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Pakistan's legendary artist Talat Hussain passes away in Karachi city


Talat Hussain worked in many dramas including "Arjumand" in 1970 on Pakistan Television.

Tariq Butt, Correspondent

Pakistan's legendary actor Talat Hussain, who was battling a prolonged illness, breathed his last in Karachi city on Sunday.

Arts Council President Ahmed Shah said he was informed about the actor's death by his daughter. His funeral prayer was offered in Karachi. Talat Hussain was undergoing treatment in a private hospital where he was admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU).

The renowned actor, who was born in 1940 in Delhi, India, was known for his prolific career in radio, television and cinema. He was married to professor Rakhshanda Hussain and was a father of three — two daughters and one son.


He studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence) in 2021 and Pride of Performance Award in 1982 by the Pakistan government.

He was also awarded Amanda Award in 2006 for best supporting actor in a Norwegian film "Import Eksport" and Nigar Award in 1986 for best supporting actor in film "Miss Bangkok."  He left an indelible mark in the Pakistani showbiz industry, from delightful dramas to insightful writing. He had a decades long career in acting, singing and arts. He also worked for some time for the BBC in London.

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Hussain worked in many dramas including "Arjumand" in 1970 on Pakistan Television (PTV), "Ansoo," "Bandish," "Des Pardes," "Tariq Bin Ziad," "Eid ka Jora," "Fanooni Latifey" and Hawain."

Shah expressed sadness over Talat Hussain's demise. "It is a very unbelievable situation. Talat Hussain was a member of the Arts Council and also remained its vice-president. He was a man of literature as most of his life he would read and write books. He was not only an actor but also an amazing human."

Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif expressed grief over the veteran actor's demise and offered condolences to his family. He said that Talat Hussain was a legendary actor whose dialogue delivery was impeccable. "He made his place in the hearts of drama and film fans through his acting."

Talat Hussain's demise, fans, politicians and fellow actors poured in their condolences on their social media accounts.

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"Saddened to hear of Talat Hussain’s death, whose legacy of rousing performances lives on. Dedicated to his craft, his training at @LAMDAdrama also took him to the West End and UK radio and TV. A legend in Pakistan and mentor to many, my thoughts are with his loved ones and fans," UK High Commissioner to Pakistan, Jane Marriott said on X.

Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) spokesman Syed Zulfi Bukhari also expressed grief over Talat Hussain's death. 

Taking to X, Bukhari said "My condolences to the family and friends of #TalatHussain Saab. One of our most dignified and talented artist the country has ever produced. May Allah grant him heaven and his close ones patience. Ameen."



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