Munawar Zarif

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Munawar Zarif
Born Muhammad Munawar
(1940-12-25)December 25, 1940
Died April 29, 1976(1976-04-29) (aged 35)
Cause of death
Resting place
Bibi Pak Daman Cemetrry, Lahore, Pakistan
Residence Pakistan Pakistani
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1961-1976
Notable work Heer Ranjha (film)
Religion Islam
Spouse(s) Bilquis Khanum
Children 2 daughters 1 son
Parent(s) Father: Chaudhary Abdul Haq; Mother: Barkat Bibi
Relatives Brother of Muhammad Siddiq (Zarif), Munir Zarif, Majeed Zarif, Rasheed Zarif
Awards 3 times Nigar Awards

Munawar Zarif (Urdu: منور ظریف‎) ( December 25, 1940 - April 29, 1976) was a famous Pakistani comedian and film actor. He was a versatile actor and comedian best known for his work in the Pakistani cinema of the seventies. Zarif is one of the most famous comedians of south asia[1] and appeared in more than 300 films.[2]

Early life and career[edit]

He was born on December 25, 1940 in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan.[3] He started his film career from a Punjabi film Dandian in 1961 and got breakthrough in the film Hath Jori in 1964. After a film career as a comedian, he became a film actor, first as side-hero in film Pardey mein rehney doe and then in the title roles and hero in the same year Banarsi Thugg (1973) and Jeera Blade (1973).He was awarded three times with the Nigar Award on his out-standing performance in Bharo Phool Barsao, Zeenath and Ishaq Deewana.. He appeared in more than 300 films in just 16 years from 1961-76.[4] He was also famous for his Ad-Lib dialogue delivery. Often he would improvise so much that his fellow actors would have trouble keeping pace[5]


On 29 April 1976 he died in Shalimar Hospital, Lahore due to Cirhosis.[6]


His films include:

  • Banarsi Thug
  • Manjhi Khitay Dhanwa
  • Baharo Phool Barsao
  • Heer Ranjha
  • Nokar Wohti DA
  • Jeera Blade
  • Khusiya
  • Janu Kapatti
  • Zeenat
  • Rangila Aur Munawar Zarif
  • Ajj Da Mahinwal
  • Sheeda Pastaol
  • Danndiyan
  • Haath Juri
  • Parde Min Rehny Do
  • Ishq Deewana
  • Bala Taleiyan Wala

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