Renowned actor Khalil Ullah Khan is no more
7 December 2014, Nirapad News: Popular actor Khalil Ullah Khan breathed his last on Sunday morning at the age of 80, bringing an end to a career spanning over five decades in Bangladesh films. He died of cardiac arrest at Square Hospital in the city.
The actor from Sylhet, loved and respected by his peers and friends, starred in almost 800 films, left behind a treasure trove of memorable performances.
He had been suffering from lung, liver and kidney ailments for some time and was hospitalised several times after falling critically ill.
Khan’s body was taken from the hospital to his home in Mohammadpur’s Noorjahan Road as said by his son Musa Khan.
A large number of people from Bangladesh’s cultural world were seen in the hospital lobby along with media persons, who had rushed there on learning of Khan’s death.
His Namaz-e-Janaza will be held at his long-time work place, the Bangladesh Film Development Corporation (FDC) at 3pm.
He will be buried in Mohammadpur after the Esha prayers.
A condolence message on his death was posted on the Facebook page of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s press wing.
Khan graduated from Sylhet’s MC College and joined Ansar in 1951.
He had acted in numerous films during the past 54 years. He began his career in television and first starred in Jahir Raihan’s film ‘Sonar Kajal’ in 1959.
Some of his other movies were ‘Preet Na Jane Reet’, ‘Sangam’, ‘Bhawal Sannyasi’, ‘Kayse Kahu’, Jangli Ful, ‘Agun’, ‘Pagla Raza’, ‘Mintu Amar Naam’, ‘Wada’, ‘Bini Sutar Mala’, ‘Bou Kotha Kou’ and ‘Kajal’.
Khan, who also excelled in playing the bad guy, first acted as a villain in ‘Begana’, directed by SM Parvez, in 1966. ‘Bhawal Sannyasi’ gave him his directorial debut.
He has also produced films – ‘Sipahi’ and ‘Ei Ghar Ei Sangsar’.
A familiar face on TV, he was widely acclaimed for his role as ‘Miah’r Beta’ in the television drama based on Shahidullah Kaiser’s novel ‘Shangshaptuk’.
The former head of Bangladesh Film Actors Association received his first national award for Alamgir Kumkum’s ‘Gunda’ where he acted opposite Sumita Devi and Sultana Zaman while in 2012 he won a ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ in recognition of his contribution to the country’s film industry.
“From now on, I take the responsibility for his lifelong treatment. He gave us a lot, now it’s our turn to give back,” Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had said while handing the crest to ailing Khan in May 10, this year.