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Legendary comedian Ismail Tara passed away

Ismail Tara, a famous comedian who became a household name in the late 1970s and 1980s, was laid to rest in Karachi on a Friday afternoon.

His funeral prayers were offered after Friday prayers at Memon Jamia Masjid Phari Wali, which is on Shaheed-e Millat Road. Sindh Minister Saeed Ghani, family members and close friends were there with social personalities in attendance.

The TV star, who is an icon in the entertainment industry, died on Thursday night. He is survived by his widow, four sons, and a daughter.

Ismail Tara was under treatment in a private hospital in the city. However, his health started to decline, and he was put on a ventilator. Kidney failure has been reported as the cause of death.

Tara said that his father had been admitted to a private hospital three days ago and died of kidney failure, adding that the Pakistan government made no efforts to save him.

With his performance on Fifty Fifty and his association with artist Majid Jehangir, he rose to fame. This state-run show ran from 1979 to 1981, and was one of those TV shows that ensured empty streets in Pakistan, as people didn’t want to miss their chance to experience comedy gold.

Ismail Tara has had an accomplished film career. He has worked in stage plays, on television, and in several Lollywood films. Ismail Tara is a five-time Nigar Award winner for best comedian in Haathi Mere Saathi, Aakhri Mujra, Munda Bigra Jaye, Chief Sahib, and Deewarein.

Born in Karachi, Pakistan, the versatile actor started working in stage plays as a teenager. Later on, he also wrote scripts for Fifty Fifty after Anwar Maqsood had a fallout with the director in 1981. After establishing himself on TV, Ismail Tara tried his luck on the big screen and soon made an impact there.

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