Veteran film, TV and stage actor and director Masood Akhtar passed away in Lahore on Saturday. He was 82.

The Pride of Performance recipient actor has been hospitalized for the last two months after his health deteriorated. He had been suffering from lung cancer.

He was laid to rest in the Miani Sahib graveyard.

He is survived by a widow and two daughters.

Masood was born in Sahiwal and has made a huge contribution to the art of acting by performing in many movies, TV plays and theatre productions.

He worked in around 135 films ⁠— 78 Urdu, 51 Punjabi, three double version and two Pashto, according to actor Khalid Moeen. He is the pioneer of starting stage drama at Alhamra Arts Council. One of his early plays, Paisa Bolta Hai, was staged at Alhamra in the 1970s and it earned him immense popularity.

Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has expressed his condolences over Masood Akhtar’s demise.

Calling him a versatile actor, the CM said Masood Akhtar’s memorable works are still appreciated today.


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