1950-2007: Actor Shafi Muhammad Passes Away

Posted on November 17, 2007
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Pakistan’s famous TV, Radio and Film artist Shafi Muhammad Shahpassed away on Saturday, November 17, 2007. He was 57. He was suffering from many ailments. After a severe pain attack on saturday he was rushed to the hospital but he couldn’t survive. Quoting the Daily Times:

Shafi featured in more than 50 drama serials and over 100 long plays on PTV and other channels.

Shafi started his career as a broadcaster at Radio Pakistan Karachi. Later he moved to Lahore and lived at the home of Mohammad Ali and Zeba for few years. There he started his movie career. He became famous after doing few leading roles in Ashfaq Ahmed‘s series ‘ek haqeeqat sau afsaane’. In early 80s Shafi worked in a very famous serial ‘deewareN’.

His other famous performances include those in ‘chand grahan’, ‘aanch’, ‘nasal’ and ‘jungle’. Shafi Muhammad also took part in many Sindhi plays at PTV. His movie career was not very long. He worked in 4 movies. Three of them were ‘talaash’, ‘Rubi’ and ‘biwi ho to aisi’.

Shafi also tried politics and contested the 2002 elections for the National Assembly from Karachi on the ticket of Pakistan Peoples Party but lost.

63 Comments on “1950-2007: Actor Shafi Muhammad Passes Away”

  1. Owais Mughal says:
    November 17th, 2007 9:35 pm

    My favorite drama in which Shafi took part as the lead character was ‘Officer on Special Duty’. It was a PTV long play and Shafi acts as a honest civil servant who goes to a rural area on special assignment. It was interesting to see how he had to deal with ‘sifarish’, ‘rishwat’, ‘aqarba-parwari’ etc of local feudals who try to buy him to their side.

    Chand Garahn was ofcourse his most famous play.

  2. Yousuf says:
    November 17th, 2007 10:38 pm

    The picture reminds of his glory days. This is Aanch right? He had lost a lot of weight in recent years. Bilkul changed?

    Inna lillah-e-Wa Inna Illehe Rajioon

  3. Zia says:
    November 17th, 2007 11:56 pm

    Allah bless him with Jannah!

    I liked him from the beginning. He had a very nice voice.

    Surely he will be missed.

  4. zakoota says:
    November 18th, 2007 12:01 am

    Thats indeed a sad news. Shafi Muhammad was undoubtedly one of the best actors Pakistan Television has ever produced. I had always been his big fan. Shafi Muhammad had his own very special style which was calm yet impressive and ofcourse very naturalistic.

    Owais, the long play you mentioned was one of my favorite too but I guess its name was “your obedient servant”.

    May Allah rest his soul in peace, Ameen.

  5. Sanaullah Shaikh from Virginia, America says:
    November 18th, 2007 12:22 am

    Please pray for his soul and the family’s consolation during this time of grief. May Allah the Allmighty forgive him and give him janna’h (ameen) mai … aap sab se request hai k Shafi Muhammad k liye dua-e-maghfirat karain.
    No doubt he was a great actor and great person.

  6. Zia Khan says:
    November 18th, 2007 12:43 am

    Inna lillah-e-Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajion
    Pakistan industry has lost one of the best human being, voice, actor and the pillar of industry. This is an unrecoverable loss.
    May God bless him with Jannah (AMEEN).

  7. shahzad says:
    November 18th, 2007 12:45 am

    it is a great loss

  8. November 18th, 2007 1:13 am

    The picture posted above was taken from famous drama serial “Aanch”- Late Shafi Muhammad was at peak in that drama. His soft accent was so “heavy” above all performances.

    Offcourse performance of Sohail Asghar as Jehaniah Shah and shafi as Dad was outstanding in “Chand Girhan”.

