15 September 1946
|Died||9 June 2011 at age 65|
|Occupation||TV and film actor|
|Years active||1984- 2009|
|Known for||playing a police inspector in PTV drama Andhera Ujala (1984-1985)|
Jamil Fakhri (1946–2011) was a veteran Pakistani film, TV and stage artist. He gained high popularity from Pakistan Television Corporation's TV drama serial Andhera Ujala in (1984-1985) season by playing the character Jaffer Hussain (police inspector). In TV drama Andhera Ujala, a high-ranking police officer Qavi Khan and his team of low and middle rank members of police fight crime in their locality in very humorous situations.
Early life and career
Jamil Fakhri was born in Lahore, Pakistan in 1946. After finishing his basic education, he started working for National Bank of Pakistan. Then he started doing theater at WAPDA Auditorium and Alhamra Arts Council, Lahore and started working with some already established TV actors and directors. Jamil Fakhri worked with many prominent TV actors of the time including Irfan Khoosat, Khayyam Sarhadi, Firdous Jamal, Masood Akhtar, Kamal Ahmed Rizvi and Nanha. He also worked with some top TV producers and directors in the 1980s including Yawar Hayat Khan, Rashid Dar (director of the above-mentioned Andhera Ujala), Kamal Ahmed Rizvi and many more. Beside acting in television dramas, he also acted in more than 50 Pakistani films.
- Waris (Drama Serial) (1979)
- Alif Noon (1981-1982)
- Aaj Ka Khel
- Alif Laila
- Zakhira Andozi
- Ek Muhabbat Sau Afsanay
Awards and recognition
- Pride of Performance Award by the President of Pakistan in 2002.
- Nigar Award- Best Comedian award in film Yeh Zamana Aur Hai (1981)
Death and legacy
According to Jamil Fakhri's family, he first learned on 7 December 2010 that his son, Ali Ayaz Fakhri, had been kidnapped and later killed in the U.S. where he was living. Details about his son's gruesome murder reportedly were that he was cut up into pieces and then set on fire. This really distressed the actor and took a heavy toll on his health for several months until finally he had a stroke on 31 May 2011 and was taken to a hospital. He stayed in a coma there for many days and then died on 9 June 2011 at Lahore, Pakistan. He left behind three other sons, and a widow. Farrukh Bashir, General Manager of Pakistan Television, Lahore Center, expressed his feelings on his death by saying that Jamil Fakhri had remained associated with PTV for a long time and was very loyal to it. With his death, PTV had also lost a great artist. He was buried in Miani Saheb Graveyard Lahore near the Shrine of Ilmuddin Shaheed.
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