Adnan Sarwar

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Adnan Sarwar
Born (1979-11-11) November 11, 1979 (age 38)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter, musician, racing driver
Years active 2007–present
Known for Shah, Motorcycle Girl

Adnan Sarwar is a Pakistani actor, director, musician, screenwriter, producer and racing driver. He made his film debut in the biopic Shah, released on 13 August 2015. Sarwar was born in Lahore, Pakistan.


Music (2002-present)[edit]

Adnan started his music career as a session guitar player for various Pakistani musicians such as The Trip, Mekaal Hasan Band and Ali Zafar before forming the duo Club Caramel with singer Kiran Chaudhry in 2006. He has also composed the soundtrack of his debut film Shah.


Adnan made his film debut in the 2015 Pakistani sports biopic Shah, based on the life of Olympian boxer Hussain Shah. Adnan also wrote the screenplay and directed the film as well as composed the original musical score. Adnan trained for the role of the homeless boxer by undergoing a six month long boxing training regime and lost 10 kilos of body weight.[1] Despite being produced on a shoestring budget by a team of five people, Shah was hailed as "not only an achievement for Adnan Sarwar but for the whole Pakistani film industry" and Sarwar was praised by critics for his portrayal of the Lyari born Pakistani boxing legend.[2]

In April 2017, it was announced that Adnan was working on his second feature film "The Motorcycle Girl" based on the real life story of Zenith Irfan, who is thought to be the first Pakistani woman to make a solo motorcycle journey across the country at the age of 21. The film is slated to be released in 2018[3] with Adnan writing and directing it.[4] Sohai Ali Abro was announced as the actress who would portray the role of Zenith Irfan a few days later.

Year Title Notes
2015 Shah Biopic about Hussain Shah
2018 Motorcycle Girl Biopic about Zenith Irfan


Sarwar has trained as a Doctor of Medicine and is a graduate of Baqai Medical University, Karachi. He has also represented Pakistan in various international auto racing competitions.[5]


  1. ^ A conversation with Adnan Sarwar, the man behind Shah 10 August 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015
  2. ^ Shah Review: A Barefoot Champion of Pakistani Cinema 16 August 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2015
  3. ^ Staff, Images (2018-02-14). "Sohai Ali Abro's Motorcycle Girl gets a release date". Images. Retrieved 2018-04-15. 
  4. ^ Sarwar's next film is a biopic of Zenith Irfan aka "Motorcycle Girl" 20 April 2017. Retrieved 20 April 2017
  5. ^ "Adnan Sarwar joins Asian Formula Racing". Dawn. Staff Report. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 

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