Play Writer, Actor and Director
Rauf Khalid was son in law of late provincial minister Syed Zafar Ali Shah and brother-in-law of Provincial Minister for Health Syed Zahir Shah. Late Rauf was recipient of the Pride of Performance Award, he was the founding president and chancellor of the National Institute of Culture Studies, Lok Virsa, in Islamabad. A former bureaucrat, Rauf Khalid was known for plays that highlighted the plight of the Kashmiri people. He also worked as an actor in TV and film. Besides, Rauf Khalid was a painter, lyricist, speaker and educationist. His paintings have been exhibited in the World Fine Art Gallery at New York and the Omma Art Gallery in Crete Greece. In 1989, he wrote and partially directed PTV’s thriller, Maddar, a seven-episode serial, exposing drug trafficking, from PTV Quetta centre. In 1991, he wrote Guest House, a 52-episode comedy series that turned out to be a popular comedy series for PTV. In 1995, Rauf Khalid directed, produced and acted in drama serial Angaar Wadi. In 1998 he directed, produced and acted another 27-episode drama serial ‘Laag’. In 2003, Rauf Khalid released his debut film Laaj, as (writer, director, producer and actor). The film Laaj won 12 Bolan Awards, 14 Graduate Awards, 4 National Film Awards and Luxstyle Award. In 2008, Rauf Khalid also produced his third television serial Mishaal as writer and director. He is survived by a wife two sons and a daughter.
Demise of the Artist
Renowned TV play writer, director, artist Rauf Khalid died in a road accident on 24 November 2011. He was on his way from Lahore to Rawalpindi via Motoway, near Sheikhupura, the tyre of his car got burst and it crashed into roadside fence, resultantly Rauf sustained critical injuries and died.
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