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Moin Akhtar: Iconic entertainer and versatile actor remembered on 9th death anniversary

KARACHI: Nation is observing 9th death anniversary of legendary comedian, actor, host, producer and writer Moin Akhtar today. He died in 2011.

Gaining fame during the 1970s, Moin Akhtar was considered one of the pioneers of Pakistani comedy. In addition to his comedic skills, Akhtar was also a producer, writer, director, and a singer.

Moin Akhtar made his name in entertainment industry starting from the 1960s. During his over four decades long career, Akhtar performed numerous famous roles in dramas and programs like Rosy, Half Plate, Family 93, Sach Much, and Eid Train.

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His partnership with writer Anwar Maqsood garnered a lot of acclaim and the duo did a number of comic programs together, like Loose Talk in which Moin Akhtar performed in different getups in over 400 episodes starting from 1995.

The star proved his mettle as a strong anchor whilst hosting high profile international personalities such as King Hussain of Jordan, General Zia-ul-Haq, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto and many others. Due to his wonderful services to the industry, Moin was awarded both the Pride of Performance and a Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan.

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He was liked for providing humor for people of all ages, and with a style that remains unmatched. His attempts to avoid vulgarity in his humor rendered him a favorite amongst family audiences. He 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, one of the brightest stars of the Pakistani entertainment industry, was awarded Pride of Performance in 1996 by the Government of Pakistan and Sitara-i-Imtiaz awarded in 2011.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.