Famous film director Hasan Askari lost his battle with cancer. This director has directed around 60 Punjabi and Urdu films in his career. Out of which he has produced at least 10 movies himself. The cancer-stricken film director breathed his last on Monday (October 30) after being admitted to Sheikh Zayed Hospital in Lahore. He was 78 years old at the time of his death. Hasan Askari started his career as an assistant director of director Kaifi. With whom Askari directed films like Chaan Makhna (1968) and Sajan Piara (1968). Later he joined Tariq Masood Qureshi’s film unit. Askari’s first film as a director is “Khun Posina”. The movie starred Sudheer and starred Firdous, Mazhar Shah and Agha Talish. ‘Wehshi Jatt’, made in 1975 about the story of the youngest Maula of the Jut family, ‘Muftabar’, made in 1981 about the marriage of a powerful and honest village man’s sister who came to the big city to earn money and admits to cheating and “The struggle for freedom and human rights of the people of Kashmir and The Pakistani director is best known for his 2013 film Dil Payara Des Mein, which deals with the persecution of the Muslim majority in Kashmir. At the time of his death, Hasan Askari left behind a wife, a daughter and a son. Punjab Information and Culture Minister Amir Mir has expressed grief over his death. In a condolence message, the minister said, “Askari has rendered unforgettable service to the film industry. He was the pride of performance, who directed many great films. His void cannot be filled”. The country’s Information and Culture Secretary Daniyal Gilani wrote in a condolence message on X (formerly Twitter), “I am saddened to hear of the death of legendary filmmaker, producer, writer and director Muhammad Hasan Askari. His contribution will be remembered through Urdu and Punjabi movies like Salakhain, Wehshi Joot”.