Lahore: It’s been nine years since Pakistan’s legendary comedian and multifaceted actor Moin Akhtar passed away but his legacy still continues. Moin Akhtar, who was born on December 24, 1950, in Karachi, started his acting career as a stage actor in a local theatre at the age of 16. He rose to the national spotlight and received critical acclaim for his performance in the PTV classic Rozy. The adaptation of Hollywood film Tootsie earned him a massive fan following at home as well as across the border.
Together with the television maestro Anwar Maqsood, he went on to produce a number of critically and commercially successful hits including Studio 2½, Studio Poney Teen, Half Plate and Loose Talk.Apart from a worthy body of television work, Akhtar also acted in a few films, including Tum Sa Nahin Dekha and Mr Tabedar. His theatre performances alongside famous comedian Umar Sharif in stage dramas like Buddha Ghar Pe Hai also found commercial success.In recognition of his work, he was awarded Pride of Performance in 1996 by the Government of Pakistan and Sitara-i-Imtiaz awarded in 2011.
Akhtar died on April 22, 2011, at the age of 61. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons.