SRINAGAR: Senior theatre director and Sangeet Natak Akademi awardee Mushtaq Kak passed away at his residence here on Sunday.

Renowned Kashmiri actor and Sangeet Natak awardee Mushtaq Kak (A film scene)

Kak, 62, who has directed more than 100 plays and has acted in a number of Hindi movies, breathed his last around 2.25 am, his daughter Ifra Kak said.

Srinagar witnessed a somber gathering as the news of the demise of Kashmiri actor and Sangeet Natak awardee, Mushtaq Ahmed Kak, spread. The veteran artist had battled a prolonged illness, seeking treatment in various hospitals in Srinagar and Jammu.

A gathering of the artistic community convened in Srinagar on Sunday to pay tribute to the departed artist, Mushtaq Kak. The meeting was marked by a profound sense of loss, with Artists, Directors, producers, and writers expressing their shock and grief at the untimely passing.

Mushtaq Kak, who had previously served as the artistic director at Shri Ram Centre, New Delhi, left an enduring imprint on the realms of theater and cinema. Acknowledged for his remarkable talent, he was awarded the Best Director accolade for notable productions like “Andha Yug,” “Malika,” and “Pratibimb.” His plays, “Maha Brahmin” and “Alladad,” received acclaim as the best plays in 1999 and 2000, respectively.

With a portfolio boasting over 100 directed plays, Mushtaq Kak showcased his versatility by adapting works from Saadat Hasan Manto, Anton Chekhov, Vijay Tendulkar, and other celebrated writers.

Beyond the stage, Mushtaq Kak made a lasting impact on the silver screen with appearances in Hindi and Hollywood films, including “Hijack,” “Sikandar,” “Amal,” “Shikara,” “Vishwaroopam,” “Romeo Akbar Walter,” “Kesari,” “The Family Man,” and “Dishoom.”

The condolence meeting drew a distinguished crowd from various fields, including Mushtaaque Ali Ahmad Khan, Mushtaq Bala, Shafeeque Qureshi, Gulzar Ganie, Mir Sarwar, Gulzar Bhat, Hussain Khan, Altaf Hussain, Manzoor Ishbari, Hassan Javid, Shahid Lateef, and others. They shared heartfelt condolences and recounted memories of the late artist.

Mushtaq Kak’s legacy as a multifaceted artist and director will be cherished by the artistic community and the audiences touched by his impactful performances.


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