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Lehri (actor)

Lehri
Born Safirullah Siddiqui
(1929-01-02)2 January 1929
Kanpur, erstwhile British India
Died 13 September 2012(2012-09-13) (aged 83)
Karachi, Pakistan
Occupation Actor, comedian
Years active 1956–1986
Awards 12 Nigar Awards

Safirullah Siddiqui, aka "Lehri" (2 January 1929 – 13 September 2012) was a leading comedian and actor in Urdu film industry of Pakistan.

Early life

Safirullah was born on 2 January 1929 in Kanpur, British India.[1] After independence, he migrated to Pakistan and settled in Karachi. With a struggling youth, he performed on radio and stage before setting foot in the film industry.

Works

His film career started in the 1950s and lasted until the 1980s. He won the Nigar Award[2] 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 has his own style and he has the ability to convert fascinating, sarcastic dialogues into every day conversation to amuse the people.[3] 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.[4]

Death

After his retirement, his health started deteriorating, The then Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto set up a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,500, which he continues to receive, though there has been no increase in the amount.

Lehri died on 13 September 2012 in Karachi, aged 83. He had been under treatment in a private hospital at the time of his death.[5][6]

Awards[7]

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Daman’ in 1963.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Paigham’ in 1964.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Kaneez’ in 1965.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Mein wo nahi’ in 1967.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Saiqa’ in 1968.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Nai laila naya mujnu’ in 1969.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Anjuman’ in 1970.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Dil lagi’ in 1974.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Aaj aur kal’ in 1976.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Naya andaaz’ in 1979.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Saima’ in 1980.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Beewe ho to aisee’ in 1982.

References

  1. ^ Mazhar Iqbal (2012-09-13). "A tribute to the comedy legend LEHRI". Mazhar.dk. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  2. ^ Pakistan cinema, 1947-1997.  
  3. ^ "Lehri biography, complete biography of Comedians Lehri". Pak101.com. 1956-01-21. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Renowned film comedian Lehri has been admitted to a private hospital in Karachi".  
  6. ^ "Legendary actor Lehri passes away".  
  7. ^ "LEHRI PAKISTAN ACTOR BIOGRAPHY Wiki | VUsolutions' Education | Fashion | News | Cooking | Health | Showbiz & more". Vusolutions.com. Retrieved 2013-10-14. 

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