Legendary actor, Zia Mohyeddin passed away at the age of 91 earlier today. According to reports, the famed thespian was admitted to an intensive care unit at a private Karachi hospital, where breathed his last.
The funeral prayers for the industry legend will be offered at Jama Masjid O Imambargah Yasrab, Defence Phase 4 in Karachi today after Zuhr.
Zia Mohyeddin was a Pakistani actor, director, and writer, born on June 20, 1933, in Faisalabad. He grew up in a literary family, and his father was a well-known Urdu poet, Tabish Dehlvi.
Zia began his career as a radio announcer at Radio Pakistan, Lahore. He later joined the Pakistan Arts Council and became a prominent figure in the country’s theater scene, performing in plays like The Caretaker, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
In 1962, Zia moved to England and gained international recognition for his performances on stage, film, and television. He acted in several popular TV series, including The Jewel in the Crown and The Far Pavilions, and appeared in films like Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Geese.
Zia also directed and produced plays, including the award-winning The Dresser and The Blood Knot. He was a prolific writer and published several books, including The God of My Idolatry and The Crazed.
In addition to his work in the arts, Zia was an outspoken advocate for human rights and social justice. He was a vocal critic of the military dictatorship in Pakistan and was forced to leave the country in 1979.
Zia received numerous accolades for his contributions to the arts, including the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian honors, and the Pride of Performance Award. He will always be remembered as a pioneer in Pakistani theater and a beloved figure in the world of arts and entertainment.
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