Sikandar Sanam

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Sikandar Sanam
Born Mohammad Sikandar
(1960-09-21)21 September 1960
Karachi, Pakistan
Died 5 November 2012(2012-11-05) (aged 52)
Occupation Actor, comedian, stage artist
Website Sikandar Sanam Official Website

Sikandar Sanam' (21 September 1960 – 5 November 2012) was a Pakistani stage artist, singer, actor and stand up comedian. In Pakistan, he was known as the artist who redefined the art of on-stage mimicry. Sikandar's father, the late Syed Abdul Sattar Shoqeen Jetpuri (a Gujarati poet), was a well-known poet from Jetpur, India. Sanam credited his father as, versatile, talented and proficient who patronized him with his talent.[1][2]


Sanam started performing on-stage as a child artist and singer. He preferred acting over singing and decided to enter show business. He changed his name from Mohammad Sikandar to Sikandar Sanam (Sanam meaning beloved in Urdu).[1][3]

He was one of the rare comedians to have come out from the Karachi theatre scene. Despite his colloquial jokes and street smart improvisational skills like many other theatre comedians, what distinguished him from others was his Pakistani remakes of Indian films amongst which Khal Nayak 2, Shayla 2, Munna Bhai MBBS 2 and Tere Naam Part 2 were the most famous. The craze for these remakes increased so much over time that the cable operators played them on public demand, and later on, a number of mainstream entertainment channels also aired them.[4]

Sanam gained much popularity by acting in Tere Naam 2 which was a parody of record breaking Indian movie Tere Naam. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge earned him the coveted title Comedy King. From stage, he gained fame in the art of mimicry.[1] He directed, produced and acted in several parodies of Bollywood movies.[2]


Stage shows[edit]

  • Bohat Achay Bhai Bohat Achay
  • Agwa Bara-e-Tawan
  • Direct Hawaldar
  • Kaloo Saloo Aur Maloo
  • Comedy King's
  • Behropia
  • Chand Bar-e-Farokht
  • One Day Eid Match
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Flight No 420
  • Doctor Aur Qasai
  • Eid Tere Naam
  • Hanste Raho Chalte Raho
  • Hum Sab Eik Hain
  • Hum Se Milo
  • Laal Qiley Ki Rani Lalokhet ka Raja
  • Loot Sale
  • Mamu Mazaq Mat Karo
  • Akbar-e-Azam in Pakistan
  • Yeh Hai Naya Zamana
  • Bakra Munna Bhai
  • Paying Guest
  • Dulha 2002
  • Hanste Raho Chalte Raho
  • Meri Bhi to Eid Karade
  • Nayee Ammi Purane Abba
  • Majno Laila Boyee Ghela (Memoni stage drama)
  • Eid aashiqoon ki
  • Good Luck Moin Akhter
  • Eid Mubarak

× Bin Bulaye Baraati

Pakistani films[edit]

  • Chorron ke Ghar Chorri
  • Zoor

Parody films[edit]

  • Tere Naam 2
  • Khal Nayak 2
  • Munna Bhai MBBS 2
  • Muqaddar Ka Sikandar 2
  • Bhola Te Billa
  • Sholay 2
  • Rambo 007
  • Ghanjini
  • Dabbang 2
  • Bodyguard 2
  • Singham 2
  • Agneepath 2
  • Billu Barber 2
  • Ra one 2
  • Hum Tum 2

Indian television[edit]


In September 2012, Sanam was diagnosed with liver cancer. The actor was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi, although was later discharged.[5] He was taken to Mirpurkhas to visit a faith healer on 4 November 2012 and brought back to the city next morning. At around 3 pm, his condition deteriorated and he was rushed to the Civil Hospital, where he was officially pronounced dead.[6] The comedian lost his battle to cancer on 5 November 2012. He is left behind his wife, four sons and two daughters.[7]

Sanam's funeral was offered at the Siddiqui Masjid in Bohra Pir. Several stage artists including Umer Sharif, Rauf Lala, Muhammad Ifraheem, Saleem Afridi, Shakeel Siddiqui and Aftab Alam attended the prayer. He was buried at the Korangi graveyard.[8]


  1. ^ a b c "Sikandar Sanam". Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Saadia Qamar; Web Desk; Rafay Mahmood (5 November 2012). "Sanam diagnosed with liver cancer". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 6 November 2011. 
  3. ^ our correspondent. "Sanam – Name Meaning – beloved". theUrduDictionary. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  4. ^ Correspondent, Our. "Recalling comic prodigy: Sikander Sanam – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  5. ^ Qamar, Saadia. "Sikandar Sanam diagnosed with liver cancer – The Express Tribune". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  6. ^ "Sikander Sanam's condition deteriorating". Retrieved 2012-11-20. 
  7. ^ our correspondent (6 November 2012). "Sikandar Sanam died of liver cancer". The Dawn. Retrieved 6 November 2012. 
  8. ^ our correspondent (6 November 2012). "Sikandar Sanam died of liver cancer". The News International. Retrieved 6 November 2012.