Toss Up: Anwar Maqsood

Published: July 24, 2016
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Renowned scriptwriter and satirist, Anwar Maqsood, plays our round of Toss Up. He is his candid best in this game of chance, even sharing an industry secret along the way!

1 If someone wrote a biography about you, what should the title be?

My wife is already writing my biography, she is titling it Uljhay Suljhay.

2 Proudest moment?

When my son Bilal was born.

3 Who is one person you’d like to work with that you have not already?

Clastre.

4 In your opinion what is your best piece of work?

I love making my keema and kichri.

5 Which is your favorite poem?

Masjid-e-Qurtaba by Allama Iqbal.

6 Which of your own works is the closest to your heart?

Everything that I cook is close to my heart.

7 What book are you reading right now?

The Trouble with Democracy by William D Gairdner.

8 You are considered the master of humor, what do you consider to be the funniest movie or play?

Every Pakistani movie is quite funny.

9 What question do you hate being asked?

“When are you going to dye your hair?”

10 What is the first thing you do when you wake up?

I barely sleep.

11 What is the one word or sentence you use a lot?

Taubah.

12 Fifty Fifty or Loose Talk?

Loose Talk. The whole script was completely mine, even small nuances — for example, Moen ka khasna was written in by me.

13 Out of all the young emerging talents in Pakistan today, who do you think has the most potential?

Shehbaz Sharif.

14 What was your favorite subject in school?

Art.

15 What do you consider to have been your greatest achievement?

Abhi tak toh mujhe kuch mila nahi hai. Not yet.

16 One thing you know about Moen Akhtar that no one else knows?

He was actually 5’4”, and he used to wear 6-inch heels to appear taller.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • bilal hassan
    Jul 24, 2016 - 4:55PM

    Anwer bhai is best…..I loved his answer about the emerging young potential…..he had that touch of humbleness which is an integral part of every great personality ……. and masjade qurtaba is also my teacher,s favouriteRecommend

  • Raz.DK
    Jul 25, 2016 - 3:38PM

    One of my favorite personalities, I can remember from my younger days. I was grown up watching his work. Kaliyaan, Six Milion Dollar Man and the great Anwar Maqsood/Moin Akhtar. Repect to you sir – you are in a league of your own !Recommend

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