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Moin Akhtar in early 1990s
|Native name||معین اختر|
24 December 1950|
|Died||22 April 2011
|Occupation||Actor, host, writer, singer, film director, film producer|
|Awards||Pride of Performance
|Pride of Performance Award Recipient|
|Country||Islamic Republic of Pakistan|
|Presented by||Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif|
Moin Akhtar, also spelled as Moeen Akhtar (24 December 1950 – 22 April 2011) was a Pakistani television, film and stage actor, as well as a humorist, comedian, impersonator, and a host. He was also a play writer, singer, film director and a producer.
Akhtar was born in Karachi to parents migrated from Mumbai, India. He has starred in numerous TV dramas and live comedy events. He is rated among top artists in Pakistan. In 2005 he started work on talk show Loose Talk, in which he appears as a disguised guest every time and is interviewed humorously by writer Anwar Maqsood. Loose Talk airs on ARY Digital. He hosted "The Moin Akhtar Show" on PTV.
A few years ago, he suffered a heart attack and was admitted into the hospital. His fan base, in both India and Pakistan, and now spread all over the world as well, was gravely concerned for his health. His fans around the globe will surely agree that he is already guaranteed that honour in his lifetime.
He was beloved for providing humor for people of all ages, and with an etiquette that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences. Akhtar was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memon, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu. He performed not only in Pakistan but played in several stage shows like Bakra Qiston Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai with Umer Sharif in India too.
Moin Akhtar was highly dynamic and versatile performer, 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 1966-67 by impersonating Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and John F Kennedy’s speech in which he also mimicked the voice of the former president. Akhtar was more than just a class act and that is why at a young age of 13, he played the character of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice. Since then, he has performed several roles in TV plays/shows, later making a team with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.
Moin Akhtar rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy /Rozy (روزی), in which he played the role of a female TV artist. Rozy was an Urdu adaptation of Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. Moreover, in a talk-show namely Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each and every of over 400 episodes interviewed by Anwar Maqsood, the writer and the host 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 dignitaries and has performed on stage alongside the likes of Indian legends Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Madhuri Dixit to name a few.
Television drama serials
The most popular shows of Moin Akhtar include Rozi, Loose Talk and Eid Train. Here is a list of serials, sitcoms and talk-shows Moin Akhtar has done.
- Rozi (Long Play) (Ptv)
- Eid Train (Long Play)(Ptv)
- Studio Dhai (Ptv)
- Studio Pony Teen (Ptv)
- Studio Char Bees (NTM)
- Show Time (Ptv)
- Show Sha (Ptv)
- Showtime (Ptv)
- Yes Sir No Sir (Ptv)
- Apka Anwer Maqsood (Ptv)
- Moin Akhter Show (Ptv)
- Such Much (Ptv)
- Loose Talk (ARY Digital)
- Half Plate (Ptv)
- Family-93 (Ptv)
- Fifty Fifty (Ptv)
- Mirza Aur Hameeda (TV One)
- Hello Hello
- Intezar Farmaye
- Dollar Man
- Makaan No 47
- Bandar Road Se Kemari
- Aangan Tehra (Ptv)
- Rafta Rafta (Ptv)
- Hariyale Banney (TV One)
- Kuch Kuch Such Much (Geo)
- Such Much Ki Eid (Geo)
- Such Much Ka Election (Geo)
- Nokar Key Agey Chaaker (NTM)
- Choun Chan Ahoo (Ptv)
- Kia Bane Baat (Ptv)
He was the host of the show in which given below 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"
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 made, it will be the first of its kind for any Pakistani entertainer.
Awards and nominations
- Pride of Performance Award 2012
- Special Award for Comedy in The 1st Indus Drama Awards 2005
- Moin Akhter gets Pride of Performance award
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- Public Comments on Moin Akther and Umar Sharif
- Moin Akhtar: Greatest loss to laughter By Rafay Mahmood in Express Tribune Published: April 23, 2011
- Moin Akther, Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari Team
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- "Moin Akhtar's Famous Works". The News Tribe. Retrieved 2012-08-02.
- "Legendary Moin Akhtar passes away". The News Tribe. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Moin Akhtar laid to rest in Karachi". Pakwatan.com. Retrieved 2011-11-04.
- "Moin Akhtar’s family says no to Tussauds?". The Express Tribune. 2011-11-13. Retrieved 2013-02-06.