Comedian Amanullah died after a prolonged illness in Lahore. He was 70 and was undergoing treatment in the hospital due to a disease related to lungs and liver. Amanullah had spent 15 days in the hospital due to his illnesses a few months ago.
He was again taken back to the hospital after his health deteriorated.
His funeral is yet to be announced by the family. Amanullah was a popular comedian in Pakistan and was a standup comedian artist and held a world-record of 860-day and night theatre plays. Beginning his career fromn theatre plays, he began working for comedy programs on various TV channels for several years.
RIP AmanUllah Saab, Comedy is orphaned today. Tragic day!
— Shafaat Ali (@iamshafaatali) March 6, 2020
— maan (@maandgaf) March 6, 2020
— The Pakistan Post (@T_PakistanPost) March 6, 2020
— Ch Fawad Hussain (@fawadchaudhry) March 6, 2020
In 2012, Amanullah joined GEO TV for its news program Khabarnaak. He also played the role of Chacha Bashir in Mazaaq Raat. The fellow comedians went into deep shock and expressed remorse on the demise of Amanullah; some called him their inspiration while others revered him as their teacher who taught them the art of comedy.
Federal Minister for Science and Technology, Fawad Chaudhry, also expressed grief and called him a legend in a tweet.
Amanullah had not only made his name in Pakistan but he had also toured India as well. Popular comedians like Kapil Sharma and Chandan Prabhakar respected him as their teacher and inspiration.
“Beta, whenever you feel sad, just give me a call and I’ll make you laugh!”
– Amanullah RIP 💔 pic.twitter.com/9DfqdfTY2l
— Muniba Mazari (@muniba_mazari) March 6, 2020
Then in 2018, he again joined Aftab Iqbal’s team for Khabarzar on Aap News Channel. He has also performed in two films named One Two Ka One (2006) and Na Maloom Afraad (2014). Some of his notable theatre plays include Begum Dish Antenna, Disco Deewane, and Khirki Ke Peechay.
He was a legend! Will be missed greatly😔 Truly the king of comedy in his genre. I was lucky enough to share the stage with him twice at an event. May Allah grant him a high rank in Jannat, Ameen. #Amanullah https://t.co/BbITZGl6cb
— Sophiya (@SophiyAnjam) March 6, 2020
Social media users also regretted Amanullah’s departure and lauded his services for Pakistan’s entertainment industry. A score of Twitter users commented that while comedy and satire was his profession, he also cheered people and drew a smile on sad faces with his art. Meanwhile, fans and followers prayed for the departed soul.