Ashraf-ul-Haq, primarily known for his critically acclaimed roles in Traffic Signal and Fukrey died yesterday in Mumbai. The 45-year-old actor had been suffering from a blood-related disease, Myelodysplastic Syndrome for the last two years. Daulat Vaid, one of his close friends, told the reporters that he was kept on the ventilator for the last three days, but doctors declared him dead on Tuesday.
Ashraf-ul-Haq belonged to Assam and did his graduation from National School of Drama, Delhi. He started his career with theatre and worked with some exceptional playwrights such as Ram Gopal Bajaj before making a debut in Bollywood.
Ashraf-ul-Haq was last seen in The Lost Behrupiya, a national award winning film. Some of the other movies that he was part of include Paan Singh Tomar, Delhi Belly, Black Friday and Company. He is now survived by his wife and a 9-year-old son.
Veteran director and Ashraf-ul-Haq’s close friend Anurag Kashyap says that it’s a great loss to the industry. In an interview to Mumbai Mirror, Kashyap said, “We both knew each other from our struggling days. From my TV shows to movies, I always worked very closely with him as he was an incredible actor. I was aware of his illness and knew that his health was deteriorating, but never expected him to leave this world so soon. Now our main responsibility is to take care of his wife and son.”
Ashraf had acted in more than 30 plays and 30 movies and albeit he was always appreciated for his determination towards acting, he remained one of the unsung heroes if the industry. May his soul rest in peace.
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