Early Life & EducationJamshed received Bachelors of Arts degree in 1964. The same year he left for London and lived there for four years. In London, Jamshed successfully completed GCE and television production courses and worked in stage shows. He most notably worked in Shaukat Thanvi’s stage play, ‘Sunta naheen hoon baat.’ He participated in at least three stage dramas. Additionally, he worked for the BBC. Jamshed Ansari’s brother, Tameez Ansari, was equally talented and bright but kept away from show business.
Returned from EnglandJamshed Ansari returned from England in 1968. In Pakistan, his first stab at acting was in the Lahore television play, ‘Jharokay’, which was produced and telecast in 1968. Jamshed’s every little gesture on the small screen showed an actor’s understanding of his role.
Jamshed’s PersonalityJamshed’s comedic but reality-minded characters created one of Pakistani television’s most enduring and beloved personas. He went on to work with luminaries like Shakeel and Humayun Saeed in the drama serial, ‘Doosri Aurat.’ Jamshed was highly successful as ‘Sagheer Ahmed’ in ‘Doosri Aurat.’ Director, Haider Imam Rizvi, penned by Naheed Sultana Akhtar. Cast included Laila Zuberi – Ayesha Khan and Aijaz Aslam. Jamshed’s immense artistic talents were quite evident in the drama serial ‘Manzilain.’ Cast included Aijaz Aslam – Javeria Jalil – Jehanzeb Khan and Farhan Ali.
Versatility of Jamshed Ansari
Jamshed’s first television playJamshed’s first television play from Karachi television was ‘Ghora ghaas khata hai’, written by Agha Nasir. Director Syed Ameer Imam took the genre to another level with an amazing vision. Ghora ghaas khata hai’ is still fresh in the minds of Pakistani television viewers. They have stories to share with others. Dwelling on his acting prowess, Jamshed conveys the almost desperate eagerness to please that is part of many performers makeup.
Role In Drama Serial (Bakra qistoan pay)Essentially, Jamshed was an amicable artist, a devoted friend, a patriot and an optimist. Jamshed’s role in the stage play ‘Bakra qistoan pay’ proved once again that some people are just destined to rise to the top. Cast included Umer Sharif – Nirala – Moin Akhtar and Salomi. Interestingly enough, most of the stage plays in which Jamshed participated were written by Ather Shah Khan. Moreover, Jamshed’s performance in the Pakistani television comedy play ‘Such Much’ won him national acclaim.
Stage & Television
List Of Television
- Ghora Ghans Khata Hai
- Zair Zabar Pesh (1970s)
- Kiran Kahani
- Uncle Urfi
- Ankahi (1982)
- Tanhaiyaan (1985)
- Half Plate
List Of Films
- Saughat (1970)
- Pakeeza (Urdu)
- Ajj Dian Kurian (Punjabi)
AwardsFurthermore, Jamshed also earned fifty-five national and two international awards in his forty-one year show business career. Prominent among them were Quaid-e-Azam award and Graduate award.
DeathBad luck, in the beginning of 2005, Jamshed was diagnosed with a brain tumor. From March 2005 onwards, his health deteriorated rapidly. Tragically enough, the tumor also affected his eyesight to an extent that in his last days Jamshed lost his eyesight. Jamshed’s affliction came to an end in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, August 24, 2005, when he breathed his last. May his soul rest in peace. He was sixty-three years of age. Jamshed’s funeral prayers were held at the Bait-ul-Mukarram mosque in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi. He was buried in his ancestral Khursheed pura graveyard located in the vicinity of Hub.
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