Television dramatist, radio, film and stage artist, humorist, comedian, impersonator, host, writer, singer, director, producer and a cult legend of Pakistan's entertainment fraternity. So many titles and one carrier Moin Akhtar.
Akhter was born in Karachi. His father, Muhammad Ibrahim Mehboob, who died a few months after Akhtar, at the age of 92, was born in Muradabad, in the modern-day state of Uttar Pradesh in India, and after settling in Karachi as a result of the Partition, "passed his life in his own printing press and as a contractor in the garments business." Akhter was fluent in several languages, including English, Bengali, Sindhi, Punjabi, Memoni, Pashto, Gujarati and Urdu.
Moin Akhter started his acting career as child actor at the age of 13. He played the character of Shylock in Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice in theatre. His sense of humour was highly dynamic and versatile. He made his television debut on 6 September 1966, in a variety show on Pakistan Television (PTV) to celebrate the first Defence Day of Pakistan.
He started as a comedian in 1966 by impersonating the Hollywood actor Anthony Quinn and mimicked one of the former USA's president John F Kennedy’s speeches. He has performed several roles in television stage shows, later teamed with Anwar Maqsood and Bushra Ansari. Akhter rose to the national spotlight and gathered critical acclaim for his performance in the drama Rosy, in which he played the role of a female TV artist. Rosy was an Urdu adaptation of the Hollywood movie Tootsie starring Dustin Hoffman. He called it one of his favourite on-screen characters that he had played. Rosy was written by Imran Saleem and Directed by Saira Kazmi.
In the talk-show Loose Talk, which began in 2005 on ARY Digital, he appeared as a different character in each episode with a total of over 400 episodes interviewed by the TV host Anwar Maqsood, who was also the writer of the programme.
Akhter also briefly hosted the game show Kya Aap Banaingay Crorepati?, the Pakistani version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire?. He hosted shows involving major personalities and performed on stage alongside Indian legends including Dilip Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar and Madhuri Dixit.