The 85-year-old actor and playwright Kamal Ahmed Rizvi, who was best known for his satirical work in ‘Alif Noon’ passed away due to a heart attack after a prolonged illness in Karachi on Thursday.


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Popular for his iconic role as ‘Allan’ in classic drama serial Alif Noon. Rizvi continues to serve Urdu literature as editor and writer in popular digests such as Tehzeeb, Aina and Shama. He also worked with the BBC Urdu for some time.

Rizvi showed distressing concerns over the society’s collective insensibility towards performing arts and literature.

He said, “Our society is in dire straits. Who has time for the arts in this day and age?” questioned the actor who dedicated over six decades to the field, adding, “Our artists have drowned in waters of oblivion.”

Born in the year 1930, Rizvi was one of the founding members of theatre life in Pakistan. His satire added the zest of life in the early 70s and 80s. He started his career by serving roles in the entertainment industry as an actor, playwright, writer, director and editor.

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He started his career by serving roles in the entertainment industry as an actor, playwright, writer, director and editor. The country mourns the loss of another gem lost into oblivion.