There have been numerous plays produced by Pakistan Television Corporation that became so popular that even three decades down the road, they are still remembered with as much appreciation. Most of these plays were so engaging in terms if their storylines and acting that they ended up becoming a part of people's everyday lives. One such play was 'Sona Chandi', a play about a village dwelling couple who come to the city in view of the debts their family needs to clear.
Directed by Rashid Dar, 'Sona Chandi' was a breakthrough television serial as not only did it entertain television viewers with its unique sense of humor, it also gave urban audiences a chance to witness the rural life. Most importantly, however, it created two unforgettable characters in the form of Sona and Chandi.
The characters became so popular that people remembered Hamid Rana and his wife more with their onscreen name than their real names. Although Hamid Rana had previously been involved in a number of stage plays and films, it was his portrayal as Sona that made him a household name. Belonging to the city of Arifwala, Punjab, Hamid Rana also made a move towards production. At the beginning of 2011, he was working on a drama assignment titled 'Girja' which was produced under the banner of his own production company 'Rana Productions'.
Since Hamid Rana has primarily been a stage artist, therefore not much is known about his professional career. However, he was one of the cast members in another comedy play by the name of 'Ya Naseeb Clinic' during the black and white era.