Anwar Maqsood

Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی) popularly known as Anwar Maqsood is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He is well known for his drama write-ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in the late 1970s and 1980s.[1]

Anwar Maqsood
انور مقصود
BornAnwar Maqsood Hameedi
(1935-09-07) 7 September 1935
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)
RelativesZubaida Tariq (sister)
Fatima Surayya Bajia (sister)
Zehra Nigah (sister)

Early life and family

Anwar Maqsood was born on 7 September 1935, 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 the 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.


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


Maqsood is often regarded as one of the leading Pakistani satirist/writer 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]

  • Zia Mohyeddin Show (1969 - 1973) (Anwar Maqsood ghostwrote many scripts for this TV show)[2]
  • Fifty Fifty (PTV Sketch Comedy)[2]
  • Show Time شو ٹائم (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Aangan Terha آنگن ٹیڑھا (PTV Comedy Drama)
  • Half Plate ہالف پلیٹ (PTV Comedy Drama)
  • Fanooni Latifey فنونی لطیفے(PTV Comedy Teleplay)
  • Show Sha شو شا(PTV Comedy Show)
  • Silver Jubilee سلور جوبلی (PTV Show)
  • Studio Dhaai سٹوڈیو ڈھائ (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Studio Poney Teen سٹوڈیو پونے تین (PTV Comedy Show)
  • Studio Chaar Bees سٹوڈیو چار بیس(NTM Comedy Show)
  • Talaash تلاش (PTV Miniseries)
  • Is Tarah To Hota Hai اس طرح تو ہوتا ہے(PTV Comedy Drama 1999)
  • Colony 52 کالونی 52
  • Sitara Aur Mehrunnisa ستارہ اور مہرالنساء (NTM Romantic Drama)
  • Nadan Nadia نادان نادیہ (NTM Comedy Drama)
  • Loose Talk لوز ٹاک (ARY Comedy Show)
  • Majoo Mian مجو میان
  • Koi Aur Hai کوئ اور ہے
  • Hum Pe Jo Guzarti Hai ہم پہ جو گزرتی ہے
  • Paunay 14 August پونے 14 اگست(satire)[3]
  • Sawa 14 August سوا 14 اگست(satire)[3]
  • Anwar Maqsood ka Dharna انور مقصود کا دھرنہ(satire)
  • Nestlé Nido Young Stars (lyricists)
  • Siachen


See also


  1. (Anwar Maqsood) Profile: Witticism, criticism Dawn (newspaper), Published 3 December 2011, Retrieved 6 February 2019
  2. Rehman, Maliha (15 May 2011). "Cultural Dynasty: The Maqsood family". The News International (newspaper). 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 (newspaper). 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 (newspaper), Published 13 August 2012, Retrieved 5 February 2019
  6. HUM TV Awards 2015: 'Sadqay Tumhare' a clear winner Dawn (newspaper), Published 10 April 2015, Retrieved 21 March 2019

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