Munawar Zarif (Urdu: منور ظریف) (25 December 1940 – 29 April 1976) was a Pakistani film actor and comedian. His fans named him Shahenshah-e-Zarafat (Urdu: شہنشاہِ ﻇﺮﺍﻓﺖ), meaning The Emperor of Humor or the King of Humor. He was one of the most popular and highest paid actors of 1970s and is considered one of the greatest comedians of South Asia.
25 December 1940
|Died||29 April 1976 (aged 35)|
|Resting place||Bibi Pak Daman Cemetery, Lahore, Pakistan|
|Other names||Shahenshah-e-Zarafat (Urdu: شہنشاہِ ﻇﺮﺍﻓﺖ)|
|Children||3, including Faisal Munawar Zarif|
Munir Zarif (brother)
Rasheed Zarif (brother)
Majeed Zarif (brother)
Early life and careerEdit
Munawar Zarif was born on 25 December 1940 in Gujranwala, Punjab. He started his film career with a Punjabi film Dandian (1961). His breakthrough film was 1964's Hath Jori. After starting as a comedian, he was promoted to playing second leads starting with the film Parday Mein Rehnay Do (1973). Subsequently, he was cast as the lead actor in films such as Banarsi Thug (1973) and Jeera Blade (1973). Possibly his most popular role was in 1974's Naukar Wohti Da, which became a runaway hit. He received his first Nigar Award in "Special Award" category for his performance in Ishaq Deewana (1971). He won the Nigar Award in the "Best Comedian" category for Baharo Phool Barsao (1972) and Zeenat (1975). He appeared in more than 300 films in the span of just 15 years from 1961–76. He was well-known for his Ad-Lib dialogue delivery.
Munawar Zarif was younger brother of popular comedian Zarif. He was lifelong friend of fellow comedian Ali Ejaz. His son Faisal Munawar Zarif debuted as an actor with films like Puttar Munawar Zarif da and Putter Jeerey Blade da, but he couldn't find success. He died on August 20, 2019 in Morocco.
Zarif's family announced his death in Pakistan, on 29 April 1976. He died in Lahore due to Cirrhosis of the liver. He was laid to rest at Bibi Pak Daman Cemetery, Lahore. Tens of thousands turned out to mourn Zarif, and organisers had to issue a misleading statement about the time of funeral.
Munawar Zarif is often regarded as one of the greatest comedians ever in Pakistani films. Fellow comedian and friend Ali Ejaz recalled his ability to improvise lines on the spot and called him an 'extempore' comedian. Radio Pakistan Multan programme manager Asif Khan Khaitran reminisced about the success of Munawar Zarif and said: "There was a time in his career when writers would develop script with Munawar Zarif's personality in mind." Comedian Umer Shareef called him "Mount Everest" of comedy and said that "for attaining fame in the field of comedy one must follow Munwer Zareef’s School of thought."
|1967||Imam Din Gohavia||Shamaulu|
|1969||Diya Aur Toofan||Abdullah|
|1970||Heer Ranjha||Saida Khera|
|1971||Dil Aur Duniya||Parwana|
|Ishq Deevana||Maqbool "Qoola" Ahmed||Special Nigar Award|
|1972||Baharo Phool Barsao||Mirza||Nigar Award for Best Comedian|
|Parday Mein Rehnay Do||Qurban|
|Ajj Da Mehinwal||Izzat "Izzy" Baig|
|Rangeela Aur Munawar Zarif||Munawar Zarif / Khan Bahadur Ishtiaq Ali|
|Jeera Blade||Shafqat / Jeera Blade|
|1974||Manji Kithay Dahwan||Rahmat|
|Naukar Wohti Da||Bhola / Munawar|
|Chakkarbaz||Iqbal "Baala" Hassan|
|Hasday Aao Hasday Jao||Mhanna|
|1975||Pyar Ka Mousam||Munawar|
|Zeenat||Shaukat||Nigar Award for Best Comedian|
|Sheeda Pastol||Sheeda Pastol / Jeeda||Double role|
|Shoukan Melay Di||Bahadar|
|1976||Hukam Da Ghulam||Jani|
|Jano Kapatti||Jano / Jani|
|Chitra Tay Shera||Boota Singh|
|Reshma Tay Shera||Jimmy|
Awards and honoursEdit
- Munawar Zarif remembered The News International (newspaper), Published 30 April 2018, Retrieved 5 August 2018
- "Pakistan Artists Database Entry for Faisal Munawar Zarif". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2020
- "Pakistan Artists Database Entry for Zarif". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2020
- "Pakistan Artists Database Entry for Munir Zarif". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2020
- "Pakistan Artists Database Entry for Rasheed Zarif". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2020
- "Pakistan Artists Database Entry for Majeed Zarif". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 11 August 2020
- "'Remembering Munawwar Zarif', Profile and obituary". ARY News. 29 April 2015. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
- "The News International: Latest News Breaking, Pakistan News".
- 39th death anniversary of Munawar Zarif today Dunya News, Published 29 April 2015, Retrieved 5 August 2018
- "9 Most Iconic Films in the History Of Pakistani cinema". pakistanicinema.com. 17 May 2019.
- Profile and filmography of Munawar Zarif on livetv.pk website Retrieved 5 August 2018
- "Comedian Ali Ejaz passes away". Dawn. Pakistan. 19 December 2018. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
- "In memory of comedian Munawar Zarif on his 42nd death anniversary | Pakistan Today".
- "Remembering Munawar Zareef". 29 April 2015.
- In memory of comedian Munawar Zarif on his 42nd death anninversary Pakistan Today (newspaper), Published 29 April 2018, Retrieved 5 August 2018
- "Khadim Rizvi's funeral one of biggest in Lahore's history".
- "Dunya News Special Documentary on Munwar Zareef". dailymotion.com.
- "Munawar Zarif Left an Indelible Impression on Film Industry".
- "Remembering Munawar Zareef who had a unique comic disposition". 29 April 2021.
- "Nigar Awards (1972 - 1986)". The Hot Spot Online website. 5 January 2003. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2020.