Remembering Comedy King ‘Lehri’ On His Death Anniversary

Seventh death anniversary of versatile actor Safirullah Siddiqui, commonly known as Lehri is being observed today (Sep 13). Lehri was born on 2 January 1929, he was a comedian and actor in the Lollywood. He is still considered as one of the most acclaimed comedians of South Asia.

Lehri is also known as the comedy king in the Pakistan film industry. He won 11 Nigar Awards in Lollywood. Lehri acted from the late 1950s until the 1980s. He won the Nigar Award 11 times for various films between 1964 and 1986; his first film, Anokhi, was released in 1956, and his last production was Dhanak in 1986. The vast majority of his films have been in Urdu, though he did perform in a few Punjabi productions.

Lehri retired in late 1986; after his retirement, his health started deteriorating, then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto set up a monthly stipend for him of Rs. 2,500, which he continued to receive until his last days; however there was no increase in the amount until his death.

He died on 13 September 2012 in Karachi, aged 83, from lung, kidney diseases, diabetes, high blood pressure and heart issues.

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