Moin Akhtar as Seth Manzoor Danawala from 'Such Much'.–File Photo

Today marks the 62nd birth anniversary of renowned Pakistani television, theatre and film actor; a comedian par excellence, Moin Akhtar.

Akhtar was born on December 24, 1950 and joined the Pakistani entertainment industry in 1966. His extraordinary impersonations and compelling performances earned him recognition in no time.

Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He was a part of a very popular team of actors that comprised Anwar Maqsood, Behroz Sabzwari and Bushra Ansari.

Akhtar joined hands with humourist Anwar Maqsood and did a couple of television shows with him. The amusing duo brought about classics such as Studio 2½, Studio Poney Teen and later on Loose Talk, which became a huge success due to Akhtar’s diverse impersonations.

(L-R) Moin Akhtar & Anwer Maqsood.–Photo by White Star

Eid Train, Half Plate, Aangan Terha, Burns Road to Kemari, Such Much, Family-93 and Rosy were some of his most famous plays, while Yes Sir, No Sir, Studio 2½, Fifty Fifty, Loose Talks were also very popular TV shows. Apart from television, Akhtar also acted in a few films, including Tum Sa Nahin Dekha and Mr Tabedar. His theatre performances alongside Umar Sharif in stage dramas such as Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai were also a huge success.

In recognition of his talent and work the government had bestowed Akhtar with the Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance award.

Akhtar passed away on April 22, 2011 due to heart attack, but what he gave to the nation can never be taken away nor forgotten.

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hammad
December 24, 2012 2:50 pm
we will always miss you sir
vijay singh ivory coast
December 24, 2012 10:14 am
Moin Akhter is the sachin tendulker of subcontinent comedy. His second to none, may God give peace to his soul.
ammariftikhar
December 24, 2012 3:10 pm
Rather Sachin tendulker is the Moin Akhter of subcontinent
Gerry D'Cunha
December 24, 2012 1:11 pm
Moin Akhter will never die from our hearts - he is a living legend
Saad Khan
December 24, 2012 10:24 am
Will always live in our hearts! May Allah rest his soul in peace! Ameen!
saad
December 24, 2012 4:14 pm
By far the greatest artist this country has ever produced! The void he has left will never be fulfilled!
mansoor akhtar
December 25, 2012 11:08 am
thank u all for all the beautiful words and remembering my father..may ALLAH bless u all ameen..
mansoor akhtar
December 25, 2012 11:07 am
thank u all for all the beautiful words and remembering my father..may ALLAH bless u all ameen..
Khanm
December 25, 2012 11:07 am
He is indeed an icon. Would be missed and remembered in sub continent
Atif
December 24, 2012 6:27 pm
Was a Great Man indeed... He will always be remembered..
Qaiser Bakhtiari
December 24, 2012 6:52 pm
Kind words from across the border. Thank you.
Zeta
December 24, 2012 10:42 pm
Legend of Legends. One of the Pakistan's greatest asset. May Allah bless your soul. You will be always be with us. Moin Akhtar is one of those people lived in the world who will never be forgotten. Thousand generations will come and go but your name will live.
mariayaseenkhan
December 25, 2012 9:25 am
Really Miss him
Syed imran
December 25, 2012 12:57 am
a very versatile entertaining person - and a good human bieng to boot. He maintained decency and decorum in all his performances truly a genius
KHAN
December 25, 2012 2:32 pm
I THINK IT IS NOT FAIR TO LABEL THIS GREAT THINKER AS COMEDIAN ONLY.IF WE CAN GET THE THE MESSAGES HE GAVE IN HIS COMEDY AND CHANGE OUR SOCIETY TO MAKE IT BETTER,THAT WILL BE THE ONLY TRIBUTE TO HIM.
ranjeeja mahraj
December 25, 2012 3:07 am
one of my favorite actor in Pakistan and personality ! i a have seen his all dramas on P.T.V . yes he always lives in our minds and hearts May Allah rest his soul in peace ..
Chaigram
December 25, 2012 4:07 am
The greatest and most talented comedian of the sub-continent. May his soul rest in peace.
Burhan
December 25, 2012 6:39 am
He was the ultimate actor in the subcontinent. Acting is important doesn't matter if it is on the small screen. You give him any role he would live up to it. There is not a single time he has failed us. In terms of acting purely, not star value, except Dilip Kumar he beats all others hand down.
Shahid
December 25, 2012 1:32 pm
Really a legend in himself , actor of his caliber born in centuries, all time favorite of mine.
sy
December 25, 2012 7:16 am
An example of how to conduct oneself. With intelligence, humor and respect for diversity of thought and beliefs. Bravo on a life lived to Pakistani values.
Anurag Priyadarshi
December 25, 2012 6:32 pm
Comedy is a serious business , but Moin shahab made it look so effortless . He has left an indelible mark for himself in the minds of viewers across the sub-continent .May his soul rest in peace .
Ali
December 26, 2012 3:19 am
We lost one of the great human in this wild world and he lives in our heart and mind forever till the day of judgment.
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