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End of an era: Veteran actor Shakeel passes away at 85

Actor succumbed to protracted illness in Karachi, family sources confirm

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Veteran actor Shakeel. — Facebook/Aijazz Aslam
Veteran actor Shakeel. — Facebook/Aijazz Aslam

Immortalised by his thespian excellence in PTV's plays like Uncle Urfi, Angan Terha, and Parchaiyan, seasoned actor Yusuf Kamal, commonly known by his screen name, Shakeel, succumbed to protracted illness in Karachi on Thursday, family sources confirmed to Geo News.

The veteran actor had undergone a bypass surgery some years ago and suffered from arthritis — a disease of the joints — for the past several years. Shakeel had difficulty walking and was often helped by an employee.

The light-eyed actor, who rose to fame with Shazuri and An Kahi, ruled television and people's hearts for a long time.

His smooth, natural performance was important in making these dramas superhits.

Other drama serials immortalized by Shakeel's amazing acting include Intizar Farmaiye, Zer Zabar Pesh, Afshan, Anna, Uroosa, and Angan Terha.

Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah expressed deep sorrow over the death of senior actor Shakeel, the Sindh CM's spokesman said.

"Actor Shakeel was a big name in the art world. His services will always be remembered," the CM said.

He further prayed for the high status of the deceased.

Moreover, Punjab interim chief minister Mohsin Raza Naqvi, too, expressed grief and sorrow over the actor's death.

Paying tribute to the actor, Naqvi expressed his heartfelt sympathy and condolences to the family.

Celebrities mourn loss

A-list actor Faisal Qureshi took to Twitter to share his sorrow at the news of Shakeel's passing.

"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 [has] left us today," he tweeted.

Moreover, veteran actor Bushra Ansari lamented the great star's loss. Taking to Instagram, Ansari wrote: "You were a true hero..My dearest friend..Shakeel just passed away..Dil per jese kisi ne paon rakh diya ho [It seems like someone has crushed my heart]..Arry Mehmood Ahmed! [Oh! Mehboob Ahmed!] Kaisee Eid hai ye [What kind of Eid is this?] ..RIP.."

Aijaz Aslam shared his condolences on Facebook and wrote: "Deeply saddened by the loss of a true icon, veteran actor Sir Yousuf Shakil. His immense talent and contributions to the fraternity will always be cherished. May Allah grant him eternal peace in heaven. Rest in peace , dear Yousuf Shakil Sir."

Veteran journalist Hamid Mir, too, took to Twitter to condole the veteran's loss.

"Inna lillah wa inna ilahi rajioon. [F]amous actor Shakeel is no longer in this world, he has saddened on the day of Eid al-Adha. [M]ay Allah forgive him, Ameen."