Kamal Ahmed Rizvi

Kamal Ahmed Rizvi

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Kamal Ahmed Rizvi Profile

  • Name:
  • Kamal Ahmed Rizvi
  • Born:
  • May 1, 1930
  • Died:
  • December 17, 2015

Kamal Ahmed Rizvi Biography

Kamal Ahmed Rizvi was a Pakistani television actor and a playwright of Indian origin. He was born in Bihar in 1930 during British rule and later migrated to Pakistan, where he established as a great artist of high acclaim and popularity. He won a Pride of Performance Award in 1989. The honour was presented to him by the President of Pakistan. As an artist he is best known for the comedy series Alif Noon (1981-82), he scripted. He also acted in this popular series. He has been married thrice, and has one surviving son.


Kamal Ahmed Rizvi was born on 1 May 1930 in Bihar. His family shifted to Karachi during partition in 1947, when he was 17. Initially the family lived in an apartment in Arambagh area of Karachi, and later shifted to Lahore to meet Saadat Hasan Manto, his idol. He also got opportunity to spend some time with the legendary story teller. Rizvi was generally impressed by the Progressive Writers' Movement people. While at Karachi, he got opportunity to interact with intellectuals like Ibrahim Jalees and Shaukat Siddiqui.


His professional career began as an editor of publications like Tehzeeb and Shama. He also tried his luck in movies, but couldn’t succeed. So he finally moved to Radio Pakistan, followed by Pakistan Television where he established as an artist, writer and actor. Shakespeare's play 'Julius Caesar' for BBC Urdu Service gave him the first acting role. He also tried theatre and finally settled with television. It was a time when television had just started and slowly gaining popularity among masses in the 1970s and 1980s. He joined hands with actor Nanha for comedy shows which ruled Pakistani television in the 1980s and later.


Published: January 05, 2020

Updated: January 05, 2020

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