Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (born 7 September 1939, Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی), popularly known as Anwar Maqsood, is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television presenter, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He was well known for his drama write-ups for PTV in the late 1970s and 1980s.[1]

Anwar Maqsood
انور مقصود

Maqsood during the interview by BBC
Maqsood during the interview by BBC
Native name
انور مقصود حمیدی
BornAnwar Maqsood Hameedi
(1939-09-07) 7 September 1939 (age 84)
Hyderabad, Hyderabad State, British India
OccupationPlaywright, lyricist, Satirist, Television Host
Notable awardsHilal-e-Imtiaz (Crescent of Excellence) in 2013
Pride of Performance in 1994
SpouseImrana Maqsood عمرانہ مقصود
ChildrenBilal Maqsood (son)
Arjumand Ahmed (daughter)
RelativesZubaida Tariq (sister)
Fatima Surayya Bajia (sister)
Zehra Nigah (sister)
Sarah Naqvi (sister)

Early life and family edit

Anwar Maqsood was born on 7 September 1939 in Hyderabad State. He studied at the Gulbarga Trust School in Aurangabad. His large family migrated to Karachi in 1948, after the creation of Pakistan in 1947. His childhood years were spent in PIB Colony, Karachi with his siblings and family.[2]

Maqsood belongs to a prominent family of Pakistan and some of his siblings are well known in their own right: his sister, Fatima Surayya Bajia was a well-known writer in Pakistan and South Asia whose marriage ended early in divorce. She then chose to play a key role in the upbringing of her nine young brothers and sisters and became a maternal figure to them. Another sister Zehra Nigah, is a relatively well-known poet. One of his brothers, Ahmed Maqsood, is a former Chief Secretary Sindh; and his sister Zubaida Tariq was a cooking expert and chef. His wife, Imrana Maqsood, is a known novelist and his son, Bilal Maqsood is a rock artist, lead guitarist and vocalist of former rock band Strings. He has one daughter.[2][1] A book on the life and work of Anwar Maqsood titled Uljhey Suljhey Anwar (الجھے سلجھے انور) was written by his wife, Imrana Maqsood.

Career edit

Anwar Maqsood has been associated for many years with PTV where he served as a presenter for a variety of their Television programs including Studio Dhai and then Studio Ponay Teen along with Show Sha and various other shows.[2]

Works edit

Maqsood is often regarded as one of the leading Pakistani satirists/writers as well as highly respected in social and showbiz industry of Pakistan. Anwar Maqsood is often given credit for encouraging talented television actors like Bushra Ansari and Moin Akhter.[2] He wrote various successful plays for television industry, including:[3][4]

Network Name Genre Type Year
Pakistan Television Corporation Aik Sachi Chuk Comedy Long play
Aik Thi Safia Long play
Amma Long play
Aangan Terha Comedy Drama serial
Chun Chunao Comedy Drama serial
Dour-e-Junoon (Drama 83) Long play
Fifty Fifty Comedy Sketch comedy
Fanooni Latifey Comedy Long play
Half Plate Comedy Long play
Iss Tarah To Hota Hai Comedy Drama serial
Karim Sahab Ka Ghar (Sachi Kahaniyan) Comedy Long play
Nasri Ganey Comedy Long play
Show Time Comedy Stage show
Show Sha Comedy Stage show
Silver Jubilee Stage show
Studio Dhaai Stage show
Studio Ponay Teen Comedy Stage show
Talaash Drama serial
Zia Mohi-ud-Din Show[2] Comedy Stage show 1969–1973
Yeh Kahan Ki Dosti Hai Long play 1988
Network Television Marketing Studio Chaar Bees Comedy
Sitara Aur Mehrunissa Romance Drama serial
Nadan Nadia Comedy Drama serial
Colony 52 Drama serial
ARY Digital Network Loose Talk Comedy Talk show
Majoo Mian
Express Entertainment Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai
Other Pawnay 14 August Satire One-act play 2012
Sawa 14 August Satire One-act play 2013
Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna Satire Play 2014
Siachen Satire Play 2015
Saadhay 14 August Satire Play 2022

He also wrote the lyrics of Nestlé Nido Young Stars theme, "Meri Pyari Ammi Jaan" (English: My Dear Mother)

Education edit

Anwar Maqsood received his education in Pakistan. He completed his matriculation from St. Patrick's High School, Karachi. He then went on to study at the Sindh Muslim Government Law College, also in Karachi. He graduated with a degree in Law and began his career as a lawyer. However, he soon realized that his true passion was in the field of creative writing and entertainment, and he transitioned into the field of scriptwriting, television hosting, and comedy.

Awards edit

See also edit

References edit

  1. ^ a b "Profile: Witticism, criticism". Dawn. 3 December 2011. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Rehman, Maliha (15 May 2011). "Cultural Dynasty: The Maqsood family". The News International. Archived from the original on 27 April 2012. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  3. ^ Rao, Maliha S (25 October 2013). "Sawa 14 August – bringing history to the theater". Dawn. Retrieved 5 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Anwar Maqsood is a bigger and better writer than Woody Allen: Sajid Hasan". The Express Tribune (newspaper). 25 October 2017. Retrieved 9 February 2019.
  5. ^ "Civilian awards: Presidency issues list of 192 recipients". The Express Tribune. 13 August 2012. Retrieved 1 August 2022.
  6. ^ "PTV World Awards", PTV (News), archived from the original on 18 January 2022, retrieved 22 February 2022
  7. ^ "HUM TV Awards 2015: 'Sadqay Tumhare' a clear winner". Dawn. 10 April 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2022.

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