    Since Nayyra Sang famous nazm of Noon.M.Rashid in Chand Girhan, I think Shafi might have same feelings?


    mujhe vida kar
    ai meri zaat, phir mujhe vida kar
    woh log kya kaheNge , meri zaat
    log, jo hazaar saal se
    mere kalaam ko taras gaye

    mujhe vida kar
    maiN tere saath apne aap ke syaah gHaar meN
    bahut panaah le chuka
    maiN apne haath paaoN apne dil ki aag meN
    tapa chuka

    mujhe vida kar
    ke aab-o-gul ke aansooN ke aayinoN
    ki be-sadaai sun sakooN
    hayaat-o-marg ka salaam-e-roostaai sun sakooN [ hayaat= life; marg= death
    maiN roz-o-shab ke dast-o-pa ki narsaai sun sakooN [ narsaai= failure ]

    mujhe vida kar
    bahut hi der — der jaise der ho gayi
    ke ab ghaRhi meN beesveeN sadi ki raat baj chuki
    shajar hajar woh janwar [ shajar= trees; hajar= stones]
    wo taayiraan-e-kHastapar [ taayir = bird ]
    hazaar saal se jo haal meN , zameeN par
    makalme meN jama haiN
    wo kya kaheNge, maiN khudaaaoN ki tarah
    azl ke be-vafaaoN ki tarah
    phir apne ahad-e-mansabi se phir gaya

    mujhe vida kar, ai meri zaat
    tu apne rozanoN ke paas aake dekh le [ rozan= window]
    ke zahan-e-na tamaam ki masahatoN meN phir
    har uss ki kHizaaN ke barg-e-kHushk yuN bikhar gaye
    ke jaise shahar hast meN
    ye nesti ki gard ki pukaar hooN
    lahoo ke daldaloN meN hadsoN ke zamhareer atar gaye [ zamhareer= intense cold ]
    tu apne rauzanoN ke paas aake dekh le
    ke mashraqi ufaq pe aareefoN ke kHwaab———– kHwaab-e-qahwa rang meN
    umeed ka guzar nahiN
    ke magHrabi ufaq pe, marg noor pe kissi ki aankh tar nahi

    mujhe vida kar, magar na apne zeenoN se utar [ zeena = stairs]
    ke zeene jal rahe haiN be-hushi ki aag meN
    mujhe vida kar, magar na saans le
    ke shayaraan-e-nau tiri sada ke saham se dubak na jaayeN
    ke tu sada rasaalatoN ka baar unn peH Daalti rahi [ rasaalat= prophethood]
    ye baar inn ka haul hai
    woH dekh roshni ki doosri taraf
    kHyaal, kaagHzoN ki baaliyaaN bane hue
    haroof bhaagte hue
    tamaam apne aap hi ko chaaT-te hue
    jahaaN zamana tez tez gaam-zan
    wahiN zmana baaz apne khel meN magan
    jahaaN peH baam-o-dar lapak rahe haiN baaarishoN ki simt
    aarzoo ki tishnagi liye
    wahiN gumaaN ke faasle haiN raah-zan

    mujhe vidar kar
    ke shahar ki faseel ke tamaam dar haiN va abhi
    kahiN wo log so na jaayeN boriyoN meN rait ki tarah [ rait= sand]
    mujhe ai meri zaat, apne aap se
    nikal ke jaane de
    ke iss zabaaN boorida ki pukaar, iss ki ha va hoo
    gali gali sunaai de
    ke shahar-e-nau ke log jaante haiN ( kaasa-e-gursanagi liye) [ kaasa-e-gursanagi= bowl of hunger]
    ke unn ke tashtah baaghchoN meN
    apne vaqt ke dhulaaye haath se
    nay darakht ugaaooNga
    maiN unn ke seem-o-zar se , unn ke jism -o-jaaN se
    koltaar ke taheN haTaaooNga
    tamaam sang parah haai baraf
    unn ke aastaaN se maiN uThaaooNga
    ke unn ke shahar-e-nau ke raaste tamaam band haiN
    mujhe vida kar ke apne aap meN, maiN itne kHwaab ji chuka
    ke hausla nahi
    maiN itni baar aap apne zakHm si chuka
    ke hausla nahiN

    via Urdustan

  9. Salma Khan says:
    November 18th, 2007 1:34 am

    May Allah bless him with Jannah.
    He was a great person.Condolance to his family.

