Theatre Actor-Director Aamir Raza Husain Dies at 66

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New Delhi (India), 4th June 2023: Famous Actor-Director Aamir Husain, 66, died in Delhi on Saturday, June 3, leaving behind a legacy of great theatre works.

He is survived by his wife and artistic collaborator Viraat Talwar, whom he met when she was a student at Lady Shri Ram College and came to audition for a play (‘Dangerous Liaison,’) and their two kids.

Husain was born on January 6, 1957, to an aristocratic family in Lucknow, and made his stage debut at the prestigious Mayo College in Ajmer as the craftsman Tom Snout in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Husain developed an interest in the rich cultural landscape of St Stephen’s College in Delhi, where he earned a history degree in 1977.

He enjoyed talking about working with Shashi Tharoor and seeing the Kerala MP play Antony in Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra.

The Legend of Ram, a retelling of the Ramayana produced in the 1990s was a magnificent play written by Aamir Raza. Then there was The Fifty Day War, a big show modelled on the Kargil War that reportedly had 140 actors and a budget of Rs 70 lakh, as well as a life-sized helicopter and two MiGs flying off on wires.

Dolly Thakore who played Manthara in Ramayana in fond memory of Raza stated, “My best memory is about taking Aamir to meet Balasaheb Thackeray, who, then, came to our play, The Legend of Ram. It was very heartwarming for the cast to see the head of the Shiv Sena in the audience of a production on Ram that had been made by a Muslim.”

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