Legendary comedian Ismail Tara laid to rest

Ismail Tara – a famous comedian who become a household name in late 1970s and 80s – was laid to rest in Karachi on Friday afternoon.

His funeral prayers were offered at Memon Jamia Masjid Phari Wali, Shaheed-e Millat Road after Friday prayers. Sindh Minister Saeed Ghani, family members, close friends and social personalities were present on the occasion.

Earlier, the legendary TV star had passed away on Thursday night. He is survived by his widow, four sons and a daughter.

Ismail Tara was under treatment at private hospital in the metropolis amid some health complications. He was put on ventilator after his health severely declined. Kidney failure is being said to be the cause of his death.

“He was admitted to a private hospital three days ago, but died of kidney failure,” his son Shiraz Tara said.

He rose to fame with his performance in the state-run TV’s show Fifty Fifty which ran from 1979 to 1981 along with fellow artist Majid Jehangir. In fact, Fifty Fifty was one of those PTV primetime shows which ensured empty streets across Pakistan as people rushed back home to enjoy their comedy.

However, Ismail Tara worked in many stage plays, television and around 14 Lollywood films. He is a five-time Nigar Awards winner for best comedian in Haathi Mere Saathi, Aakhri Mujra, Munda Bigra Jaye, Chief Sahib and Deewarein.

Born in Karachi in Nov 1949, the versatile actor had started working in stage plays back in 1964. He also wrote some scripts of Fifty Fifty after Anwar Maqsood, the original scriptwriter, had a fallout with the director in 1981. After establishing himself on the small screen, Ismail Tara tried his luck on the big one and soon made a mark there too.

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