40th death anniversary of Munawar Zarif today

LAHORE: The 40th death anniversary of famous Pakistani comedian and film actor Munawar Zarif is being observed today (Friday).


Munawar Zarif was a versatile actor and comedian best known for his work in the Pakistani cinema of the seventies. Zarif appeared in more than 300 films and was regarded as one of the finest comedians subcontinent ever produced.

He was born on 2 February 1940 in Gujranwala. He started his film career from a Punjabi film ‘Dandian’ in 1961 and got breakthrough from film ‘Hath Jori’ in 1964. After a marvelous film career as a top comedian, he became film hero — first as side-hero in film ‘Pardey mein rehney doe’ and then in the title roles and hero in the same year ‘Banarsi Thugg’ (1973) and ‘Jeera Blade’ (1973).

Zarif appeared in more than 300 films in just 16 years from 1961-76. He was also famous for his out of script dialogue delivery. Munawar Zarif died on 29 April 1976.