Remembering the day I saw Moin Akhtar

Published: April 23, 2012

Moin Akhtar was truly a treasure - he completely changed the Pakistani television industry. PHOTO: ATHAR KHAN/THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE

When I was eight years old, I had the chance to be part of a scene in a show with Moin Akhtar. 

The shooting of the show took place at my father’s friends place at night. I remember standing in a corner while my sister got to film next to the legendary actor. Jealous beyond measure, I finally convinced my parents and joined the scene just to sit next to him. My sister and I played guests who had come over to dine with him. He was delivering his dialogues along with his co-actors and I was eating oranges. I remember being amused that the elders were drinking tea from empty cups.

The scene also had Mr Khwaja Akmal and Durdana Butt in it. Mr Moin Akhtar was playing the role of an American returned Pakistani and one of his dialogues which I vividly remember was:

“Oh God! So much blood. I cut the bakra’s (goat’s) neck and there was blood everywhere.”

It was a truly memorable experience. I may have just been eight but this memory is etched in my brain.

Yesterday morning, I woke up to join my family while they were watching TV and realised that a year has passed since the star has passed away. Many channels were showing footage of Mr Moin Akhtar which left me both delighted and dismayed; delighted because this man was truly legendary, and dismayed as I realised he is no longer with us.

Moin Akhtar was truly a treasure – he changed the Pakistani television industry. Although I never did have the pleasure of interacting with him, I used to watch him from afar completely captivated. I was often mesmerised by his effortless acting. His professionalism stunned me, and I could tell even at a young age that he had the thirst to bring out the best in him.

It was obvious that Moin Akhtar had a good sense of humour, but I would go as far as to say that humour was built into his personality. He had the power, the knack and the seamless ability to make anyone laugh. This is one of the greatest gifts God could bestow on anyone.

This man was truly amazing – it is only after centuries that people like Moin Akhtar are born. He had so much knowledge about Pakistani communities and our culture;  the way he used to impersonate and present this with perfection reflected his talent. He was also quite up to date with the political landscape of Pakistan. His presentation of the problems faced by the people living here and abroad was always accurate.

Moin Akhtar had the innate ability to mould himself according to any situation or any role he was given; this is a feat that many distinguished actors take years and years to master, yet it was second nature to our dear comedian.

Although he starred in countless television shows and serials, my favourites by far were the ones that he did with Anwar Maqsood. They were deep and spoke of a reality we are all familiar with. It seemed as though Moin Akhtar was saying what was in our hearts – things we had been wanting to say all along.

The quality that I admire most about our beloved actor would be that he was not a selfish or pompous man. He has been known to be supportive towards his colleagues, in that he used to promote them. He also tried his best to teach others what he did best. In short, Moin Akhtar is one of the few individuals who actually utilised his talents and intelligence to his fullest.

Today, we miss him dearly; we remember him with a smile on our faces and we pray that God blesses his soul and gives him the highest place in heaven. Ameen.


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Kinza Tahir

The author is currently pursing studies in Media Sciences.

The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necessarily reflect the views and policies of The Express Tribune.

  • ….

    May Allah Bless his soul. Ameen.

    I bet he has the angels in fits of laughter now! :) Recommend

  • Abeera

    What a sweet post im sure Moin Akhtar would be pleased to read this!! Recommend

  • Tahir Saeed

    goodluck Kinza Tahir on your first proudy achievement Recommend

  • kaalchakra

    Beautiful writeup about a wonderful actor. Thanks, Kinza.Recommend

  • Babar Shaikh

    Moin Akhter (Urdu: معین اختر),Pride of Performance, Sitara-e-Imtiaz, born 1950) is a Pakistani television, film and stage actor, comedian, impersonator, host, Pakistani movie, drama, TV and theater actor, writer, singer, director and producer. He has played roles in many PTV serials making a combination with Anwer Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.( and singer. His name is also often spelled as Moeen.

    He was the host of the show in which King Husain of Jordan was invited.
    He was the host of the show in which the Prime minister of Gambia, Dawoodi-Al-Joza, was invited.
    He was the host of the show in which President Zia-ul-Haq was invited.
    He was the host of the show in which Prime Minister Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto was invited.
    He was the host of the show in which President General Yahya Khan was invited.
    He was the host of the show in which President Ghulam Ishaq Khan was invited.

    This is only a glimpse of Mr.Moin Akhtar, he achieved alot more then this in peoples heart that wil always be remembered…

    Thank you Kinza for making us Remember him so Proudly….Recommend

  • Rizwan Tariq

    Moin Akhtar was such a wonderful personality that the even words are short to express his versatile, kind and an all rounder personality. He had remain non controversial during his life and I personally feel that he still lives in our hearts. His work depicted professionalism and elegance. Moin Akhthar you will live in my heart for my rest of the life. Recommend

  • Moon

    thanks Kinza… for taking us all on memory lane… keep up the good workRecommend

  • Sane

    None like him ever born in Pakistan. He stands among the best in the world too. If I am correct none of the actor in the world has done so much different roles like him. Isn’t this a world record.Recommend

  • saleem ullah

    Moin Akhtar was a great man’ who was never been disliked by any one.We pray to Allah Almighty , our God may ease his things in heavens.Recommend

  • Shiraz Shaikh

    well written, thank you Kinza for reminding us all of Moin Sahab.

    I remember that show you are talking about, it was called Haye Burger (the latter part of it was shot at our home)

    The best part from it for me was when Moin Akhtar (as he portrays to have always lived in America his whole life and comes to Pakistan) sees a fly for the first time and calls them “BLACK ALIENS”, it still brings a smile on.

    True Legend that man.Recommend

  • Kinza Tahir

    Thank you everyone for the support, I’m truly overwhelmed :)

    Thank you Tahir Saeed, Abeera and Moon bhai for your continuous encouraging comments. If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t have reached so far.

    And thanks for reminding us the moments Babar Shaikh and Shiraz Shaikh you always pushed me to reach my goals and told me to keep trying I’m so happy :) Recommend