Veteran comedian Amanullah Khan passed away on Friday after battling with lung and kidney diseases in a private hospital in Lahore. The 70-year-old had been a fixture on comedy TV shows like Mazaaq Raat and Khabarnaak.
Fondly dubbed as the ‘king of comedy’, the deceased comedian performed in several theatre and stage shows, as well as TV dramas.
His first television play “Sixer” with producer Iqbal Effendi was a huge hit. Some of his famous stage plays include “Basheera in Trouble” and “Landa Bazaar”. Amanullah performed over 2000 stage plays in a career spanning some 40 years and worked with all the big producers of the time.
He was also known for his dressing sense and people used to call him the most stylish Punjabi stage comedian. In 2018, he was awarded the Pride of Performance Award.
Amanullah was one of the finest comedians Pakistan had, with a world record of 860-day night theatre plays.
Following the news of the comedian’s demise, many celebrities and politicians have extend condolences including Prime Minister Imran Khan.
In a tweet shared by PTI official, the prime minister said: “Late Amanullah was a valuable asset of stage, comedy and drama industry.”
PML-N chief and Leader of the Opposition Shehbaz Sharif also condoled the actor’s death. He termed it a “big loss for the worlds of stage, comedy and acting” and said that his fans would “never be able to forget his acting abilities and his services in the acting profession”.
Director and actor Sarmad Khoosat shared a post, expressing grief.
Humayun Saeed also shared his sentiments over such an immense loss of talent for the nation.
Faysal Qureshi prayed for the legendary artist.
Famous designer Asim Jofa expressed grief over demise of one of the finest comedians.
Wasim Akram was deeply saddened by the news and took to Twitter to share his memories of watching the actor’s dramas while at college.
Ali Zafar also remembered him in kind words.
Nauman Ijaz called him King of his heart and not just King of comedy.
Yasir Hussain praised the actor’s unparallelled talent in his condolence post for the veteran artist.
With Amanullah’s demise, our nation lost a real asset of the stage, theater and drama industry. May his kind soul rest in peace.