Yesterday, Pakistani actress Atiqa Odho shared a throwback picture with the Indian ghazal maestro Jagjit Singh on Instagram. In the post, she ruminated about the friendship she shared with the singer and his wife Chitra.
Addressing her Instagram audience, Atiqa posted a throwback picture taken in Mumbai, in the year 1991. In the post, Odho shared fond memories of her meeting with the late singer, when Jagjit and his wife Chitra visited her house in Karachi in 1979.
“They were warm and friendly and extremely humble. It was the start of a friendship that lasted until he passed away. RIP Jagjit. Ghazal loves around the world miss you,” she captioned the picture.
The versatile Atiqa Odho
Odho started her professional life as a makeup artist and hairstylist in 1989. While working as a makeup artist for various advertising agencies in Karachi, she was discovered by television personality, Anwar Maqsood. There, she found her big break and went on to star in Maqsood’s play, Sitara Aur Mehrunissa in 1993.
Having spent decades in the entertainment industry, Atiqa Odho occupies a permanent niche in the hearts of Pakistan’s middle-aged population. Later, she made her film debut in Jo Darr Gya Woh Marr Gya in 1995 and there onwards continued her successful journey as an actress. She appeared in several movies, plays and TV serials and in fact, still continuing to do so.
In 2004, staying true to her lifelong passion, Atiqa Odho ventured into the beauty business to revolutionize the cosmetics industry in Pakistan. Using her experience in the capacity of a professional stylist with world-renowned academies, such as Complections International-UK, Toni & Guy-UK & Grease Paint-UK, Atiqa Odho launched her very own brand, Atiqa Odho.
Moreover, since 2016, the arts and culture veteran has turned towards philanthropy in order to give back to society. In the last five years, she has been working for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital, Fatmeed Foundation, and as a social worker in ‘Hamara Mulk, Hamaray Log’. Additionally, Odho is currently also the ambassador for a breast cancer awareness campaign in Pakistan.