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
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
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
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
BEHRUPIYA UMER SHARIF
LOTEY AUR LIFAFEY
DOLHA 2002 BAKRA MUNNA BHAI MBBS
CHKKAR PE CHAKKAR
ONE DAY EID MATCH
Angoor Khate Hain
Aoo Sach Bolein
Begum Meri BBC
Chand Baraye Farokht
Doctor Aur Qasai
Dulhan Main Layke Jaonga
Eid Ashiqon Kee
Eid Tere Naam
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
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
Tera Bakra Mera Qasai
Baby samjha karo
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