Umer Sharif Biography

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Umer Sharif biography
Umer Sharif

Umer Sharif is a Pakistani stand-up comedian, stage, film and television actor, writer, director and producer. His original name is Muhammad Umer, however he changed that to Umer Zarif when he joined the theater and later changed that to Umer Sharif.

He rose to fame due to his work on stage and his stage shows are considered among the most popular in Pakistan. He started his showbiz career from Karachi as stage performer at the age of 14. He started at parties with his friends as background musicians. Some of them now live in the United States.


Born in an Urdu speaking family from Aligarh, British India, 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 another comedy legend Moin Akhter. Much of the success comes from the fact that he started to record his shows and the videos were rented out. Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid, followed by Bakra Qistoon Pay were the first stage shows to come out on video.

He is known in South Asia as the King of Comedy. He was rated as best comedian ever by Indian audiences. Indian comedy kings Johnny Lever and Raju Srivastava have called him the God Of Asian Comedy on the Indian comedy show "Comedy Circus". In India his videos are released by Music Track and are sold at premium prices across all stores.

Bakra Qistoon Pay is considered by critics in India & Pakistan to be the show that made stage plays what they are today in Pakistan. Before the advent of Bakra Qistoon Pay majority stage shows in Pakistan used to be classy with rather poetic dialogs. After Bakra Qistoon Pay (Goat on installments) stage shows became a vibrant, majorly comical (and often gritty) part of the Pakistani culture. It has also sparked many sequels. He has also produced films like Mr. 420, Mr. Charlie, Miss Fitna, etc.

The popularity of Bakra Qistoon Pay also crossed the border into India as well and Umer Sharif became a famous name in India as well.

He also was a judge in the famous Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge along with Siddu and Shekar Suman.

Umer Sharif does his own show, on Geo TV called, "The Sharif Show," where he interviews a variety of actors, actresses, entertainers of all kinds as well musicians. Also from time to time, Sharif is seen as Masters of Ceremonies for various important events.

Umer Sharif's satire has a grim darkside too which becomes increasingly visible especially when his fame outgrows local frame : this is his strange anti-India stand. In many of his play he has expressed familiarity with a rabid fear of Indian culture’s conquest of the Pakistani mind. He has openly criticized Indian films and its Hindu characters and creators. In fourth sequel of Bakra Quiston Pay, shot on an American 'stage' (with a little symbolical audience to make it a stage-show) he crosses all boundaries of stage decency with his deliberately rude and wicked dialogue towards the character of a Hindu nurse hired to look after him.


He has received the following awards:

Best comedian 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 Awar

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

King of comedy

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.

List Of Popular Stage Shows

Bakra Qiston Pay

Budha Ghar Per Hain



DOLHA 2002





Angoor Khate Hain

Aoo Sach Bolein

Beauty Parlour

Begum Meri BBC

Chand Baraye Farokht

Coolie 420

Doctor Aur Qasai

Dulhan Main Layke Jaonga

Eid Ashiqon Kee

Eid Tere Naam

Half Plate

Hanste Raho Chalte Raho

Hum Sab Eik Hain

Hum Se Milo

Jeet Teri Peda Meri

Laal Qiley Ki Rani Lalokhet ka Raja

Lahore Se Landon

Loot Sale

Mano Meri Baat

Meri Bhi tu Eid Karade

Mr. Charlie in Karachi

Mujhe Tallaq Do

Umer Sharif Haazir Ho

Valima Taiyar Hai

Female Ki Email

Andaz Apna Apna

Mamu Mazaq Mat Karo

Training Centre

Tera Bakra Mera Qasai

Baby samjha karo

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