the limelight with the Urdu TV drama ‘Kash Mai Teri Beti Na Hoti.’
Kash Mai Teri Beti Na Hoti Urdu TV drama
She then acted in Urdu TV dramas like ‘Aye Dil Tu Bata’ (2018), ‘Main Agar Chup Hoon’ (2020), ‘Bechari Qudsia’ (2021), and ‘Betiyaan’ (2022).
In 2015, she participated in the reality Urdu TV show ‘Madventures Season 2.’
Madventures Season 2
Fatima has also appeared in many Urdu telefilms like ‘Dulha Bhai’ (2008), ‘Raju Chacha Ban Gaey Gentleman’ (2010), ‘Achay Ki Larki’ (2010), ‘Shaadi Ka Ladoo- Mera Teacher Mera Shauhar’ (2011), and ‘Katvi Chatt’ (2015).
Katvi Chatt (2015)
- In her leisure time, she loves to go on trips with her family.
Fatima Effendi on a trip with her children
- In an interview, when she was asked whether Hindi TV serials are better or Pakistani TV dramas, she said,
Indian films are mindblowing, but TV dramas are elongated and not reality based. Our shows are based on reality and they are not just about one section of people. Our shows are about poor, middle-class and elite… everyone.”
- She has a self-titled YouTube channel on which she uploads her daily vlogs.
Fatima Effendi’s YouTube channel
- She follows a non-vegetarian diet and loves to eat mutton dishes.
- During an interview, Fatima shared that she once rejected the offer of a Hindi film as she was offered bold scenes in the film. She said,
Anees Bazmee called me and praised my drama serial and asked me to work in his film. I asked him about the story and the character I’d portray, but refused to sign the movie because it required me to play a bold character. I’ve never faced any restrictions from my family about working in Bollywood movies, but I’ve always known my limits. That’s why I never do anything that may be shameful for me or my family. may be from the entertainment industry, but I’m always careful when selecting my wardrobe.”