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Sticky: One Man Show “Moin AKhtar” Last Interview: A Tribute

Legendary Actor Moeen Akhtar passed away today. This is just a tribute to him. One of the greatest talent of the soil. Brought to you by AnkhMacholi.com Achievers: Samaa TV Interview by Maryam Arif “Rozee” is still afresh in our minds, “Half Plate” still leaves us in gales of laughter and “Eid Train” is still [...]



Legendary Actor Moeen Akhtar passed away today. This is just a tribute to him. One of the greatest talent of the soil. Brought to you by AnkhMacholi.com

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Achievers: Samaa TV
Interview by Maryam Arif

“Rozee” is still afresh in our minds, “Half Plate” still leaves us in gales of laughter and “Eid Train” is still watched on YouTube, with about 40,000 views … think of comedy and you automatically think of Moin Akhtar.

The very name symbolises wit and a rare understanding of the nuances of comedy. The trajectory of comedy on television would be substantially bare without this stalwart and the troika of humour that he forms with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari.

We explores the legend’s literary endeavours and his thoughts on the entertainment scene of the country through a candid discussion with Pakistan’s ace comedian.

What made you who you are today?

I wanted to do something different from my childhood. I believe I was hardly 13 years old when I played the role of Shylock from Shakespeare’s play Merchant of Venice. So I always wanted to do something different but never knew what.

I started doing stand-up comedy in the year 1966-67, something different from other comedians, impersonating Anthony Queen and the speech of John F Kennedy in which I also copied his voice. It created a little difference and this was the reason [I believe that I] was received very well by the audience.

Tell us about your book?

I have penned my experiences with foreign diplomats and Indian icons who I have met and have had the privilege of performing with. Lata Mangeshker, Dilip Kumar and Madhuri Dixit are just to name a few.

In the book, I have been very precise, writing no soliloquies. [It’s more like] a video in which change of events take place with usual and unusual gossip. But I have tried not criticised anybody. There is not a single controversy in it. I want people to understand the man behind the book, who has created a positive vibe.

How did you maintain your signature style of comedy?

Anything which clicks is a classic. I was witty and it clicked. There is a very thin line between sobriety and obscenity.

What’s the most memorable compliment you’ve ever received?

It was way back in 2004. I was at the American Embassy for the processing of my visa. On my turn, the lady at the counter did not ask the routine investigation questions. I asked her the reason and she said, “There is no interview for the entertainers of this country. I saw your play Rozee and you were 100 times better than Dustin Hoffman.” Now there has never been a more credible comment coming my way than this one. I don’t know her name but to date I cherish her memory.

How do you see Pakistan’s current entertainment scene?

We are eliminating our own culture, by [promoting] Indian style of performances. If this trend continues, tomorrow there will be no celebrity in our society.

We need to categorise the Indian programming, so that we can continue to promote our own artists. We must educate the younger generation, compelling them to watch our way of cultural representation.

The media says that, “This is what people want to see.” It’s wrong, it’s what you show them!

Any final words on your contribution to Pakistani comedy?

Everything I did is a part of history now. To live with history is difficult but there will be people, who will say one day, “There was a man who did it and did it so differently.”

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36 Comments

  1. mohammad abbas says:

    Moin Akhtar was a greet and complete man. he was a very kind and loving person.we are always love him.

  2. ALi says:

    moin bhai one manshow of the world nodout but he is
    my heart soul .he is unforgetable person of my life.

  3. UMAIR ASLAM says:

    LOVE U ALWAYS ABABA

    • Bob says:

      I am crying right now as i heard this news late. He is a hero. We all love him and will ayawls love him. Yes Moin Akhtar phir paida nahi ho ga. I dont know how to give him tribute. I use to watch his dramas on you tube. As umar shareef is crying i am crying too. Great man. May his soul rest in peace. Ameen.

      • Shazia Rahman says:

        woh ek bohat hi ache aur behtareen actor the jo sirf hasate hi nahi balke hum jaise young generation ko ek nayi soch bhi dete the…..main ek hindustani hun par yahan bohat saare comedians hain jo hasate hain par jab maine inka show dwkha to sach mein inki fan hogayi hun…inke har ek show mein zarur ek message hota hai….i will really remember his word in my life……MAY ALLAH REST HIS SOUL IN PEACE AMEEN……

  4. zahid says:

    MAY ALLAH REST HIS SOUL IN JANNAT-UL-FIRDOS (AAMEEN)
    he was really a true legend and set a path for hundreds of new commers in modern commedy… he is always great person and a role-model for everyone…. mujhay yad hai aik dafa inhon nai kaha tha kai …”JAISAY ALLAH UNIQUE HAI ISI TARHA APNI CREATIVITY BHI UNIQUE RAKHTA HAI… OR MOIN AKHTAR ALLAH NAI AIK HI BANAYA HAI MOIN AKHTAR SAI YA TO KOI BOHAT ACCHA AAEGA YA US SAI KAMTAR MAGAR MOIN AKHTAR DOBARAH NAHI AAEGA”…..

  5. Zulfiqar Ishaque says:

    I have shocked having listened the one of the legendary Entertainer of Pakistan passed away only 60. he was the pioneer as a role of University to more need to promote to new talent. (May allah his soul in heaven)
    Amin

  6. Zulfiqar Ishaque says:

    I have shocked having listened the one of the legendary Entertainer of Pakistan passed away only 60. he was the pioneer as a role of University to more need to promote to new talent. (May his soul rest in peace in heaven)
    Amin

  7. Mohsin usman says:

    few days ago, my sister informed me “a legend has gone back to his Allah. Mr. Moeen Akhtar has left us. i looked at the sky and say,”oh My Dear Allah please take him in Your Janna according to your Promise that every one who will serve the humanity You will Grant him a lot of reward in return. So, that man served the humanity to give them Happiness and cheers.
    Alas i can’t met him in my life but He is still with us.
    We will miss you all the time.

