As you have heard from recent news the Pakistani comedy legend Umar Sharif has passed away at the age of 66 in a hospital in Nuremberg, Germany. Many people were taken aback by the news. People on all social media platforms mourned the death of the Pakistani icon. As a tribute, we will be listing some of the best moments in Umar Sharif’s long and storied career.
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— الکاظمی (@abdur_rehman26) October 2, 2021
The Life Of Umar Sharif
Mohammad Umer was born on April 19, 1960, into an Urdu-speaking family in Liaquatabad, Karachi.
In 1974, Umer started his career in Karachi as a stage performer at the age of 14. He joined theatre, using the stage name Umer Zarif but later renamed that to Umer Sharif. Some of his extremely popular comedy stage plays were 1989’s Bakra Qistoon Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Ha.
Sharif became a very popular star during this period. Much of the success came from the fact that he started to record his stage shows and his videotapes were rented out in a similar manner to movies. Yes, Sir Eid and No Sir Eid were among the first stage plays to come out on video.
Loved even outside of Pakistan Umar Sharif referred to as one of the “King of Comedy”, Sharif is considered to be one of the greatest comedians of South Asia. Popular Indian comedians like Johnny Lever hailed him as “The God Of Asian Comedy”.
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— Pakistan Untold (@pakistan_untold) October 2, 2021
In 2006, the Umer Sharif Welfare Trust was formed with the stated goal of creating a “state of the art health center that provides services free of cost.”
In October 2009, Sharif started hosting his own late-night talk show, The Shareef Show, on Geo TV. He interviewed many actors, entertainers, musicians, and politicians on the show. He also appeared as a guest judge on the Indian stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, alongside Navjot Singh Siddhu, and Shekhar Suman.
Sharif received National awards for Best Director and Best Actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. He also received ten “Nigar Awards” and three “Graduate Awards”. Sharif was the only actor to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year. Sharif was also a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.
Although he is gone he is not forgotten. Umar Sharif will always be remembered as one of the greatest comedians in Asia for his work, his humanitarian efforts, his impeccable character, and his contributions to his country.