Comedian Sikandar Sanam passes away

Published: November 5, 2012

Comedian was recently diagnosed with liver cancer. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Famous comedian Sikandar Sanam, who was recently diagnosed with liver cancer, passed away on Monday.

The Express Tribune learnt about Sanam’s death from a close associate of his. The news was further confirmed by someone close to Furqan Haider – current owner of City Auditorium.

“He [Sanam] passed away this afternoon. The body will arrive in Karachi from Nawabshah within four hours,” Haider’s close associate said.

The actor was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital in September. He was later discharged from the facility.

Haider, the man who claims to have introduced Sanam to the world of theatre had earlier informed The Express Tribune that ARY Digital was trying to arrange for him to be treated at one of the best hospitals in Mumbai, which is known for curing a large number of patients suffering from cancer.

Sanam was known for his parodies of famous Bollywood movies.

Life as an artist 

Belonging to a family of artists, Sanam – whose real name was Muhammad Sikander – found inspiration in his father, Late Syed Abdul Sattar Shoqeen Jetpuri who was a well known Gujrati poet. He always wanted to become a singer and was known for his voice during his school days. However, he soon realised his real strength was comedy as he formally joined the Karachi theatre.

Sanam started off his career with theatre giants like Moin Akhtar and later on with Umer Sharif. After working as a junior artist in a number of theatre plays, he slowly started getting noticed for his stage performances. This was when he changed his name to “Sikander Sanam” to reflect the love bestowed on him by his admirers.

Be it the character of a 60-year-old widow, an eager bachelor, a college-going boy or a thug from Laloo Kheth (an area in Karachi), Sanam really knew how to tickle the funny bone and rightly changed his name.

Reader Comments (72)

  • Mazu
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:23PM

    May Her Soul Rest in Peace

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  • Mazu
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:23PM

    May His Soul Rest In Peace

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  • anon
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:24PM

    RIP

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  • Thor
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:25PM

    RIP

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  • ayesha
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:26PM

    RIP One of the best comedians on earth,You’ll surely be missed :(

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  • Asiya Mahar
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:29PM

    RIP.. A great artist..Recommend

  • Raza Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:31PM

    Sad! Rest in Peace.

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  • Khan007
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:36PM

    Realy a sad news. A great theatr comedian of subcontinent leaves us in tears. We will remember you forever.

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  • Ali Zaidi
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:40PM

    Prayers for the deceased and the family.

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  • A2Z
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:44PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Illaihe Rajioun

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  • Nov 5, 2012 - 5:45PM

    This time you made me cry dear Sinkandar :(
    Rest in Peace.

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  • Maher
    Nov 5, 2012 - 5:53PM

    R.I.P. indeed he was a good comedian, gave such beautiful memories ….

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  • Nov 5, 2012 - 6:13PM

    RIP, although never heard of him before

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  • PaKhtoon
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:19PM

    Very Good Comedian, R.I.P.

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  • Abid
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:21PM

    Luv u sikandar bhai…you wl live forevr in our hearts RIP

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  • AA
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:39PM

    I might not completely like his work and the surroundings in which he was working, but I can say that he was the only man who has given me immense laugh upto my stomache on many occasions. Thank you Sikandar for the good laughs. R.I.P.

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  • harsh
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:40PM

    What is happening to Pakistan nothing good all bad only imran will bring happiness to pak

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  • raza
    Nov 5, 2012 - 6:56PM

    A Pakistani great comedian we all love u,may allah his soul rest in peace…….ameen,
    @harsh; there have no reason to introduce imran khan here,if imran want some good for sikandar then why he not offer him for free treatment in his hospital???

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  • Atif
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:03PM

    AAh! He will always be remembered. RIP.

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  • Lofted Shot
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Rest in Peace Sikander – You stood firm in your difficult time and bought smile on our face. Yet another Pakistani Talent left us.

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  • Adil Mulki
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:04PM

    Inna Lillah-e-Wa Inna Ilaih-e-Rajioon,
    I did not like his work initially but then I developed an understanding of how he represented a lot of people and how such artisites bring laughter and happiness to so many people – a feat which few can boast of.
    His “Ganjni II” and depiction of “Radhay” was well done – or for that matter “Chulbul Pandey”! He effortlessly carried himself in parodies of Amir Khan and Salman Khan’s roles.

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  • Syed
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:10PM

    He came and performed at my Mehndi in Pakistan. I thought he was too damn funny and kinda sad that he died so young. Allah maghfirat kare

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  • Muhammad
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:14PM

    Very very sad news for fans of Stage shows. He was a great guy and an awesome comedian. May Allah rest his soul and grant him Jannah Ameen. RIP

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  • Muhammad Hayat Khan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:15PM

    Very Good Comedian,

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  • ASMA AEJAZ
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:18PM

    R.I.P, wish we took better care of our artists.

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  • ufaquarian
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:23PM

    May Allah forgive him and grant him place in jannat for bringing smiles on so many faces. Ameen. We will miss him , pity that if he was diagnosed in September why didnt we scramble to get him treated quickly.

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  • Noman
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:36PM

    Sad sad sad news…. one of my favorite artist. May Allah rest his soul in peace !

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  • Zeux
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:39PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Illaihe Rajioun

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  • wahab arif
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:47PM

    sikandar i miss u r great artist..Recommend

  • YAMIN
    Nov 5, 2012 - 7:59PM

    RIP
    …RIP
    so so os o ssad
    so sad
    as i read it i threw the headphones i stop the song
    and after this comments i m going to shudown my laptop too

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  • FAISAL SULTAN
    Nov 5, 2012 - 8:12PM

    BIG LOSS OF KARACHI STAGE. INA LA WA INAAA ILAHI RAJAWOON. I ALWAYS MISS HIM.

