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Actor Shakeel dies in CMH Hospital at 85

KARACHI: Celebrated veteran Pakistani actor Shakeel, who was ill for last many days, died in CMH Hospital here Thursday (29th of June, 2023) afternoon, at the age of 85.

Taking to the Twitter Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said that Shakeel’s demise was a huge loss to the drama industry of the country.

PM further recalled that back in 70’s actors like Shakeel used to mesmerize their viewers by means of their acting.

Shakeel was born in Bhopal as Yusuf Kamal in 29th day of May, 1938.

Later in 1952 he moved to Karachi with his family.

Shakeel captivated audience by playing the role of Uncle Urfi in Haseena Moeen’s TV serial back in 1972 black and white era.

His other famous oeuvres included the character of Taimoor Ahmed in 1982 play Ankahi and Mehboob Ahmed in AnwarMaqsood’s Angan Terha that was aired in 1984.

List of Urdu feature films featuring Shakeel: Honehar (1966); Josh-e-intiqaam (1968); Nakhuda (1968); Papi (1968); Zindagi (1968); Dastaan (1969); Insaan aur Gadha (1973); Badal aur Bijli (1973); Chahat (1973); Jeedar (1981); Zeher-e-Ishq (2016).

List of TV plays featuring Shakeel: Naya Raasta, Honeymoon, Tick Tock Company, Mantorama, Afshan, She Jee, Zameen, Doosri Aurat, Aandhi, Bulbulay, Ankahi, Gharoor, Tum Say Mil Kar, Saaye, Jab Jab Dil Miley, Shehzori, Happy Eid Mubarak, Chaudhween Ka Chand, Colony 52, Dhoop Mein Sawan, Kothi No 156, Qutubuddins, Zair Zabar Pesh, Naam Dar, Uraan, Ishq Ki Inteha, Ana, The Castle Aik Umeed, Aroosa, Chand Grehan, Uraan. Uncle Urfi, Tapish, Kohar, Parchaiyan, Kaghaz, Ke Phool, Ankahi, Aangan Terha, Koi to Barish, Dil Ko Manana Nahi Aya, Dil E Muztar, Kankar, Mujhe Khuda Pe Yaqeen Hai, Phir Kab Milo Ge, Tere Baghair, Teri Chah Main, Udaari and Sila.

Cameo: Aansoo, Umrao Jaan Ada, Meri Zaat Zarra-e-Benishan.

English Language Film: It is pertinent to mention here that Shakeel has performed in English productions as well. For instance, Jamil Dehalvi’s Jinnah (1998) alongwith Christopher Lee as Liaquat Ali Khan.

He also worked in BBC’s Traffic serial.

Government of Pakistan awarded him Pride of Performance in 1992 recognizing his contribution towards the performing art scenario of Pakistan.