Shafi began his career as a Radio presenter from Hyderabad Radio Station, he honed his acting skills by taking part in plays broadcast by the radio. Meanwhile, he obtained a postgraduate degree from the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. He later moved to Karachi and began his career as an actor.
PTV’s play Urta Asman, directed by Shahzad Khalil, had his debut performance. Teesra Kinara was his first popular television play, that Shafi became a household name. He earned accolades for his acting skills in many plays, especially Chand Girahan, Dairey, Aanch, Bund Gulab and Mohabbat Khawab Ki Surat. Shafi Muhammad was acted in all mediums of entertainment, from radio, theatre to films and television. During his 30-year career, He performed in over 50 drama serials and over 100 television plays in the Urdu and Sindhi languages from different television channels.
Shafi Muhammad Shah was died peacefully in his sleep at his Clifton home on November 17, 2007. His funeral prayers was held at Imambargah Yasreb in Defence. He was buried in the Defence graveyard. Shafi Muhammad, who leaves behind his widow, four daughters and a son, suffered from a liver condition. His death is being attributed to liver failure. His wife Batool Mohammed is a teacher at the Beacon House school system, Jubilee Campus. His children are Alina, Arsalna, Zainab, Ali and Sheherbano. His son Ali goes by the name Ali Asghar is a graduate of Karachi Grammar School and works for the highly reputable Pakistani publication, The Herald.
Mr. Shafi Mohammad Shah was one of the most versatile performers, who has the knack of carving out the intricacy and delicacy of character-portrayal in Television plays.
He has performed some of the most challenging roles which earned him laurels both from the viewers and the press. Started his career with Radio as casual voice in 1970.
Shafi Muhammad Shah was also an active member of the Pakistan Peoples Party and also contested the general elections in October 2002 from NA-210, Karachi but lost. He was also in his partyâ€™s cultural committee and worked to promote arts and culture.
* Bund Gulab
* Chand Girahan
* Kali Dhoop
* Mohabbat Khawab Ki Surat
* Teesra Kinara
* Urta Asman
* Laila Majnoon
* Kali Dhoop
* Aik Haqeeqat Sau Afsaane
* Motio Jo Mann
* Emergency Ward
* Kala Daira
* Officer on Special Duty
* Aik Tasveer Aur
* Maa aur Maamta
* Wujood e Laraib
* Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai
* Meri Adhoori Mohabbat
* Bund Gulab
* Chand Girahan
1. Biwi Ho To Aisi, (1982)
2. Aisa Bhi Hota Hai, (1984)
3. Naseebon Wali, (1984)
4. Talash, (1986)
5. Muhib Sheedi, (1992) A Sindhi language film.
6. Ilzam, (1993)
7. Muskarahat (1995)
8. Salakhain (2004)
9. Rubi (1986)
10. Mohib Sheedi (1992)
* Best Actor Award from Pakistan Television in 1985
* Pride of Performance Award from President of Pakistan.
Actor Shafi Mohammad passes away
KARACHI, Nov 17: Veteran television actor Shafi Mohammad Shah died peacefully in his sleep at his Clifton home on Saturday evening. He was 58.
Mr Shah, who leaves behind his widow, four daughters and a son, suffered from a liver condition. His death is being attributed to liver failure.
Born in Kandiaro, he had his early education in Hyderabad. He obtained a postgraduate degree from the University of Sindh.
His funeral prayers will be held at Imambargah Yasreb in Defence after Zohrain. He will be buried in the Defence graveyard.
Shafi Muhammad Shah laid to rest
KARACHI: Veteran art performer and actor Shafi Muhammad Shah was laid to rest Sunday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. in the Gizri Graveyard, Defence Phase IV.
The 57-year old actor was born in a town called Kandiaro in Nushero Feroz. He left a widow, a son and two daughters, besides a large number of fans. â€œIt was a big loss to the entertainment industry and his fans as well,â€ said many of his co-stars.
Many renowned figures from both television and film gathered in his house at Sea View and performed the final rituals before his body was taken to the graveyard.
â€œShafi was not only a friend but a brother to me,â€ said Nadeem, a renowned film actor and also a drama artist.
He said that his death would create a void in the industry which cannot be filled by anyone.
According to Abid Ali, a TV artist, Shah was a great performer and many senior artists hesitated performing in front of him in difficult scenes.
Another TV artist, Sohail Asghar, said, â€œShah was like a father to me. It is a loss equal to losing a father.â€
He also said that academies abroad show his acting footage to train people. â€œHe was a legend.â€ Shah was featured in more than 50 drama serials and over 100 plays on PTV and Sindhi channels. He was also the lead in many private productions and became popular after his performance in the early 80s drama serial, Jungle, in which he played a famous dacoit.
Other hits were made as Shahjee in Chand Grahan, a strict father in Aanch, a don in Nasal, a feudal lord in Laila Majnoon, Marvi and several other plays. He also featured in a few movies and was paired with Shabnam in one film, but, he never managed to find a permanent spot in the big screen and later returned to the silver screen.
Those who attended his funeral included Gulab Chandio, Kaiser Khan, Nadeem, Abid Ali, Sohail Asghar, Adnan Jillani, Yar Muhammed Shah, Hameed Bhutto and several figures from the entertainment industry.