The period between the seventies to the early nineties is considered to be the golden era of Pakistani television by many. Not only did this era produce countless unforgettable plays but it also brought forward a number of legendary actors whose work is still remembered with love and respect by their fans. This is exactly the kind of actress Khalida Riyasat was, whose fans always remember her with admiration even after almost 15 years of her death.
Younger sister of senior actress Ayesha Khan, Khalida Riyasat made her debut on television towards the end of 1970s. One of her earliest dramas was a detective series 'Naamdaar' in which she starred opposite Shakeel. From there onwards, Khalida's onscreen career took off as she starred in the popular play 'Bandish', written by Haseena Moin and directed by Mohsin Ali. The drama not only stood out with its impeccable dialogues, story and direction but Khalida's performance alongside her costar Talat Hussain also won the hearts of the audience.
In the early nineties, people saw Khalida appearing in a number of comedy roles. Among these, her role in the long play 'Half Plate' received massive appreciation and remains one of her best performances. In the play, she played late Moin Akhtar's wife who is agitated at her poet husband's lack of ambition and shared screen space with veteran actors like Badar Khalil, late Jamshed Ansari and late Latif Kapadia.
'Parosi' was another drama in which Khalida's comedic skills were at their best. Playing a single mother, who lives with her sister and keeps annoying her landlord Ali Ejaz, Khalida did the role to perfection. Her last performance came in a tele film directed by Mehreen Jabbar by the name of 'Ab Tum Ja Saktay Ho'. Unlike her jovial roles, Khalida played a very serious role in the tele film and proved why she was one of the best. This talented actress expired on August 26, 1996 after suffering from cancer.