Tuesday, April 29, 2014

A Tribute to Omar Sharif

Omar Sharif was born in Alexandria, Egypt in the year 1932, on April 10th. His birth name was Michel Demitri Shalhoub. He converted to Islam later on, in order to marry the actress Faten Hamama, in 1954.


  I have only seen one film of Mr. Sharif till now: Doctor Zhivago. This is a Hollywood production as Mr. Sharif has worked in both American and Egyptian theater. Doctor Zhivago is based on the novel of the same name by Boris Pasternak. Released in 1965, it is the eighth-highest grossing film of all time, when adjusted for inflation. It made over $110 million on a budget of $11 million. 


The flick's main plot concerns the titular character of Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif), and his hardships faced during the Russian Revolution. Director Sir David Lean (also renowned for Lawrence of Arabia) shot almost all scenes with superb realism.
  It is well to note that Mr. Sharif was the lead actor, but many supporting actors also did their jobs remarkably. Julie Christie had a lot of screen-time portraying the heroine Lara Antipov. Although, it was shocking that she was nominated neither for an Academy Award, nor a Golden Globe.  
  Omar Sharif won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor, but similarly to Ms. Christie, he surprisingly did not obtain an Oscar nod.
  Mr. Sharif's career has spun over fifty years. He has starred in over fifty movies encompassing the Hollywood and Egyptian film-industry. He has appeared in many critically-acclaimed Arabic TV shows. Also, he has played over ten different nationalities with ultimate showmanship.
  Omar Sharif retired in 2009. But made a comeback in 2013 with the French-Moroccan movie Rock the Casbah - playing a rich businessman. Mr. Sharif might be 82, yet it looks like he has a long way to go before immortalizing his legacy.


Abdullah Riaz said...

Well explains why i havent heard of him
Because he didnt get nominated

Nisar Masoom said...

Yeah, that's true. Highly underrated actor.

Abdullah Riaz said...

Has he been in any famous movie?

Nisar Masoom said...

Not of late. His most renowned Hollywood movie is still Lawrence of Arabia (1962).

He also starred with Val Kilmer in the 1984 comedy film Top Secret!

This was directed by the people responsible for The Naked Gun trilogy.