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Munawar Zarif

 

Shehanshah-e-Zarafat of Sub-continent
The Comedy King (Shehanshah-e-Zarafat) of not only Pakistani Cinematic world but of Sub Continent. Film gores speaking and understanding Urdu and Punjabi language are much familiar with Munawar Zarif. Munawar Zarif was all wits and gestures whose acting was far beyond the imposed scripted lines and outcome was much natural with marvelous timings. He was a trendsetter whose legacy goes on like day one in comedy wherever it gets played, at Cinema, TV or Theatre. Just like his elder brother who came and fill the gap of his brother but at the same time live for limited period. With over 300 films, three Nigar Awards are the glaring aspects on his professional career, the star left us young when his career was in full swing and blossom.

 

Early Life

The father of the legendary artist Mr. Abdul Haq was a resident of Gujranwala city who was addressed as Sufi Jee, by profession was a Ticket Inspector in Railway department. By nature Mr. Haq had close inclination towards art and creativity so became the most adorable member of Railway dramatic club. He used to enjoy a respect amongst his colleagues and was famous for his grip over timely and reactive remarks. He and his wife Barkat Bibi were blessed with five sons. Amongst his children Muhammad Munawar was his third son who was born on December 25, 1940 was the resemble copy of his father. Being in Railway, posting from one city to other city was a routine so he was posted to Lahore where young Muhammad Munawar was admitted in Muslim League High School, Empress road where Hanif Bhatti, Zafar Warsi, Ali Ejaz, Haider Choudhry and Abdul Rasheed were his fellows who subsequently also became glaring starts of magic world of moving images. Hanif Bhatti became renowned director of photography, Ali Ejaz as actor, Haider Choudhry and Abdul Rasheed as Abid Shuja proved a successful film directors

In his childhood, Muhammad Munawar was very naughty but at the same time he was one of the brilliant student of his class. Right from the outset he used to watch his father while acting in Railway Dramatic club as comedian, then his elder brother Muhammad Saddique who was famous comedian as Zarif and was one of the best comedians of that era. Munawar used to accompany his brother 

 

Munawar Zarif

Real Name:

Muhammad Munawar

Addressed Name:

Munawar Zarif

Birth Date:

December 25, 1940

Birth Place:

Gujranwala

Father’s Name:

Ch. Abdul Haq 

Mother’s Name:

Barkat Bibi

Brothers:

Zarif
Majeed Zarif
Rasheed Zarif
Munir Zarif

Children:

Faisal Munawar Zarif

First Film:

Dandian

Last Film:

Lahu De Rishtey

Years active:

19601976

Date of Death:

April 29, 1976

Zarif during film shoots and on return he used to perform all what he saw his brother doing in front of his class fellows and friend and that’s how a comedian was being groomed as a child. With this Munawar also had love towards performing art and had good grip over his dialogues delivery started watching films and tried to copy the performance of actors and also fantasized himself to be an actor. With his own resources Zarif also managed to introduce Muhammad Munawar in his films like Patey Khan and Rani Khan as guest actor.

  

 

Early Career

After matriculation, Muhammad Munawar got admission in college for further studies in 1960. He was in first year of FA when his elder brother Zarif died at the peak of his film career on October 3, 1960. With his death, the burden of his family falls down on the shoulders of young Munawar. So to take care of his family, with the encouragement of his class fellows and friends Muhammad Munawar decided to follow the footsteps of his elder brother Zarif. He entered into film studios with lot of hopes, desires and confidence and with firm believe to take on the assigned responsibility but unfortunately he was not welcomed / encouraged by the film industry concerned as he was expecting. Only being brother of leading comedian was not well received by the film machos as he never had physical experience to face the camera. No one from the industry was ready to give him the role of an extra in films as comedian. Finally the film director Iftikhar Malik gave him a first chance in his Punjabi film Dandian for a very small comedy roll but Munawar was himself was not satisfied with the role for which he had to waste five days to get this role. Dandian was released on June 14, 1961 and role of Muhammad Munawar was hardly noticed by any film gores and film makers. This was disappointing movement for Muhammad Munawar as he was not offered another role to act basing upon his performance in film Dundian. So discouraged Muhammad Munawar decided to forgo the idea of joining film industry as actor (comedian) and adopt some other profession. Disappointed Muhammad Munawar left Lahore and went to Kamoki (District Gujranwala) where he was employed in dry seasonal crops broker’s shop as measuring boy which was owned by his aunt.

