It's been eight years since Moin Akhtar passed away but his legacy is proof that he may be gone but never forgotten.
Born on December 24, 1950, Moin Akhtar entered the entertainment industry in 1966 when his parody performance as popular actor Muhammad Ali shot him into the limelight.
After this there was no stopping Akhtar. His long-standing double act with writer Anwar Maqsood in Loose Talk made him an idol, and when Bushra Ansari joined them the resulting comedy was matchless.
Talking about his father, Sharjeel Akhtar wrote, "It is difficult to do justice to his charismatic, larger-than-life presence with mere words. Moin Akhtar the extroverted performer, was extravagant, exuberant, highly social, and enjoyed the finer things in life. Moin Akhtar the introvert, was humble, silent, preferred solitude, and was deeply satisfied by the simpler things in life."
In honour of his memory, here are 6 of some of his most iconic roles/characters that will live on forever:
Akhtar took on the role of Nasir, the unemployed son of a police informant who aspires to be an artist, much to his father's dismay. We can never forget his comic touch mixed with the love of poetry.
Rozi, a drama produced by STN (Shalimar Television Network) and telecasted on PTV was an adaptation of the Hollywood flick, Tootsie and Akhtar's performance as Miss Rozi Haroon won him critical acclaim.
Moin played Mirza in Anwar Maqsood's Half Plate, a poet and the whole drama was staged on a single set, a room in a weary house. The cast included some of the greatest names of Pakistan’s television industry including Latif Kapadia, Khalida Riasat and Jamshed Ansari.
In Such Much, the comedian played Seth Manzoor Danawala, a landlord looking for the perfect tenants: must be a family. It has that classic wit we all love.
Eid Train was a super hit hilarious Eid day special drama, starring Akhtar, Durdana Butt, Ghazala Kafi, Mahmood Ali and Subhani Ba Yunus.
Even though Akhtar only had a recurring guest role in the satirical play, he made it in his own.