Shafi Muhammad Shah

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Shafi Muhammad Shah
شفیع محمد شاہ
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Born(1949-09-07)7 September 1949
Died17 September 2007(2007-09-17) (aged 58)
Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
Years active1960–2007
Spouse(s)Batool Muhammad
ChildrenAli Asghar, Zainab Muhammad, Alina Muhammad, Sheherbano Muhammad, Arsalna Muhammad

Shafi Muhammad Shah (or Shafi Mohammad) (Urdu: شفیع محمد شاہ) PP (7 September 1949–17 November 2007) was a Pakistani film and television actor. Popularly known as Shah-jee, he was born in Kandiaro,[1] Naushahro Feroze District, Sindh. He was known for his distinctive voice in the Pakistani Drama Industry - a thick Sindhi accent with the pitch-perfect delivery of Urdu dialogues.


Shafi began his career as a radio presenter from the Hyderabad radio station. He obtained a postgraduate degree from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. He later moved to Karachi and began his career as an actor.

Shah was introduced by PTV producer late 'Shahzad Khalil' in his Urdu-drama serial "Teesra Kinara" from where he joined the elite club of the leading TV stars.[2]

PTV's play Urta Asman, directed by Shahzad Khalil, was his debut performance. Teesra Kinara was his first popular television play: Shafi became a household name. Shafi acted in all mediums of entertainment, from radio, theatre to films and television. During his 30-year career, He performed in over 50 drama serials and over 100 television plays in the Urdu and Sindhi languages on different television channels. His first film "Biwi to aisi" released during 1982. However, he performed in only Sindhi Film "Sindh" which was released during 1992

Notable television plays[edit]

  • Aanch
  • Bund Gulab
  • Chand Girahan
  • Dairey
  • Deewarain
  • Jungle
  • Adam Hawa aur shaitan
  • Zeenat
  • Kali Dhoop
  • Marvi
  • Mohabbat Khawab Ki Surat
  • Mannat (Maa Aur Mamta)[3]
  • Tapish
  • Teesra Kinara
  • Zehar Baad
  • Dhori (Ary Digital)
  • Kaanton sey aagey (Tv one)
  1. Muhib Sheedi (1992) (Sindhi language)
  2. Ilzam (1993)
  3. Muskarahat (1995)
  4. Salakhain

Political life[edit]

Shafi Muhammad Shah was an active member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and contested the general elections in October 2002 from NA-253, Karachi but lost. He was on his party's cultural committee and worked to promote arts and culture.

Personal life[edit]

Shafi Muhammad and his wife, Batool had four daughters: Alina, Arsalna, Zainab and Sheherbano; and a son, Ali. He goes by Ali Asghar, is a graduate of Karachi Grammar School and works for the highly reputable Pakistani publication Herald.

Shafi Muhammad Shah died peacefully while asleep at his Clifton home on 17 November 2007. His funeral prayers were held at Imambargah Yasreb in the Defence Housing Authority. He was buried in the Defence graveyard. The cause of death was liver failure.[1]

Social activity[edit]

On 12 March 2004 Shafi Mohammad Shah joined Pakistan based UNICEF and WHO to help alarm the parents of minor children about taking vaccinations against Polio[4]

Tribute and honour[edit]

In 1985 he received best actor award from Pakistan Television.[5]

At 9th PTV Awards he won Best Actor Award in 1998[6]

In 2007, the participants at Karachi Press Club (KPC) paid tribute to actor Shafi Mohammad Shah at the Karachi Press Club (KPC). This meeting was organised by the KPC's cultural committee, in which several artists paid tribute to Shah, including Anwar Solangi, Manzoor Qureshi and Mumtaz Kanwal.[1]

On 16 November 2008, the first death-anniversary of Shafi Mohammad Shah, a book titled "Wo aadmi tha ya moti dana (Was He A Human Or Bead of Pearl)" authored by Nagina Hisbani on the life and artistic performance of Shah. This launching ceremony had been organised by the Sindh Fankaar Welfare Trust, at the Mumtaz Mirza Auditorium.[7]

Shafi Shah won Best Actor Drama Series in The 1st Indus Drama Awards 2005 for Maa Aur Mamta (Mannat). He was also recipient of 'Pride of Performance Award' from the President of Pakistan.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Hasan Mansoor (18 November 2007). "Karachi: Actor Shafi Mohammad passes away". Dawn. Dawn Media Group. Archived from the original on 4 March 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2010.
  2. ^ Shafi, Mohammad. "Career of Shah". Dawn. Dawn Group. Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Interview Shafi Muhammad Shah". vimeo. EME. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ Shah, Shafi (2004). "Social activity". Archived from the original on 15 October 2014. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "". Archived from the original on 22 December 2014. Retrieved 22 December 2014.
  6. ^ "PTV Awards 1998", PTV (News), archived from the original on 21 December 2021, retrieved 29 June 2021
  7. ^ Shah, Shafi (2008). "Tribute". Retrieved 11 October 2014.

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