 

 

As Assistant Director

After few months one of the  class fellows Abdul Rasheed who was working as Assistant Director in the name of Abid Shuja got a new film Onchey Mahal as Associate Director he sent Rasheed Zarif to Munawar Zarif at Komoki with offer of a role in club dance in film Onchey Mahal. But Munawar Zarif straight way refused to act as an extra. But when Abid Shujah again offered him to work as Assistant Director of the film, Muhammad Munawar was agreed to and returned back to Lahore in 1962. Where he not only did as Assistant Director with Director Gul Mir but also acted in the film Onchey Mahal with minor role as Munawar Zarif, on completion film was released on December 21, 1962. Commercially Onchey Mahal was flopped but it gave confidence to Munawar Zarif who decided to continue working in films. His next film as Assistant Director was Wah Bai Wah which was produced by Choudhry Muhammad Aslam under the banner of Choudhry Films.

 

 

As Supporting Comedian

As Assistant Director, Muahmmad Munawr was able to get minor roles of comedian in film as Munawar Zarif as he had changed his name by including the name of his elder brother at end. With release of each film he was able to made his place amongst film gores and makers. Through out his film career, Munawar Zarif appeared in following films:-

 

Film

Language

Release Date

Director

1961

Dandian

Punjabi

June 16, 1961

Iftikhar Malik

1963

Chacha Khamkha

Punjabi

December 13, 1963

Aslam Irani

Mouj Mela

Punjabi

February 26, 1963

Aslam Irani

Neelam

Urdu

October 4, 1963

A. Hameed

1964

Dachi

Punjabi

February 15, 1964

Aslam Irani

Hath Jori

Punjabi

December 4, 1964

 Aslam Irani

1965

Ik Si Chor

Punjabi

October 8, 1965

Amin Malik

Jee Dar

Punjabi

November 19, 1965

M.J. Rana

Malangi

Punjabi

December 17, 1965

Rasheed Akhtar

Mann Mouji

Punjabi

November 12, 1965

M.J. Rana

Pilpili Sahib

Punjabi

October 29, 1965

Aslam Irani

Soukan

Punjabi

August 27, 1965

Arif Nizami

1966

Aaina

Urdu

December 2, 1966

Shabab Keranvi

Abba Jee

Punjabi

December 16, 1966

M.J. Rana

Banki Naar

Punjabi

September 16, 1966

M. Akram

Bhai Jan

Urdu

May 20, 1966

Raja Hafeez

Bharia Mela

Punjabi

June 24, 1966

Aslam Irani

Chughalkhor

Punjabi

March 25, 1966

Riaz Akhtar

Hamrahi

Urdu

May 6, 1966

Raja Hafeez

Lado

Punjabi

August 26, 1966

Sharif Nayyar

Madr-e-Watan

Urdu

October 28, 1966

Saifuddin Saif

Zamindar

Punjabi

May 27, 1966

Amin Malik

1967

Akbara

Punjabi

July 7, 1967

Rasheed Akhtar

Be-Reham

Urdu

September 29, 1967

Riaz Ahmad

Chacha Jee

Punjabi

March 10, 1967

Waheed Dar

Dil Deevana

Urdu

August 25, 1967

Shabab Keranvi

Dushman

Punjabi

September 15, 1967

Amin Malik

Jani Dushman

Punjabi

September 29, 1967

M.J. Rana

Jigri Yaar

Punjabi

January 12, 1967

Iftikhar Khan

Mangetar

Punjabi

June 2, 1967

Majeed Rana

Mirza Jatt

Punjabi

November 24, 1967

Masood Parvez

Shola aur Shabnam

Urdu

September 15, 1967

K. Khursheed

Yaar Maar

Punjabi

January 12, 1967

M.J. Rana

Yaaran Naal Baharan

Punjabi

February 10, 1967

Mushtaq Zaidi

Zinda Lash

Urdu

July 7, 1967

Khawaja Sarfaraz

1968

Do Mutiyaran

Punjabi

March 10, 1968

Waheed Dar

Aashiq

Urdu

September 27, 1968

Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi

Badla

Punjabi

May 24, 1968

Haidar Choudhry

Bau Jee

Punjabi

September 6, 1968

M.J. Rana

Chan Choudvin Da

Punjabi

December 22, 1968

M. Akram

Chan Makhna

