He will always be regarded as a pioneer in Pakistani theatre and as a well-liked person worldwide.
Zia Mohyeddin, a legendary actor, passed away this morning at the age of 91. The legendary actor reportedly passed away while being treated in a critical care unit at a private hospital in Karachi.
After Zuhr today in Karachi, the funeral prayers for the industry great will be recited at Jama Masjid O Imambargah Yasrab, Defence Phase 4.
Zia Mohyeddin was a Pakistani actor, director, and writer born in Faisalabad on June 20, 1933. His father, Tabish Dehlvi, was a well-known Urdu poet, and he was raised in a literary family.
At Radio Pakistan in Lahore, Zia started as a radio announcer. Later, he became a key player in Pakistan’s theatre industry after joining the Pakistan Arts Council and appearing in plays like The Caretaker, Hamlet, and Macbeth.
Zia moved to England in 1962 and rose to fame around the world for his roles in theatre, movies, and television. He played in several well-liked TV shows, such as The Far Pavilions and The Jewel in the Crown, as well as movies like Lawrence of Arabia and The Wild Geese.
The award-winning plays The Dresser and The Blood Knot were both directed and produced by Zia. The God of My Idolatry and The Crazed is only a couple of the many works he wrote and published.
Zia was a well-known supporter of social justice and human rights in addition to his artistic endeavors. He was expelled from Pakistan in 1979 after speaking out against the military administration there.
Zia received various awards for his contributions to the arts, including the Pride of Performance Award and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, one of Pakistan’s highest civilian distinctions. He was a beloved personality in the arts and entertainment industries and will always be recognized as a pioneer in Pakistani theatre.