Saba Imtiaz

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Saba Imtiaz
Born Ras-al-khaimah, UAE
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Author, journalist, critic, screenwriter
Notable work Karachi, You're Killing Me!

Saba Imtiaz is a Pakistani author, journalist, music critic, and screenwriter from Karachi. She previously worked for The News International and The Express Tribune, and currently writing for The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Christian Science Monitor. Karachi, You're Killing Me! is her debut novel first published in 2014. Imtiaz also wrote the script of the romantic comedy Dekh Magar Pyar Se (2015).


Imtiaz started her career as a freelance journalist and column writer. She had worked for various newspapers like The News International and The Express Tribune. She is currently writing for The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Christian Science Monitor.[1][2]

Imtiaz is also a music critic and wrote several articles on music, especially Coke Studio.[3][4]

Karachi, You're Killing Me!

Imtiaz is the author of her debut comedy crime novel Karachi, You're Killing Me!, which was released on February 1, 2014 by the Random House India and received mostly positive feedback from the reviewers.[5] The novel is about a 28-year-old reporter, Ayesha Khan, living in one of the world's most dangerous cities, Karachi, about her misadventures and finding a nice lover.[6] In April 2015, India's Abundantia Entertainment acquired the Bollywood film adaptation rights to the novel, which Vikram Malhotra would produce. Imtiaz would also be involved in developing the screenplay.[2][7]

No Team of Angels

Imtiaz has written her second novel No Team of Angels, about the conflict in Karachi.[6] The novel is not yet published.[8]

Film career

Imtiaz is also a screenwriter, her debut script was Dekh Magar Pyar Se, directed by Asad ul Haq, and starring Humaima Malick and Sikander Rizvi.[9] The film was released on August 14, 2015, and was commercial success, though it received mixed reviews from critics.[10]

As of 2016, Imtiaz has developed the script of Noor, a Bollywood adaptation of her own novel Karachi, You're Killing Me!. Produce by Bhushan Kumar and starring Sonakshi Sinha in the lead, the film is set for April 2017 release.[7][11]




  1. ^ "Saba Imtiaz , Pakistan Correspondent". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  2. ^ a b Bhushan, Nyay (April 10, 2015). "Pakistani 'Bridget Jones'-Style Book Acquired for Bollywood Adaptation". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  3. ^ Imtiaz, Saba (July 24, 2010). "The hits and misses of Coke Studio". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  4. ^ Imtiaz, Saba (August 4, 2010). "Coke Studio comes to an end". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  5. ^ Virani, Faiza (March 23, 2014). "COVER STORY: Karachi, You're Killing Me! by Saba Imtiaz". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  6. ^ a b Santana, Rebecca (June 23, 2014). "Pakistani author's debut novel captures Karachi". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  7. ^ a b Pathak, Ankur (April 9, 2015). "With Love, From Pakistan". Mumbai Mirror. Retrieved July 25, 2015.
  8. ^ "Saba Imtiaz". Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  9. ^ "'It's a wrap! Dekh Magar Pyaar Say stars say goodbye to Lahore". May 18, 2015. Dawn. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  10. ^ "Humaima's 'Dekh Magar Pyaar Say' to hit screens in August 2015". April 2, 2015. Dawn, 2 April 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.
  11. ^ "Purab Kohli to romance Sonakshi Sinha in 'Noor'". Times Of India. 6 July 2016. Retrieved 6 July 2016.

External links

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