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12:09 AM, November 20, 2013 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:28 AM, November 20, 2013

Khalil a lifetime on the silver screen

Noted actor Khalilullah Khan Khalil has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award in National Film Award, 2012. He has acted in approximately 800 cinemas so far and has been acting for the last 50 years.
Khalil won the National Film Award first for his roles in “Gunda” directed by late Alamgir Kumkum. He has been conferred with numerous other awards during in his long acting career. However, to Khalil the greatest award is people's support for him as an actor.
Khalil started his career as a theatre artiste. Later, he ventured into television and film, and had a powerful presence on the silver screen since his very first appearance. Khalil debuted in was “Sonar Kajol”, jointly directed by Kalim Sharafi and Zahir Raihan. In the film, Sumita Devi and Sultana Zaman were the leading actresses with him.
Khalil's first film with Shabnam was in “Preet Na Jaane Reet” (1963). His leading roles in cinemas with Shabnam were box-office hits. His other films include “Sangam”, “Sonar Kajol”, “Bhai Bhai”, “Pagla Raja”, “Fakir Majnu”, “Matir Phool”, “Noder Chand” and “Bini Shutar Mala”.
However, acting for television, the serial “Sangsaptak” earned him huge popularity. The role of “Master” of Mia Bari in the serial won him huge recognition. The artiste has acted in versatile roles in his profound acting career. His popularity soared with roles as the hero or the villain. He has also acted for a number of TV commercials.
Reflecting on achieving the Lifetime Achievement Award, he said, “By the grace of Allah, I am still alive to receive the award. I was near death a couple of years ago.” He sought everyone's cooperation to return to the arena, and wished to continue acting until his last breath.
Though he may have been away from the limelight for sometime, the veteran actor says that he is now mentally ready to join the acting arena once more. “I feel better than before”, he told The Daily Star.

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