Zia Mohyeddin

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Zia Mohyeddin
Ziya moheyuddin.jpg
Born (1931-06-20) 20 June 1931 (age 90)
OccupationTelevision actor
Television producer
Television director and television broadcaster
Chairman of National Academy of Performing Arts, Karachi[1]
Years active1954–2012
Spouse(s)Azra Mohyeddin
RelativesMinos Mohyeddin (son),
Risha Mohyeddin (son),
Hussain Mohyeddin (son)[2],
Alia Mohiuddin (daughter),[3]
Ainy Jaffri (niece)
Meher Jaffri (niece),
Usman Riaz (nephew),
Sarwar Zamani (former spouse),
Nahid Siddiqui (former spouse)[2],
Mariam Mohyeddin (granddaughter),
Fatima Mohyeddin (granddaughter),
Maya Mohyeddin (granddaughter),
Tarhun Mohyeddin (grandson),
Maleeha Mohyeddin (granddaughter),
Shayaan Mohyeddin (grandson)

Zia Mohyeddin (Urdu: ضیاء محی الدین; born 20 June 1931) is a British-Pakistani actor, producer, director and television broadcaster who has appeared in both Pakistani cinema and television as well as in British cinema and television throughout his career.[1]

Zia Mohyeddin is famous for his blockbuster Pakistan Television talk show named after him Zia Mohyeddin Show (1969 – 1973).[2][3] He is also known for originating the role of Dr. Aziz in the stage play of A Passage to India. He also appeared in Lawrence of Arabia.[1][2]

Early life and career[edit]

Zia Mohyeddin, age 7 (on the floor, left) with the Central Training College Dramatic Club, Lahore, circa 1939. His father, Khadim Mohyeddin, is seated 2nd from right.

Zia Mohyeddin was born in Lyallpur, (now called Faisalabad), British India (now in Pakistan), in a family originally from Rohtak, East Punjab (now in Haryana), British India. His father, Khadim Mohyeddin, was a mathematician, musicologist, playwright and lyricist associated with various theatre groups.[4]

Zia spent his early life in Kasur and Lahore. He was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 1953 to 1956.[3] After stage roles in Long Day's Journey into Night and Julius Caesar, he made his West End debut in A Passage to India from 20 April to 3 December 1960 at the Comedy Theatre, running for 302 performances. He made his film debut in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), playing the role of Tafas (the Arab guide who is shot by Omar Sharif for drinking water from the wrong well). He then made numerous TV and film appearances. As an actor, he worked for nearly 47 years in the United Kingdom.[3]

His first wife was Sarwar Zemani with whom he had two sons, Minos Ameer and Risha Ameen.

Return to Pakistan and later career[edit]

Mohyeddin returned to Pakistan in the late 1960s. Between 1969 and 1973 he hosted the hugely popular television talk show, "The Zia Mohyeddin Show", best remembered for Mohyeddin's rap-style song segment, which he would introduce with his trademark phrase of "zara theka lagaiye". He was appointed Director of the PIA Arts Academy in 1973, a role he held until 1977. Around this time, he met and subsequently married the renowned Kathak dancer Nahid Siddiqui. Together they have a son, the percussionist and music producer, Hassan "Moyo" Mohyeddin.[2]

Following differences with the military regime of General Zia-ul-Haq, Mohyeddin returned to the UK in the late 1970s. During the 1980s Zia worked in Birmingham, Great Britain, where he produced Central Television's flagship multicultural programme Here and Now (1986 – 1989), a weekly magazine program.[2]

While working in Britain in the 1980s, he was asked in an interview by a Pakistani news reporter whether he missed Pakistan. He replied that he certainly did. That it was his home country. He missed his friends there and the people of Pakistan.[2]

He has since travelled the world giving Urdu poetry and prose recitations, and is considered the foremost reader of Urdu literature. In addition, he is also famed for his readings of English letters and literature. In the mid-1990s, Mohyeddin married Azra, his third wife, with whom he has a daughter, Aaliya Mohyeddin, born in 2002 when Zia was nearly 70 years old.[citation needed]

In February 2005 then President of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf invited Mohyeddin to form the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, of which he has been President since its inception.[1]


Selected TV[edit]

Awards and recognition[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e Muneeza Shamsie (10 April 2016). "Zia Mohyeddin: Theatre, film and the written word". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Shahid Nadeem (February 1984). "The social and cultural attitudes of medieval times have to be changed: Zia Mohyeddin". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d "Celebrating Zia Mohyeddin". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 8 December 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  4. ^ Khaled Ahmed (4 July 2012). "What makes Zia Mohyeddin tick?". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 11 February 2018.
  5. ^ a b c Filmography of Zia Mohyeddin on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website Retrieved 11 February 2018
  6. ^ Mehreen Hasan (9 November 2017). "This new documentary takes a fresh look at the work of Zia Mohyeddin and Faiz". Dawn (newspaper). Retrieved 10 February 2018.
  7. ^ Zia Mohyeddin's Hilal-i-Imtiaz Award in 2012, info listed on Dawn (newspaper) Retrieved 10 February 2018
  8. ^ President to confer civil awards today Dawn (newspaper), Published 23 March 2003, Retrieved 10 February 2018

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