|Native name||عمر شریف|
|Born||Liaquatabad, Karachi, Pakistan|
|Other names||Omer Sarif
King Of Comedy
|Occupation||Actor, director, producer, writer, composer, author, poet|
|Years active||1974 – present |
|Spouse(s)||Deeba Omer (present) Zareen Omer (2005–present)|
Umer Shareef, (also spelt Omer Sharif) was born in Liaquatabad, Karachi. His original name is Mohammad Umer, however he changed that to Umer Sharif when he joined the theater. He rose to fame due to his work on stage and his stage shows are considered among the most popular in Pakistan. He started his showbiz career in 1974 from Karachi as stage performer at the age of 14.
He started at parties with his friends as background musicians. Some of them now live in America. Born in an Urdu speaking family, Sharif became one of the most well known stage performers in Pakistan after his extremely popular 1989 comedy stage plays Bakra Qistoon Pay and Buddha Ghar Pe Hai. In both he starred with a Moin Akhter. Much of the success comes from the fact that he started to record his shows and the videos were rented out. Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid, followed by Bakra Qistoon Pay were the first stage shows to come out on video. He is known[by whom?] in South Asia as the King of Comedy. He was rated as best comedian ever even by Indian audiences. Indian comedians Johnny Lever and Raju Srivastav called him "The God Of Comedy" in [Comedy Circus]. In India his videos are released by Music Track and are sold at premium prices across all stores. Even his students are rated as "Comedy Kings" as well as Shakeel Siddiqui, Sikandar Sanam and Rauf Lala. All are famous in India as the Champions. He also was a judge in the Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge along with Siddu and Shekar Suman. Umer Sharif does his own show, on Geo TV called, The Sharif Show, where he interviews a variety of actors, actresses, entertainers of all kinds as well musicians. Also from time to time, Sharif is seen as Masters of Ceremonies for various important events.
A play for Pakistan's 50 year celebration
At the occasion of completion of 50 years of Pakistan's independence, he performed a play "Umer Sharif Haazir Ho". In this play every one (from every occupation) was called in the Court and a question was asked to each of them that what have they done for Pakistan in the past 50 years. Because of this play, the Lawyer's Association stated a case against him.
Popularity in South Asia
Umar Sharif is popular in India and Bangladesh where people can get the charm of his jokes in either Urdu and Punjabi. His presence in the Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2006-07 Finale was made as a chief guest to motivate and polish the young talent, there he was also praised by the judges Shekhar Suman (Actor, Singer, Host) and Navjod Singh Sindu (Former Cricketer). Sidhu in his praises portrayed Umer as a living legend on earth, while Shekhar touched the heart with a deep line in his typical style which goes like this App institutions ke bhi instituion hain meaning Umer Shareef himself is an institution and mentor for all the other renowned institutions who are polishing the upcoming talents.
Response toward his play
In the period of Benazir Bhutto, he wrote and performed a play named as "Lotay Aur Laefafay" which was based on Pakistan's politics. Nawaz Sharif's MNA took an action against Omer Sharif as "Tehrik-e-Isthekaq" and then he was called in the Assembly.
Bakra Qistoon Pay (Goat on installments) is considered[by whom?] to be the show that made stage plays what they are today in Pakistan. Before the advent of Bakra Qistoon Pay most stage shows in Pakistan used to be classy with rather poetic dialogue. After Bakra Qistoon Pay stage shows became a vibrant, majorly comical (and often gritty) part of the Pakistani culture. It has also sparked many sequels. He has also produced films like Mr. 420, Mr. Charlie, Miss Fitna, etc. Bakra Qistoon Pay was also popular in India well and Umer Sharif became a famous name in India as well. He also was a judge in the Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge along with Siddu and Shekar Suman. Umer Sharif does his own show, on Geo TV called, "The Sharif Show," where he interviews a variety of actors, actresses, entertainers of all kinds as well musicians. Also from time to time, Sharif is seen as Masters of Ceremonies for various important events.
Copying his work
"Munni Badnam Hui" a song from Salman Khan's film Dabangg (2010), is copied note for note from a Pakistani movie Mr. Charlie (1992). Larka Badnam Hua sung by Umer Sharif and also pictured on him. When Contacted Sharif regarding this issue of copying his song he sounded both amused and angry. He said if one has a name in the industry, every attempt should be made to make sure that it does not get sullied. I wish one of the Khan brothers (Salman/Arbaaz/Sohail) had made at least a courtesy call to me.
The Maa Hospital is a charitable health centre organised by Omer Sharif Welfare Trust for providing efficient modern health service for people wherever needed specially for the Art community of Pakistan.
A group of people with a history of providing diverse social services joined hand in 2006 to established the Omer Sharif Welfare Trust. From this forum, members will work towards state of the art health centre that provides services free of cost.
He has received many awards including :
- Best Director and Best Actor National Awards in 1992 for Mr. 420
- Ten (10) Nigar Awards - He is the only one to receive 4 Nigar Awards in a single year
- Three (3) Graduate Awards
- Best Drama Writer
- Best Actor
- Best Director
- Four (4) qaumi awards
- Best Stage Actor (1984)
- Best Stage Director (1988)
- Cassette Melody Awards
- Best Award for Hat trick in Audio Cassettes
- One (1) International Emirates Award in Dubai
- National Defence College Pakistan Shield
- Two (2) Bolan Awards
- Musavir Award
- Chicago Award (1992)
- Award in Los Angeles (1996)
- Waheed Murad Award
- Trend Changer Award from Karachi in 1993
- Lahore Press Club Award for Excellent Performance, 1996
- Jang Akhbar Award
- Khabrain Award
- Sadaaqat News Paper Award
- Award from Allama Iqbal Medical College
- Key to the City of Karachi: For the first time in the history of Pakistan's film industry the key of any city was presented to an actor.
- Umer Sharif vs. Umer Sharif
- Koi Hay Jo Hamain Hasa-ay
- Parda na uthao
- The Shareef Show
- Umar Shareef Show '84'
- Har Lamha Purjosh 2015
|1993||Daku, Chor, Sipahi||Punjabi/Urdu|
|1993||No Baby No||Punjabi/Urdu|
|1993||Dunya Meri Jaib Main||Punjabi/Urdu|
|1994||Chalti ka Naam Gari||Punjabi/Urdu|
|1994||Bala Peeray da||Punjabi|
|1996||Akku 10 Numbri||Punjabi|
|1996||Sab say Bara Rupiya||Urdu|
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- Biography - Omer Sharif
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- "'Munni Badnaam' lifted from Pak film". The Times of India. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
- MAA Hospital - Omer Sharif Welfare Trust