Some know him as a poet, some as a playwright, some as a film writer and some as all of them. Amjad Islam Amjad is one man who is the jack of all trades. Born in the Pakistani city of Lahore on August 4, 1944, Amjad received his early and higher education from his hometown. After having received his master's degree in Urdu from Islamia College, Civil Lines, he started his professional life as a lecturer at Mohammedan Anglo Oriental College in Lahore.
In 1975, he took a four-year break from teaching and joined Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) as a director. From here onwards, his exposure on television grew. His love for writing led him to write some of the most popular dramas during the golden era of PTV. His most popular drama, Waaris, addressed the issue of feudalism in the country and is still recalled as the drama that would leave the streets deserted because nobody wanted to miss it. The drama also earned him a special President's award in the year 1980.
Other notable dramas penned by him include Dehleez, Waqt, Raat, Samandar and Inkaar. Inkaar in particular raised the important issue of drug addiction and its impact on the society. His contributions as a playwright earned him a five-time recipient of the PTV Award for Best Playwright. He also wrote long plays among which Johar became very popular as it highlighted the public sentiments when Pakistan acquired the status of a nuclear state.
Apart from being an excellent playwright, Amjad has also been known for his poetry. As a poet, he chose his first name 'Amjad' as his pen name. Some of his published poetic collections are Fishar, Barzakh, Us Paar, Saatwaan Dar and Barish Ki Awaaz.
Amjad also came to be known for the penmanship he showed in writing a number of films, among which Qurbani (1981) and Choron Ki Baraat (1987) earned him Nigar Awards for best script writer. His more recent film Salakhain (2004) was a huge hit in Pakistan and has received a rating of 7.1 on the Internet Movie Database (IMDB).
For his services rendered to the entertainment industry as well as his literary contributions, he was awarded the President's Pride of Performance (1987) as well as Sitara-e-Imtiaz (1998).