Legendary Pakistani actor Lehri dead

September 13th, 2012 - 3:26 pm ICT by IANS  

Benazir Bhutto Karachi, Sep 13 (IANS) Legendary Pakistani comedian Safirullah Siddiqui, also known as Lehri, died here Thursday after a prolonged illness.

According to family sources, the veteran actor, 83, died from his illness Thursday morning. His son-in-law Asad Mehboob said that the actor was on the ventilator for the past many days after his health deteriorated, reports Geo News.

Lehri was one of the country’s greatest comedians who made his name in Urdu films in his three decades long acting career.

His debuted with “Anokhi” in 1956, and his last production was 1986 release “Dhanak”. The vast majority of his films were in Urdu, though he did perform in a few Punjabi productions as well.

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. There has been no increase in the amount since then.

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