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Passing of legendary thespian Zia Mohyeddin at age 91

The passing of renowned thespian Zia Mohyeddin, who was known as a legend in his lifetime, was reported by media.

He was 91 years old and had been admitted to the intensive care unit of a hospital prior to his death.

Zia Mohyeddin was a British-Pakistani and a master of many artistic fields, including compering, broadcasting, poetry, prose, acting, and theater direction.

He had mentored hundreds of students and was the former President Emeritus of the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi.

Born in Faisalabad on June 20, 1931, Zia Mohyeddin received his education from Government College Lahore and later, the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London.

Upon his return to Pakistan, he made a significant impact on the performing arts scene through his productions, direction, and performances in multiple plays.

Zia Mohyeddin made several memorable appearances in films such as Lawrence of Arabia directed by David Lean in 1962, Behold the Pale Horse directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1964, and Immaculate Conception directed by Jamil Dehlavi in 1992.

Although he was known for his extensive work on British television, his debut as a lead in Lollywood’s Mujrim Kaun in 1970 was not successful despite its good story and soundtrack.

In 1970, Zia Mohyeddin came to Pakistan and presented the legendary “Zia Mohyeddin Show” on PTV.

He later became the Director at the PIA Arts Academy. In 2005, he established the National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in Karachi.

In 2012, Zia Mohyeddin was awarded the Hilal-i-Imtiaz for Art (Acting/Comparing).

He was also the author of three books: “A Carrot is a Carrot”, “Theatrics”, and “The God of My Idolatry: Memories and Reflections”.

The funeral prayers for Zia Mohyeddin will be held on Monday, 13 February 2023 at the Defence Phase 4 at Imam Bargah Yasrab after Zuhr.

Punjab Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi and his family expressed their condolences and referred to Zia Mohyeddin as a versatile legend.

Federal minister Maryam Aurangzeb, also sent her condolences to the late thespian’s family

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