Umer Shareef

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Umer Shareef
Native name عمر شریف
Born 1955
Liaquatabad, Karachi, Pakistan
Other names Omer Sharif
Mohammed Omer
King of Comedy
Occupation Actor, Director, Producer, Writer, Composer, Author, Poet[1]
Spouse(s) Zareen Ghazal (2005–present)
Awards Tamgha-e-Imtiaz

Umer Shareef, TI, also spelled Omer Sharif, is a Pakistani stand-up comedian and stage, film, and television actor.


Sharif was born in Liaquatabad, Karachi[when?] as Mohammad Umer. (He changed his name to Omer Sharif when he joined the theater). He started his career in entertainment in 1974, when at age 14 he became a stage performer in Karachi.

Early on, Sharif worked as a background musician with a group of friends, playing at local parties and functions. Sharif became one of the best-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 Moin Akhter, another well-known Pakistani actor. Sharif was one of the first actors who started to record his shows for video rentals, which played a major part in his success[citation needed]. Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid and Bakra Qistoon Pay were the first two-stage shows to come out on video[where?], respectively.

Sharif attained considerable fame and is sometimes called[by whom?] "the King of Comedy" in South Asia.[citation needed] His videos are sold at stores across India.

Sharif was a guest judge for one of the episodes of the Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, alongside Navjot Singh Siddhu and Shekhar Suman. Sharif also hosts The Sharif Show, where he interviews film and television actors, entertainers, musicians, and politicians. He has also served as Master of Ceremonies for local and overseas events[examples needed].[2]

For the 50-year anniversary of Pakistan's independence, Sharif performed a play called Umer Sharif Haazir Ho. In the play, a representative from every occupation was called into court and asked what they had done for Pakistan in the past 50 years. The Lawyer's Association stated a case against Sharif as a result.[3]

Popularity in South Asia[edit]

Umar Sharif is popular in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh[citation needed], where he performs both in Urdu and Punjabi. Sharif was invited to the 2006-2007 finale of the Great Indian Laughter Challenge, where he received accolades from the event's judges: Shekhar Suman and Navjod Singh Sindu. Sidhu praised Sharif as a living legend on earth, while Shekhar called Sharif an institution and mentor for new talent. Many famous comedians like Shakeel, Irfan Malik, Ali Hassan, etc. are his finds and they regard him as their teacher and guru[4]


During the Prime Ministership of Benazir Bhutto, Sharif wrote and performed a political play called Lotay Aur Laefafay, based on Pakistan's politics. This offended Nawaz Sharif, the three-time former Prime Minister of Pakistan and then a member of the National Assembly. Nawaz Sharif took an action against Umer Sharif as Tehrik-e-Istheka[clarification needed] and later called him in the Assembly[clarification needed].[3]

Sharif's play Bakra Qistoon Pay ("Goat on Installments") influenced Pakistan's typical style of stage plays[citation needed]. Before this production, most stage shows in Pakistan used to be dramatic, with poetic dialogue. After Bakra Qistoon Pay, most stage shows became comical, vibrant, and often gritty[citation needed]. The play has also inspired many sequels.


In 2006, the Omer Sharif Welfare Trust was formed with the stated goal of creating a "state of the art health center that provides services free of cost."[5] The Trust now supports the MAA Hospital, is a charitable health center whose goal is to provide efficient modern health care, especially for Pakistan's artistic community.


Sharif has received many awards, including:[citation needed]

  • Best Stage Actor (1984)
  • Best Stage Director (1988)
  • Best Director and Best Actor National Awards for Mr. 420 (1992)
  • Chicago Award (1992)
  • Karachi's Trend Changer Award (1993)
  • Lahore Press Club Award for Excellent Performance (1996)
  • Ten Nigar Awards (Sharif is the first person ever to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year)
  • Three Graduate Awards
  • Four Qaumi Awards
  • Cassette Melody Awards
  • Best Award for Hat Trick in Audio Cassettes
  • One International Emirates Award in Dubai
  • National Defence College Pakistan Shield
  • Two Bolan Awards
  • Musavir Award
  • Waheed Murad Award
  • Jang Akhbar Award
  • Khabrain Award
  • Sadaaqat Newspaper Award
  • Award from Allama Iqbal Medical College

Sharif was also awarded a Key to the City of Karachi[when?]. This was the first time in the history of the Pakistani film industry that the key to any city was presented to an actor.[citation needed]

Stage Dramas[edit]

  • Dulhan Main Lekar Jaonga
  • Aao Sach Bolen
  • Bakra Qiston Pe
  • Buddha Ghar Pe Hai.
  • Bakra Munna Bhai MBBS
  • Akbar E Azam
  • Angoor Khatay Hain
  • Baby Samjha Karo
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Behrupiya
  • Begum Meri BBC
  • Chakkar Pe Chakkar
  • Chand Baraye Farokht
  • Chaudhary Plaza
  • Coolie 420
  • Doctor Aur Qasai
  • Dulha 2000
  • Eid Aashiqon ki
  • Eid Tere Naam
  • Female Ki Email
  • Flight 420
  • Half Plate
  • Hanste Raho Chalte Raho
  • Hum Sa Ho to Samne Aye
  • Hum Se Milo
  • Loot Sale
  • Mamun Mazak Mat Karo
  • Meri Bhi Tu Eid Karade
  • Nayee Ammi Purana Abba
  • Umar Sharif Hazir Ho
  • One Day Eid Match
  • Paying Guest
  • Petrol Pump
  • Salaam Karachi
  • Samad Bond.007
  • Training Centre
  • Umer Sharif in Jungle
  • Valima Tayar Hai
  • Yeh Hai Naya Tamasha
  • Yeh Hai Naya Zamana
  • Yeh To Housefull Hogaya
  • Yes Sir Eid No Sir Eid
  • tera bakra mera qasai

Television shows[edit]

  • Umer Sharif vs. Umer Sharif
  • Koi Hay Jo Hamain Hasa-ay
  • Fifty-Fifty
  • Parda na uthao
  • The Shareef Show
  • Umar Shareef Show '84'
  • Har Lamha Purjosh 2015
  • Hip Hip Hurray


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Pashto Cinema". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Biography - Omer Sharif Archived 11 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Umer Sharif cancels India visit". Retrieved 16 November 2014. 
  5. ^ MAA Hospital - Omer Sharif Welfare Trust

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