Published On: Sat, Apr 16th, 2016

Babu Baral: The star of the stage


Babu Baral

Regardless of getting the guilt for standardizing uncultured entertainment, local stage dramas, particularly Punjabi theatre, have more than the last some decades time after time produced acting giants, successively. Be it the formidable Amanullah Khan or the multitalented Sohail Ahmed, there is no scarcity of performers who are luminaries in their own spheres.

Ayub khan, Pakistani eminent comedian, and stage actor, who is well known by his stage name Babu Baral, was as well one of them. It was the fifth death anniversary of the great artist on Friday. Sobia Baral, the widow of the legend was telling in an interview that the late funny man worked in more than 2,000 stage plays. Her words were as for the actor, “He was a great actor and his no doubt his play Shartiya Mithay was a super hit production,” Sobia further added that in his life Babu never cared about saving money or gathering his earnings. She shared that “Today survival for us has become very difficult. Our daughter Tabeer quit her studies and has joined theatre herself to keep the stove burning.” Today the great actor’s family lives in a two-marla rented house. She revealed that “I approached many people to hold a program in his memory but no one was interested,”

Chand Baral, the actor’s nephew and stage actor stated that no one has been able to replace Babu. He continued by saying, “He was unique in his own right. I myself learnt so much from him,”

Goshi khan, the stage actor, and director further stated that Baral was a leading artist but very humble. He told that “A lot of today’s leading stage actors are all his contemporaries,”

Baral began his career as a comedian from Gujranwala in 1982. He was a mimicry expert and could easily sing in legendary singers’ voices.

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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.