Syed Ejaz Ahmed Gilani Seharwardi
21 October 1942
|Died||18 December 2018 (aged 76)|
|Awards||2 Nigar Awards|
Ali Ejaz (21 October 1942 – 18 December 2018) was a Pakistani film and television actor known for his film roles in FBI Operation Pakistan (1971), Sona Chandi (1983), and Chor Machaye Shor (1996). He was honoured with the prestigious Pride of Performance Award in 1993 by the President of Pakistan.
Early life and career
Ali Ejaz was born in 1942 in Qila Gujar Singh, Lahore, British India. Comedian Munawwar Zareef was his fellow at school. Ali Ejaz started his career with theatre in the 1960s. He was introduced to the film world by the famous film producer/director Shabab Keranvi who had met Ali Ejaz in a bank. He also frequently acted in Pakistani television plays. While working at PTV, he trained a generation of artistes. His film roles and his pairing with actress Anjuman and actor Nannha were highly popular in Pakistan in the 1980s.
In 2015, he launched a social welfare project near Sialkot, Punjab, Pakistan under his non-government organization (NGO), Ali Ejaz Foundation. This project, The Homes for the Welfare of the Old People, planned to build 132 homes within 3 years with donations from the public, industrialists and philanthropists.
Ejaz died on 18 December 2018 in Lahore at the age of 76 due to a cardiac arrest. Ali Ejaz had earlier suffered from paralysis a decade ago. He is survived by his widow and two sons who abandoned him in his last years by shifting the actor in the servant quarter. He was laid to rest at a local graveyard on Multan road Lahore in his fathers's sherine, the same day after his funeral prayer was offered at Ayubia market in Muslim Town, Lahore.
He acted in 106 movies, 84 of which were Punjabi, 22 Urdu, and 1 Pashto. some are given below.
- Insaniyat (Pakistan film debut)
- Dilbar Jani (1969)
- Yamla Jatt (1969)
- Sayyan (1970)
- FBI Operation Pakistan (1971) (Alternate name for this film: Tiger Gang)
- Dil Aur Duniya (1971)
- Geo Jatta (1971)
- Sajjan Dushman (1972)
- Nizam (1972)
- Lalla Majnoo (1973)
- Ik Madari (1973)
- Jogi (1975)
- Sultana Daku (1975 film) (1975)
- Wehshi Jatt (1975)
- Hathkari (1975)
- Warrant (1976)
- Dubai Chalo (1979)
- Aap Se Kya Parda (1979)
- Sohra Te Jawai (1980)
- Chacha Bhateeja (1981)
- Muftbar (1981)
- Maula Jatt in London (1981)
- Maula Jat Te Nuri Nath (1981)
- Dostana (1982)
- Mirza Jat (1982)
- Sahib Jee (1983)
- Susral Chalo (1983)
- Samundar Par (1983)
- Sona Chandi (1983)
- Ishq Pecha (1984)
- Joora (1986)
- Chor Machaye Shor (1996)
Popular TV shows
- Heer Ranjha (1972)
- Khawaja and Son (1987) – a popular Pakistani television comedy drama series
- Lakhon Mein Teen
- Asghari Akhbari( 2011)
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan (1993)
- Nigar Award for Best Comedian (1981)
- Nigar Award for Best Comedian (1984)
- Filmography of actor Ali Ejaz on IMDb website Retrieved 24 July 2018
- "Comedian Ali Ejaz passes away". Dawn. Pakistan. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- Lodhi, Adnan (18 December 2018). "Renowned actor Ali Ejaz passes away at 77". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- Profile of Ali Ejaz on pakmag.net website Retrieved 24 December 2018
- "Renowned film, TV actor Ali Ejaz passes away in Lahore". Geo News. 18 December 2018.
- "Legendary film, TV actor Ali Ejaz laid to rest". The News International (newspaper). 18 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- Filmography of actor Ali Ejaz on pakmag.net website Retrieved 24 December 2018
- Filmography of actor Ali Ejaz on Complete Index To World Film (CITWF) website. Retrieved 24 July 2018
- Profile of actor Ali Ejaz on tv.com.pk website. Retrieved 21 September 2017
- TV nostalgia: The golden era of Pakistani dramas (actor Ali Ejaz's TV drama role in Khawaja and Son (1985) The Nation (newspaper), Published 8 January 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2018