Umer Sharif: a comedian whose death mourned two countries, Pakistan and India


It has rarely been seen that after the death of a Pakistani personality, the people in India are so sad and remember it with the same reverence as the people of their country. Be it the leader or the actor, they were all seen paying tribute while expressing grief over his death. Yes, we are talking about Pakistani comedian Omar Sharif Sahab, who died in Germany. He had been ill for a long time and was going to the United States for treatment. After his death from cancer at the age of 66, a wave of mourning spread from Pakistan to India. From his country’s greatest comedian Kapil Sharma, Raju Srivastava, to veteran actor Anupam Kher, paying tribute to him through social media, he has expressed his condolences to the family.

Pakistani comedian Omar Sharif was popular even after the ongoing tension between the two enemy countries.

There is so much power in art and culture that, by closing the gap between borders, it sows the seeds of love even between two enemy countries. The art exchange between India and Pakistan has continued since Partition. Whether they are Pakistani singers or comedians from Ghazal, they have been coming to India from time to time to entertain people here. Hindustani movies have been seen a lot in Pakistan, so qawwali has been resonating in our homes. Now, even though the cultural relations between the two countries have come to a halt due to bitter relations, there was a time when artists like Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Omar Sharif dominated India. The famous Sufi style qawwal used to be a fan of Nusrat sahib ki qawwali ke deewane Umar sahib stand-up comedy. In the 90s, this love was in parwan.

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Omar Sharif was “The god of Asian comedy”

The ‘King of Comedy’ Omar Sharif is considered one of the best comedians in the Indian subcontinent. Even popular comedians from his country, Johnny Lever and Raju Srivastava, called him “The God of Asian Comedy.” Because the true beginning of stand up comedy was made by Omar Sharif. He has been considered a master of his discipline. He began his career as a comedian at the age of 14. After this, he gained a lot of name in the 80s, 90s and 2000s. Omar Sharif joined Navjot Singh Sidhu and Shekhar Suman as a guest judge on the popular Indian comedy show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. In 1989, his comedy plays ‘Bakra-Kishton Mein’ and ‘Buddha Ghar Par Hai’ were highly regarded in India. ‘The Sharif Show’ also became very famous.

‘Such artists are born once every thousand years’

“Our job is to steal the tears from your eyes” … so said comedian Omar Sharif during the Zee Cinema Awards held in 2004. This is considered his last performance in India. His words have shown his depth as an artist. That is why Johnny Lever says of him: “Artists like Sharif sahib are born once every thousand years.” His comedy had penetrated every home in India and Pakistan beyond the borders. After the advent of social media, his fame increased even more. He was a master of cultural comedy. His performance has often been a reflection of the society he was a part of. He also used to show the mirror to society under the guise of comedy. Even their fanatical countries continued to attack the orthodox practices of Pakistan.

After the death of his daughter Hira, there was a deep shock.

Actor, comedian, director and producer Mohammad Umar Sharif was born on April 19, 1960 in Liaquatabad, Karachi, Pakistan. Sharif sahib, who made people in many countries smile for a long time, was saddened after the death of his daughter Hira last year. His daughter was battling many illnesses. After his death, Omar Sharif felt such a deep shock that his health began to deteriorate. He also underwent bypass surgery. Some time ago, Omar Sharif’s condition had deteriorated significantly. After this, his wife Zareen had asked Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for help in sending him to the United States. He said that little by little he is losing his memory. But if specialists in the United States do not treat him immediately, he will have to undergo open heart surgery that can prove fatal to his life. However, on his way to the United States, he had to be thrown to Germany in an emergency, where he died.

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