Those who left us forever in 2018!
The year 2018 will be history in a few days, but it taught us one thing – history can be cruel. For the entertainment world, it dealt some heavy blows especially in Pakistan where the showbiz industry is thriving at the moment.
Let’s take a look at those individuals who brightened our lives with their performances but wouldn’t be there with us in 2019, for they are in a much better world than us.
The first casualty of the year was master chef Zubaida Aapa who not only was a celebrity cook but also had the answers to everyone’s everyday problems. Be it cooking in a limited budget or removing stains from a shirt, Zubaida Tariq had the answer to every query.
She wasn’t the first celebrity chef but she was the best as people from all over the world called her through her cooking shows and asked for advice which they always good. She passed away at the age of 72 due to a heart failure although she lives on in the hearts of her fans through her evergreen totkas.
Veteran TV and film actor Qazi Wajid then bid farewell to his fans at the age of 74 a few days after he returned from Saudi Arabia where he performed in an Anwar Maqsood mushaira along with Shehzad Raza, Behroze Sabzwari and Yasir Hussain.
Qazi Wajid began his career with radio in the 1950s and later switched to stage; after TV became popular in Pakistan, he moved onto the medium and delivered hits such as Taleem-e-Balighan, Khuda Ki Basti, Unkahi, Tanhayyan, Hawwa Ki Beti and Chand Girhan to name a few.
Stage veteran and TV actress Madeeha Gauhar also breathed her last during the last 12 months and although she wasn’t much active on TV, she managed Ajoka Theater well till her final days.
The 61-year-old actress won many awards for Pakistan and was renowned all over the world for her theater work while some of her plays during the Benazir Bhutto governments became quite popular.
And then there was the one and only Ali Ejaz who died at the age of 77, leaving a vacuum that might never be filled easily. He wasn’t just a film comedian, but a talented actor who was associated with TV from the mid-60s until a few years back.
Who can forget his memorable performance in Khawaja and Sons where he played a father we all would love to have; he was paired with Mumtaz and Anjuman in Punjabi films as their leading man while his pairing with Nanha was loved by all in films. For late bloomers, he was the guy who played Agha Jani in Haseena Moin’s Padosi whereas a clip of his where Anjuman and he slap each other in love became quite popular.
Fans of cooking shows in Pakistan were dealt a heavy blow when it was announced that Chef Tahir known as Mr. T was no more. He was one of the few cooking experts on TV who were loved by young and the old alike and his death was a shock to all.
Two Pakistani models Annie Ali Khan and Anam Tanoli died in mysterious circumstances despite having a bright career ahead of them. While Annie Ali Khan was the face of Shehzad Roy’s Saali song and later turned journalist, Anam was the face of many brands before her life was cut short.
Tragedy didn’t just restrict itself to Pakistan as renowned film actors from Bollywood and Hollywood also left us for their final destinations. The most prominent one from India was the Hawa Hawaii girl Sridevi who drowned in her bathtub at the age of 54; the actress who made a successful comeback with Mom was in Dubai to attend a wedding and her final act shocked all who were expecting to see her regularly in films.
Veteran character actor Shammi (Nargis Rabadi) and actor Narendra Jha also couldn’t last past 2018; while Shammi had a tremendous film career where he usually played dadi roles, Narendra was a latecomer to films but was part of hit films such as Haider, Raees, Kaabiland Race 3. The loss of famous playback singer Mohammad Aziz left the music fans in shock considering he was the man behind popular hits of the 80s and the 90s. He might not have been active on the scene but his evergreen songs will remain part of Bollywood forever.
Hollywood wasn’t far behind as it lost the eternal Lois Lane Margot Kidder and the evergreen star Burt Reynolds during the last 12 months.
Comic book legends Stan Lee and Steve Ditko who together created more superheroes than any other team also bade farewell to their fans, leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe for another world.
Clint Eastwood’s frequent co-star Sandra Locke didn’t survive the year 2018 and neither did actress turned director Penny Marshall who was behind some of the iconic films of the last 30 years.
Screenwriter William Goldman and director Bernardo Bertolucci were among those who left their fans saddened with their last act, never to return.
And the year ended with the death of veteran actor and writer Kader Khan who breathed his last in Canada. The 81 year old passed away after prolonged illness and will be remembered for his comic timing, his villainous roles and above all, his super hit films as a screenwriter including Amar Akbar Anthony, Muqaddar Ka Sikandar, Naseeb, Coolie, Sharaabi, and Agneepath.