Zia Mohyeddin A Legend and Veteran of Arts

when you have devoted your whole life to your field and profession then you are no longer a common person and you are no longer the equal of other men or rather, other men are no longer your equals. Whoever takes this resolution feel his strenght and power doubled.

The following statement fits on Zia Mohyeddin a legendary actor,  director, producer, television broadcaster and a  narrator with a voice which make the audience “sshhh”.

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Zia Mohyeddin appeared both in Pakistani Cenima and in British Cenima. He was born in Faisalabad Pakistan on 20, june, 1933 but he was trained in London in  Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts for three year from  1953 to 1956.

He started as an actor in “Day’s Journey Into Night” and “Julius Caesar” both of which were stage dramas. After these two stage dramas he got into West End theatre and appeared in a 1960 movie “A Passage To India” which is based on growing influence of the Indian independence movement in 1920s. The movie was basically made from a novel A Passage to India which was written in 1924 and was selected as one of the 100 great works of 20th century English Litrature.

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In 1962 Zia mohyeddin appeared in super hit, historical movie Lawrence of Arabia based on the life of T. E. Lawrence. In this movie Zia mohyeddin played the role of an arab guide named Tafas who is shot for drinking water from the wrong well by omar sharif.

After the “lawrence of Arabia” he made many television and film appearences and started as Dr.Aziz in BBC’s television version of The Lawerance of Arabia.

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After his return to Pakistan in late 1960’s he founded and ran PIA arts and dance academy. In 1970’s he hoasted a Pakistani show named as “Zia mohyeddin kay mehman”.

Then he started a Pakistan television show Kasoti on ptv in 1998 which was famous all over Pakistan. The show basically consisted two teams. One team guesses a name,place or thing and the other team had  to find that name, place or thing.

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Since Zia Mohyeddin has traveled the world giving prose recitations to urdu poetry so he is considered the greatest reader of the urdu literature. He is also known for reading English letters and English litrature.

Uptill now even with growing age  Zia is still active among Pakistani media as a speaker and hosts several TV programes both for National and Private Channels. He is also involved in narrating some abstract short films and many of the tv commercials.

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Zia Mohyeddin’s Pakistani And British Movies/Dramas

Following are some of the British and Pakistani movies and television dramas in which zia mohyeddin has appeared.

Lawrence of Arabia

Sammy Going South

Behold a Pale Horse

Deadlier Than the Male


They Came from Beyond Space

Work Is a Four-Letter Word

Bombay Talkie

Mujrim Kaun


The Assam Garden

Immaculate Conception

The Adventures of Sir Francis Drake Danger Man

The Avengers

Adam Adamant Lives


Man in a Suitcase

The Champions





Death of a Princess


The Jewel in the Crown


Family Pride

Dhun Hamari Tumharay Naam Hui

National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)

Zia Mohyeddin was invited by Pervez Musharaf to act as chairman of National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA) in 2005. NAPA was established in 2005 as an institution to conserve and teach performing arts and music to students in Pakistan. It is situated in the building of the Hindu Gymkhana.

National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)

National Academy of Performing arts is consisted of four department




Theatre Arts

National Academy of Performing Arts (NAPA)


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