Munawar Zarif

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Munawar Zarif منور ظریف
Actor Munawwar zarif in 1965.jpg
Munawar Zarif in 1965
Born Muhammad Munawar
25 December 1940
Gujranwala, British Raj, now Punjab, Pakistan
Died 29 April 1976 (aged 35)
Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Cause of death cirrhosis of the liver
Resting place Bibi Pak Daman Cemetrry, Lahore, Pakistan
Residence Pakistan Pakistani
Occupation Actor, Comedian
Years active 1961–1976
Notable work Heer Ranjha (1970 film)
Spouse(s) Bilquis Khanum
Children 2 daughters 1 son
Parent(s) Father: Chaudhary Abdul Haq Rehmani
Mother: Barkat Bibi
Relatives Brother of Muhammad Siddiq (late film comedian Zarif from the 1950s)
Munir Zarif
Majeed Zarif
Rasheed Zarif
Awards 3 times Nigar Awards winner

Munawar Zarif (Urdu: منور ظریف‎) ( December 25, 1940 – April 29, 1976) was a Pakistani comedian and film actor. He was a versatile[1] actor and comedian best known for his work in the Pakistani cinema of the 1970s. Zarif is one of the most famous comedians of south asia. His fans named him ‘Shehenshah-i-Zarafat’ or the ‘King of Humor’.[2]

Early life, family background and career[edit]

He was born on December 25, 1940 in Gujranwala, Punjab, Pakistan. He belonged to a noble family and the caste of Kumhar/Rehmani(کمہار)[3] and he married in Tehsil Kamoniki(تحصیل کامونہکی).[4] He started his film career from a Punjabi film Dandian in 1961 and got a 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 (1968) and then in the title roles and hero in the same year Banarsi Thugg (1973) and Jeera Blade (1973). He was awarded the Nigar Award on his outstanding performance in Baharo Phool Barsao (1972), Zeenat (1975) and Ishaq Deewana.. He appeared in more than 300 films in just 16 years from 1961–76.[5] He was also famous for his Ad-Lib dialogue delivery. Often he would improvise so much that his fellow actors would have trouble keeping up with him.


On 29 April 1976, he died in Shalimar Hospital, Lahore due to Cirrhosis of the liver.[6]


His films include:

Title Language Year
Malangi Punjabi 1965
Bharia Mela Punjabi 1966
Imam Din Gohavia Punjabi 1967
Diya Aur Toofan (1969 film) Urdu 1969
Banarsi Thug Punjabi 1973
Manjhi Khitay Dhanwan Punjabi 1974
Baharo Phool Barsao Urdu 1972
Heer Ranjha Punjabi 1970
Dil Aur Duniya Urdu 1971
Naukar Wohti Da Punjabi 1974
Jeera Blade Punjabi 1973
Khusiya Punjabi 1973
Janu Kapatti Punjabi 1976
Zeenat Urdu 1975
Rangila Aur Munawar Zarif Punjabi/Urdu 1973
Ajj Da Mahinwal Punjabi 1973
Sheeda Pastaol Punjabi 1975
Dandiyan Punjabi 1961
Haath Jori Punjabi 1964
Parde Min Rehny Do Urdu 1968
Shaukan Mele Di Punjabi 1975
Hasday Aao Hasday Jao Punjabi 1974
Ziddi Punjabi 1973
Sharif Badmash Punjabi 1975
Chitra Tay Shera Punjabi 1976

See also[edit]


  1. ^, Dunya News, Published 29 April 2015, Retrieved 25 February 2017
  2. ^ "'Remembering Munawwar Zarif', Profile and obituary". ARY News. Retrieved 25 February 2017. 
  3. ^کمہار)
  4. ^ Tehsil Kamoniki(تحصیل کامونہکی)
  5. ^, Profile and filmography of Munawar Zarif, Retrieved 25 February 2017
  6. ^, Profile of Munawar Zarif on website, Retrieved 25 February 2017

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