انور مقصود حمیدی
|Born||Anwar Maqsood Hameedi|
7 September 1939
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
|Occupation||Playwright, lyricist, Satirist, Television Host|
|Notable awards||Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) in 2013|
Pride of Performance in 1994
|Spouse||Imrana Maqsood عمرانہ مقصود|
|Children||Bilal Maqsood (son)
Arjumand Ahmed (daughter)
|Relatives||Zubaida Tariq (sister)|
Fatima Surayya Bajia (sister)
Zehra Nigah (sister)
Sarah Naqvi (sister)
Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (born 7 September 1939, Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی), popularly known as Anwar Maqsood, is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television presenter, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He was well known for his drama write-ups for PTV in the late 1970s and 1980s.
Early life and family
Anwar Maqsood was born on 7 September 1939 in Hyderabad State. He studied at the Gulbarga Trust School in Aurangabad. His large family migrated to Karachi in 1948, after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. His childhood years were spent in PIB Colony, Karachi with his siblings and family.
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 well-known writer in Pakistan and South Asia whose marriage ended early in divorce. She then chose to play a key role in the upbringing of her nine young brothers and sisters and became a maternal figure to them. 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 former rock band Strings. He has one daughter. A book on the life and work of Anwar Maqsood titled Uljhey Suljhey Anwar (الجھے سلجھے انور) was written by his wife, Imrana Maqsood.
Anwar Maqsood has been associated for many years with PTV where he served as a presenter for a variety of their Television programs including Studio Dhai and then Studio Ponay Teen along with Show Sha and various other shows.
Maqsood is often regarded as one of the leading Pakistani satirists/writers as well as highly respected in social and showbiz industry of Pakistan. Anwar Maqsood is often given credit for encouraging talented television actors like Bushra Ansari and Moin Akhter. He wrote various successful plays for television industry, including:
|Pakistan Television Corporation||Aik Sachi Chuk||Comedy||Long play|
|Aik Thi Safia||Long play|
|Aangan Terha||Comedy||Drama serial|
|Chun Chunao||Comedy||Drama serial|
|Daur-e-Junoon (Drama 83)||Long play|
|Fifty Fifty||Comedy||Sketch comedy|
|Fanooni Latifey||Comedy||Long play|
|Half Plate||Comedy||Long play|
|Iss Tarah To Hota Hai||Comedy||Drama serial|
|Karim Sahab Ka Ghar (Sachi Kahaniyan)||Comedy||Long play|
|Nasri Ganey||Comedy||Long play|
|Show Time||Comedy||Stage show|
|Show Sha||Comedy||Stage show|
|Silver Jubilee||Stage show|
|Studio Dhaai||Stage show|
|Studio Ponay Teen||Comedy||Stage show|
|Zia Mohi-ud-Din Show||Comedy||Stage show||1969–1973|
|Network Television Marketing||Studio Chaar Bees||Comedy|
|Sitara Aur Mehrunissa||Romance||Drama serial|
|Nadan Nadia||Comedy||Drama serial|
|Colony 52||Drama serial|
|ARY Digital Network||Loose Talk||Comedy||Talk show|
|Express Entertainment||Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai|
|Other||Pawnay 14 August||Satire||One-act play||2012|
|Sawa 14 August||Satire||One-act play||2013|
|Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna||Satire||Play||2014|
|Saadhay 14 August||Satire||Play||2022|
Anwar Maqsood received his education in Pakistan. He completed his matriculation from St. Patrick's High School, Karachi. He then went on to study at the Sindh Muslim Government Law College, also in Karachi. He graduated with a degree in Law and began his career as a lawyer. However, he soon realized that his true passion was in the field of creative writing and entertainment, and he transitioned into the field of scriptwriting, television hosting, and comedy. Espere.in
- Pride of Performance Award by the Government of Pakistan in 1994
- Hilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) Award by the President of Pakistan in 2013
- PTV Superstar award at PTV Awards in 2000
- Lifetime Achievement Honour at 4th Pakistan Media Awards
- Lifetime Achievement Award at the 3rd Hum Awards
- List of authors
- List of English novelists
- List of novelists
- List of playwrights
- List of short story writers
- List of Lollywood actors
- Fatima Surayya Bajia
- Zubaida Tariq
- Zehra Nigah
- "Profile: Witticism, criticism". Dawn. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
- Rehman, Maliha (15 May 2011). "Cultural Dynasty: The Maqsood family". The News International. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- Rao, Maliha S (25 October 2013). "Sawa 14 August – bringing history to the theater". Dawn. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
- "Anwar Maqsood is a bigger and better writer than Woody Allen: Sajid Hasan". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 25 October 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
- "Civilian awards: Presidency issues list of 192 recipients". The Express Tribune. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
- "PTV World Awards", PTV (News), archived from the original on 18 January 2022, retrieved 22 February 2022
- "HUM TV Awards 2015: 'Sadqay Tumhare' a clear winner". Dawn. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2022.