24 December 1950
|Died||22 April 2011
|Occupation||TV Actor, TV Host, writer, singer, film director, film producer|
|Awards||Pride of Performance
|Pride of Performance Award Recipient|
Moin Akhtar was the recipient of the Pride of Performance Award 1996
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Presented by||Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif|
Moin Akhtar, (24 December 1950 – 22 April 2011) was a Pakistani television, film, stage actor, humorist, comedian, impersonator, and a host, writer, singer, director and producer who rose to fame in era of Radio 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.
Akhter was born in Karachi, Pakistan. His family had migrated to Pakistan after partition of India in 1947. He usually avoided vulgarity in his humor. Akhter was fluent in several languages, including English, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memoni, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu.
Akhtar's sense of humor was highly dynamic and versatile, 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 by impersonating Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and one of John F Kennedy’s speeches, in that he also mimicked the voice of the former president. Since then, he had performed several roles in TV stage shows, later teamed up with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
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 his favorite onscreen characters that he played.
In a talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 1995 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every episode with a total of over 400 episodes interviewed by the TV host Anwar Maqsood, who was also the writer 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 personalities and had 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 TV talk shows. Some of them are shown below:
|Television||Name of Drama||Genre|
|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||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 Sey Kemari||TV Drama|
|PTV||Aangan Tehra||TV Drama|
|PTV||Rafta Rafta||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|
|PTV||Bakra Qiston Pe||TV Comedy Show|
He hosted shows in which the following 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"
Death and legacy
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 the statue is eventually made, it will be the first of its kind for any Pakistani entertainer. Renowned Indian film actor Nana Patekar said on his death that Moin Akhter was also famous in India due to his humor and will be missed there also.
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 1996 by the Government of Pakistan
- Sitara-i-Imtiaz was awarded in 2011
- https://www.thenewstribe.com/2016/04/22/interesting-facts-moin-akhter-5th-death-anniversary/, Profile of Moin Akhter, Published 22 April 2016, Retrieved 4 Dec 2016
- Moin Akhtar: Greatest loss to laughter By Rafay Mahmood in The Express Tribune newspaper, Published: April 23, 2011, Retrieved 4 Dec 2016
- http://dunyanews.tv/en/Pakistan/275173-Fourth-death-anniversary-of-Moin-Akhtar-being-observed, Dunya News, Published 22 April 2015, Retrieved 4 Dec 2016
- http://www.tv.com.pk/celebrity/Moin-Akhter/54/biography, Profile of Moin Akhter on tv.com.pk website, Retrieved 4 Dec 2016
- "Moin Akhtar laid to rest in Karachi". Pakwatan.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04., Retrieved 4 Dec 2016
- "Moin Akhtar's family says no to Tussauds?". The Express Tribune. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 4 Dec 2016.
- "Moin Akhtar Interview by Shiraz Mithani- Dallas, TX in April 1996". YouTube. 22 April 2011. Retrieved 4 Dec 2016.