Lehri

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Safirullah Siddiqui ‘Lehri’ (January 2, 1929 – September 13, 2012) was one of Pakistan’s greatest comedians who made his name in Urdu films. His film career started in the 1950s and lasted until the 1980s. He passed away on Sept. 13, 2012 in Karachi after a prolonged illness. He was 83.

Lehri won the Nigar Award  for around a dozen films. The late Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto provided him with a monthly stipend of Rs. 2,500 during her first tenure, which he continues to receive, though there has been no increase in the amount.

Lehri’s 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 died on 13 September 2012 at 9 am in Karachi. He had been under treatment in a private Karachi hospital at the time of his death from Pakistan

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 1972.

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 1985.

Nigar award for best comedian in the film ‘Beewe ho to aisee’ in 1986.