When it comes to comedy, the medium of television in Pakistan has always been fortunate to be blessed with the most talented people. Most Pakistani comedians, who made their way to television, started off their careers from stage and using it as a launching pad as well as mode of training, got through to television. Babbu Baral was also one such comedian who got his start as a stage actor and later on made an appearance on a number of television shows.
Launching his career in 1982 as a stage artist, Babbu Baral became increasingly popular among theater goers over the years due to his slapstick comedy style. His comedic sense was not only based on script but he was a very prolific character as well, filling the whole stage with life whenever he would perform. His famous stage dramas include 'Polay Badshah' and 'Lara Chori Da' in which he acted alongside the biggest names performing in Lahore's theaters. In 'Polay Badshah', he shared the stage with veteran actors like Abid Ali, Ismail Tara and Sohail Ahmed and the play went on to become a huge success.
Babbu Baral performed in Urdu as well Punjabi stage dramas with equal ease. In recent times, he acted in a drama serial on TV One by the name of 'Muthi Bhar Chawal'. He also received recognition across the borders when he made an appearance on the popular Indian comedy program 'The Great Indian Laughter Challenge'. Although he could not win a prize in the challenge, Babbu Baral surely managed to win the hearts of his audiences there.
Towards the end of his life, he suffered from numerous health issues like hepatitis, cancer and kidney failure. His suffering health left him and his family in dire financial troubles. He passed away on 16th April, 2011 in Lahore at the age of 55. Recognizing his talent, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gillani as well as other political leaders also expressed great grief over Babbu Baral's demise.