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Death anniversary of veteran TV actor Jamil Fakhri being observed today

Web Desk: 13th death anniversary of Veteran Theatre and TV actor Jamil Fakhri is being observed today.

Jamil Fakhri gained great popularity through his role as SHO Jaffar Hussain in a TV series ‘Andhera Ujala’. He also acted in more than 50 Pakistani films.

He was awarded pride of Performance in 2002 and Nigar Award in 1981.

Fakhri died on this day in 2011 in Lahore at the age of 65.

Jamil Fakhri was born in Lahore in 1946. After graduation, he joined the National Bank of Pakistan.

He started doing theatre at Wapda Auditorium, Lahore, and at Alhamra with actors like Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, Athar Shah Khan, Ali Ejaz and Nannah. His popular stage plays include Andar Ana Mana Hai, Zuban Daraz and Lahore Bypass.

He was considered among the founding artistes of PTV. Lahore TV producer Yawar Hayat gave him a break in TV plays. His popular TV plays include Tanay Banay, Daldal, Waris, Andhera Ujala, Bandhan and Ek Mauhabat Sau Afsanay.

His role of police inspector Jaffar Husain in PTV play Andhera Ujala became so popular that film director Shabab Kairanvi selected him for big screen.

Fakhri acted in more than 50 films. Muskarhat and Deewanay Do are among his best flicks.

His last play was Dil Day Boohay on PTV in which he acted on May 22. On May 31st, the day he suffered a stroke, his play Sehra Teri Pyas went on air at a private TV channel.

Fakhri’s old companion Qavi Khan said that with his death a golden chapter of his (Qavi’s) life had ended.

“He would never call me Qavi, he used to call me Khan Baba,” said Qavi Khan . “We had a long association during the recording of Andhera Ujala and I found him a great actor and a sensitive person.”

Tanzeem Butt, a close friend of Fakhri who worked with him in National Bank, said: “He (Fakhri) was a lively person but death of his young son affected his health badly and after that tragic incident he was always in deep thoughts.”