KARACHI: Legendary comedian Ismail Tara passed away in Karachi on Thursday after kidney failure, according to his family. He turned 73.
“He was admitted to a private hospital three days ago but died of kidney failure,” said his son Shiraz Tara.
Namaz-i-Janaza will be offered at Pahari Masjid, on Shaheed-i-Millat Road, after Friday prayers. Ismail Tara is survived by his wife, a daughter and four sons.
Born in Karachi in November 1949, the versatile Tara enjoyed a storied career on stage, television and cinema.
He started working in plays in 1964 when he was just a teenager. According to his colleagues, his mimicry brought instant recognition and it was not long before he caught the attention of talent hunters at Pakistan Television.
He rose to fame with Fifty-Fifty, a comedy show that ran from 1979 to 1981. Inspired by the American comedy show Saturday Night Live, the program became a smash hit and is still hailed as one of the classiest comedy productions in the world. PTV history.
Tara and fellow artist Majid Jehangir became the most popular comedy duo through Fifty-Fifty. The show was pretty daring for its time, as it held nothing sacrosanct while taking a candid look at social ills and double standards.
He also wrote some scripts of the hit TV show after Anwar Maqsood, the original screenwriter, had a falling out with the director in 1981. After establishing himself on the small screen, Ismail Tara tried his luck on the big screen and quickly made an impact there. at.
Published in Dawn, November 25, 2022