He started his career in 1974, from Karachi. When he started his career, the Karachi stage was a dead media. Within two, three years he established the Karachi stage, without any Government support and through his plays, he delivered a healthy and thoughtful message to the citizens of Karachi. He wrote and spoke in his plays that love your country and your nation. For the first time on audio cassette in 1980, his message was spread all over the world. At that time, there was no proper stage auditorium in Karachi and then he converted the cinema halls into state auditorium. From the 1980–1985, Karachi stage was made proper in the whole world.
Omer Sharif used the video media in a proper way and he recorded his stage
“Bakra Qistoon Paey” that was the world’s first drama in the history of video drama to be recorded on the video cassette. His drama made a record popularity all over the world.
He worked a lot to make stage a popular for people’s entertainment. He established the Karachi stage with his own efforts. He introduced many artists in this field and now they have become superstars at Karachi stage. He have done many plays which made a record business. And as a result, his efforts bore fruit and made Karachi stage a well known and popular place for entertainment. His plays are so nice that families enjoy watching them and have always encouraged him.
At the occasion of completion of 50 years of Pakistan’s independence, he performed a play “Omer Sharif Haazir Ho”. In this play every one (from every occupation) was called in the Court and a question was asked to each of them that what have they done for Pakistan in the past 50 years. Because of this play, the Layer’s Association stated a case against him.
Up till now, he has written 100 stage plays, 10 films and writing 3 books; 2 books are based on Poetry and one book is based on hit plays or dramas.
He likes his National Language URDU as it is his mother tongue too. He has always preferred to do his plays and movies in Urdu. When there was no tradition of Urdu language in films, he produced an Urdu Feature Film “Mr. 420” in 1992, which made a record business and was a great hit. After his film, many filmmakers wanted to make a Urdu feature film and it became a tradition.
As a good and effective response towards Lahore people was that he gave them entertaining place and built a Private theatre named as “Lahore Theatre” and don’t forget that he changed 4 Cinema Halls into Theatres in Karachi and “Lahore Theatre” was also a Cinema named as “Shama Cinema”, converted into a Theatre in 1993. He is the only artist to make or build a Private Theatre named same as the name of the city Lahore. That tells how much he loves Lahore.
His thinking is to establish his language and his art. The message that he tries to give through his films and plays is to love their country, nation and to know your culture, tradition and religion in every aspect. He is a true Pakistani interested only in establishing his love for his Country.
In the period of Benazir Bhutto, he wrote and performed a play named as “Lotay Aur Laefafay” which was based on Pakistan’s politics. Nawaz Sharif’s MNA took an action against Omer Sharif as “Tehrik-e-Isthekaq” and then he was called in the Assembly.
He loves his country very much and tells people through his plays and variety shows. He conveys the message of love and peace for his country amongst his nation. He says love your country, your nation, your religion, culture, and traditions and your well-wishers. His every play has a moral at the end, which shows his love and affection towards his country. At every show, he gives a long description about his nation and country. His love towards his country could be imagined when he went to visit India in 1991, he signed nine films over there as an actor and director. When the pure hindu Bal Thakray came to know about his film signing he fired his portrait in front of Dehli Governors House and banned him in India. He loves his country so much that he left those films and came to Pakistan, and he feels proud that he is banned in India.
He worked for various Welfare trust, NGO’s and Hospital, Because he have lot of passion to do work for human being.
He went for fund raising for Earth-Quack, when he just was operated his Major Heart Bypass and Doctor strictly told him to do rest but he did not rest and went for this fund raising for the prosperity of Pakistan.
Now he just started his own “Omer Sharif Welfare Trsut” and announced and started work on his “MAA Hospital”.
The Maa Hospital is a charitable health centre organised by Omer Sharif Welfare Trust for providing efficient modern health service for people wherever needed specially for the Art community of Pakistan.
A group of people with a history of providing diverse social services joined hand in 2006 to established the Omer Sharif Welfare Trust. From this forum, members will work towards state of the art health centre that provides services free of cost.