Anwar Maqsood

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Anwar Maqsood
انور مقصود
BornAnwar Maqsood Hameedi
7 September 1935(age 82)
Hyderabad State, British India
OccupationPlaywright, lyricist, satirist, painter, poet, sculpturist, television host
Notable awardsHilal-e-Imtiaz
ChildrenBilal Maqsood (son) Arjumand (Daughter)
RelativesZubaida Tariq (sister)
Fatima Surayya Bajia (sister)
Zehra Nigah (sister)

Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی‬) popularly known as Anwar Maqsood (b. 1932) is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He is well known for his drama write ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in the late 1970s.[1]

Early life and family[edit]

Maqsood was born on 7 September 1935, in Hyderabad State. He studied at the Gulbarga Trust School in Aurangabad.[2] Maqsood belongs to a prominent family of Pakistan and some of his siblings are well-known in their own right: his sister, Fatima Surayya Bajia was a known writer in Pakistan and South Asia; another sister Zehra Nigah, is a relatively well-known poet. One of his brothers, Ahmed Maqsood, is a former Chief Secretary Sindh; and his sister Zubaida Tariq was a cooking expert and chef. His wife, Imrana Maqsood is a known novelist and his son, Bilal Maqsood is a rock artist, lead guitarist and vocalist of the former rock band Strings. He has one daughter.[3]


Maqsood has been associated for many years with Pakistan Television Corporation where he served as presenter for a variety of their television programs including Studio Dhai and then Studio Ponayteen along with Show Sha and various other shows.[4][5][6]


Maqsood is often regarded as the best Pakistani writer of all time as well as highly respected in social and showbiz industry of Pakistan. He wrote various successful plays for television industry, including, [7][8]

  • Fifty Fifty (PTV Sketch Comedy)
  • Show Time (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Aangan Terha (PTV Comedy Drama)
  • Half Plate (PTV Comedy Drama)
  • Fanooni Latifey (PTV Comedy Teleplay)
  • Show Sha (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Silver Jubilee (PTV Show)
  • Studio Dhaai (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Studio Poney Teen (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Studio Chaar Bees (NTM Comedy Show)
  • Talaash (PTV Miniseries)
  • Is Tarah To Hota Hai (PTV Comedy Drama 1999)
  • Colony 52
  • Sitara Aur Mehrunnisa (NTM Romantic Drama)
  • Nadan Nadia (NTM Comedy Drama)
  • Loose talk (ARY Comedy Show)
  • Majoo Mian
  • Koi Aur Hai
  • Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai
  • Pawney 14 August
  • Sawa 14 August
  • Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna (satire)
  • Nestlé Nido Young Stars (lyricists)
  • Siachen


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Yesterday Once More : Meet Anwar Maqsood – Archived 25 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Anwar Maqsood A Versatile Artist – Pakistan Television Archived 24 August 2009 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Cultural Dynasty: The Maqsood Family". The News. 15 May 2011. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2013.
  4. ^ [1][permanent dead link]
  5. ^ Anwar Maqsood’s ‘Sawa 14 August’ staged Archived 22 February 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Rehman, Maliha (6 January 2018). "Zubaida and I would always squabble over cooking, reminisces Anwar Maqsood".
  7. ^ Rao, Maliha S (25 October 2013). "Sawa 14 August – bringing history to the theater".
  8. ^ "Anwar Maqsood is a bigger and better writer than Woody Allen: Sajid Hasan - The Express Tribune". 25 October 2017.

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