  8. Mohsin usman says:

    few days ago, my sister informed me “a legend has gone back to his Allah. Mr. Moeen Akhtar has left us. i looked at the sky and say,”oh My Dear Allah please take him in Your Janna according to your Promise that every one who will serve the humanity You will Grant him a lot of reward in return. So, that man served the humanity to give them Happiness and cheers.
    Alas i can’t met him in my life but He is still with us.
    We will miss you all the time………..

  9. mazhar says:

    he was a great great artist and great person .we loves and always .he will lived in our heart.

  10. Ahmed M G M says:

    Bismillah…Mashallah , his beautiful words were the last words for we all fans.He told truly that what we have to do in future . Hope all fans we, must follow his instructions all our life.

    Note: Ask any mufti saheb , everyone before death
    he talks unpeculiar,unexpected words,
    because Malak-al-moot , informs the person
    who is going to die, but can’t say from
    mouth.

    He was a honest,sachha sadiq muslim, I read
    in newspaper also that he went for diniJamat-
    chilla also and enjoyed with a new
    experience offcourse he was a gem of 20′th
    century.

    Allahpak unki khaber main chadvin ke chand ki rashoni dede…amin summa amin aur janna-tul-firdaus aur jawarah-rahmat main jaga de.

    ahmed …chicao ,illinois

  11. Muhammad Irfan Tariq says:

    I never met him, but on his death I feel that I lose my family member. May ALLAH rest soul in Heaven. Ameen.

  12. rozna says:

    he was a great person and he will always be remembered in our prayers MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE AAMEEN…

  13. Nadeem Salam says:

    May his soul rest in Peace. We will surely miss him but we should think and act upon what he said during the last part of his interview and also youngsters should not take emotional decisions… You were so right Sir Moain Akhtar, May Allah bless your sould and give peace to your family. Ameen

  14. saira munir says:

    great artist and a great person of all times to come. ALLAH UNKI MUGHFARAT FARMAEY AAMEEN

  15. Sohail Ahmad says:

    INNA LILLAHI WA INA ILAIHE RAJIOON

  16. Zeeshan says:

    Every thing will go back to Allah, We will also go back to Allah and then we will be asked what you have done in your life. Indeed Moin Akhter was an asset for the nation. May Allah help us to realize our core objective of this life.

  17. ajmal says:

    may his soul rest in peace and God bless him with Magfirat

  18. Tania Mirza says:

    May his soul rest in peace in heaven, for more about Moin Khan death.

  19. Shahid... says:

    butaa-ne- rango boo ko choor day..milat main gum hoo jaa..
    Har fard hai milat kay Muqader ka sitara…(IQBAL)

    we will never forgot you Moin Akhter…you change the whole angle of comedy in Pakistan and create a different to give Smiles on the poor, and tired, faces, with Unforgettable, performances. which no politicians can do till now…
    Inna Lilahi Wa Inna Elahi Rajioon.. May Allah Rest your soul in Peace!!! forever and hereafter…tears

    • Gnox says:

      aaj kal ki jawan nasal ke mobiles or cmteuoprs me Mure hain Nargas ke Deedar ke or Naseebo Lal jesi behoda awaz.ye mayar ho giya hai 2011 ka.70s or 80s hassen logo ka hassen zamana tha khushyan hi khusiyan thi har taraf Pakistan me.ab na cricket ke ground sm ematches hain or nai hi Waheed Murad,Noor Jahan,Munawar Zareef,Rangeela jese log .Intai bure waqt se hum quzar rahe hain

  20. Muhammad says:

    No word to pay tribute to this legend! May Allah bless him in Jannah.
    A nice protocol and followup by Maryam Arif too!

  21. Shehryar khan says:

    dis is a great loss 4 pakistan…Allah taala Moin akhtar sahb ko Jannnatul firdaus may jaga ata farmayay..ameen…..Plz sab log unkay liye 1 baar surah fatiha nd 3 baar surah ikhlas parlein….baqida unko bakhsh dein,zarur Allah unko sawab puhnchayeingay….inshaALLAH

  22. winzi says:

    dhondo gy gar mulko mulko , milny k nayaab hy hum…. A true legend died :(

  23. aman baloch says:

    dunya ko delip kumar sab ne dewana banaya aur jis shakhs ne mutaser kya wo moin akhter sahab hai allah apne rahmat – e – jawar me jaga de aik 20 din me hum 4 hastiyon se mahron ho gahe liyaqat soljer mastana baboral aur pir moin aktar sab

  24. Mumtaz Hussain Baltistani says:

    I can’t express in my feeling He was great comedian, actor and legend.

  25. Hassan Naqvi says:

    Another true legend has left us, May Allah Bless him In After Life. Indeed, a true comedian.

  26. sami says:

    INNA LILLAHI WA INA ILAIHE RAJIOON

  27. ASIF GUNJIAL says:

    Words can’t express the sorrow which this heart bears for the tragic departure of our very very own,like a part of family for every Pakistani.Moin Akhtar you will always remain alive in our memories.Tears are rolling down from my eyes.I feel my self like being made orphanage.

  28. sajjad hussain says:

    moin akhtar sahab ek international fankar the our in ke fun ko kabi bhoola nahi ja sakta … ALLAH PAK IN KO JOWARE-E-REHMAT main jaga atta farmaye..

  29. spsyed says:

    Moin Akthar passed away, 1950-2011. RIP.

  30. haider says:

    he was a legand and we will be remember him 4 ever

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