Zia Mohyeddin, a well-known TV anchor and former actor who was born in 1931 and died on February 13, 2023, has recently made headlines for his exceptional career in show business.
Zia was a performer from Faisalabad who was born and raised in the arts. He frequently performed plays for the people, delighting them with his acting abilities. Zia travelled to the city to follow his dreams, and with the aid of his family and friends, he climbed to prominence in the Indian television industry.
Zia encountered challenges in her path to fame. He was often rejected down and struggled to establish himself in the competitive acting industry. He persisted, however, and was eventually cast as the lead in a well-known TV soap opera. His successful acting career was only beginning.
Zia grew up in the cities of Lahore and Kasur. From 1953 to 1956, he went to school at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. After making his theatre debuts in Long Day’s Journey into Night and Julius Caesar, he made his West End debut in A Passage to India at the Comedy Theatre from April 20 to December 3, 1960, which was 302 performances. Lawrence of Arabia was his first role as Tafas (1962). (The Arab guide Omar Sharif kills because he drank water from the wrong well.) Later, he made many appearances on TV and in movies. He was an actor for about 47 years in the United Kingdom.
In the second half of the 1960s, Mohyeddin went back to Pakistan. From 1969 to 1973, he had a TV show called “The Zia Mohyeddin Show.” It is best remembered for the rap-style music part, which he would start with the phrase “zara theka lagaiye.” In 1973, he was put in charge of the PIA Arts Academy, a job he held until 1977. He met Nahid Siddiqui around this time. She was a well-known Kathak dancer who he later married. Hassan Moyo Mohyeddin is the couple’s son. He plays percussion and makes music.
In the late 1970s, Mohyeddin left General Zia-ul-Military Haq’s government because of disagreements. He then went back to the United Kingdom. In the 1980s, Zia worked in Birmingham, England, where he made the weekly magazine show Here and Now, which ran from 1986 to 1999. Here and Now was the most important multicultural show on Central Television.
In an interview with a Pakistani news reporter, he was asked if he missed Pakistan while working in Britain in the 1980s. I do, he said without hesitation. That was his birthplace. He yearned for the people of Pakistan and his friends there.
He has talked on Urdu poetry and prose all over the world since then and is widely considered as the best reader of Urdu literature. He is also well-known for his ability to understand English letters and literature. Mohyeddin married Azra, his third wife, in the mid-1990s. They had Aaliya Mohyeddin together in 2002, when Zia was around 70 years old.
In February 2005, Mohyeddin was invited by Pakistan’s then-President, Pervez Musharraf, to establish the National Academy of Performing Arts in Karachi, which he has led since.
Off-screen, Zia was well-known for his charitable efforts and passion to assisting the less fortunate. He routinely volunteered at an area orphanage and used his platform to draw attention to major social issues.
Zia Mohiuddin‘s journey demonstrates the power of perseverance and diligence. He will be remembered as a great actor, an appealing anchor, and a caring individual.