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      DAWN.COM | Art & Culture | TV producer Nusrat Thakur is dead

      LAHORE: Celebrated TV producer and radio artiste Nusrat Thakur passed away on Saturday after a brief illness. He was 72.
      He was the son of M.J. Thakur, himself a well-known radio and TV artiste.
      According to his younger brother Safdar Jang, Thakur had been ill for the last one week. He was a diabetic and diabetes had led to other complications. He was admitted to Doctors’ Hospital on Friday night where he died at around 1:30am.
      Born in Lahore in 1937, Thakur joined Radio Pakistan’s Lahore station in ’60s and served as a drama artiste for many years. He joined television in the late ’60s as duty officer. Later, he was appointed assistant producer.
      In the early ’70s, Thakur became a producer and had a number of plays and serials to his credit. But the drama serial that shot him to popularity was Waris, written by Amjad Islam Amjad.
      Among his other prominent plays and serials were Waqt, Ghulam Gardish, Piyas, tele-theatres Khwaish and Raat Rail aur Khat. He also worked as an assistant to known TV producer Yawar Hayat.
      Thakur also served PTV’s Lahore station as general manager and got retirement some 10 years ago.
      He has left behind his wife, a son and a daughter. He had two brothers and eight sisters.
      His funeral prayers were held at Sadar (Cantonment) Jamia Masjid. Qul will be held between Zuhar and Asr at Jamia Masjid, Delhi Road, Sadar (Cantt), on Sunday.

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      Artistes pay tribute to Thakur

      LAHORE: Artistes have hailed Nusrat Thakur as one of the greats in TV production in Pakistan. Thakur died here on Saturday.
      Firdous Jamal who also acted in drama serial ‘Waris’, the super-hit PTV play produced by Thakur, said Thakur was one of the wonderful directors PTV had. He said ‘Waris’ was the last production before commercialism crept into PTV.
      ‘Besides Waris I have also acted in another play, Barg-i-Arzoo, produced by Thakur in which I did the character of an old man despite the fact that I was just 25 then. I was also nominated for the award for that play.’
      Jamal said PTV producer Ghaznfar Ali started ‘Waris’ but after three episodes he left the serial due to personal reasons and later Thakur Sahib took over. To Jamal, Waris was the most popular PTV serial ever produced.
      Abid Ali, another actor who also graced ‘Waris’ besides working extensively with Nusrat Thakur, said that Thakur Sahib had a major role in his grooming as an actor. ‘I have acted in a number of drama productions directed by Thakur Sahib, including Waris, Piyas, and Penday, a Punjabi drama serial.
      He said Nusrat Thakur worked with PTV greats such as Muhmamd Nisar Hussain and Yawar Hayat who left great impression on his working style. He belonged to the Yawar Hayat school of thought based on realism. ‘In those days PTV’s Lahore centre was known for producing plays based on realism whereas Karachi for glamorous productions,’ Ali said. He said one of the brilliant aspects of Mr Thakur’s personality was his sharp memory.
      Usman Pirzada said when he started working with PTV, Thakur was the floor manager there. He was a committed producer whose productions had a lot to offer in terms of creativity and presentation, he said.
      Thakur’s funeral prayers attended by Usman Pirzada, Shujjat Hashmi, Khalid Abbas Dar, Asif Ali Pota, and PTV’s Lahore station GM Farrukh Bashir.
      Meanwhile, PTV Managing Director Arshad Khan and Deputy Managing Director Shahid Nadeem Mehmood have expressed deep sorrow and grief over Thakur’s demise.

      DAWN.COM | Art & Culture | Artistes pay tribute to Thakur

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      another great artist lost... may he rest in peace.

      who has hasn't seen Waris - what a masterpiece. the genius of Mehboob Alam, Firduas Jamal, Shujaat Hashmi, Abid Ali... absolute masterpiece... especially Mehboob Alam... but of course, the director is always the brains behind the operation.

      Ghulam Gardish was also a beautiful, beautiful play.

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      He was a great producer. Waris was a master piece. Raat Rail Aur Khat was one creative drama serial.
      People are afraid of what they don't understand

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      "There are two rules for ultimate success in life: #1. Never tell everything you know." ;)

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      Inna Lillahi Wa Inna Ilayihi Raajiuun.

      A greater producer/director indeed.
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      Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un
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      Nusrat Thakur--was a huge name on plays at PTV specially from Lahore.
      As a person---a jolly good fella and indeed an author of humor and fun even during recordings.

      Can never forget doing his play "MERI YAAD TU THI" that shivering December of 1973 at Lahore Centre with Sarwat Atiq and Badi'uz Zaman....and marhooma Najma Mahboob!

      May Allah Rest The Soul Of Nusrat In Peace & Heaven Abode (A'meen)
      Jeevay Jeevay PAKISTAN

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      Very Sad INdeed! May Allah give peace to his departed soul and strength to his family members to bear this irrepairable loss.
      Nusrat Sahib was truly an iconic figure for Pak TV. Who can forget WARIS!---- the play which revolutionised Pak TV and gave life to brilliant actors like Abid Ali, Mehboob Alam, Usma Gilani, Firdaus Jamaal, Aurangzeb Lagari etc. There were many attempts to recreate the magic of Waris in subsequent plays but then original is original. There could never be Waris-2 .
      Chaudhary Hashmat became for Pak TV what Gabbar Singh was for Indian Movies.
      Long Live the memory of Janab Nusrat Thakur

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