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Lehri

Safirullah Siddiqui, commonly known as Lehri (2 January 1929 – 13 September 2012) was a leading comedian and actor in Urdu film industry of Pakistan. He won 11 Nigar Awards which is consider as most prestigious award in Lollywood and Pakistani film industry.

Born Safirullah Siddiqui
2 January 1929
Kanpur, erstwhile British India
Died 13 September 2012 (age)
Karachi, Pakistan
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1956–1986
Awards 12 Nigar Awards

Early life

Safirullah was born on 2 January 1929 in Kanpur, British India. After independence, he along with his family migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. He performed on radio and stage before setting foot in the film industry.

Works

Lehri acted from the late 1950s until the 1980s. He won 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’s forte was the quip and in his monotone, his audience became used to finding a brand of quiet, almost surreptitious humour. To critics and to his fans, his restrained style came to personify the ‘decency’ of times gone by.

After mid-80s, Lehri was reduced to occasional appearances on television and newspaper columns. By the time private-sector television arrived, though, the film industry was struggling and all that it had once encompassed was looked upon both with a sense of loss and with fondness.

Awards

Lehri won 11 Nigar award which is consider as one of the most prestigious award in Urdu and Lolywood film industry in Pakistan.

Year Nominated work Award Category Result
1963 Daman Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1964 Paigham Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1965 Kaneez Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1967 Mein Wo Nahi Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1968 Saiqa Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1969 Nai Laila Naya Mujnu Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1970 Anjuman Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1974 Dil lagi Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1976 Aaj Aur Kal Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1979 Naya Andaaz Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1980 Saima Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won
1982 Beewe Ho To Aisee Nigar Awards Best Comedian Won

Death

Lehri retired in late 1986, after his retirement, his health started deteriorating, then Prime Minister Benazir Bhuttoset 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. He had been under treatment and was on ventilator due to prolonged illness in a private hospital at the time of his death.

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