Veteran actors react to Roohi Bano’s passing
Those whose time has come must leave this world. But the gap they leave behind is never filled.
“Her sensitivity became her Achilles heel,” Abid Ali
When I started out in the industry, Roohi Bano was already a big name, a star. I was lucky, that despite being a newcomer, I got the chance to work with her. Today’s generation does not know much about her work, but back then, everyone knew just how brilliant actor she was.
She was a very passionate performer, and very hard working one. She had her own unique style of emoting, and it was just so different from all her contemporaries. She would think and deliberate before each shot. She was sensitive, as a person and as an actress. This sensitivity became her Achilles heel when misfortunes befell her personal life.
The last time I met Roohi Bano was when she was quite unwell. I am not sure exactly when did this meeting happen, possibly a decade ago did. Then I shifted to Karachi and she stayed in Lahore. I could not meet her after that but I was kept updated about her health.
Yes, those whose time has come must leave this world. But the gap they leave behind is never filled. And so it will be for Roohi Bano.
“We all could not take care of her the way we should have,” Tauqeer Nasir
I often tell my friends that Roohi Bano made a huge contribution to my career when she co-starred with me in Kaanch Ka Pull. I count myself as fortunate to have had the chance to work with such a big name very early on in my career.
When she was acting, Roohi Bano would take herself and all those watching, in a trance. I learned spontaneity and natural acting from her. Her death is a great loss for the society and for the country.
For me, her death has left a deep sorrow. I believe we all could not take care of her the way we should have. She was lonely, especially after her son’s death.
We should not ignore our heroes, especially not when they are at the end of their life, when they are ill and miserable. We should wipe away their tears. Civilized societies preserve their heroes, encourage them and support them.
This is a loan that we have to pay off to our luminaries, that we bring smiles to their faces, that we take care of them, and that we do all this while they are alive, and not wait for their death to eulogize them.
“None among her colleagues had the kind of career she did,” Uzma Gillani
Roohi Bano was one of my oldest friends in the industry. We worked together for 15 years. Me, Roohi and Khalida Riyasat were very close. Then Khalida passed away, and now my other friend is no more.
When I last met Roohi, she was in poor spirits. In fact, she was very depressed.
But then, there had always been sadness inside Roohi, even back in the initial days when she was making a name for herself. To me, she seemed morose and depressed. I think that even she did not know what would make her happy.
But that inner battle did not reflect on the screen. She was the brightest gem in the industry, a diamond far shinier than all others. None among her colleagues had the kind of career she did. As a colleague she was a pleasure to work with, and a pleasure to watch. Her dedication and ability to work hard was phenomenal.
It gives me solace to know, that the industry she worked so intensely for, did not forget her in her struggles. Not just PTV, but the government and other artists, all of them supported her through the worst of times.
When I heard the news of Roohi’s passing, my heart sank. So few of us are alive now, from that golden era of PTV. And the numbers are reducing as we speak.
As for my friend, I loved her. I will always remember her. And I will miss her a lot now.