Famous Playwrights from Pakistan

List of notable or famous playwrights from Pakistan, with bios and photos, including the top playwrights born in Pakistan and even some popular playwrights who immigrated to Pakistan. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Pakistani playwrights then this list is the perfect resource for you. These playwrights are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known playwright from Pakistan is included when available.

List is made up of many different people, including Anwar Maqsood and Ayub Khan-Din.

This historic playwrights from Pakistan list can help answer the questions "Who are some Pakistani playwrights of note?" and "Who are the most famous playwrights from Pakistan?" These prominent playwrights of Pakistan may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Pakistani playwrights.

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  • Abdul Hameed (Urdu: اے۔ حمید-‎; 1928 – 29 April 2011) was an Urdu fiction writer from Pakistan. He was also mainly known for writing a popular children's TV play Ainak Wala Jin (1993) for Pakistan Television Corporation which was broadcast on PTV during the mid-1990s.
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1928-2011)
    • Birthplace: Amritsar, India
  • Anwar Maqsood Hameedi
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    Anwar Maqsood Hameedi (Urdu: انور مقصود حمیدی) popularly known as Anwar Maqsood is a Pakistani scriptwriter, television host, satirist, humorist, and infrequent actor. He is well known for his drama write-ups for Pakistan Television Corporation in the late 1970s and 1980s.
    • Age: 87
    • Birthplace: Hyderabad State
  • Ashfaq Ahmed (Urdu: اشفاق احمد‎; 22 August 1925 – 7 September 2004) was a writer, playwright and broadcaster from Pakistan. He wrote several books in Urdu. His works included novels, short stories and plays for television and radio of Pakistan. He was awarded President's Pride of Performance and Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) awards for his services in the field of literature and broadcasting.
    • Age: Dec. at 79 (1925-2004)
    • Birthplace: Firozpur, India
  • Ayub Khan Din (born 1961) is a British Pakistani actor who played Sammy in Hanif Kureishi's film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid in (1987) and wrote the BAFTA, BIFA and London Film Critics Circle award-winning film East Is East, based on the original 1996 play that was nominated for an Olivier Award in 1998. In 2008 his comedy play Rafta, Rafta... won the Olivier Award that year. He also wrote the film sequel West Is West released in 2010. He also created the television series Ackley Bridge, which debuted in 2017.
    • Age: 62
    • Birthplace: Salford, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom
  • Bano Qudsia
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    Bano Qudsia (Urdu: بانو قدسیہ‎‎; 28 November 1928 – 4 February 2017), also known as Bano Aapa, was a Pakistani novelist, playwright and spiritualist. She wrote literature in Urdu, producing novels, dramas plays and short stories. Qudsia is best recognized for her novel Raja Gidh. Qudsia also wrote for television and stage in both Urdu and Punjabi languages. Her play Aadhi Baat has been called "a classic play". Bano Qudsia died in Lahore on 4 February 2017.
    • Age: 94
    • Birthplace: Firozpur, India
  • Hanif Kureishi
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    Hanif Kureishi, CBE (born 5 December 1954) is a British playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist of Pakistani and English descent. In 2008, The Times included Kureishi in their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945".
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Bromley, United Kingdom