Hameed Kashmiri was among the most prolific writers Pakistan has ever produced, right from being a playwright to being a columnist and a published author. Born in Muree, Pakistan on June 1, 1930, his association with Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) started within a few years following its inception. His career as a playwright spans over 68 plays, 33 drama serials and 20 long plays which were aired on PTV.
During his early days as a television script writer, Hameed Kashmiri scripted the Zia Mohyeddin Show. Later on, the dramas in which he showed his immaculate writing skills include the lawyer drama 'Rozan-i-Zindan' in which Talat Hussain played the main lead. His plays 'Pat Jhar Key Baad', 'Aitaraf' and 'Kashkol' got extremely popular among the audiences as they were based on social themes. Other notable dramas written by him include 'Shikast-i-Aarzoo', 'Laghzish', 'Rung-i-Hina' and 'Haft Aasman'.
As a playwright for radio plays, his most successful drama was 'Emergency Ward', which ran for 16 episodes; while as a stage playwright, his most famous stage play was 'Khoon Aur Pani'. He expressed his love for films through the documentary 'Our Elphy', which was made by him.
Hameed Kashmiri was given an award in the 1973 Munich Drama Festival for successfully portraying and highlighting the evils stemming out of feudalism in 'Pat Jhar Key Baad'. The drama was the first to be given international recognition among the other plays produced by PTV. He was also the recipient of a number of awards from the Pakistan Writers Guild, Nigar and many organizations working for humanitarian causes.
At the time of his death, he was in midst of writing a drama for PTV by the name of 'Khwab Khayal' which was directed by Naheed Hasan Zaidi.
This stalwart of drama writing breathed his last in Karachi on July 6, 2003 at the age of 73.