|Native name||عمر شریف|
|Born||Liaquatabad, Karachi, Pakistan|
|Other names||Omer Sharif
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, he changed that to Umer Sharif when he joined the theater . He started his showbiz career in 1974 from Karachi as stage performer at the age of 14. He rose to fame due to his work on stage and his stage shows which are considered among the most popular in Pakistan.
Umer started as a background musicians in local parties and functions with a group of friends, some of them now living in America. 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 another well known iconic name of Pakistan stage, tv and film industry. Umer was one of the first who started to record his shows for videos rentals which played a major part in his success. Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid, followed by Bakra Qistoon Pay were the first stage shows to come out on video.
Umer rose to fame and now to be known[by whom?] as the King of Comedy in South East Asia. He was rated as best comedian ever even by Indian audiences. Indian comedians Johnny Lever and Raju Srivastav recognised him as "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 Navjot Siddhu and Shekar Suman. Umer Sharif also hosts a show, on Geo TV, The Sharif Show, where he interviews film, television actors, actresses, entertainers, musicians and politicians. Sharif has been seen as Masters of Ceremonies for local and overseas 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
During Benazir Bhutto prime ministership, he wrote and performed a political play "Lotay Aur Laefafay" based on Pakistan's politics, which offended Mr. Nawaz Sharif's a member of national assembly and three times prime minister of Pakistan, Mr. Nawaz Sharif took an action against Omer Sharif as "Tehrik-e-Isthekaq" and later called him in the Assembly.
His play Bakra Qistoon Pay (Goat on installments) change the 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. Bakra Qistoon Pay was global success which made him in the neighbouring India. Umer was invited to be a panel judge in the Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge along with Navjot Siddhu and Shekar Suman.
Umer Sharif also host a show on Geo TV "The Sharif Show," where he interviews a variety of actors, actresses, entertainers of all kinds as well musicians. Along With this all Sharif is seen as Masters of Ceremonies for various important events.
He produced films like Mr. 420, Mr. Charlie, Miss Fitna, etc.
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