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Moin Akhtar: in our hearts and minds

Published Dec 24, 2012 09:31am


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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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Comments (22) Closed

hammad Dec 24, 2012 02:50pm
we will always miss you sir
vijay singh ivory coast Dec 24, 2012 10:14am
Moin Akhter is the sachin tendulker of subcontinent comedy. His second to none, may God give peace to his soul.
ammariftikhar Dec 24, 2012 03:10pm
Rather Sachin tendulker is the Moin Akhter of subcontinent
Gerry D'Cunha Dec 24, 2012 01:11pm
Moin Akhter will never die from our hearts - he is a living legend
Saad Khan Dec 24, 2012 10:24am
Will always live in our hearts! May Allah rest his soul in peace! Ameen!
saad Dec 24, 2012 04:14pm
By far the greatest artist this country has ever produced! The void he has left will never be fulfilled!
mansoor akhtar Dec 25, 2012 11:08am
thank u all for all the beautiful words and remembering my father..may ALLAH bless u all ameen..
mansoor akhtar Dec 25, 2012 11:07am
thank u all for all the beautiful words and remembering my father..may ALLAH bless u all ameen..
Khanm Dec 25, 2012 11:07am
He is indeed an icon. Would be missed and remembered in sub continent
Atif Dec 24, 2012 06:27pm
Was a Great Man indeed... He will always be remembered..
Qaiser Bakhtiari Dec 24, 2012 06:52pm
Kind words from across the border. Thank you.
Zeta Dec 24, 2012 10:42pm
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 Dec 25, 2012 09:25am
Really Miss him
Syed imran Dec 25, 2012 12:57am
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 Dec 25, 2012 02:32pm
ranjeeja mahraj Dec 25, 2012 03:07am
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 Dec 25, 2012 04:07am
The greatest and most talented comedian of the sub-continent. May his soul rest in peace.
Burhan Dec 25, 2012 06:39am
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 Dec 25, 2012 01:32pm
Really a legend in himself , actor of his caliber born in centuries, all time favorite of mine.
sy Dec 25, 2012 07:16am
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 Dec 25, 2012 06:32pm
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 Dec 26, 2012 03:19am
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.