Sikandar Sanam diagnosed with liver cancer

Published: September 23, 2012
Comedian Sikandar Sanam may go to India to get treatment for liver cancer. PHOTO: FILE

Comedian Sikandar Sanam may go to India to get treatment for liver cancer. PHOTO: FILE

KARACHI: Comedian Sikandar Sanam, the theatre artist who redefined the art of mimicry on stage, has been diagnosed with liver cancer. The actor was admitted to Aga Khan University Hospital a few days ago and was discharged last evening.

Furqan Haider, the current owner of City Auditorium and the man who claims to have introduced Sanam to the world of theatre says, “I remember his outstanding performance with Moin Akhtar in a stage performance called ‘Babiya Moin Akhtar’ like it happened yesterday. Today, the great artist is gravely ill and was in Aga Khan Hospital till last night.”

According to Haider, “some newspapers have misreported his condition. He has been diagnosed with liver cancer and not lung cancer as has been assumed by most of the press personnel.” Haider further added, “The disease was diagnosed about a month back, but he was feeling weak even before his diagnosis.”

He also informed The Express Tribune that ARY Digital is 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. “If all goes well, he will make the journey soon and get treated in India.” Moreover, Haider said that Sanam’s treatment cost is being looked after by former Sindh minister for Industries and Commerce Rauf Siddiqui for now.

The Express Tribune tried contacting Sanam but his son Zubair Sikandar answered and refused to let his ailing father talk to the media. Zubair however requested, “We hope his fans throughout the world say a prayer for our father’s well-being. We hope that these prayers get answered.”

Published in The Express Tribune, September 24th, 2012.         

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Reader Comments (41)

  • naeem khan Manhattan,Ks
    Sep 23, 2012 - 10:05PM

    It is a matter of shame for Pakistanis that they have to go abroad for treatment whether in Mumbai or Dubai or any other place, why can’t Pakistanis build a world class hospital, there is no shortage of talented people in Pakistan, it all come back to one thing the rampant corruption in all sectors of Pakistan.My prayers for the recovery of Sikandar Sanam.


    Sep 23, 2012 - 10:28PM

    Get well soon, Sanam. You used to make me laugh during the lonely days when I used to live in Karachi all alone in one of those flats in Lyari.


  • S K Afridi
    Sep 23, 2012 - 10:45PM

    Our very best wishes and prayers for his early recovery.Recommend

  • Noman
    Sep 23, 2012 - 10:58PM

    oh.. sad… he is one of the finest entertainer of Pakistan. May Allah give him good health. Ameen


  • Qasim
    Sep 23, 2012 - 11:25PM

    Get well soon Sikandar, may Allah give you health and long life. You are an asset to the entertainment industry and the country.


  • Sep 24, 2012 - 2:18AM

    My prayers are with you. We all love you around the world and hopefully the doctors at Mumbai will be able to cure you.


  • Arman
    Sep 24, 2012 - 8:55AM

    May you get well soon, I stiil love ur mimicary in Tere Naam Part II


  • Mohammad Ali
    Sep 24, 2012 - 9:18AM

    We pray for your good health and long life!!! you made us laugh with your talent even in bad times in the country.


  • Hanif Shah
    Sep 24, 2012 - 9:26AM

    God bless him, hope he gets well soon. He is a gem of an artist.


  • bilal
    Sep 24, 2012 - 9:44AM

    Get well soon.Recommend

  • MAD
    Sep 24, 2012 - 11:26AM

    @naeem khan Manhattan,Ks:

    Pakistan still way behind the world when it comes to treating liver disease.Recommend

  • Samina Tahir
    Sep 24, 2012 - 11:58AM

    ONe: Pakistan has world best cancer doctors. My mother is suffering from Liver cancer and ALhamdullilah has been in kind hands of Dr. Nasir Laiq at Zia Uddin Hospital Karachi. Moreover AKU has yet again best doctors for Liver Cancers. Who says we dont have talented DOctors. Dr. RIzwan Khan has operated my mother cancer in non stop 9 hours surgery and has been successful in operating it.

    Never says anything bad about your own country or get lost where you belong too. RESPECT… THIS COUNTRY WANTS RESPECT. SO BETTER RESPECT OR LEAVERecommend

  • Sep 25, 2012 - 9:16AM

    what!!!! why always the great pakistani artists have to suffer this especily who are great comedians and make others laugh and forget their sorrows and problems for a while


  • RizwanTKhan
    Sep 25, 2012 - 11:28AM

    May Allah give you good health Inshallah.


