Renowned actor and comedian Lehri passed away after protracted illness in a private hospital here in Karachi on Thursday morning.
His body was shifted to his residence in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. Lehri’s real name was Safirullah Siddiqui. He 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.
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 continued 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.
Grieving over the demise of Lehri, Qavi Khan said there is no one like Lehri; he was an institution in himself, adding he was unique in his style, “I have never seen the likes of him anywhere.
Meanwhile, TV and film artists have expressed deep sorrow over the sad demise of Lehri and prayed for the departed soul to rest in eternal peace.