Friday, February 4, 2011


By Mahtab Bashir
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I am no more a couch potato neither impressed by any performer on tube but he was the one I always adore since my childhood- as he is truly a versatile in every role he played. Khayyam Sarhadi- one of my all time favourite artist par excellence leaves this world.

This veteran TV, film, stage actor and Presidential Award holder versatile artist Pakistan has ever produced, Khayyam Sarhadi died of cardiac arrest during picturisation of a TV play here in Lahore on Thursday (February 3). He was 70.

His daughter said that he suffered the heart attack during the shooting of a drama, and was pronounced dead in a hospital.

Sarhadi started his career from theatre and later joined Pakistan Radio but he got fame from number of TV plays like Waris, Anokha Ladla and Manchaly Ka Soda. The actor also performed in three movies including Dakoo and Bobby but he left the film industry.

Son of pre-partition film producer and lyricist Zia Sarhadi, Khayyam Sarhadi acted in a number of popular PTV dramas like Man Chale Ka Sauda, Sooraj Key Saath Saath and Deep Se Deep Jale.

Since he was educated in England, he could not read Urdu and had to get his dialogues rendered in Roman.

He first married television actress Atiya Sharaf and then film actress Saiqa. His daughter Zille Sarhadi is an actress and model.

His father was a progressive person who produced three films, Hum Loag, Footpath and Awaz, before the partition. He also wrote lyrics for films like Lal Haveli, Jugnu and Anokha Pyar.

The actor is survived by two widows and three daughters.


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sir jee, ur written expression is superb and no doubt khayyam sarhadi was a great legend,who proved himself in drama ,film very successfully...

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