Veteran actor Shakeel has passed away at the age of 85, sources confirmed to The Express Tribune. He was admitted to the hospital four days ago, with arthritis, and heart complications. Yousuf Kamal, widely recognised by his stage name Shakeel Yousuf, made his name as a prominent figure in the Pakistani entertainment industry, leaving an indelible mark through his outstanding performances in both television and film. The burial will take place on Friday.
Born on May 29, 1938, Shakeel has carved a distinct path that has earned him immense respect and admiration. Renowned for his impeccable acting skills, the late star attained prominence with his memorable roles in various television dramas. Notably, his work in the popular PTV drama serial Uncle Urfi (1972) captivated audiences and showcased his extraordinary talent.
Notably, his work in the popular PTV drama serial Uncle Urfi (1972) captivated audiences and showcased his extraordinary talent. The legendary drama series Aangan Terha (1984), produced by PTV, witnessed Shakeel’s remarkable performance as ‘Mehboob Ahmed,’ further establishing him as a versatile actor of his time.
However, it was Shakeel’s portrayal of Taimoor Ahmad in the critically acclaimed drama Ankahi (1982) that truly displayed his acting prowess. The depth and authenticity he brought to the character left an indelible impression on viewers and solidified his position as a formidable talent in the industry.
In addition to his television endeavours, the renowned actor has made significant contributions to Pakistani cinema. His versatility transcends mediums, as he has appeared in numerous local films, mesmerizing audiences with his diverse range of performances. Furthermore, his international breakthrough came in the form of the biographical English film Jinnah (1998), where he portrayed the role of Pakistan’s first Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan, alongside the legendary Christopher Lee. His character in the film garnered immense acclaim and showcased his ability to shine on a global platform.
Condolences pour in
Many stars took to social media and mourned his passing. Veteran actors Rubina Ashraf and Bushra Ansari were the first actors to confirm the news of Shakeel’s passing and posted tributes for the late actor.
With a heavy heart i share the news that our dearest Yousuf Kamal SHAKEEL
The pride of our nation .. the man who entertained us for the longest time
left us today .
إِنَّا لِلَّهِ وَإِنَّآ إِلَيْهِ رَٰجِعُونَ pic.twitter.com/qzCuzBpJDQ
— Faysal Quraishi (@faysalquraishi) June 29, 2023
Recognition and awards
In recognition of his outstanding contributions to the world of show business, the Udaari star was honoured with the prestigious Pride of Performance award in 1992. This esteemed accolade served as a testament to his remarkable talent and remarkable career.
In addition to this notable recognition, Shakeel Yousuf was also nominated for the Best Actor Drama Series in a Supporting Role at the 1st Indus Drama Awards in 2005. This nomination further attested to his versatility and ability to captivate audiences with his nuanced performances.
Shakeel’s talents were not confined to the screen alone. In December 2012, he mesmerised audiences with a captivating one-man stage performance in Karachi. Lasting for an impressive 35 minutes, the play showcased Shakeel’s exceptional acting prowess and his ability to command the stage with his presence.
Shakeel Yousuf’s receipt of the Pride of Performance award, his nomination for the Best Actor Drama Series, and his enthralling stage performance all exemplify the profound impact he has had on the world of entertainment. His talent, versatility, and ability to captivate audiences have cemented his status as an icon in the Pakistani entertainment industry.
His outstanding contributions to Pakistani television and film have solidified his position as an exceptional actor, while his commitment to making a positive difference in society further exemplifies his admirable character. His legacy is one that will be remembered for generations to come.
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