  10. November 18th, 2007 2:36 am

    I still remember his drama Chand girhan.

  11. hatim hussain says:
    November 18th, 2007 3:13 am

    It is a great loss of show biz. Shafi Muhammad was an actor of great qualities. His face expressions and beautiful voice always gave him prominence among his co-artists.

    Hatim Hussain

  12. Viqar Minai says:
    November 18th, 2007 3:17 am

    I saw only one PTV drama in which he acted; can’t recall the name at this time.

    His untimely death at such a young age is really saddening. May Allah(SWT) Grant him a peaceful abode, and give strength to cope with his loss to his bereaved family.

  13. Raza Rumi says:
    November 18th, 2007 4:55 am

    Owais bhai
    Many thanks for this post. What a loss – Shafi M was a brilliant actor and a trend setter.
    May his soul rest in peace – his plays will live on..

  14. November 18th, 2007 6:04 am

    I am really saddened by this. Maybe it is all the other bad news coming from Pakistan that magnifies the grief. But I was moved when I heard this news.

    I remember Shafi from a generation of PTV actors who were superstars, particularly in serious character roles. This was a time when the real stars were not the ‘choclate heros’ but serious, more mature, older dramatic actors… Abid Ali, Mohammad Qavi, Shafi Mohammad, Firdous Jamal, Talat, and many others. It was quite a time for dramatic actors and the PTV drams seemed to be written for them. The golden age of PTV drama.

    Shafi, I thought, had a particular sensibility and relished at bringing out divided personalities.. the soft-spoken villain was something he did particularly well (amongst many others). However, towards the end of his career I thought he was doing too many roles that did not fit him and his stature. It is a great loss, especially for his family to lose him so young. My prayers are with them.

  15. Aisha Sarwari says:
    November 18th, 2007 6:19 am

    I best liked his performance in PTV drama Tapish from Karachi studios, with Jamal Shah as a student leader in Karachi University and Rubina Shah, as the female protagonist and Shafi playing the character of Amhed Mushtaba, the master of doublespeak politician who sides with the military regime for personal gain.

    The play was written by Noor-ul-Huda Shah and had it not been for Shafi’s brillant acting it wouldn’t be half as good a drama. Also, Faiz’s Bol sung by Tina Sani made the sound track out of this world.

    May god rest his soul in peace.

  16. Haathi says:
    November 18th, 2007 6:33 am

    For people who grew up watching the 5 o’clock Sindhi dramas on PTV in Karachi, Shafi’s voiceover for some studly model of the day in those “KaRak Cha” jo commercials was an added treat. Miss him :(

  17. shayer says:
    November 18th, 2007 6:42 am

    Inna lillah-e-Wa Inna Ilaihe Rajion
    May Allah the Allmighty forgive him and give him janna

  18. November 18th, 2007 7:08 am

    Shafi saab was a great actor, one of the best Pakistan has ever produced. His acting was just superb. I recall one of his recent dramas where he plays a pliant follower of a sufi, his acting in that is just top class.

    Pakistan mourns his loss, we wish him the Garden of Paradise.