Punjabi

February 9, 1968

Kaifee

Doosri Shadi

Urdu

May 24, 1968

Hassan Tariq

Ik si Maa

Punjabi

June 7, 1968

Waheed Dar

Jagg Beeti

Punjabi

March 22, 1968

M.J. Rana

Jawani Mastani

Punjabi

September 27, 1968

M.J. Rana

Kanjoos

Punjabi

October 25, 1968

M.J. Rana

Kurmai

Punjabi

March 22, 1968

M. Saeed

Medan

Punjabi

January 2, 1968

M. Akram

Mehndi

Punjabi

July 19, 1968

Wajee Khan

Pind Di Kurri

Punjabi

January 2, 1968

Khawaja Sarfaraz

Sajjan Pyara

Punjabi

December 22, 1968

Kaifee

Sassi Punu

Punjabi

July 26, 1968

Riaz Ahmad

Taj Mahal

Urdu

December 22, 1968

S.T. Zaidi

1969

Aukha Jatt

Punjabi

February 14, 1969

M.J. Rana

Dard

Urdu

February 27, 1969

Zafar Shabab

Dhee Rani

Punjabi

October 24, 1969

Arshad Kazmi

Dhol Sipahi

Punjabi

November 21, 1969

Baba Qalandar

Dildar

Punjabi

July 18, 1969

Malik Amin

Diya Aur Toofan

Urdu

May 9, 1969

Rangeela

Dulla Haidri

Punjabi

November 7, 1969

Mohammad Amin

Gabhru Putt Punjab De

Punjabi

October 24, 1969

Ubaid Qadri

Genterman

Punjabi

November 7, 1969

Waheed Dar

Ghairatmand

Punjabi

March 14, 1969

K.D. Mirza

Haidar Khan

Punjabi

March 14, 1969

Rasheed Akhtar

Ishq Na Puchhay Zaat

Punjabi

September 5, 1969

Haidar Choudhry

Jind Jan

Punjabi

September 5, 1969

Kaifee

Kochwan

Punjabi

December 12, 1969

Zafar Shabab

Lachhi

Punjabi

August 22, 1969

Haidar Chodhary

Mukhra Chan Warga

Punjabi

September 12, 1969

Waheed Dar

Najo

Punjabi

June 27, 1969

Qadeer Ghori

Nikkay Hundian Da Piyar

Punjabi

February 14, 1969

Masood Parvez

Panchhi Te Pardesi

Punjabi

February 27, 1969

Altaf Hussain

Pathar Te Leek

Punjabi

October 17, 1969

Jafar Malik

Sou Din Chor Da

Punjabi

February 27, 1969

M. Akram

Teray Ishq Nachaya

Punjabi

September 26, 1969

M. Akram

Tumhi Ho Mehboob Meray

Urdu

February 21, 1969

Shabab Keranvi

1970

Aansoo Ban geye Moti

Urdu

March 27, 1970

M.A. Rasheed

Anwara

Punjabi

January 16, 1970

Khalifa saeed Ahmad

Att Khuda Da Vair

Punjabi

October 9, 1970

Khawaja Sarfaraz

Bahadur Kissan

Punjabi

July 3, 1970

Zafar Dar

Bhai Chara

Punjabi

March 27, 1970

Noor

Bholay Shah

Punjabi

October 9, 1970

Haidar Choudhry

Chann Sajna

Punjabi

May 1, 1970

Waheed Dar

Charhda Suraj

Punjabi

December 1, 1970

M. Akram

Dil Dian Lagian

Punjabi

April 17, 1970

Waheed Dar

Dunya Matlab Di

Punjabi

December 1, 1970

S.A. Ashrafi

Guddo

Punjabi

January 23, 1970

Qadeer Malik

Gul Bakavli

Punjabi

June 12, 1970

Rasheed

Hamlog

Urdu

August 7, 1970

Wazir Ali

Heer Ranjha

Punjabi

June 19, 1970

Masood Parvez

Insan Aur Admi

Urdu

May 15, 1970

Shabab Keranvi

Laralappa

Punjabi

April 10, 1970

M.S. Dar

Mohallaydar

Punjabi

January 16, 1970

Baba Qalandar

Qadra

Punjabi

October 9, 1970

Altaf Hussain

Rabb Di Shaan

Punjabi

July 24, 1970

Zafar Shabab

Rangeela

Urdu

September 18, 1970

Rangeela

Rangu Jatt

Punjabi

September 25, 1970

Raja Hafeez

Sajna Door Deya

Punjabi

February 17, 1970

Iftikhar Khan

Sayyan

Punjabi

August 14, 1970

A. Riaz

Sohna Mukhra Te Akh Mastani

Punjabi

June 5, 1970

M. Fazil

Tikka Mathay Da

Punjabi

December 1, 1970

M.A. Rasheed

Wichhora

Punjabi

January 9, 1970

M. Akram

Yaar Te Pyar

Punjabi

March 27, 1970

Masood Parvez

1971

Aasoo Billa

Punjabi

July 9, 1971

Asad Bukhari

Asghara

Punjabi

February 7, 1971

Khalifa Saeed Ahmad

Dil Aur Dunya

Urdu

October 1, 1971

Rangeela

Dunya Paisay Di

Punjabi

February 7, 1971

Fyaz Sheikh

