Fans of actor and popular comedian Lehri are celebrating his 89th birth anniversary today (Jan 2). Safirullah Siddiqui, commonly known as Lehri was a comedian and actor in the Urdu film industry of Pakistan. 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.
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 entering the film industry. 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.
He died on 13 September 2012 in Karachi, aged 83, from various diseases.
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