Moin Akhtar’s 1st death anniversary observed
ISLAMABAD – First death anniversary of Moin Akhtar, one of the most beloved comedians, hosts and actors ever to grace the stage and television screens of Pakistan, was observed today across the country.
Akhtar is an inspiration for the generations to come, one of the few who stands out so distinguishably and a personality who still lives in hearts of millions.
Moin was born on December 24, 1950 in Karachi. He was highly dynamic and versatile performer; he made his debut for television on September 6, 1966, in a variety show held on PTV to celebrate the first defence day of Pakistan. Since then, he has performed several roles in TV plays/shows, later making a team with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari. He was a 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. He was beloved for providing humour for people of all ages and with an etiquette that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humour rendered him a favourite 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. Akhtar was awarded with Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan. He was awarded honorary citisenship of Dallas in 1996 for his achievements. He died on April 22, 2011 in Karachi after suffering from a heart attack.