    Feimanallah Shafi Saab in Janaat

    Wasim

  19. November 18th, 2007 7:16 am

    May God bless your soul peace in heaven’s gardens. You were star and one of educated and creative icons in Pakistan (which is crowded and being governed by Idiots at the moment)

    God Bless Shai Muhammad and Live Longer Pakistan

    Imran Hashmi

    MobileMastee.com

  20. Syed Anwar Shah Zaidi says:
    November 18th, 2007 7:37 am

    Inalillahe wa ina aleihe rajehoon. We miss him already. He was a great actor with a great personality. Pakistan has lost a great actor. May God bless him with Jannah (ameen ).
    Anwar from Oslo, Norway

  21. ABDUL ALEEM says:
    November 18th, 2007 8:34 am

    ALLAH UN KI MAGFRAT KAREY. AAMEEN

  22. mr&mrs jafar raza says:
    November 18th, 2007 9:00 am

    we were very very shocked to hear this news here in canada that shafi mohd shah passed away ,we will really missing him on tv.he was such a great actor ,allah murhoom ki mughfirat farmay or unkay darajaat buland karay “mohammad alay mohammad kay sadkay main”,or unki family ko ye sadma burdasht kernay ki himmat uta farmay amin!

  23. November 18th, 2007 9:07 am

    We were really shocked to hear this news in Canada, that shafi muhammad shah had passed away, we lost a great actor and we will really miss him and seeing him on t.v. He was an AMAZING performer.His Drama, Chand Grahan,Aanch,Noori Jaam Tamachi, were great!
    May Allah give his family strength to tolerate what has happened.& May Allah Mohammah Alay Mohammad kay sadkay main marhoom ki mughfirat farmay, Ameen

  24. khair says:
    November 18th, 2007 9:09 am

    It is really sad to lose Shafi Mohd Shah. He was a gem of an actor. His performance in a Sindhi Long Play ‘Ghulam’ written by Noorulhuda Shah was a masterpiece. He was at ease in both languages. I still cannot forget his performance of crippled person whom Nayar Aijaz marries for Halala. A great actor

  25. Asma says:
    November 18th, 2007 9:14 am

    @ Viqar Minai’s His untimely death at such a young age is really saddening.

    Death is never Untimely … it comes at right time and right moment. Only Allah Almighty knows the best that’s been kept for us.

    Thought to point out, a very common thing most of us say at times of one’s departing … its not appropriate.

    And inna Lillah e wa inna alyhe rajeyoon.

  26. Umar says:
    November 18th, 2007 9:21 am

    Not only a great actor but a longtime PPP activist who I believe even ran for election once…

    RIP Shafi Sahab, and thanks for the memories… :(

  27. RE says:
    November 18th, 2007 10:47 am

    He was pretty young , Prayers for the family left behind. May Allah give him place in heaven. amin.

  28. Nadeem Arif says:
    November 18th, 2007 1:26 pm

    I want to express my great sadness on hearing of the death of this great icon of Pakistani television. Shafi Mohammad Shah was one of the most natural, powerful and versatile actors ever to grace television and films. He had a unique screen presence and an inimitable voice and style of dialogue delivery. To fans of Pakistani dramas he was like a family member. Somebody who was a regular fixture in their lives of two or more decades. In real life, he demonstrated humility and compassion as witnessed by his numerous interviews and the testmonies of his grief-stricken friends. It is no exageration that one feels his loss very personally. May Allah grant him a place in Paradise and may his soul forever rest in peace. His work will live foreover in our minds and hearts, and his voice will always resound in our ears. Long Live Shafi Mohammad!

  29. Irfan Katpar says:
    November 18th, 2007 3:52 pm

    Shafi Mohammad Shah was one of the most natural, powerful and versatile performers ever to grace television, prayers for him and his family.

  30. Durrani From says:
    November 18th, 2007 6:24 pm

    Shafi mohammad shah one of best actor.we prayes for him and his family.May Allah give him place in heaven.Amin

  31. Durrani From Belgium says:
    November 18th, 2007 6:32 pm

    shafi mohammad shah was great and handsom and powerful man.we pray for him and his family.My god bless him with jannah ( AMEEN)

  32. sahibah says:
    November 18th, 2007 7:12 pm

    Sahibah from Belgium its verry painfull news we never find actor like SHAFI MOHAMMAD SHAH.it is verry big loss.God bless him(AMEEN)

  33. Beej Kumar says:
    November 18th, 2007 8:25 pm

    Great artists, of whatever line, do not really belong to a Nation – they belong to the whole world and – because in the final analysis, they belong to the Art. My sincere condolences!

