Legendary Pakistani Actor Talat Hussain Passes Away at 83 in Karachi

Pakistan’s entertainment industry is mourning the loss of Talat Hussain, a legendary actor who passed away on Sunday at the age of 83. Hussain, a veteran of radio, television, theatre, and cinema, died in a private hospital in Karachi after a prolonged illness.

The Arts Council of Pakistan (ACP) Karachi President, Ahmed Shah, confirmed Hussain’s passing. Shah highlighted Hussain’s immense talent, stating, “An acclaimed actor like Talat Hussain is born after centuries.”

Born in Delhi, Hussain’s powerful baritone voice and unique acting style captivated audiences. His talent was recognized with prestigious awards, including the Pride of Performance award in 1982 and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2021.

President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif, and other prominent figures paid their respects. Prime Minister Sharif acknowledged Hussain’s immense contribution, saying, “His services to the Pakistani television, theatre, film, and radio will always be remembered. The vacuum left by his death can never be fulfilled.”

Talat Hussain’s career spanned decades, leaving an indelible mark on Pakistani art. He was known for his captivating performances in television serials like “Bandish,” “Karwaan,” “Hawain,” and “Parchaiyan.” Moviegoers cherished his work in films like “Chiragh Jalta Raha,” “Gumnaam,” and “Actor in Law.” He also appeared in the Indian film “Souten Ki Beti.”

Hussain’s artistic journey began in 1960 on PTV. He honed his skills at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) and worked for the BBC in London. In 2006, he was awarded the Amanda Award for his role in the Norwegian film “Import-Eksport.”

Talat Hussain is survived by his wife, Rakhshanda Hussain, two daughters, and a son. His passing marks the end of an era in Pakistani entertainment, leaving a lasting legacy.

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