Renowned Urdu satirist Mujtaba Hussain breathed his last on 27 May 2020 in Hyderabad. He was 87.
Mujtaba Hussain was known for his humourous writings in Urdu newspapers and books. Known as one of India’s best humorists, or as it is called in Urdu – Tanz O Mazah, Hussain was loved by Urdu and Hindi readers alike. For over 50 years, he had been tickling the funny bone of the followers of writings, after he began writing satirical pieces for the Seesha-o-Teesha column in Siasat. Later, he moved to writing his own Sunday column in the same publication.
Mujtaba Hussain was awarded the Padma Shree in 2007 in recognition of his contribution to satirical writings in Urdu literature. In December 2019, he had returned his Padma Shree as a mark of protest against what he called was injustice against the minorities in the country. Hussain authored 25 books, received 12 awards in addition to the Padma Shree. The entire collection of his written works, talks, lectures, recordings and books in available on: www.mujtabahussain.com
Hussain’s demise has caused sadness in the world of Urdu literature. Noted television writer-producer and ex-General Secretary of SWA Zama Habib expressed his sadness on social media with the following Facebook post – ”Mujtaba Hussain sahab nahi rahe. Inna lillahe wa inna elehi rajeOon!! He was one of the finest writers (a satirist/humourist). Huge loss for Urdu literature. A witty man, great person. I am privileged to have spent many evenings with him at Press Club, Delhi and have worked with him in a radio series. Rest in peace Mujtaba sahab. Aap hamesha yaad rahenge.”
Urdu poet, scriptwriter and member of SWA’s Executive Committee Danish Javed also expressed his sorrow with these words – “May his soul rest in peace, he was great writer, big loss for ‘Urdu Adab’.”
On behalf of all its writer members, the Screenwriters Association expresses grief at the demise of Padma Shree Mujtaba Hussain and prays for his soul to rest in peace.