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Funniest Hockey Humor: Khalid Abbas Dar & Co.

Posted on July 1, 2008
Filed Under >Adil Najam, Humor, People, Sports, TV, Movies & Theatre
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Adil Najam

It is not often that one dares to place a headline as bold as the one above. We have used such superlatives a few times before, but very few: for the dialogues from Maula Jatt, for the blockbuster movie Aina, twice for the PTV show Fifty-Fifty, once for the show and once for its skits (both times with question marks), and once for the miracle cricket match in Sharjah and Miandad’s fabulous sixer to clinch the game on the last ball. Today, we use it again.

Khalid Abbas DarThis is certainly not the best work of Khalid Abbas Dar – for my money, the most brilliant stand-up comic Pakistan has ever produced (I was never a fan of his stage dramas, but his solo routines, especially the old PTV ones were a superb – but it may well be the funniest hockey commentary ever, anywhere. Khalid sahib’s all-time greatest performance is the “classical” singing he does with made up words – it is side-splitting funny – originally recorded during the 1971 election transmission and recorded multiple times later.

But this performance, from the 1987 PTV Awards show is as hilarious (especially for those who know the context) and probably familiar to more people. I remember being in the audience that day and for many weeks after that this skit was the talk of the country. Especially that last 10 seconds antic from Khalid Abbas Dar, which is a true depiction of his comic genius.

I should confess that this post is triggered directly by the recent post by Syed Ahsan Ali on Pakistan hockey’s chances in the forthcoming Olympics. That set me thinking about the late 1980s, when Pakistan began its slide from the peak of its hockey prowess. I searched for video clips of games from that era and found this instead. I am so glad that I did.

The skit mentions the two pivotal points in Pakistan’s slide downwards. The loss to Korea in the 1986 Asian Games, followed immediately afterwards by ending 11th (out of 12th) in the 1986 London World Cup. I hope that was not the beginning of the ‘end’, but it was certainly the beginning of the slide downwards. Remembe, this was the time when we still believed that the slide was temporary. To be fair, Pakistan did regain the hockey World Cup title in Sydney in 1994, and we are still the country that has won it the most times (four; Holland is catching up with three World Cup titles). But the best seems to be behind us… so very far behind us.

To get a flavor of just how different the times were for Pakistan hockey. Note at the camera getting fixed on Samiullah and (is that?) Hassan Sardar. Both are, literally, squirming in embarrassment at the performance of the Pakistani team. Remember, what had happened was not the norm as it is now!

Anyhow, that was then. This is now. Then, to have come home without any medal was a huge surprise. Today, to come home with any medal would be the surprise. Hockey, like all sports, goes up and down. As it should. But good humur is timeless. Even when it is based on current events as this one is. Enjoy!

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  1. lutf says:
    May 11th, 2011 3:04 am

    Intruder looking for videos of Shahbaz snr. as he use to majestically glide through opposition defense. But there are none available.

  2. Sid says:
    July 23rd, 2010 12:16 am

    truly a funny artist.

    anyone know the the actual song that this is a spoof of. can’t remember the precise wording of the original

  3. Saleem A. says:
    July 18th, 2010 10:59 pm

    I am still rolling in laughter. This man is just too much. Specially because he can keep such a serious face.

  4. Azhar says:
    April 25th, 2010 4:27 am

    I still remember watching it in Nov 1986 (as I remember) while studying at UET Lahore. This ever refreshing, outstanding performance by Khalid Abbas Dar roaming in my minds for years. Humour of this standard is hard to find. But there was one more prformance by Khalid Abbas Dar. Can someone share the source!

  5. Afsandyar says:
    March 3rd, 2010 10:12 am

    Super stuff!
    Yes, this is best hockey houmor ever.
    Khalid Abbas Dar at his best.
    Thank you for sharing

  6. Atif says:
    December 16th, 2009 11:36 am

    I remember watching this with my late father in 1987 PTV awards on TV in Riyadh. He had recorded this entire show and we had watched it couple of times.. Still very funny….

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