Highly-acclaimed, veteran TV and film star Begum Khursheed Shahid passed away on Sunday after a cardiac arrest. She was 95.

Born in 1926, Begum Khursheed began her career at the age of nine at All India Radio, Delhi. She migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and is considered to be one of the pioneers of PTV.

She learnt classical singing under the tutelage of musical greats such as Feroz Nizami Bhaie Lal Muhammad and Roshan Ara Begum.

Her first TV play was the comedy Ras Malai. Some of her popular TV performances were in dramas such as Fehmida Ki Kahani Ustani Rahat Ki Zubani, Kiran Kahani, Zair Zabar Pesh, Uncle Urfi and Dhund. Shahid went on to receive the highest civil award, the Pride of Performance, in 1984.

After Partition, her family moved to Lahore, where she became a regular at Radio Pakistan, then headed by Mehmood Nizami.

Commenting on her acting career, former PTV producer Ayub Khawar told Dawn that Shahid was the most prominent actor of her times. “Right from the start of PTV, till the late 80s we see her remarkable work.” He added that she was a natural and never used glycerin for shedding tears.

Playwright Asghar Nadeem Syed said Shahid was perhaps the last figure from the classical school of acting.

Talking to Dawn, veteran Actor Usman Pirzada said that he had childhood memories of Khurshid Shahid. “She was also a student of my father Rafi Peer and was a great radio and television artiste. She also learnt music with great dedication.”

In a condolence message, PTV Lahore Station General Manager Saifuddin, expressed deep sorrow and grief on the demise of Khurshid Shahid, saying she was an institution.

Her son Salman Shahid said that her mother led a full life. He said he considered himself fortunate to be Khurshid Shahid’s son, adding that his mother let her do whatever he wanted to do in life.

From : pk.mashable.com

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