Kashmir’s ‘comedian King’ Shadi Kaul is dead

Kashmir’s ‘comedian King’ Shadi Kaul is dead

Jammu: Noted actor Shadi Lal Kaul, popularly known as ‘comedy king of Kashmir’, died at a hospital here on Sunday, his family said. He was 66.
Kaul sahib was suffering from cancer and was admitted to a hospital about a week ago. He breathed his last around 2.45 am, his son Vijay Kaul told PTI. Shadi Lal Kaul is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.
Born in downtown Srinagar, Kaul migrated to Jammu in early 1990 and had an enormous fan following in the Valley, the versatile theatre actor had played lead roles in hundreds of serials and live plays over the past four decades of his association with the art world and the television industry.
He was known among his fans as ‘Shamas Din after his lead role in a 104-episode serial ‘Shabrang’, which was telecast for three successive years from 1981 to 1983 on Doordarshan Srinagar on popular demand.
The self-taught artist, who won many awards besides the title of ‘king of comedy’, had also played a role in a Doordarshan serial under a Shyam Benegal banner with Om Puri and a houseboat owner in Balwant Gargi’s play houseboat .
Kaul’s popularity grew in the valley with his role in ‘Dastaar’ (Turban) which was staged at Tagore hall in 1978 in a drama festival.
The other television serials which became a hit among the people included ‘Rangan Heund Rang’, ‘Cherry Treuch’, ‘Ghulam Begum Baadshah’, ‘Tijarratuk Aasan Tarikaa’, ‘Gaash Innuss Taam’ and ‘Gul Gulshan Gulfaam’.
Kaul’s son Vijay said his father was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 but he did not allow the dreaded disease to overcome him and tried his best to see the smile on the faces of the people through his acting.

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