Veteran actor and comedian Ismail Tara passed away on Thursday at the age of 73. He was known for his work in the classic film Fifty Fifty, which aired on PTV during the 1980s.
The family of Tara said he was admitted to a private hospital in Karachi for the last three days and was being treated for kidney disease. Both of Tara’s kidneys had failed. They added that he was put on a ventilator on Thursday morning.
Tara had been associated with the field of acting in various capacities on stage, film, and TV since 1963.
Tara was honoured five times with Nigar Awards for the best comedian in Haathi Mere Saathi (1993), Aakhri Mujra (1994), Munda Bigra Jaye (1995), Chief Sahib (1996), and Deewarein (1998).
President of the Arts Council of Pakistan, Ahmed Shah, stated that he had a long history with Tara.
“He won the hearts of the people of Pakistan with his acting,” he said, adding that Tara was unique in the world of comedians.
Ismail Tara’s funeral prayer will be held after the Friday prayers at Pahari Masjid near Shaheed-e-Millat Road, said his son Sheraz.