Moin Akhtar, (24 December 1950 – 22 April 2011) was a Pakistanitelevision, film, stage actor, humorist, comedian, impersonator, and ahost, writer, singer, director and producer who rose to fame in era ofRadio Pakistan along with his co-actors Anwer Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
He became a worldwide icon through his screen persona “Rosy” and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry of Sub Continent. His career spanned more than 45 years, from childhood in the Radio Pakistan era of modern film making until a year before his death in 2011.
Moin Akhtar in award ceremony in Karachi
24 December 1950
|Died||22 April 2011 (age)
|Occupation||Actor, host, writer, singer, film director, film producer|
|Awards||Pride of Performance
Akhtar was born in Karachi, Pakistan his family migrated to Pakistan after partition.
He usually avoid vulgarity in his humor. Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi,Punjabi, Memoni, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu.
Akhtar started his acting career as child actor at the age of 13, he played the character of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in theater.
Akhtar’s sense of humor was highly dynamic and versatile, with his creativity he made his debut for television on 6 September 1966, in a variety show held on PTV to celebrate the first defense day of Pakistan.
He started off as a stand-up comedian in 1966-67 by impersonating Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and John F Kennedy’s speech in that he also mimickedthe voice of the former president. Since then, he has performed several roles in TV stage shows, later teamed up with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
|Pride of Performance Award Recipient|
Moin Akhtar was the recipient of the Pride of Performance Award 1996
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Presented by||Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif|
Akhtar rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy, in which he played the role of a female TV artist. Rozy was an Urdu adaptation of Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. He called it one of the master piece of his all time.
Moreover, in talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every of over 400 episodes interviewed by Anwar Maqsood, the writer and the host of the program.
Akhter also briefly hosted the game show Kya Aap Banaingay Crorepati?, the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. He hosted shows involving major and has performed on stage alongside the Indian legends Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Madhuri Dixit to name a few.
Television drama serials
Akhtar acted in several films, sitcom, dramas, hosted many talk shows some of them are given below:
|Television||Name of Drama||Genre|
|PTV||Eid Train||Theatrical Film|
|PTV||Studio Dhai||Stage Show|
|PTV||Studio Pony Teen||Stage Show|
|NTM||Studio Char Bees||Stage Show|
|PTV||Show Time||TV Drama|
|PTV||Show Sha||TV Drama|
|PTV||Yes Sir No Sir||Hosting Stage Show|
|PTV||Apka Anwer Maqsood||Stage Show|
|PTV||Moin Akhter Show||Stage Show|
|PTV||Such Much||Stage Show|
|ARY Digital||Loose Talk||Talk Show|
|PTV||Half Plate||TV Show|
|PTV||Fifty Fifty||TV Show|
|TV One||Mirza Aur Hameeda||TV Drama|
|PTV||Hello Hello||TV Show|
|PTV||Intezar Farmaye||TV Show|
|PTV||Dollar Man||TV Show|
|PTV||Makan No 47||TV Drama|
|PTV||Bandar Road Sy Kemari||TV Drama|
|PTV||Aangan Tehra||TV Drama|
|PTV||Rafta Rafta||TV Drama|
|TV One||Hariyale Banney||TV Drama|
|Geo Tv||Kuch Kuch Such Much||TV Drama|
|Geo Tv||Such Much Ki Eid||TV Drama|
|Geo Tv||Such Much Ka Election||TV Drama|
|NTM||Nokar Key Agey Chaaker||TV Drama|
|PTV||Choun Chan Ahoo||TV Drama|
|PTV||Kia Bane Baat||TV Drama|
He hosted shows in which given below dignitaries were invited.
- King Husain of Jordan was invited.
- The Prime Minister of Gambia, Dawoodi Al-Joza, was invited.
- President Zia-ul-Haq was invited.
- Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was invited.
- President General Yahya Khan was invited.
- President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was invited.
- President Pervez Musharaf was invited and he mimicked the president in his presence.
- Legendary Indian film actor Dilip Kumar was invited.
Songs and albums
- Album – Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe
- “Chhorr Ke Jaane Wale”
- “Choat Jigar Pe Khai Hai”
- “Ro-Ro Ke De Raha Hai”
- “Tera Dil Bhi Yun Hi Tadpe”
- “Dard Hi Sirf Dil Ko Mila”
- “Dil Ro Raha Hai”
- “Hoten Hai Bewafa”
He died on 22 April 2011 at about 4:30pm in Karachi after suffering from a heart attack. He is survived by his wife, three daughters and two sons.
The funeral prayers of Moin Akhtar were offered in Tauheed Masjid near his residence. Thousands of people attended the funeral prayer which was led by Junaid Jamshed.
The world-famous wax museum Madame Tussauds has expressed its wish to include a statue of Moin Akhtar in their London museum. If made, it will be the first of its kind for any Pakistani entertainer.
Awards and nominations
- Honorary Citizenship of Dallas in 1996 for his achievements.
- Special Award for Comedy in The 1st Indus Drama Awards 2005
- Pride of Performance was awarded in 2010
- Sitara-i-Imtiaz was awarded in 2011