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KARACHI: Ace film actor and comedian Safirullah Lehri passed away after a prolonged illness on Thursday, DawnNews reported.

Lehri, who had won the Nigar Award for around a dozen films, and acted in approximatelt 225 films, had been suffering from ill health for about 25 years.

Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf expressed deep sorrow and grief over the demise of renowned comedian and actor popularly known across the country and the sub- continent as “Lehri”.

The Prime Minister in a message to his family termed his sad demise an “irreparable loss” and conveyed his deepest condolences over the demise of the veteran comedian Safir-ullah Siddique.

The Prime Minister paid rich tributes to the actor, who began his career in 1950 and won several awards. He said he brought good name to the country and the industry.

Lehri, 83, was on a ventilator in a private hospital. He was suffering from Lungs and Kidney diseases and breathed his last Thursday morning in Karachi after a prolonged illness.

The wheel-chair-ridden elderly artist suffered from diabetes, high blood pressure and heart problems. He was told by doctors that three of his valves had been closed, while one of his feet had been amputated due to gangrene.

Lehri’s first film was 1956’s Anokhi, while his last production was 1986’s Dhanak.

The vast majority of his films had been in Urdu, though he did perform in a few Punjabi productions.

Also, even though he tried his hand at a few serious roles, it was Lehri’s comic roles that brought him the highest acclaim.

Central to his success had been his deadpan delivery, which would elicit peels of laughter from the audience, without the comedian having to resort to crude or sleazy humour.

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Sep 14, 2012 05:37am
My Allah rest his soul in thing i really need to mention here. We are losing golden generation of our era...and unfortunately no backup is available...moin akhter, lehri, shafi muhammad ashfaq ahmed, khalida riyasat and many more graceful and honest people. May Allah help us all
Waqas Shaikh
Sep 13, 2012 11:19am
I am deeply saddened by the news of his death. May God Bless his soul in Jannah (Aameen).
Mubarak Husain
Sep 13, 2012 04:32pm
Safir who later became Lehri for the films was a born comedian. It was early in 1955 that he acted in a comedy skit "Haj Booking Office" on the occasion of the annual function of Islamia College Karachi Commerce Union. My college felllows all remembered him with that first reference. May Allah SWT rest his soul in peace.
Gerry D'Cunha
Sep 13, 2012 12:12pm
Pakistan has lost a versatile comedian actor - never missed his movies. May his soul rest in peace.
Sep 13, 2012 07:39am
He was the one who has performed Comedy with grace. May ALLAH forgive him and provide best place in Jannat - Aameen
Sep 13, 2012 01:41pm
These are our local stars that dawn should have be projecting rather than indianizing our entertainment news. May the Almighty bless his soul.
Sep 13, 2012 06:58am
May Allah rest his solution in peace,Ameen
Habib ur Rehman Khan
Sep 13, 2012 06:11am
May ALLAH KAREEM rest his soul in the best places of Jann'ah. AMEEN.
Sep 13, 2012 11:39am
A great and finest actor of his time, and his delivery of punches outside the script helped entertained millions of moviegoers of 50's and 60's will remain unforgetable by the his generation of movie-lovers. Lrgrnd like Moin Akhtar regarded him as "ustad" or guru of his art.May Allaf(swt) bless him for bringing smile on peoples face.
Capt C M Khan
Sep 13, 2012 06:37am
Innah-lilllah. Great actor. Gave laughter to millions for decades.
Sep 13, 2012 06:56am
Good entertainer of his time, May Llah rest his soul in peace, Ameen
Sep 13, 2012 09:12am
May his soul rest in peace..
Sep 13, 2012 10:39am
RIP. We will all misss you.
Muhammad Ashraf
Sep 13, 2012 10:40am
A great loss indeed, no words can express the feeling. However, there is a point to ponder. PM Sb has issued a statement within hours of his death, but somethines he forgets to utter a word when a scholar passes away.
zafar Iqbal
Sep 13, 2012 10:23am
Comedy means lehri ,without his appearance in any film my mother never used to go to cinema hall. I have a little memory about the film anjuman in which he played a wonderful role with waheed Murad and Santosh kumar.May Allah rest his soul and best places of heaven .
Sep 13, 2012 06:22am
He was close friend of latif kapadia lehri used come to his house in early 60s i was young boy at that time he used to make us laugh a lot may Allah give him jatul firdus ameen
Sep 13, 2012 10:20am
A fine man with a great sense of humour....RIP
Sep 13, 2012 08:45am
Undoubtedly among the best enetratiners we had seen in Pakistan's Film / TV history. May Allah rests his soul in peace. Ameen
Raja Mehmood Ali
Sep 13, 2012 11:11am
May Allah give him a place in Jannat ul Firdous, ameen.