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  • akhtar banbhan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 8:22PM

    Ina lellah wa ena elleh rajeoon.

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  • Nov 5, 2012 - 8:29PM

    Condolences from all his fans from India.

    May his soul rest in peace.

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  • furan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:23PM

    rip

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  • Mandeep Vaid
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:34PM

    We are pilger souls, sooner or later, we all shall follow him……………

    enjoy the flowers and the green

    before out of your dust

    new flowers bloom

    Omar Khayyam
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  • irfan urfi
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:58PM

    Inna Lillah-e-Wa Inna Ilaih-e-Rajioon,strong text
    great artist !

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  • Nov 5, 2012 - 10:54PM

    Inna Lillahi wa inna ilaihi raji’un, may soul of #SikandarSanam rest in peace – Aameen, he was to me a great #comedian after Moin Akhtar & Umer Sharif …Life in this world is merely…a pastime…Holy #Quran 57:20Recommend

  • Noble Tufail
    Nov 5, 2012 - 10:57PM

    RIP Sikandar Sanam. :(

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  • azhar ali
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Ina lellah wa ena elleh rajeoon

    one of my favorite artist.May Allah rest his soul in peace!

    sikandar bahi i miss u r great artist.

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  • azhar ali
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:10PM

    Ina lellah wa ena elleh rajeoon

    one of my favorite artist.May Allah rest his soul in peace!

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  • shahan
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:40PM

    Inna Lillahe Wa Inna Illaihe Rajioun

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  • noman jazzi
    Nov 5, 2012 - 11:54PM

    we love youu sikander sanam………

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 12:03AM

    omg I am falling in tears. . This man has brought happiness to a number of depressed lives including me. just heartbroken today. RIP Sikander. Love you from the heart.

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 12:06AM

    may Allah give him jannat ul firdous. and elevates his status. we miss u.

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 12:37AM

    ALLAH PAAK MGHFIRAT FERMAAEY AAMEEN

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  • irfan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 12:40AM

    inna lellah wa inna elayhi rajion

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  • urban villager
    Nov 6, 2012 - 12:59AM

    Thanks for making us forget our sorrows for a while with your comedy. RIP

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  • AAMIR
    Nov 6, 2012 - 1:12AM

    WE LOVE U

    SIKANDER SANAM

    WE MISS U

    May ALLAH Rest His Soul In Peace. AMEEN

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  • Skhan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 1:18AM

    RIP

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  • Kamran Azim
    Nov 6, 2012 - 2:22AM

    May Allah give you place in Jannat-ul-Firduas. In this trouble time in our lives, you brought smiles to our faces, in this dark time which our country is facing, you brought a candel to lighten the world. I saw several of of your parody movies where you performed remarkably. Your program, Sikander ka Muqadder was also admired by many. It is peculiar that good singers, actors die at very early age starting from Mozzart till today.

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  • arif khan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 7:04AM

    A great shock and loss we all have to return on our time one day may allah bless his soul and rest him in peace ameen

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  • Ali
    Nov 6, 2012 - 7:45AM

    You will be missed Sikandar. I am a real admirer of your work and will remember you always.

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  • Irfan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 8:51AM

    RIP Sikander Sanam,

    We will miss you so much. Wish if we could take better care of our artists, cant really work today after this news.

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  • HH
    Nov 6, 2012 - 9:15AM

    the biggest mistake for an artist is opening his/her eyes in Pakistan. This country doesn’t deserve good artists.

    RIP Sikander…

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  • Habib Akhtar
    Nov 6, 2012 - 9:24AM

    Sikander was one of my favorites… May ALLAH rest his soul in peace… AMEEN.

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  • Omair
    Nov 6, 2012 - 10:04AM

    RIP

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  • RizwanTKhan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 10:12AM

    Extremely sad. Great loss.

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 12:53PM

    he was a good and loving man may he get heaven

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  • Hanif
    Nov 6, 2012 - 1:29PM

    May his soul rest in peace

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  • Qaisar jan
    Nov 6, 2012 - 1:31PM

    waiting for the day when I hear of some retired bureaucrate/politician or Army General dying of in a 3rd rated hospital of miseries and poverty.

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  • Ovais
    Nov 6, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Tere naam of pakistanRecommend

  • Moiz
    Nov 6, 2012 - 2:30PM

    Please get your news straight … he died in karachi not in nawabshah ….

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  • Asghar
    Nov 6, 2012 - 3:21PM

    May Allah keep him in jannat
    Ameen

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 4:06PM

    May Allah grant him jannah. Very talented, humorous. We have lost another gem. Will miss you…

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  • Nov 6, 2012 - 6:17PM

    so sad

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  • mateen
    Nov 6, 2012 - 9:08PM

    mohammad sikabdar is a great man.he is our legend.may allah give you place in janat ul fardoos aameen.Recommend

  • Nov 6, 2012 - 10:49PM

    May Allah forgive him and his soul rest in peace.

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  • Moin Uddin
    Nov 7, 2012 - 3:43AM

    He was great person and best comedian, May Allah give him Jannat Ul Firdous, It’s a big loss

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  • Nov 14, 2012 - 4:44AM

    R.I.P Indeed! Legend Gone you always make us laugh may his soul rest in peache brother!

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  • jabal khan
    Nov 15, 2012 - 12:51AM

    strong textone of the best actor and king of comedy sikandar bhai love u

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  • Rehan Mughal
    Nov 17, 2012 - 8:53AM

    i love u Sikandar Sanam we miss u such all of my life no one can replaced your acting

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  • Ayaz ul Hassan shaikh
    Nov 21, 2012 - 8:20PM

    mis u veri much sikandfar bhai ap sada hamere dil me zinda ho

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