Geo Jatta

Punjabi

November 20, 1971

Masood Bin Aslam

Hadbandi

Punjabi

March 26, 1971

Wazir Ali

Ishq Bina Ki Jeena

Punjabi

October 1, 1971

Iftikhar Khan

Jatt Da Qoul

Punjabi

August 27, 1971

Azmat Nawaz

Khoon da Rishta

Punjabi

October 8, 1971

Azmat Nawaz

Mali

Punjabi

July 16, 1971

Waheed Dar

Mastana Mahi

Punjabi

September 24, 1971

Iftikhar Khan

Pehlwan Jee In London

Punjabi

November 20, 1971

Haidar Choudhry

Piyar De Pulekhay

Punjabi

May 14, 1971

M. Akram

Raja Rani

Punjabi

February 7, 1971

Diljeet Mirza

Sehra

Punjabi

January 22, 1971

Jafar Malik

Sher Puttar

Punjabi

January 1, 1971

K. Khursheed

Sohna Puttar

Punjabi

October 8, 1971

Rehmat Ali

Sucha Souda

Punjabi

January 15, 1971

Kaifee

Ucha Naa Piyar Da

Punjabi

June 18, 1971

M. Akram

Uchi Haveli

Punjabi

July 23, 1971

Maqsood Ayaz

Wehshi

Urdu

July 23, 1971

Hassan Tariq

1972

Athru Ik Mutyar De

Punjabi

March 10, 1972

Saleem Awan

Badlay Gi Dunya Sathi

Urdu

April 28, 1972

S.T. Zaidi

Baharo Phool Barsao

Urdu

August 11, 1972

M Sadiq & Hassan Tariq

Dhol Jawania Manay

Punjabi

May 12, 1972

Hassan Tariq

Do Pattar Anaran De

Punjabi

January 27, 1972

Haidar Choudhry

Do Rangeelay

Punjabi

November 8, 1972

Rangeela

Doulat Te Ghairat

Punjabi

September 8, 1972

Waheed Dar

Heera

Punjabi

September 22, 1972

Hassan Askari

Ik Doli 2 Kahar

Punjabi

January 27, 1972

A.K. Choudhry

Ik Piyar Te 2 Parchhawen

Punjabi

February 4, 1972

Younis Butt

Inteqam

Punjabi

December 29, 1972

Khalifa Saeed Ahmad

Jagday Rehna

Punjabi

June 30, 1972

Iqbal Kashmiri

Jangu

Punjabi

December 1, 1972

M. Saleem

Japani Guddi

Punjabi

January 21, 1972

Jameel Akhtar

Khan Chacha

Punjabi

January 27, 1972

M. Akram

Melay Sajna De

Punjabi

June 2, 1972

Zia Hashmi

Mera Babul

Punjabi

May 26, 1972

Ubaid Qadri

Meri Ghairat Teri Izzat

Punjabi

March 3, 1972

Haidar Choudhry

Morcha

Punjabi

September 8, 1972

Haidar Choudhry

Puttar Da Piyar

Punjabi

June 30, 1972

Ejaz Mir

Puttar Punj Daryawan Da

Punjabi

November 8, 1972

S.A. Bukhari

Qasu

Punjabi

December 29, 1972

Muhammad Basheer Rana

Sajjan Beparwah

Punjabi

July 14, 1972

Masood Asghar

Sajjan Dushman

Punjabi

July 7, 1972

Kaifee

Sajjan Milde Kadi Kadi

Punjabi

September 22, 1972

Jafar Malik

Sir da Sain

Punjabi

June 16, 1972

Azmat Nawaz

Sohna Jani

Punjabi

May 26, 1972

Zafar Noor

Sohnay Phull Piyar De

Punjabi

May 26, 1972

Qadeer Ghori

Sultan

Punjabi

November 8, 1972

M. Akram

Zaildar

Punjabi

March 10, 1972

Haidar Choudhry

Zulm Da Badla

Punjabi

September 15, 1972

Kaifee

1973

Aan

Punjabi

January 16, 1973

Qadeer Malik

Bala Gujjar

Punjabi

September 14, 1973

Haidar Choudhry 

Char Khoon de Pyasay

Punjabi

June 8, 1973

Altaf Hussain

Daaman aur Chingari

Urdu

October 28, 1973

Shabab Keranvi

Ik Dhee Punjab di

Punjabi

April 20, 1973

Wazir Ali

Jaib Kutra

Punjabi

February 2, 1973

Syed Raza Zaidi

Jawani di Hawa

Punjabi

March 2, 1973

Raja Hafeez

Jhalli

Punjabi

December 7, 1973

Altaf Hussain

Jithay Wagdi a Ravi

Punjabi

June 22, 1973

Rasheed Choudhry

Khoon da Darya

Punjabi

January 16, 1973

Abid Shujaa

Khuda Te Maa

Punjabi

June 22, 1973

Haidar Choudhry

Maa Te Qanoon

Punjabi

August 31, 1973

Waheed Dar

Mr. 420

Urdu

December 28, 1973

Raja Hafeez

Nishan

Punjabi

June 8, 1973

M. Saleem

Pind Daleran da

Punjabi

August 31, 1973

Haidar Choudhry

Shado

Punjabi

August 10, 1973

Zaki B.A.

