For Eid however he would send all, around 30-40 of us to watch his films. His other passion was gardening, fruit trees grown by him still flourish at our home in Versova. Dad loved hosting Eid dinners, mushairas and qawwali programmes. His fellow comedians Dilip Dutt, Shahid Bijnori, Mukri, Agha, Jagdeep, Maruti and Mehmood saab would also be present. It would be a laugh riot with them.
People would often ask how he felt about other comedians replacing him. “Main Everest chadh kar, jhanda gaadh kar aa gaya, wahan zindagi bhar thodi baithna hai,ab koi aur wohi karega,” he’d answer. Out of six siblings, five of us live in the USA. The last trip that dad made was in 2001. After this trip his health deteriorated leading to renal failure. He wished to pass away at his home in India, surrounded by loved ones and not hooked up on machines. I miss dad but not in a sad way. He leaves me smiling when I watch his films or listen to his songs.