Ali Ejaz, a renowned name in Pakistani showbiz, passed away today due to cardiac arrest.
The actor was in his native Lahore when he suffered a heart attack. He was 77.
The triple threat actor that conquered the realms of film, television and theater started off his career in 1967. Ali Ejaz was most known for his role in the television sitcom Khawaja and Son.
Prior to the heart attack, the actor was already bedridden, due to the onset of paralysis some 12-13 years ago.
As impressive as his acting was, Ejaz’s accolades include the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance award which he received on August 14, 1993.
Many notable personalities conveyed their condolences when news of the actor’s passing came out. The Federal Minister of Information & Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain also expressed grief on the passing of the renowned actor.
Pakistan has been deprived of a versatile artist and he will always be remembered due to his remarkable services in the film and TV arena.
Other politicians to offer condolences include Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Provincial Information Minister Punjab Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan.
— Andleeb Abbas (@AndleebAbbas) December 18, 2018
People from the industry in particular were devastated by the loss.
An extraordinary human and someone I actually drew inspiration from, Ali Ejaz is no longer a part of this world.
We really need to value our artists. They are not to be taken for granted. https://t.co/Uswtu8bTP0
— khalid malik (@khalidmalik_) December 18, 2018
RIP Ali Ejaz Sb, the first TV character i tried to impersonate was his,Kh Sb from "khawaja & Sons".Some iconic work done by him in films like Dubai chalo,Sala Sahib,Choor Machaye Shoor.1 of the firsts n very few Tv actors who successfully shifted from Tv to films.#AliEjaz
— vasay chaudhry (@vasaych) December 18, 2018
Ali Ejaz’s artistic services include 106 movies, of which 84 were in Punjabi, 22 in Urdu, and even 1 in Pashtu.
His works include Nisaniyat, Dubai Chalo, Dada Ustad, Pyar Da Palla, Bhaiyyan Di Jori, Yamla Jutt, Bad Nalo Badna,,. Bura Ashiq, Mera Naa Sadhu, Shetani Laila Majnu Zulm Kai nai, Phalda Sadha Rasta, Badal Sohratay, Jawai Mister, Aflatoon Naukartay, Malik Wohdi Daa, Sawal Aey Baoji, Ji Dushman Pyara, Andheri Nagri, Dhi rani Chor Machaey Shor, Ishq mera Naa Bharosa, Sala Sahab, Athra Puttar Aap sey Kiya Parda, and Ishq Samandar.
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