Sheru

Punjabi

March 23, 1973

M. Akram

Wichhria Sathi

Punjabi

September 28, 1973

Raza Mir

Ziddi

Punjabi

January 16, 1973

Iqbal Kashmiri

1974

Baat Pohnchi Teri Jawani Tak

Urdu

March 29, 1974

Shewan Rizvi

Bhola Sajjan

Punjabi

March 22, 1974

Ashfaq Malik

Bhool

Urdu

November 1, 1974

S. Suleman

Budha Sher

Punjabi

February 15, 1974

Hazin Qadri

Hasday Aao Hasday Jao

Punjabi

December 25, 1974

Kaifee

Imandar

Urdu

August 9, 1974

Syed Teyab Zaidi

Jawab Do

Urdu

October 11, 1974

Jafar Bukhari

Jawan Meray Des da

Punjabi

August 30, 1974

Muzaffar Tahir

Jurm Te Nafrat

Punjabi

September 6, 1974

Razzaq

Lambay Hath Qanoon day

Punjabi

December 13, 1974

S.A. Bukhari

Mastani Mehbooba

Urdu

August 16, 1974

Laiq Akhtar

Miss Hippy

Urdu

October 18, 1974

S. Suleman

Nagri Daata di

Punjabi

March 8, 1974

Rasheed Akhtar

Nanha Farishta

Urdu

October 18, 1974

K. Khursheed

Nelaam

Urdu

August 23, 1974

Iqbal Kashmiri

Rangi

Punjabi

June 14, 1974

Agha Riaz Gul

Sasta Khoon Mehnga Pani

Punjabi

November 1, 1974

Iqbal Kashmiri

Tota Chasham

Punjabi

April 12, 1974

Obiad Qadri

1975

Ae Pagg Meray Veer di

Punjabi

May 2, 1975

Waheed Dar

Anari

Urdu

August 1, 1975

S. Suleman

Babul Daku

Punjabi

August 1, 1975

Iqbal Malik

Dhan Jigra Maa da

Punjabi

May 16, 1975

Riaz Ahmad Raju

Guddi

Punjabi

July 18, 1975

Naseem Haidar

Heera Phumman

Punjabi

February 21, 1975

Naseem Haidar

Isar

Urdu

July 11, 1975

Laiq Akhtar

Khooni

Punjabi

November 211975,

Waheed Dar

Majha Sajha

Punjabi

February 28, 1975

Aizaz Syed

Na Chhura sako gay Daaman

Urdu

March 14, 1975

Nazar Shabab

Nadir Khan

Punjabi

January 24, 1975

Azmat Nawaz

Noukar

Urdu

December 12, 1975

Nazar Shabab

Rajjo

Punjabi

November 7, 1975

Naseem Haidar

Reshma Jawan ho geyi

Punjabi

May 23, 1975

Iqbal Kashmiri

Shararat

Urdu

October 24, 1975

S. Suleman

Sharif Badmash

Punjabi

July 11, 1975

Iqbal Kashmiri

Shoukan Melay di

Punjabi

December 12, 1975

Haidar Choudhry

Sindbad

Punjabi

April 25, 1975

Iqbal Kashmiri

Zeenat

Urdu

May 30, 1975

S. Suleman

1976

Akh Lari Bado Badi

Punjabi

September 26, 1976

Shafiq Akhtar

Ayyash

Punjabi

February 6, 1976

Iqbal Kashmiri

Chitra Te Shera

Punjabi

July 16, 1976

Iqbal Kashmiri

Da Zoye Mena

Pashto

January 2, 1976

Ejaz Mir

Daagh

Urdu

April 9, 1976

K. Khursheed

Maa Sadqay

Punjabi

March 26, 1976

Abid Shujaa

Maan Jawani da

Punjabi

June 11, 1976

H. Khalid

Reshma Te Shera

Punjabi