  • Syed Abrar Hussain
    Sep 25, 2012 - 2:07PM

    May ALLAH Give him Health INSHA ALLAH


  • Owais Memon
    Sep 27, 2012 - 1:11AM

    He is best artist in world God bless him, hope he gets well soon.Recommend

  • mr muthi khan
    Sep 29, 2012 - 11:56PM

    i pray to allah for his speedy recovery,i think he is one of the best and highly talented comedian


  • haseeb
    Oct 1, 2012 - 5:24AM

    salam to all here and to sikander if he ever reads it. may allah gives you the health and may you get well soon ameen.
    best wishes from all pakistan


  • Ali Khan
    Oct 15, 2012 - 3:20AM

    May Allah Subhanahu Wa Taala make him healthy very soon. Amin.. Whether Pakistan have or dont have any good hospital for cancer that is another matter, but please don,t take any risk and don,t play with the life of this great legend.. Kindly send him to a better hospital in India or elsewhere for best treatment. Aga Khan only have a Nice Building and huge Bills, they don,t know how to treat complex sickness.


  • Hamza
    Oct 18, 2012 - 4:35PM

    Get well soon sikander bhai . . :)


    Oct 29, 2012 - 5:21PM



  • rehman
    Oct 29, 2012 - 10:01PM

    sikandar bhai may Allah grant you healthier life get well soon we want to see you on stage again


  • saad saleem
    Oct 30, 2012 - 4:59AM

    Sikandar Bhai. I believe you are one of the most talented comedian in pakistan after Umer shareef Bhai and Late moin Bhai. I really love your style of comedy which is really a very fine tuned reflection of every day speaking conversation in karachi. May ALLAH give you a full and fast recovery. My heartiest prayers for you.


  • Hamid Khan
    Oct 30, 2012 - 12:09PM

    Our love and prayers are always with him, We pray to almighty Allah for his rapid recovery and health and soon he will be able to spread laughter among us again.
    We all love you Sikandar and we are praying for your health and recovery as soon as possible.


  • Shakeel Ahmed
    Oct 30, 2012 - 12:21PM

    skindar is truly the best there is. He is the real JANASHEEN of the great omer shareef. I pray for his well being and may Allah give him health.


  • Ahmed
    Oct 30, 2012 - 3:51PM

    Sikandar bhai our love and prayer are alwayz with you INSHAALLAH u will recover back to action, And we want to see ur eik ta tigar 2…


  • Anonymous
    Oct 30, 2012 - 4:24PM

    awwh! get well soon Recommend

  • Irfan
    Oct 31, 2012 - 12:38AM

    @Samina Tahir:
    I believe its about Sikinder Sanam and his health here, so he should go to US if his family and friends think it would help him, do not make it about how great the country is, peaple have both good and bad experiences here. You have no right to ask anyone to leave this country you dont own it. Blind petrotisim the worst danger we face


  • Faysal
    Oct 31, 2012 - 1:05PM

    I think Shoukat Khanam is the best hospital for cancer treatment in Pakistan. Sanam should be treated in Shoukat Khanam if possible. May ALLAH award him the best of health.


    Oct 31, 2012 - 2:28PM

    Tackle life with all your skills
    Overcome each and every hill
    If u persist with all your will
    U will enjoy your life and all its thrills.
    Get Well Soon!

    with lots of wishes


  • Muhammad Naveed
    Oct 31, 2012 - 4:01PM

    May Allah Taala blessed him with sound health very soon…..INSHALLAH


  • CCCP
    Oct 31, 2012 - 10:45PM

    @Ali Khan:
    A big LOL. AKUH is regarded as one of the best hospitals in Asia with best of the doctors and facilities available SON!


  • Syed Fahad Ali Gillani
    Nov 1, 2012 - 7:03PM

    May allah bless Sikander sanam Bhai,he is legend and best comedian after Umer sharif and Moin Akhtar,even he is loved in India and worldwide wherever the people of sub continent are ,i was really upset when i heard the news,sorry to say but its due to chewing bhel puri,gutka,paan,all nasty stuff which damages your health,my all dua goes for sikander bahi,get well soon and entertain us and make us laugh in this busy life which is full of hassle :) ameen


  • Syed Fahad Ali Gillani
    Nov 1, 2012 - 7:05PM

    i am just asking myself where is Imran Khans Shukat khanam Cancer Hospital now?which suppose to treat cancer Patients?


  • Shahzad chandio
    Nov 2, 2012 - 11:13AM

    Sikandar Bhai God bless you……Recommend

  • abdul rauf shaikh
    Nov 2, 2012 - 12:02PM

    sikandar sanam great laughter actor,,may allah bless u.


  • Wajahat
    Nov 2, 2012 - 3:05PM

    God Bless You….


  • Obaid
    Nov 2, 2012 - 3:15PM

    We all Love you Sikandar Sanam…You are our Legend and a best human being beside a professional comedian…

    May the peace and mercy of Allah be upon you, Ameeeeeeeeeen.


  • Tauseef Ahmed Khan
    Nov 3, 2012 - 11:48AM

    Get well soon Mamo….. we all love you Sikandar Bhai.


  • salman ali
    Nov 5, 2012 - 9:27PM

    we all love sikander sanam and i pray for him very much


  • syed jamshed iqbal
    Nov 6, 2012 - 7:06PM



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