Sal­man Shahid

TV Ac­tor

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An­war Maq­sood has held cen­trestage for al­most fifty years. He is prob­a­bly our most en­dur­ing hu­mourist. Au­thor of sev­eral tele­vi­sion se­ri­als and shows, he was a prin­ci­pal con­trib­u­tor to Fifty Fifty, the hit 80s com­edy pro­gramme and, be­fore that, he was amongst the panel of writ­ers for the Zia Mo­hey­d­din Show. 7ITH PAS­SAGE OF TIME !NWAR SA­HEB CAME more into his own and penned sev­eral well­known TV se­ri­als, such as An­gan Tehra.

Ex­tremely pro­lific, An­war did not limit his tal­ents to writ­ing hu­mour only. He wrote se­ri­OUS PLAYS AND SE­RI­ALS AS WELL 7HEN !NWAR S son Bi­lal launched his Strings band, the fa­ther re­vealed him­self as a re­mark­able poet/ lyri­cist de­picted in the songs he wrote for the group.

In the eight­ies and nineties, An­war was a reg­u­lar fea­ture in stage shows that were a weekly af­fair in Karachi. He com­pered and wrote pieces for Bushra An­sari and Moin Akhtar. He was the man who pro­vided the fod­der for these per­form­ers and in no small mea­sure helped them build star sta­tus.

In re­cent years, An­war has turned his sights to­wards the stage where he has writ­ten plays that have been per­formed and ac­claimed through­out the coun­try.A side to An­war sa­heb that is not very well-known is his ta­lent as a painter. The late Ali Imam (art critic and gallery owner) be­moaned the fact that An­wqr had not de­voted his im­mense ta­lent in this par­tic­u­lar field.And, to top it all, An­war is a mu­sic afi­cionado.

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