Renowned veteran actor and comedian, Ismail Tara, passed away in Karachi yesterday. He is survived by his wife, four sons, and a daughter, and his demise is being mourned by the showbiz fraternity and his fans all over the world.
His janaza (funeral prayer) will be offered at Shaheed-e Millat Road, Karachi after the Friday prayers.
According to reports, the 73-year-old was suffering from kidney problems and was being treated at Medicare Cardiac & General Hospital. The Chief Sahib actor’s condition worsened as he was placed on a ventilator yesterday morning.
The Chief Minister of Sindh, Murad Ali Shah, expressed his grief for the demise of the legendary comedian and said, “Ismail Tara’s artistic services will always be remembered”.
Born on 16 November 1949, Ismail Tara was one of the most beloved figures in the Pakistani entertainment industry. He made his mark in showbiz as an actor and a comedian in the 1980s, working in several popular stage plays, TV shows, drama serials, and Lollywood films.
Ismail Tara rose to fame with his iconic performance in the TV show Fifty Fifty. He won multiple awards and accolades for his work, including five Nigar Awards for ‘Best Comedian’ in shows like Haathi Mere Saathi, Aakhri Mujra, Munda Bigra Jaye, Chief Sahib, and Deewarein.
His work was widely appreciated in Pakistan and even influenced Indian productions. In fact, the show, Munda Bigra Jaye, was the inspiration behind the hit Bollywood song Munni Badnaam Hui from the film Dabangg.
Ismail Tara may be gone but he will definitely never be forgotten and his legacy will live on forever in the hearts of his fans everywhere.