GOALPARA, Feb 20 � The sudden and untimely demise of Ashraf-ul-Haque (44), a talented actor who was able to carve a niche for himself in Bollywood as well as in the theatre world, was widely mourned here. Haque passed away at Sunita Hospital in Mumbai after prolonged illness on February 17.
The late actor, known for his roles in Fukrey and Delhi Belly, started his illustrious career in Behrupriya, a critically acclaimed film. He appeared in more than 30 films and theatrical plays, including television serials and advertisement films.
With a keen interest in acting since his youth, Haque honed his acting skills during his days at Goalpara College under the guidance of Uday Shankar De before successfully graduating from the National School of Drama, New Delhi, in dramatics in 1997.
It was an overwhelming outpouring of grief by the people across the district at his sudden demise. Prominent members of several student, social and other organisations joined hands to pay glowing tributes to the late actor and take part in his funeral procession that wended through the streets of Goalpara town on Wednesday.
His janala namaz, which was attended by people from all communities, was performed at the Goalpara College Field on Wednesday before his body was taken for burial according to Islamic traditions at Peer Mazar Kabarsthan in the heart of the town. The late actor is survived by his father, wife and son.
The family members of the late actor have expressed their thanks to the people, including Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, Union Minister of State for Sports Sarbananda Sonowal, and members of the All Assam Students� Union and other prominent organisations for their emotional support and guidance after the demise of Ashraf-ul-Haque.