Known to the children of yesteryears as Chacha Jee, Mustansar Hussain Tarar was born in Jokalian, a small town in the Pakistani side of Punjab in the year 1938. Although his major interest and claim to fame remained his literary publications, especially his travelogues that documented his travels through Europe and the northern areas of Pakistan.
His career on television started during the 1970s when renowned author and literary figure Ashfaq Ahmed chose him to play a role in one of the dramas titled 'Quratulain' in the television adaptation of 'Ek Mohabbat Sau Afsanay'. Establishing himself as an actor with remarkable talent, Mustansar Hussain Tarar went back to his literary activities and kept adding one gem after the other to Urdu literature.
In January 1988, he was made the host of the live morning transmission on Pakistan Television which was called 'Subuh Bakhair'. The program went on for many years and in an unprecedented way, he became more popular among children than adults. Coming to be known as Chacha Jee, he became a widely celebrated and anticipated television figure among who saw him as an inspirational figure. On his part, Mustansar Hussain Tarar played the role of Chacha Jee in a very natural way. His unique and sweet style of conducting the show made him a favorite among children.
With his primary interest in writing, his famous books include 'Nikley Teri Talaash Main', which is widely thought be one of the first travelogues in Urdu language. His first novel was 'Pyar Ka Pehla Shehar' that went on to become a bestseller. Moreover, he was a recognized radio artist and has been a regular contributor in reputable newspapers such as Dawn, Aaj Daily, Daily Jinnah and the weekly magazine Akhbar-e-Jahan. For his contributions towards promoting tourism in the northern areas of Pakistan, a lake in Nanga Parbat has been named Tarar Lake.