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Shafeek as Ali Nadim in Mind Your Language.
Gholam D. Shafeek
21 March 1930
|Died||10 March 1984 (aged 53)|
|Other names||Dino Shaffer|
|Alma mater||Dacca University|
Guildhall School of Music and Drama
|Known for||Chai Wallah Muhammed in It Ain't Half Hot Mum (1974–1981),|
Ali Nadim in Mind Your Language (1977–1979)
Dino Shafeek (born Gholam D. Shafeek, 21 March 1930 – 10 March 1984) was a Bangladeshi actor. Born and raised in Dacca, Bengal Province, he moved to the UK from East Pakistan in 1958 and appeared in several sitcoms during the 1970s and early 1980s. He is best remembered for playing the part of Chai Wallah Muhammed in the BBC sitcom It Ain't Half Hot Mum as well as the role of Ali Nadim in ITV sitcom Mind Your Language.
Early life and education
Dino Shafeek was born Gholam D. Shafeek in Dacca, Bengal Province, British Raj (now Bangladesh) in a reputed family from Old Dacca. His father was Golam Merajuddin Ahmed, whose occupation was listed as "sugar technologist". After leaving school, he attended Dacca University and graduated with a BA.
Shafeek was involved with amateur theatre in Dacca and, after emigrating to England in 1958, enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His first film role was as 'Akbar' in the film The Long Duel (1967), starring Yul Brynner.
It Ain't Half Hot Mum
It Ain't Half Hot Mum was a BBC comedy series written by Jimmy Perry and David Croft, the creators of Dad's Army. Set in World War II British India, it follows the fortunes and activities of a concert party troop attached to the Royal Artillery. The series was produced by the BBC and broadcast from 1974 to 1981 and starred Windsor Davies as the staff sergeant-major of the troop's barracks in Deolali, Bombay Presidency.
Shafeek plays "Chaiwallah Muhammad", selling tea from his ever-ready urn with his catchphrase "chai garam chai (Eng. 'tea, hot tea')." He also sings the musical interludes between the scenes, which are mostly popular World War II era hits accompanied by a sitar. At the end of the final credits he starts to sing "Land of Hope and Glory" only to be interrupted by the Sergeant-major shouting his ubiquitous ear-shattering "SHUTUPPP!!!." Muhammad was later promoted to bearer when the actor who played Rangi Ram (Michael Bates) died after Series 5 was recorded. The caustic though affectionate relationship between Muhammad and his superior Rangi Ram provides additional comedy through their representations of the different religions and castes in colonial India.
Mind Your Language
During the run of It Ain't Half Hot Mum, Shafeek played the part of student Ali Nadim in the ITV/London Weekend Television sitcom Mind Your Language (1977–79). Along with Barry Evans as their teacher, Ali was one of a group of people from diverse backgrounds in an English as a Foreign Language class at a London night-school. Ali was a Muslim Pakistani who had emigrated to the United Kingdom, and was frequently seen bickering with Ranjeet Singh (Albert Moses), a Sikh from India. Ali told Ranjeet he will "kick [him] up the Khyber" ("Khyber Pass" being rhyming slang for "arse"). As the series progresses, their relationship mellows into one of friendly and mutual supportiveness.
Due to the worldwide syndication of the aforementioned sitcoms, Shafeek became a well-known character actor to both British and international audiences. He played character parts in films and TV such as Carry On Emmannuelle, Minder and The Onedin Line.
Dino Shafeek died suddenly from a heart attack whilst at home in London with his fiancé Leslie Didcock on 10 March 1984, eleven days before his 54th birthday.
|1967||Softly, Softly||Anwar||2 episodes: The Target: Part 1: Sighted, The Target: Part 2: Point Blank|
|1968||The Jazz Age||Abas||1 episode: The Outstation|
|The Champions||Manservant||1 episode: The Dark Island|
|1969||The Troubleshooters||Abdhul||1 episode: You're Not Going to Believe This, But ...|
|Special Branch||Majid||1 episode: The Promised Land|
|1971||The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder||2nd Priest||1 episode: Man with a Strange Tattoo|
|The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes||Ali||1 episode: The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds|
|1974||...And Mother Makes Five||Gypsy||1 episode: If I Can Help Somebody|
|1976||Centre Play||Demonstrator||1 episode: Commonwealth Season: Trinidad – Home Sweet India|
|1977||The Onedin Line||Jaun||1 episode: When Troubles Come|
|The Fuzz||1st Pakistani||1 episode: Coppers Under the Sun|
|1977–1979||Mind Your Language||Ali Nadim||29 episodes|
|1979||Hazell||Raiji||1 episode: Hazell Bangs the Drum|
|1980||Minder||Mini Cab Driver||1 episode: All About Scoring, Innit?|
|1974–1981||It Ain't Half Hot Mum||Chai Wallah Muhammed||56 episodes|
|1981||Into the Labyrinth||Suleiman||1 episode: Shadrach|
|1982||The Stanley Baxter Hour||1 episode: Christmas special|
|1967||The Long Duel||Akbar|
|1968||The Charge of the Light Brigade||Indian servant|
|1972||Young Winston||Sikh Soldier|
|1977||Stand Up, Virgin Soldiers||Indian watchman|
|1978||Carry On Emmannuelle||Immigration Officer|
|1983||High Road to China||Satvinda||(final film role)|
|1967||A Touch of Brightness||Pidku||Royal Court Theatre, London|
|1968||In the Penal Colony||The Prisoner||Arts Laboratory, Drury Lane, London; adaptation by Steven Berkoff|
|1970||To Anchor a Cloud||Asaf Khan||King George's Theatre, London|
|1971||Captain Brassbound's Conversion||Hassan||Cambridge Theatre, London|
|1977||A Clean Break||Anwar Hassan||Ravi Shankar Hall, London|
|1979||It Ain't Half Hot Mum||Char Wallah Muhammad||Stage adaptation of TV series; regional tour commencing at Pier Theatre, Bournemouth|
|1980||Dick Whittington and His Cat||London Palladium, London|
|1981||Dick Whittington and His Cat||London Palladium, London|
|1982||Gandhi||Tricycle Theatre, Kilburn, London|
|It Ain't Half Hot Mum||Char Wallah Muhammad||Stage adaptation of TV series; regional tour commencing at Futurist Theatre, Scarborough|
|Dick Whittington||Sultan of Morocco||Bristol Hippodrome, Bristol|
|1975||It Ain't Half Hot Mum – Featuring the Artists from the Popular BBC-TV Series||EMI Records EMC 3074||Appears as Chai Wallah Muhammad|
|1983||Tony Fayne's Back||Rosie Records RR 008||Guest appearance|