Death of Legendary Actor Shakeel Yousuf Brings About End of an Era

Shakeel was a perfect example of what an icon ought to be, whether it was on the radio, stage, screen, or finally television.

Following a short illness, Shakeel Kamal Yousuf, a legendary actor, died unexpectedly at the age of 85.

The famous actor died at CMH hospital, according to a statement from a family member, who also noted that the artist had been ill for some days.

On Friday, Yousaf Kamal’s burial prayers were said in Karachi, and he was laid to rest in the city’s Defence cemetery.

The burial was attended by a sizable crowd of individuals from all walks of life, especially Sindh Governor Kamran Khan Tessori.

Behroze Sabzwari, Khalid Nizami, Faysal Qureshi, Rauf Alam, and Raju Jamil, among other well-known figures from the entertainment world, were also present at the funeral. Later, he was buried in the DHA Phase-VIII cemetery.

On the first morning of Eid ul Adha, he passed away in a hospital in Karachi at age 85. His birthday is May 29, 1938. Yousuf Kamal gained notoriety as a critical player in the Pakistani media sector. He is better known by his performer’s name Shakeel Yousuf.

The actor, who is renowned for his superb acting abilities, rose to fame thanks to his iconic performances in several television programmes.

The well-known actor has made substantial contributions to Pakistani cinema in addition to his television undertakings. He has been seen in a number of local films, captivating audiences with a wide range of performances, demonstrating his ability across mediums. Additionally, he made a name for himself internationally with the biographical English movie Jinnah (1998), in which he co-starred with the great Christopher Lee as Liaquat Ali Khan, the first prime minister of Pakistan. His performance in the movie received a tonne of praise and demonstrated his capacity to succeed on a big stage.

Shakeel, like Moin, became essential in the plays by seasoned writer Fatima Surayya Bajjiya, with Afshan, Ana, and Uroosa serving as notable instances. In the 1984 masterpiece Aangan Terha, Shakeel was expertly cast as Mehboob Ahmed by Bajjiya’s younger brother Anwar Maqsood. He played the part expertly as a former civil worker who had previously worked in the Meteorological division. In one of Saleem Nasir’s finest roles thus far, he used to torment his on-screen spouse Jahan Ara (who is portrayed by Bushra Ansari) while enjoying as-liners from his dancer-turned-servant Akbar.

Shakeel kept audiences spellbound for more than fifty years. Be it as Taimur Ahmed in the 1982 Ankahi, Babar sahab in Chand Girhan (1992), Ehsaan of Tum Se Mil Kar (1999), Taufiq in the 1991 magnum-opus Uroosa, or more recently in stories like Meri Zaat Zara Bay-nishaan (2009) and Mujhe Mere Khuda Pe Yaqeen Hai (2013), Shakeel was an individual who created the viewer think the character he was. In Jamil Dehlvi’s film Jinnah from the late 1990s, he even played Liaquat Ali Khan, the country of Pakistan’s first prime minister.

In 1992, he also received the Presidential Pride of Performance Award for his achievements in the acting industry.

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