Popular and legendary Pakistani celebrities who left us in 2021

The year 2021 has been a tumultuous time for the Pakistani entertainment industry. Throughout the year, the audience has bid farewell to many loved and cherished celebrities. The deaths of these idols have left the industry significantly void of veteran talent. Our hearts go out to the families of these stars.

Here is a list of Pakistani celebrities who passed away in 2021:

1. Umer Sharif

Legendary Pakistani comedian-actor Umer Sharif recently passed away after his health condition deteriorated. He was expected to resume his travel to the United States for medical treatment, but the stay was delayed after his health condition deteriorated. The legendary actor received National awards for Best Director and Best Actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. Umer Sharif is also a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.

2. Talat Iqbal

Veteran Pakistani actor Talat Iqbal died in America. He was admitted to the hospital after his condition deteriorated following his daughter’s death. The veteran actor had an impressive career and had played key roles in several PTV dramas in the 70s and 80s.

3. Durdana Butt

Renowned television actor Durdana Butt breathed her last in Karachi on the 12th of August 2021.  Butt started her acting journey in the early 70s. The renowned actor is best remembered for her roles in dramas, most notably Fifty Fifty, Aangan Terha, Ruswai, Intezaar, and Tanhaiyaan.

4. Sultana Zafar

Veteran Pakistani actor Sultana Zafar passed away at the age of 66, leaving her fans heartbroken. She passed away in Dallas, USA, where she was running a boutique called Armale Studios. The Tanhaiyaan star was best known for her dramas Uroosa and Akhri Chattan.

5. Anwar Iqbal

Famous Pakistani TV actor Anwar Iqbal passed away on the 1st of July 2021 in Karachi at the age of 71. The actor had been chronically ill for some time. Iqbal made his directorial debut with the drama Ishq Pecha in 1984 and directed some Urdu and Sindhi dramas. His notable works include Pul Siraat, Rishta Anjana Se, and Hina Ki Khushboo.

6. Begum Khursheed Shahid

PTV pioneer and legendary actress Begum Khursheed Shahid passed away at the age of 95. One of Pakistan’s great actors, Begum Khursheed, started her career in Delhi at the age of nine, both as a singer and actor at the All India Radio. As a singer, she received training from legendary musicians. The Pride of Performance gradually disassociated with television in the 90s.

7. Talat Siddiqui

Pakistani actress Talat Siddiqui breathed her last in Lahore after a prolonged illness at the age of 82. Known for hits like Dilnasheen, Kaliya, and Haider Sultan, the veteran actor bid farewell to the industry 30 years ago.

8. Farooq Qaiser

Pakistan’s award-winning puppeteer and TV director Farooq Qaiser, who shot to fame with Uncle Sargam’s character, died in Islamabad on the 14th of May 2021. The deceased was suffering from cardiac complications. In 1976, he directed and wrote his own puppet show Kaliyan which received an overwhelming response from the public.

9. Shaukat Ali

Legendary Punjabi folk singer Shaukat Ali passed away in Lahore on the 2nd of April 2021. Apart from his Pride of Performance award, Ali had an impressive career in the dubbing industry. Moreover, his stardom skyrocketed due to his patriotic songs during wars. Leaving behind a legacy of Lok geet, ghazals, and Punjabi songs, Ali was one of the most prolific artists of the Pakistani music industry.

10. Ejaz Durrani

Ejaz Durrani passed away in Lahore. He was the first hero of Pakistani cinema who had a diamond jubilee film to his credit. He had an impressive resume as a successful distributor. Moreover, he was praised for his expertise in the art of filmmaking. Durrani married Noor Jehan in 1959, though they separated in 1971. They have three daughters together – Hina Durrani, Nazia Ejaz Khan, and Mina Hasan.

11. Sohail Asghar

Legendary actor Suhail Asghar passed away after a prolonged illness on the 13th of November 2020 in Lahore. He started his journey from Radio Pakistan and later entered the TV industry. Asghar was awarded Outstanding Performance for the film Murad and Best Actor award for 2002 at the 12th PTV Awards.

Story originally published in Daily Pakistan

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