Born as Muhammad Umar Mukri in Uran, in Kokani Muslim Family. He started his film career with the film Pratima along with noted film actor Dilip Kumar in 1945. They were schoolmates together in the past. Subsequently, in a career spanning 50 years, he acted in over 600 films.
Mukri, with his toothless smile, diminutive stature, and perfect humor timing amused the audiences in more than 600 films, in over six decades in Bollywood.
His notable films are Mother India (1957), Sharabi (1984), Amar Akbar Anthony (1977), Laawaris (1981), Bombay to Goa (1972), Gopi (1970), Kohinoor (1960), and many more.