Obituary: Comedy King Umer Sharif is no more
Veteran comedian Umer Sharif, who was in a critical condition for the last couple of days, passed away in Germany at the age of 66.
The comedian was set to travel to the United States via Germany for his treatment but was unable to make the final leg of the journey.
Born on April 19, 1955, he started his career as a stage actor as Umer Zarif before settling for Umer Sharif and became quite popular due to his stand up acts in different parts of Karachi. In the 1980s when he entered TV, he was able to garner instant fame with his ability to make everyone laugh at the drop of the hat.
However, it was the success of his stage dramas that were recorded and then released on video cassettes. It gave his career the boost he deserved. The first to come was ‘Bakra Qiston Par’ in the 1980s for which he was both writer and actor. The drama gained so much popularity among the masses that four sequels were recorded in the next few years.
Buddha Ghar Pe Hai was another stage show that racked him fame not only in Pakistan but across the border as well. Later, Sharif entered the foray of movies where he had box office success with pictures such as Mr 420 and Mr Charlie.
Being one of the best comedians of Pakistan, he was also a very able moderator who conducted countless TV shows across the world among which ‘The Sharif Show’ was quite popular.
Today’s most watched comedy shows across the border, such as The Kapil Sharma Show, are in fact an amalgamation of Sharif’s plays that are still watched despite being three decades old.
During his career he went on to win as many as ten Nigar Awards (four in a year) for his performance as a writer, director and producer. He was also awarded the Tamgha-e-Imtiaz for his valuable contributions in media and entertainment industry.
Sharif’s death has left a vacuum that may not be filled as he was a comedian par excellence.
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