October 15, 1976

Haidar Choudhry

Wardat

Punjabi

June 4, 1976

Diljeet Mirza

1977

Be-Gunah

Punjabi

October 21, 1977

Rangeela

Mohabbat Mar Nahin Sakti

Urdu

November 22, 1977

Aziz-ul-Hassan

Neya Suraj

Urdu

November 4, 1977

Masood Parvez

Puttar Te Qanoon

Punjabi

June 30, 1977

M. Rafiq

1978

Mera Naam Raja

Urdu

March 24, 1978

Hamid Usmani

1980

Lahu de Rishte

Punjabi

August 13, 1980

Raja Hafeez

 

 

Munawar Zarif in Lead Role

With the passage of time during this period his pairing with Rangeela was picked up by film lovers so every director and producer wanted to cast them both in their films. When in 1970, Rangeela made a film at his own name and played the lead role with Nisho and film Rangeela hit the box office. So it was also hidden desire of Munwar Zarif to be casted in film in lead role of the film. So he discussed it with Abid Shujah who also wanted that his friend should be taken in some film in a lead role. Qavi produced a film named Be-eman and especially for Munawar Zarif, role was created but again he was not paired with any leading actress. In his next film Ajj Da Mahinwal, Munawar Zarif was casted in lead role with Aaliya. Ajj Da Mahinwal was directed by Haider Choudhry and produced by Abdul Qayum under the banner of Paristan Pictures.

 

Film

Language

Date

Year

Director

Be-eman

 Urdu  August 10, 1973   Syed Teyab Zaidi

Ajj Da Mehinwal

Punjabi

September 14,

1973

Haidar Choudhry

Banarsi Thug

Punjabi

October 28,

1973

Iqbal Kashmiri

Khushiya

Punjabi

November 16,

1973

Haidar Choudhry

Jeera Blade

Punjabi

December 21,

1973

Iftikhar Khan

Rangeela Aur Munawar Zarif

Urdu

November 30,

1973

Nazar Shabab

Parde Mein Rehne Do

Urdu

April 17, 

1973

Shabab Keranvi

Bande Da Puttar

Punjabi

May 24, 

1974

Naseem Haidar

Chakkarbaz

Urdu

December 13,

1974

S. Jamsheri

Manji Kithay Dahwan

Punjabi

June 7,

1974

Haroon Paasha

Namak Haram

Urdu

July 12,

1974

Ali Sufyan Afaqi

Sacha Jhoota

Urdu August 2, 1974  Zafar Shabab

Noukar Wohti Da

Punjabi

July 26,

1974

Haidar Choudhry

Ajj Di Gall

Punjabi

May 2,

1975

Asad Bukhari

Mera Naa Patey Khan

Punjabi

March 21,

1975

Masood Parvez

Piyar Ka Mousam

Urdu

April 4,

1975

Munawar Rasheed

Sheeda Pastol

Punjabi

14-November

1975

Sharif Ali

Khoufnak

Punjabi  January 30,  1976  Rehmat Ali 

Anjaam

Punjabi

April 30,

1976

Waheed Dar

Bad Tameez

Punjabi

July 30,

1976

Haidar Choudhry

Ustad Shagird

Punjabi

July 16, 

1976

M.J. Rana

Gama B.A.