  34. Muhammad Zaheer says:
    November 18th, 2007 9:11 pm

    A shocking new!!! Shafi Muhammad passes away. No doubt a GREAT TV Artist with marvallous sound pitch after Filmstar Muhammad Ali. An irrepairable loss.

  35. shakeel hussain says:
    November 18th, 2007 11:14 pm

    we will miss Shafi Mohammad because he was actor of good days and those days will never be back which he had seen and that golden era of our Televion and films which is still remember those whoes Zameer is Zinda.
    shakeel hussain
    Sialkot

  36. Neena says:
    November 19th, 2007 1:39 am

    Shafi Muhammad Shah will be missed.

  37. Sadiq says:
    November 19th, 2007 2:09 am

    “Inna Lillahe wa inna Elaihe Rajeoon”
    great loss for the artist industry of Pakistan.
    May Allah shower His blessings on him.

  38. Ch. Shafiq says:
    November 19th, 2007 6:01 am

    Shafi Muhammad Shah was good actor. He was kind hearted man.
    May Allah (swt) bless his soul and grant him jannah, ameen.

  39. Kirun Mir says:
    November 19th, 2007 9:49 pm

    Oh God, such a Loss. He was my favorite actor…full of grace and charm. May his soul rest in peace and may Allah give his family the courage to bear this major loss.

    He will always be missed.

  40. Waseem says:
    November 20th, 2007 6:01 am

    We have lost a great Actor

  41. shahan says:
    November 21st, 2007 4:40 am

    really a great loss, irrepairable one. i liked his performances in Emergency ward, Jungle, Dewaren and Aanch. May Allah Forgive him.

  42. mrizvi says:
    November 21st, 2007 4:01 pm

    I am deeply saddened. A great loss!
    Does anyone remember the name of the play in which he plays a crippled person whom Nayar Aijaz marries for Halala. Khair mentioned this in his post but didn’t mention the name of the play.

  43. Aftab says:
    November 23rd, 2007 10:41 am

    Very sad. He had a great personality and an impressive “presence” on the screen. He will be missed. May God have mercy on his soul.

  44. November 26th, 2007 5:23 am

    he had his own class ..
    performing the most agressive scenes in a calm style was his quality.

    We have definitely lost a gem !

  45. shahzaman says:
    November 27th, 2007 2:40 pm

    he was a complete true and great artist.. and we have some good artist in pakistan in that we had lost this person may ALLAH gives him a place in JANNAT-UL-FIRDOS……! AMEEN

  46. Aftab Alam says:
    December 4th, 2007 7:01 am

    He was very best actor.
    May allah rest his soul in peace.

  47. mahar muhamamd akmal says:
    December 11th, 2007 6:30 am

    i like sir SHAFI MUHAMMAD.HIS ACTING IN WAS NATURALLY.HE WAS BORN ACTOR.HIS DEATH IS THE BIG CRISIS ON PAKISATN TV CHANNELS AND PLAYS.MY BEST STAR IN TV DARAMA IS SHAFI MUHAMMAD.PAKISTAN FILM AND DARAMA INDUSRTRY LOSS A GOOD PERSON .ITS BIG A LOSS

  48. Waffa says:
    December 14th, 2007 1:22 am

    Its a great loss to Pakistani Media. He was a fabulous actor. A few words in his memory wont’ be enough. May Allah Bless his soul.

