Shafi Muhammad Shah was a famous Pakistani film and television actor. Famously called as as Shah-jee, he was born in the city of Kandiaro, Naushahro Feroze District, Sindh.Shah was launched by PTV Home producer late ‘Shahzad Khalil’ in his famous Urdu-drama serial “Teesra Kinara” from where he was added to the elite club of the TV stars.
|Name:||Shafi Muhammad Shah|
|In Urdu:||شفیع محمد شاہ|
|Nick Name :||Shah-jee|
|In Urdu:||(شاہ صاحب / شاہ جی )|
|Residence:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Awards :||Best actor award from Pakistan Television (PTV)|
|Date:||1 January 1949|
|Place:||Kandiaro, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Children:||Ali Asghar, Zainab Muhammad, Alina Muhammad, Sheherbano Muhammad, Arsalna Muhammad|
|Parents:||Ali Asghar Shah|
|Date:||17 September 2007|
|Age :||(aged 58)|
|Rest Place:||Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan|
|Years active :||1960–2007|
Shafi Muhammad and his wife, Batool had 4 daughters: Alina, Arsalna, Zainab and Sheherbano; and a son, Ali. Shafi Muhammad Shah breathed last peacefully while asleep at his Clifton home on the month of November 17, 2007. His funeral prayers were arranged at Imambargah Yasreb in the Defence Housing Authority (DHA). He was buried in the region of Defence graveyard. The reason of the sudden death was liver failure.
Shafi started his career as a radio presenter from the platform of Hyderabad radio station; he polished his acting qualities by taking part in plays broadcast from the radio in the time period of 1960s. Meanwhile, he gained a postgraduate degree from the Institution of University of Sindh, Jamshoro. He later migrated to the city of Karachi and started his career as an actor.
The PTV’s play Urta Asman, amazingly directed by Shahzad Khalil, was his 1st debut performance. Teesra Kinara was his 1st famous TV play: Shafi became a famous name. He obtained accolades for his acting in several plays, particularly in Dairey, Aanch, Chand Girahan, Bund Gulab and Mohabbat Khawab Ki Surat. Shafi acted in entire mediums of entertainment, from the journey of radio, theatre to films and TV. During his time of 30-year career, He performed in about fifty drama serials and over 100 TV plays in the language of Urdu and Sindhi languages on various TV channels.
Prominent television plays
- Chand Girahan
- Bund Gulab
- Kali Dhoop
- Mannat (Maa Aur Mamta)
- Mohabbat Khawab Ki Surat
- Zehar Baad
- Muskarahat (1995)
- Teesra Kinara
- Dhori (Ary Digital)
On the day of March 12, 2004 Shafi Mohammad Shah joined to the Pakistan based UNICEF and WHO in case to assist alarm the parents of minor kids about taking vaccinations against the disease Polio.
Tribute and honor
In the year 1985 he acquired best actor award from Pakistan Television. In the year 2007, the participants at Karachi Press Club (KPC) gave honor to actor Shafi Mohammad Shah at the Karachi Press Club (KPC). This proposed meeting was organized by the KPC’s cultural committee, in which various artists paid honor to Shah, involving Anwar Solangi, Manzoor Qureshi and Mumtaz Kanwal.
On the day of November 16, 2008, the 1st death-anniversary of Shafi Mohammad Shah, a book named as “Wo aadmi tha ya moti dana (Was He A Human Or Bead of Pearl)” authored by Nagina Hisbani on the life and creative performance of Shah. This inauguration ceremony had been arranged by the Sindh Fankaar Welfare Trust, at the Mumtaz Mirza Auditorium.