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Published in the 16-31 August 2004 print edition of MG; send me the print edition


Bollywood comedy king MEHMOOD ALI died after a prolonged illness in Pennsylvania, North America on 23 July. He was 72 and is survived by wife, five sons and a daughter. His body was flown to Mumbai on 27 July and it was taken to Bangalore, where he was buried beside his father in Ali Estate on Doddballapur road on 29 July. Son of actor-dancer Mumtaz Ali, Mehmood acted in more than 300 films and also directed a few. Born in Mumbai on 29 September 1932, Mehmood started his career with a very poor earning and made entry into Bollywood through car driving. Some actors would hesitate to work with him as he would steal the limelight by his impeccable acting that blended humour with human sensitivity. Mehmood helped actors like Amitabh Bachchan, Sunit Dutt and Aruna Irani shape their career. Bombay to Goa, Kunwara Baap, Jinny and Johnny, Sabse bada Rupaiya and Bhootbangla are some of his noted films. "The loss caused to film industry cannot be compensated. I feel I have been deprived of my elder brother", said Amitabh Bachchan while condoling the death of the comedy king.

Chief engineer of road and buildings department, Jammu and Kashmir, MUHAMMAD YUSUF died in a Srinagar hospital on 19 July. He was critically injured in a militant attack on deputy chief minister Mangatram Sharma and two of his colleagues two days ago. With this the number of deaths in the attack reached five. The deputy CM has demanded an inquiry into the attack. J&K chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his cabinet colleagues have strongly condemned the attack.

Journalist and calligrapher HAFIZ MUHAMMAD ASHIQ died after a prolonged illness in Saharanpur recently. He was 90. Through his weekly newspaper Muhafiz, Hafiz Ashiq encouraged freedom fighters. A large number of people attended his funeral prayer.
Ghazal singer HABIB ALVI died after a brief illness in Hyderabad on 1st August. He was buried in Nagabawli graveyard, near Dabirpura railway station.

MAULANA IMAMMUDDIN MAZAHIRI, shaikhul hadith, Darul Uloom Bahadurganj, Kishanganj, Bihar died on 4 August. He was 85. Founder of Darul Uloom Amour, Purnea and popularly called “Hazratji”, Maulana Imamuddin was patron and founder of about a dozen madrasas and makatib (morning schools) in North Bihar. He was a close disciple of Shaikhul Hadith Maulana Muhammad Zakaria Kandhalwi. His death was widely mourned.

MAULANA NOOR MUHAMMAD HASHIM NARYABI of Jafarabad village in Ambarbal district of Gujarat died in a Tablighi Jamaat Markaz in Panipat on 27 July. He was 72 and is survived by wife and children. He remained imam in his native area for 50 years.

Poet NAZAR SHADANI of Moradabad, UP, passed away recently. He was president of literary organisation Bazme Aish. Alam Qureshi, vice-president of Bazme Qamar condoled his demise.

Social activist MOLVI IZHARUL HAQUE advocate died after a brief illness in Patna on 23 July. His body was taken to his native place Munger and buried there. A senior advocate, Molvi Izhar took part in social activities and was also a member of Muslim Personal Law Board.  «

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