  49. December 19th, 2007 2:18 am

    i very sad news

    shafi muhammad was passed away

    shafi muhammad is a good actor . i am always watching drama
    shafi muhammad is very good actor and mafia. he is good activity and soft speaking in the drama

    i miss shafi

    he will go to janat . inshallah

    irtaza

  50. shenaz110 says:
    December 19th, 2007 3:54 am

    It was indeed very shocking to learn shafi Mohammed is no more with us . I remember one of his hit dramaz Chand grahan he appeared so nice , roadz seemed deserted while his play was on air . One day I was watching Mr Amir Liaquats Aaya hai bulawa mujhay at that time some one told me abt Shaf iMohammed I couldnt control my tearz . He was so humble, so gentle, he had such an impressive voice . May Allah Almighty place him in jannat Ameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeen ,And give the courage to his family to bear this LOSS

  51. ali says:
    December 24th, 2007 11:49 pm

    i never forget the best acor

  52. N.Ahmed says:
    March 15th, 2008 6:23 pm

    As I came from work , some one told me Shafi Muhammad has passed away. I was so shocked that I coud’nt control my self. He was a nice person,so gentle & had such impressive voice. His drama Anch was great, my children loved watching it again & again. We will not get actor’s like these in future.May Allah thalah place him in Jannat & give patient to his family. Ameen

  53. Ishtiaq Azhar says:
    May 15th, 2008 11:23 pm

    Shfi Muhammad Shah was the legend and he was the star of the 2 decades from 80′s to 2000

  54. Imran Ali says:
    May 15th, 2008 11:26 pm

    When I Came from my office then I have been iformed that Shafi Muhammad Shah has passed away I was shocked because i was a very great fan of him because of his voice,may allah bless him

  55. aslam sheikh (Actor) says:
    May 22nd, 2008 10:10 pm

    shafi Muhammed, i naver forgat the best actor,

  56. May 29th, 2008 11:16 am

    SHAFI MUHAMMED SHAH WAS ONE OF THE GREATEST
    ACTOR, PERFROMER AND ARTIST OF PAKISTAN SCREEN.
    I HAVE BEEN WATCHING HIS LATEST DRAMA SERIAL-
    MERI ADHURI MUHABBAT- AND WAS UNDER THE IMPRESSION THAT HE IS STILL ALIVE- BUT IT IS SAD TO
    LEARN THAT HE DIED LAST NOVEMBER IN 2007- MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE AND MAY ALLAH GIVE SABR TO
    ALL HIS NEAR AND DEAR ONES- AAMEEN-

    S. M. SIDDIQUI

  57. farin says:
    January 24th, 2009 9:17 pm

    i cant believe hes passed away i just found out and thought id check and its true :O
    so devastated! :(

  58. ali says:
    March 3rd, 2009 7:58 pm

    AOA i am a big fan of shafi Muhammad Shah (Late).Any body who has his any dram plz upload it for me ,i will be thankful.Or you can send me the link of website on my email.
    Thanks again
    ALi

  59. shahzaib says:
    June 13th, 2009 11:10 am

    Shafi Muhammad was very talented actor with his unique voice. His drama serial “teesra kinara” is notable.

  60. shiraz says:
    July 31st, 2009 12:49 am

    AOA

    its really sad sad to hear that… may he rest in peace.
    one more thing this person “farin” r u the one who played the rold of “nageen” in drama “aanch” ?

  61. ghullam murtaza says:
    November 9th, 2009 3:46 pm

    salam to al pakistan lovers dear any body give me details pf drama ROZAN plz plz

  62. Jamshed says:
    May 18th, 2010 1:39 pm

    Tremendous actor.Among the very best.

  63. Saket Saurabh says:
    February 1st, 2011 11:25 pm

    Aanch is the type of emotional drama i have never seen in my whole life.
    It was awesome and heart touching. I never knew it was gret(Now late) Mr. Safi. Later i came to know that, he was Shafi Md. Shah. I knew him only after his death. It was the biggest shock for me. Bcoz, I grew up watching his dramas on TV from my childhood. Althouth I am Indian , i have watched lot of his serials on Nepal television. His style of dialogue delivering was very natural especially in AANCH.

    May Allah bless his soul.

    Saurabh

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