Dino Shafeek




This is Asma and Imroze Shubro bhai’s Boro Chacha, Dino Shafeek. He left house very early to pursue his acting dreams and later settled in England. He became famous after acting as Ali Nadim, a Pakistani character, in the popular British comedy television series ‘Mind Your Language’ in the late 1970s. He also played a role in the ‘It Ain't Half Hot Mum’ television series that was based on a concert party touring jungles of Myanmar and entertaining soldiers during World War II.

He is one of the rare Bangladeshi actors who could make a name in international media in the 1970s. His comic timing and expressions in both Mind Your Language and It Ain't Half Hot Mum were priceless.

Dino Shafeek took a Bachelor of Arts from Dhaka University in late 1940s. During that time, he was very active in amateur theater which was not appreciated in his rather conservative family. In 1950s, he settled in England and enrolled at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. After graduating from London's Guildhall School of Music and Drama, he made his screen debut in the 1967 Yul Brynner movie The Long Duel.
               
He played minor roles in several British movies including The Long Duel, High Road to China, Young Winston, Into the Labyrinth and Carry on Emmannuelle as immigrants, taxi drivers, tourists or customs officials.

Dino Shafeek was active in the electronic media from 1967 to 1983. He died of a sudden hearth attack on 10 March, 1984 in London.

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