In memoriam: Eight years after his demise, Moin Akhtar lives on


LAHORE: Monday marked the eighth death anniversary of the renowned comedian and multifaceted actor Moin Akhtar.

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 RoziThe adaptation of Hollywood flick 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, the government had bestowed on Akhtar the Sitara-i-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance award.

Akhtar died on April 22, 2011, at the age of 61. He was survived by his wife, two daughters and three sons.

Meanwhile, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail remembered the veteran actor on his death anniversary. Taking to Twitter, he paid respects to Akhtar whom he called “a class in himself”.

Government of Pakistan also remembered the cinematic legend and paid tribute through its official Twitter handle.