Roohi Bano passes away, laid to rest in Turkey

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ISTANBUL: Renowned Pakistani TV and film actress Roohi Bano passed away on Friday while undergoing treatment in Turkey. She had been admitted to a hospital in Istanbul on January 3, after which it was reported that she had suffered renal failure.

Roohi Bano was buried in Turkey. Though, her sister wants to bring her body back to Lahore to bury her next to the grave of her son. She has appealed to the government to help the family pay for the air transport.  The former artist had been on ventilator for the past 10 past days.

According to Bano’s sister, Rubina, her family had travelled to Istanbul to accompany her during her last days. She said a decision has not yet been made as to whether Bano’s body will be transported Roohi Bano’s only son was murdered in Lahore in 2005, after which she had abandoned her career and led a reclusive life in Lahore.

The Pakistan National Council of Arts had a few years ago planned a documentary on the life and works of the troubled actress, once a household name for PTV viewers, but the project could not be executed.

Among the best acting talents that the country has produced, she was admitted to Lahore’s Fountain House in 2005 for treatment of schizophrenia. Roohi Bano, a versatile actress, had joined the TV fraternity when she was doing her MSc in psychology from the Government College, Lahore.

Her first television appearance was in a quiz show in her student days. Then Farooq Zamir offered her to act in plays. She accepted the offer while continuing her studies that culminated in a master’s degree in psychology.

Roohi married twice and also acted in a few films but television was where her heart was. Her outstanding performances in Qila KahaniZard GulabHairatkadaDarwazaKiran Kahani, etc., placed her head and shoulders above her counterparts.