Jamsheed Ansari was born on on 31st December 1942 in Saharanpur, India. He was a well-known Pakistani film, television and radio actor. He was considered to be one of the greatest comedians of Pakistan Showbiz. His stand-up comedian roles made him greatly admired amongst audiences. His popular drama serials include Jharokay, Kiran Kahani, Ghora ghans khata hai, Zair Zabar Pesh, Kiran Kahani, Uncle Urfi, Ankahi, Tanhayian, Half Plate, Kohar and Kangan. He also appeared on big screen (films) like Saughat, Pakeeza and Punjabi movie Ajj dian kurian. Jamshed has won 55 different national awards including Graduate Award, Quaid-e-Azam Award while he also won two international awards. He died of a brain tumour on August 24, 2005. Prayers were held at Baitul Mukarram Mosque, Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi followed by burial at Khurshidpura Graveyard in Hub, Balochistan. He left 3 children 1 son and 2 daughters.
|In Urdu:||جمشید انصاری|
|Native Name :||Jamshed|
|Famous As:||Radio Actor|
|Residence:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Education:||Bachelors of Arts degree in 1964|
|Awards :||55 national and 2 international awards|
|Date:||31 December 1942|
|Place:||Saharanpur, Uttar Pradesh, British India (now India)|
|Children:||3: 1 son and 2 daughters|
|Siblings :||Tameez Ansari|
|Date:||24 August 2005|
|Rest Place:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Years active :||1968–2005|
|Fomous Radio Programme:||Hamid Mian Kay Haan (In Hamid Mian’s house)|
|Television Debut :||In 1968 with Lahore Centre’s drama, Jharokay|
|First Drama:||Ghora ghaas khata hai|
|Films :||Saughat (1970), Pakeeza (Urdu) & Ajj Dian Kurian (Punjabi)|
Early Life Education
Jamshed 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 England
Jamshed 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 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, a long-established artist of Pakistani television, offered a magnificent performance in the popular drama serial, ‘Tanhayian.’ Cast included Shehnaz Sheikh, Marina khan, Asif Raza Mir and Behroz Sabswari. Tanhayian’ also dealt with the social realities of the day. Jamshed’s way, as one of the most distinguished artists, had come completely into his own. Quality plays aspire to grandeur and seriousness. In her mega hit drama serial, ‘Unkahi’, Haseena Moin had crafted a play that stands as a classic in its bittersweet illustration of the unbreakable bond of family.
Jamsheds first television play
Jamshed’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.
Jamshed’s love of acting not only took him irresistibly to the stage and television, but to radio as well. He contributed to numerous radio programs. Jamshed brightened our world with his brilliant comedy. His character came precariously close to reality in the Karachi television drama serial, ‘Zeir zabar pesh.’ The ambiguity of the story brought laurels to Jamshed. Jamshed dubbed as ‘Safdar bhai’, came up with a performance of high dramatic caliber in the Karachi television drama serial, ‘Kiran kahani.’ That enormously appealed to the audiences. To his adorers, Jamshed personified the ideal artist. Perhaps, Jamshed impressed his admirers most in Haseena Moin’s 1976 super hit drama serial ‘Uncle urfi.’ Jamshed portrayed the memorable role of ‘Uncle urfi’s’ ‘Hasnat bhai’ to the hilt. One peculiarity of Jamshed was that he could tunnel into his character. In fact, ‘Uncle urfi’ was written with the brilliance and detail that was synonymous with Haseena Moin. Cast included Shakeel – Qurban Jilani and Azra Sherwani. Hasnat bhai’s repartee ‘Chakku hai meray paas’ and ‘Afsheen, tum samajh naheen rahi ho, chacccha urfi ko pata chal gaya to bari garbar ho jaye gee’, are still fresh in the minds of television viewers. Likewise, one marvels at the spectacle as one watches Jamshed’s treasured splendor throughout the drama serials. Particularly, his repetition of ‘Zoar kis pay hua’ and ‘Qatai naheen’ in two different drama serials.
- 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)
Furthermore, 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.
Bad 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.