KARACHI: Renowned TV actor Mirza Shahi succumbed to the complications that arose following his diagnosis of COVID-19. According to The Express Tribune, Shahi was put on a ventilator in Civil Hospital, as reported by his daughter who also happens to have contracted the virus along with Shahi’s wife.
Mirza Shahi made his debut in the film industry in 1965 East Pakistan starring in a film titled ‘Kaisey Kahun’. Later, he acted in various movies, including Mala, Aakhri Station, Is Dharti Per, Chotey Saheb, Chand Aur Chandni, Payal, Anari, Chand Sooraj, Dushman and Miss Lanka. Shahi also starred in film star Nadeem’s debut Chakori in 1967. However, his financial situation changed when he had to go for minor roles after Bangladesh declared independence and he moved to Karachi.
He had ventured into the drama industry in the 90s and was known for his comedic roles in some very famous television shows like Fifty-Fifty, a childhood favorite of many, Nadaaniyan and Qudusi Sahab ki Bewah.
Yasir Nawaz, Danish Nawaz, and Nida Yasir took to their Instagram to draw attention to the late actor’s quickly descending health condition, during his last days.
Along with Danish Nawaz, both Nida Yasir and her husband requested their followers to “Please pray for Mirza Shahi Sahab. He is in critical condition and needs all your prayers.” in their captions.
Following his death, several notable figures have come forward to pay their tributes to Mirza Shahi through their social media. Actress Zhalay Sarhadi wrote, “He was an extremely sweet man. I am truly heartbroken.”
Statuses and condolences while remarking the end of an era definitely make one take a trip down memory lane and reminisce Mirza Shahi’s finest works for the Pakistani entertainment industry.