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Umer Shareef

عمر شریف
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Umer Shareef in 2017
Mohammad Umer

(1960-04-19)19 April 1960[1]
Died2 October 2021(2021-10-02) (aged 61)[1]
Resting placeAbdullah Shah Ghazi Mazar, Clifton, Karachi[2]
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • director
  • film producer
  • television personality
Years active1974–2021
TitleKing of Comedy[3][4]
  • Deeba Omer
  • Shakeela Qureshi
  • Zareen Ghazal
    (m. 2005⁠–⁠2021)
Comedy career
  • Stand-up
  • film
  • television

Mohammad Umer (19 April 1960 – 2 October 2021),[1] known professionally as Umer Shareef, was a Pakistani actor, comedian, director, producer, and television personality.[5][6] He is considered one of the greatest comedians in the sub-continent.[7]

Early life[edit]

Mohammad Umer was born on 19 April 1960,[1] into an Urdu speaking family in Liaquatabad, Karachi.[8]


Stage work[edit]

In 1974, Umer started his career from Karachi as a stage performer at the age of 14. He joined theatre, using the stage name Umer Zarif but later renamed that to Umer Sharif.[8] Some of his extremely popular comedy stage plays were 1989's Bakra Qistoon Pe and Buddha Ghar Pe Ha.[8]

Sharif became a very popular star during this period.[8] Much of the success came from the fact that he started to record his stage shows and his videotapes were rented out in a similar manner to movies.[8] Yes Sir Eid and No Sir Eid were among the first stage plays to come out on video.[8]


In October 2009, Sharif started hosting his own late-night talk show, The Shareef Show, on Geo TV. He interviewed many actors, entertainers, musicians, and politicians on the show.[8] He also appeared as a guest judge on the Indian stand-up comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, alongside Navjot Singh Siddhu, and Shekhar Suman.[8]


Sharif received National awards for Best Director and Best Actor in 1992 for Mr. 420. He received ten Nigar Awards. Sharif was the only actor to receive four Nigar Awards in a single year. He received three Graduate Awards. Sharif was also a recipient of Tamgha-e-Imtiaz.[9][10]

Humanitarian work[edit]

In 2006, the Umer Sharif Welfare Trust was formed with the stated goal of creating a "state of the art health center that provides services free of cost."[11]


For the 50-year anniversary of Pakistan's independence, Sharif performed a play called Umer Sharif Haazir Ho. In the play, a representative from many occupations were 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.[12]

Illness and death[edit]

On 10 September 2021, Pakistani television host and news anchor Waseem Badami posted a video of Shareef on Instagram where he requested the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan facilitate cancer treatment for him overseas.[13][14][15] Soon after the video came out, Indian singer Daler Mehndi also appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan for immediate treatment for Sharif.[16][17] On 11 September 2021, the government formed a medical board to decide whether or not to send him abroad for treatment.[18] He was granted a United States visa for medical treatment on 16 September 2021[19] and the Sindh government also approved 40 million rupees for his treatment.[20][21] On 2 October 2021, he died in a hospital in Nuremberg, Germany,[22][23] at the age of 61.[1]

Influence and legacy[edit]

Referred to as the "King of Comedy", Sharif is considered to be one of the greatest comedians of South Asia.[7] Popular Indian comedians like Johnny Lever hailed him as "The God Of Asian Comedy".[24]

Leading Pakistani in show business and political leaders offered their condolences including Mehwish Hayat, Hareem Farooq and Imran Khan (Prime Minister of Pakistan).[25][26] [27][28]


Stage dramas[edit]

  • Bakra Qiston Pay Part 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (1989)[9]
  • Dulhan Main Lekar Jaonga
  • Salam Karachi
  • Andaz Apna Apna
  • Meri Bhi To Eid Karade
  • Nayee Aami Purana Abba
  • Yeh Hay Naya Tamasha
  • Yeh Hay Naya Zamana
  • Yes Sir Eid No Sir Eid[9]
  • Eid Tere Naam
  • Samad Bond 007
  • Nach Meri Bulbul
  • Lahore se London
  • Angoor Khatay Hain
  • Petrol Pump
  • Lotay te Lafafey[12]
  • Loot Sale
  • Half Plate
  • Meri Jaan Thanedaar
  • Umar Sharif in Jungle
  • Beauty Parlour
  • Makeup Room
  • Chaudhary Plaza
  • Mamu Mazak Mat Karo
  • Hum Se Milo
  • Yeh To House Full Hogaya
  • Bakra Munna Bhai
  • Behrupia
  • Lal Qile ki Rai Lalu Khet ka Raja
  • Chand Baraye Farokhat
  • Hanste Raho Chalte Raho
  • Umar Sharif Hazir Ho[12]
  • Baby Samjha Karo
  • Doctor aur Kasai
  • Budha Ghar Pe Hai[9]
  • Eid Aashiqon Ki
  • Nehle pe Dehla
  • One Day Eid Match
  • Police Ho To Aisi
  • Paying Guest
  • Aao Sach Bolain
  • Flight 420
  • Coolie 420
  • Hamsa Ho To Samn Aaye[9]
  • Walima Taiyar Hai
  • Filmi Pariyan
  • Akbar e Azam in Pakistan
  • Jeet Teri Peda Mera
  • Shadi Magar Aadhi
  • Bebia
  • Mano Meri Baat
  • Gol Maal
  • Female Ki Email
  • Eidy Chupa ke Rakhna
  • Dulha (2002)


