February 12, 2018

Versatile actor Qazi Wajid is no more

KARACHI: Renowned television and radio artist Qazi Wajid passed away here on Sunday. The deceased's family said the 87-year-old veteran actor was admitted to a hospital on Saturday night after his health deteriorated. According to Wajid's brother, he had a high fever last night after which he was taken to a hospital.

Hospital officials said Wajid had pain in his chest and fever and was sent back last night after being given treatment. Wajid was being taken to hospital after his condition deteriorated on Sunday but he passed away en route.

The funeral prayers were held on Sunday after Asr prayers at the Eesanagri Graveyard in Karachi. Wajid remained a popular face on TV, after joining the industry in 1966 following his 25-year stint in Radio Pakistan, where he launched his career. He leaves behind a wife, and daughter, Fazila Wajid, who is associated with the entertainment industry as well.

Actor and director Javed Sheikh expressed grief at Qazi’s death. Talking to Geo News, Sheikh said people like him are rare in the entertainment industry. “It is a big loss for the industry,” he said, adding that the two worked together on several projects.

Sheikh said that two weeks ago he had gone to Riyadh for a show and then performed Umrah. Born in 1944 in Gwalior, India, as Qazi Abdul Wajid Ansari, his family, including five siblings – three brothers and two sisters – migrated to Pakistan after partition and settled in Karachi, according to a media report.

At Radio Pakistan, Wajid performed in Naunihal, a weekly drama for children, as well as Hamid Mian Kay Yahan and Qazi Ji Waghera Waghera. After his stint in radio, Wajid turned towards TV and acted in scores of serials such as Khuda ki Basti, Tanhaaiyan, Unkahi, Dhoop Kinaray, Taleem-i-Balighan, Cassette Kahaniyan, Hawwa Ki Baiti and plays such as Taleem-i-Balighan, Mirza Ghalib on Bunder Road, Wadi-i-Kashmir, Lal Qila Say Lalukhet

He also acted in a play Rishtay or Rastay in 1986, which was a joint project of Pakistani and Chinese governments based on the Silk Route. The versatile actor received several accolades throughout his career, including the Pride of Performance Award.


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