Veteran actor Talat Hussain passes away in Karachi

Veteran TV and stage actor Talat Hussain passed away in Karachi on Sunday at the age of 83 after a prolonged illness. His death was confirmed by state broadcaster PTV on social media platform X and by Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) Karachi President Ahmed Shah. Shah highlighted Hussain’s deep connection with the ACP, noting his contributions to its governing body and praising his unique acting style. Hussain had received the prestigious Sitara-i-Imtiaz award for his contributions to the arts.

Born on September 18, 1940, Hussain began his career in the 1960s and later studied acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in England in 1972. His notable TV dramas include “Bandish,” “Karwaan,” “Hawain,” and “Parchaiyan,” and his films include “Chiragh Jalta Raha,” “Gumnaam,” and “Actor in Law.” Hussain’s work extended internationally, earning him the Amanda Award, known as the Scandinavian Oscar, for the Norwegian film “Import-Eksport” in 2006, in addition to the Pride of Performance award.

Tributes and condolences poured in from various quarters, including politicians and fellow actors. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif expressed deep grief, calling Hussain a legendary actor whose contributions to Pakistani television, theatre, film, and radio would always be remembered. Acting President Yusuf Raza Gilani and Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also conveyed their condolences, highlighting Hussain’s invaluable services.

Actors Behroze Sabzwari and Bushra Ansari praised Hussain’s dialogue delivery and his mastery of the Urdu and English languages. Actor Adnan Siddiqui described Hussain as a guiding force during his early career, while filmmaker Furqan T. Siddiqui called him an actor par excellence. Former politicians Ishratul Ebad and Fawad Chaudhry also expressed their sorrow, acknowledging Hussain’s legendary status in the arts.

Talat Hussain’s death marks the end of an era, leaving behind a legacy that will be cherished for generations.

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