LAHORE: Veteran actor Ali Ejaz, known for his performance in many iconic family and comedy films and TV serials, passed away after suffering cardiac arrest in Lahore on Tuesday. He was 77. He was laid to rest the same day.
Perhaps best known for his role as a disciplinarian father with several no-good children in the TV comedy Khawaja & Sons, Mr Ejaz has also starred in numerous films, including FBI Operation Pakistan and Wehshi Jatt.
In his later life, Mr Ejaz was involved in philanthropic work under the umbrella of his eponymous charity Ali Ejaz Foundation. One of his notable projects was the ‘The Homes for the Welfare of the Old People’, which involved the construction of 132 old homes over an area of 17.5 kanals in Gol village, Kala Khatai, near Ferozewala.
Ejaz started his career in 1967 and was well known for his role in a popular television comedy drama series Khawaja and Son.
The actor also suffered paralysis 12-13 years ago. He was honoured with the prestigious Presidential Pride of Performance on August 14, 1993.
Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has expressed deep sorrow and grief over the sad demise of the famed actor. In his condolence message, he prayed for eternal peace of the departed soul and fortitude for the bereaved family to bear this irreparable loss.
The Information Minister said with Ejaz’s death, Pakistan has been deprived of a versatile artist and he will always be remembered due to his remarkable services in the film and TV arena.
Punjab Chief Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar and Provincial Information Minister Punjab Fayyaz ul Hassan Chohan conveyed their condolences to the bereaved family and prayed to rest the departed soul in eternal peace and grant courage to his family to bear the loss.
They said that artistic services of late Ali Ejaz will always be remembered.
He acted in 106 movies, 84 of which were Punjabi, 22 Urdu, and 1 Pashtu. He acted in Nisaniyat, Dubai Chalo, Dada Ustad, Pyar Da Palla, Bhaiyyan Di Jori, Yamla Jutt, Bad Nalo Badna,,. Bura Ashiq, Mera Naa Sadhu, Shetani Laila Majnu Zulm Kai nai, Phalda Sadha Rasta, Badal Sohratay, Jawai Mister, Aflatoon Naukartay, Malik Wohdi Daa, Sawal Aey Baoji, Ji Dushman Pyara, Andheri Nagri, Dhi rani Chor Machaey Shor, Ishq mera Naa Bharosa, Sala Sahab, Athra Puttar Aap sey Kiya Parda, and Ishq Samandar