Punjabi

October 29,

1976

Masood Asghar

Hukam Da Ghulam

Punjabi

February 27,

1976

M. Saleem

Jano Kapatti

Punjabi

April 23,

1976

Naseem Haidar Shah

Kil Kil Mera Naa

Punjabi

December 17,

1976

Naseem Haidar Shah

 

 

As Singer

Other than acting Munawar Zarif had very melodious voice so he sang few songs for different films which were loved by film gores. Some of his songs are:-

Song

Singer

Lyric

Music

Film

Year

Language

Thanedara

Munawar Zarif

Master Abdullah

Hazin Qadri

Master Abdullah

Malangi

1965

Punjabi

Dam Tik, Dam Tik Waj De Hi

Munawar Zarif

Master Abdullah

Hazin Qadri

Master Abdullah

Ik Si Chor

1965

Punjabi

Har Jutti Betar Peyi, Tere Pichhe Ni Rangno

Munawar Zarif, Irene Parveen, Rangeela

Hazin Qadri

G.A. Chishti

Banki Nar

1966

Punjabi

Lori Devan Main Lal Nu, Sohne Lal Nu

Munawar Zarif, Muzaffar Hussain, Siddiq

NC

G.A. Chishti

Imam Din Gohavia

1967

Punjabi

Nachi Jao Kaleo, Tussi Nachi Jao

Munawar Zarif, Muzaffar Hussain, Siddiq

NC

G.A. Chishti

Imam Din Gohavia

1967

Punjabi

Sun, Haray, Baba Ludna, Bukheyan Be-Rozgaran De

Masood Rana, Munawar Zarif, Imdad Hussain, Saleem Choudhry

NC

Nazir Ali

Akbara

1967

Punjabi

Na Dha Gali Wich Charkha, Khoon Kara Den Gi

Munawar Zarif, Irene Parveen

NC

Kalay Khan, Shabbir

Dhol Sepahi

1969

Punjabi

Chhad Ke Na Menu Javin

Irene Parveen, Masood Rana, Munawar Zarif

Waris Ludhianvi

Bakhshi Wazir

Ghairatmand

1969

Punjabi

Suno Re Dil Walo, Arre In Haseeno Se Dil Na Lagana

Rangeela, Munawar Zarif, Mujeeb Alam, Naseem Begum

NC

Kamal Ahmed

Diya Aur Toofan

1969

Urdu

Qissa Dhai Aane, Kaka Bahar Ho Ja

Munawar Zarif

NC

Manzoor Ashraf

Lachhi

1969

Punjabi

Jiggar Zakhmi Hai, Ser Chakra Raha Hai

Rangeela, Munawar Zarif, NC

Hazin Qadri

Tufail Farooqi

Chan Te Chakor

1970

Punjabi

Ditta Varian Sada Yaar Luka, Unhon Labh Laina

Munawar Zarif, NC

Khawaja Pervez

Tafo

Anwara

1970

Punjabi

Garm Karare, Ni Mutiyare

Masood Rana, Munawar Zarif

Sharif

Mushtaq Ali

Muhalledar

1970

Punjabi

Na Ishq Nu Leekan Lavin, Harra Ve Dholan Na Javin

Naseem Begum, Munawar Zarif, NC

NC

M. Ashraf

Sardara

1970

Punjabi

Main Kar Baitha Do Budhian

Munawar Zarif

Hazin Qadri

Nazir Ali

Sajna Door Deya

1970

Punjabi

Chhair Koi Sargam

Rangeela, Munawar Zarif

NC

Kamal Ahmad

Rangeela

1970

Urdu

Jis Di Khatir Kann Parwaye

Masood Rana, Munawar Zarif, Anwar Begum

Hazin Qadri

G.A. Chishti

Mera Babul

1972

Punjabi

Ghari Pall Di Ho Ve Ya Sou Saal

Munawar Zarif, Masood Rana

NC

Wajahat Attre

Khushiya

1973

Punjabi

Wekho Loko, Jagg Da Mela, Ik Aanda

Masood Rana, Munawar Zarif

Tanvir Naqvi

Wajahat Attre

Ser Uchay Sardaran de

1973

Punjabi

Gurru Jee Kehnde Ne

Munawar Zarif, Ahmad Rushdi

NC

Master Tufail

Bhola Sajjan

1974

Punjabi

 

 

 

Personal Life

Munawar Zarif got married with Balqees Bano who used to appear in films as extra. She was relative of renowned film actress Neelo and she was Christian by religion. She converted his religion from Christian to Islam and after marriage both Munawar Zarif and his wife went to Saudi Arabia to perform Umra. He was blessed with three daughters Faiza, Aysha and a son Faisal Munawar Zarif.

