Munawar Zarif started his film career from a Punjabi film Dandian in 1961 and got breakthrough from film Hath Jori in 1964. After a marvelous film career as a top comedian, he became film hero - first as side-hero in Parday Mein Rehnay Do 1973), and then in the title roles and hero in the same year 1973 in Banarsi Thug and Jeera Blade. He appeared in 321 movies in just 16 years from 1961-76. 70 of them were Urdu, 250 Punjabi and a single Pashto film.
Munawar Zarif was born in Gujranwala on December 25, 1940 and died in the age of just 36 years by heart attack on April 29, 1976. He was younger brother of 50s great comedian Zarif (Mohammad Siddiq). His son Fiasal Munawar Zarif was introduced as hero in two films in the 90s with Puttar Munawar Zarif da (1993) and Putter Jeerey Blade da, but he failed. Others actors Munir Zarif, Rasheed Zarif and Majeed Zarif were his brothers.