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Hisab [29]
1987 Kundan
1992 Mr. 420 [29]
1993 Mr. Charlie [30]
1994 Khandan [31]
1994 Laat Sahb [32]
1994 Ghunda Raj [33]
1994 Zameen Aasman [34]
1994 But Shikkan [35]
1995 Mastana Mahi [36]
1999 Chand Babu [37]

Reality shows[edit]

Year Show Role Channel Notes
2009 The Shareef Show Host Geo TV


  1. ^ a b c d e Omer Sharif on Facebook. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  2. ^ "Legendary comedian Umer Sharif buried at Abdullah Shah Ghazi graveyard". The News International (newspaper). 6 October 2021. Retrieved 18 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Comedian Umer Sharif is returning to the stage". SAMAA TV. 26 April 2019. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  4. ^ "Pakistan's 'king of comedy' Umer Sharif dies at 66". Aljazeera. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  5. ^ "Renowned comedian Umer Shareef hospitalised". Daily Times. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  6. ^ "Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif in Dubai". Gulf News. Retrieved 13 September 2019.
  7. ^ a b "Umer Sharif's birthday bash hosted by Nida and Yasir". 20 April 2021.
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "Pashto Cinema". 7 May 2011. Retrieved 16 November 2014.
  9. ^ a b c d e "Umar Sharif's top five stage shows". The Express Tribune. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Pakistan's comedy legend Umer Sharif passes away at 66". The Economic Times. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  11. ^ MAA Hospital – Omer Sharif Welfare Trust
  12. ^ a b c Biography – Omer Sharif Archived 11 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ "Umer Sharif appeals PM Imran Khan for cancer treatment facilitation". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  14. ^ "Watch: Comedian Umer Sharif requests PM Imran Khan to facilitate his cancer treatment". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  15. ^ "Waseem Badami pleaded with PM to help Umer Sharif". BOL News. 10 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  16. ^ "Daler Mehndi appeals to PM Imran to help comedian Umer Sharif". Dunya News. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  17. ^ "Indian singer Daler Mehndi requests PM Imran to help Umer Sharif". Daily Pakistan Global. 11 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  18. ^ "Centre forms board to decide whether Umer Sharif must be sent abroad for treatment". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  19. ^ "Veteran comedian Umer Sharif granted US visa for medical treatment". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  20. ^ "Funds released for Umer Sharif's medical expenses". The Express Tribune. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  21. ^ "Sindh govt sanctions Rs40 million grant for Umar Sharif". Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  22. ^ "Pakistani comedian Umer Sharif passes away, Kapil Sharma pays a tribute to the legend". The Times of India. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  23. ^ "Pakistani actor Umer Sharif dies at 66, Kapil Sharma says 'goodbye legend'". The Indian Express. 2 October 2021.
  24. ^ "Umar Sharif, the Pakistani comedian who made a troubled nation smile". ThePrint. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  25. ^ "Anupam Kher, Jaaved Jaaferi remember 'humanitarian' Umer Sharif". The Express Tribune Newspaper. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Unbearable loss: Veteran comedian Umer Sharif passes away". The Express Tribune. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  27. ^ "Showbiz fraternity condoles Umer Sharif's death". Dunya News TV. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  28. ^ "PM, Politicians condole Umer Sharif's death". The Nations. 2 October 2021. Retrieved 2 October 2021.
  29. ^ a b "Omer Sharif, who made generations of Pakistanis laugh, passes away". Samaa TV. Retrieved 4 October 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  30. ^ "Mr. Charlie". Pak Film Magazine. 25 March 1993.
  31. ^ "Khandan". Pak Film Magazine. 25 March 1993.
  32. ^ "Laat Sahb". Pak Film Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  33. ^ "Ghunda Raj". Pak Film Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  34. ^ "Zameen Aasman". Pak Film Magazine. Retrieved 5 October 2021.
  35. ^ "But Shikkan". Pak Film Magazine. 7 October 1994.
  36. ^ "Mastana Mahi". Pak Film Magazine. 23 June 1995.
  37. ^ "Chand Babu". Pak Film Magazine. 7 October 1994.

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