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Moin Akhter

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.

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Moin Akhtar in award ceremony in Karachi
Born Moeen Akhtar
24 December 1950
Karachi, Pakistan
Died 22 April 2011 (age)
Karachi, Pakistan
Nationality Pakistani
Occupation Actor, host, writer, singer, film director, film producer
Years active 1966–2011
Awards Pride of Performance

Early life

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
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Moin Akhtar was the recipient of the Pride of Performance Award 1996
Date 14-08-1996
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.

Talk shows

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 Rozi Theatrical Film
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 Family-93 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 Baby TV Drama
PTV Rafta Rafta TV Drama
PTV Guum 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

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