Umer Sharif

Umer Sharif, TI also spelled Omer Sharif; born 19 April 1955 in the town of Liaquatabad in Karachi, Sindh) is a Pakistani stand-up comedian, stage, film and television actor, writer, director and producer. His original name is Mohammad 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.

Career
Born in Urdu speaking family, 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 of them he starred along with another comedy legend Moin Akhter. Much of the success comes from the fact that he started to record his stage shows and the videocassettes were rented out in a similar fashion to movies. 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 the Hindi,Urdu,Punjabi and other South Asian belt as the King of Comedy. He was rated as best comedian ever even 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 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.

Awards
He has received the following awards:
- Best Director 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 Award
- 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
- 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.

Stage shows
- Budha Ghar Per Hai
- Bakra Qistoon Pay
- Bakra Qistoon Pay Part 2
- Bakra Qistoon Pay Part 3
- Bakra Qistoon Pay Part 4
- Yeah Hai Naya Tamasha
- One Day Eid Match
- Yes Sir Eid, No Sir Eid
- Aao Sach Bolein
- Tera Bakra Mera Qasai
- Nayee Ammi Purana Abba
- Dulhan Main Le Jaonga
- Eid Tere Naam
- Samad Bond 007
- Umer Sharif in Jungle
- Hum Sey Milo
- Flight 420
- Eid Aashiqon Ki
- Baby Samjha Karo
- Mamu Mazaq Mat Karo
- Akbar-e-Azam in Pakistan
- Ye To Houseful Ho Gaya
- New York Se New Karachi
- Angoor Khatte Hain
- Meri Bhi To Eid Karade
- Nach Meri Bulbul
- Dulha 2002
- Chaudhry Plaza
- Hum Sab Aik Hain
- Umar Sharif Hazar Ho
- Hum Sa Ho Tu Samnay Aai
- Omer Sharif Behrupia
- Beauty Parlour
- Meri Jaan Thanedaar
- Valima Tayyar Hai
- Salaam Karachi
- Petrol Pump
- Begum Meri BBC
- Andaz Apna Apna
- umar sharief show 84
- Shadi Magar Adhi

Television
- Koi Hay Jo Hamain Hasa-ay
- Fifty-Fifty
- Parda na uthao
- The Shareef Show
- Female Ki E-mail
- Mr Charlie In Karachi
- one day eid

Films
- Hisaab (1986)
- Kundan
- Aag he Aag
- Aawargi
- Dushmano Kay Dushman
- Barood Ki Chaaon
- Jhutay Raees
- Chupay Rustam
- Laad Sahab
- Khotay Sikkay
- Rani Beti Raj Karay Ge
- Aik Ko Das Numbari
- Nehla Dehla
- Duniya Meri Jaib Mein
- Danda Peer
- Behrupia
- Sahab Bibi Aur Tawaif
- Hathkari
- Mehelay Daar
- Buth Shikan
- Muskurahat
- Mastana Mahi
- Actor
- Phool
- Mr. 420
- Mr. Charlie (1992)
- Miss Fitna (1993)
- Kutta



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