 

 

Munawar Zarif with his wife Balqees Bano and children Faiza, Ayesha and Faisal Munawar Zarif

 

It is also said that as Munawar Zarif was paired with Babra Sharif in Mera Naa Patey Khan, Anjaam and Bhool one after the other. During the shoot of Mera Naa Patey Khan, Munawar Zarif got emotionally involved with the heroine of the film Babra Sharif which was getting strengthen with passage of each day. As at that time Munwar Zarif was on top of demand list of film gores and film makers so he used to demand film producers and director to cast Babra Sharif while pairing with him. And unfortunately this was Babra Sharif’s hidden motive behind positive response to the emotional move of Munawar Zarif. But he was unable to smell it out and kept on felling into it up to his neck. The situation further aggravated once she was also getting busier in film shoots and her popularity graph was rising with release of each film that diminishes her attention towards Munawar Zarif. And as final nail, inclination of actor Mansoor towards her resulted in her behavior of disassociation with Munawar Zarif

 

 

 

Zarif Family

Other than Munawar Zarif members of his family who also joined the cinematic world as comedians and these are:

 

Zarif    Zarif
    Munir Zarif
     Munawar Zarif
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Rasheed Zarif was the forth son of Mr. Addul Haq and he was younger to Munawar Zarif. He worked with Munawar Zarif in films like Zindgi Ke Meley, Tota Chasham and Mastana Mahi. He died on August 3, 1973 at very young age like Zarif and Munawar Zarif.

     Majeed Zarif

Masood Saddique famous as Pappu Zarif was son of Zarif who was born on 15 May 1953. Zarif introduced Pappu Zarif in film Bach Jamora in which Zarif played the lead role. Bacha Jamora was produced by Akbar Irani, directed by Aslam Irani and it was released on May 29, 1959. After the death of his father he was looked after by Munawar Zarif and Pappu Zarif also appeared in some films. But he was not accepted by the film gores so he started theatre and stage shows. Pappu Zarif died at the age of 53 on November 24, 2006.

Munwar Zarif’s son Faisal Munawar Zarif also joined the cinematic field and played the lead role in Puttar Munawar Zarif Da, Puttar Jeere Blade Da and Khote Sikke but he was not able to achieve the attention of film gores who were expecting the acting standard of his father Munwar Zarif. Disappointed Faisal Munawar Zarif afterward not only left the film industry but also left Pakistan and got settled in UK

 

 

 

Demise of the Artist

Due to day and night work Munawar Zarif was over fatigued so to address this he started taking tranquilizer and hashish. Moreover, he was getting emotionally involved with Babra Sharif but his one sided affair was interrupted by another man. Mansoor the brother of Santosh Kumar and Babra Sharif were busy in shooting of song Batti Baldi Rehan De for film Ajj Di Taza Khabar, when he also developed some sort of liking for Babra Sharif. After listing these stories, Munawar Zarif got very distressed and restarted taking Hashish and tranquilizers and with passage of time he kept on increasing its doze. His volume of doze went into its peak when during shooting of the same film Munawar Zarif had scuffle with Mansoor who started yelling at Munawar Zarif and finally slapped on his face in front of Babra Sharif and the complete crew. Munawar Zarif left the shooting and drunk himself with lot of tranquilizer. At last this over dozing became the prime cause of his chronic ailment of liver cirrhosis. With this he also developed some Heart issues and was planning to go out of Pakistan for detailed check-up but never got this opportunity as he died on April 29, 1976 at the age of 36 years only.  

Munawar Zarif dead body while mourning Munir Zareef Muhammad Ali and Rangeela

(innaMay Allah rest the departed soul in eternal peace)

 

Honours and Awards

Munwar Zarif was awarded Nigar Awards for following films:-

 

  1. Ishq Deewana
  2. Zeenat
  3. Baharo Phool Barsao

 

 

 

Filmography

For detailed filmography, proceed here

 

 

 

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