Sudhir (actor)

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Shah Zaman Khan Afridi

(1921-01-25)25 January 1921
Died19 January 1997(1997-01-19) (aged 75)
Lahore, Pakistan
Resting placeLahore, Punjab, Pakistan
Other namesShah Zaman Khan
OccupationFilm Actor, Producer, Director
Years active1940s–1990s

Shah Zaman Khan Afridi better known as Sudhir (Urdu: سدھیر) or Lala Sudhir was a Pakistani film actor, director and producer. Sudhir was a highly respected film personality.[1]

He is known as the first action hero of Pakistani cinema. His film roles symbolized valour and bravery.[2]

Early life[edit]

He was born as Shah Zaman Khan Afridi in 1921 in Hasan Gari Gari a village near Peshawar , British India. He was of Pashtun origin but he spent all his life in Lahore.[1]

Professional career[edit]

He started his career with a role in a Bollywood film named Farz in 1947 in British India. Afterwards, he migrated to Pakistan. After 1947, he started his career in the Pakistani cinema. His first film was the successful Hichkolay in 1949.[1] He appeared in the hit musical film Dupatta in 1952. In 1954, Sassi was the first ever Urdu film to celebrate a Golden Jubilee. Dulla Bhatti (1956), Mahi Munda (1956) and Yakke Wali (1957) were the highest grossing Punjabi films of the time. Yakke Wali (1957) was the first blockbuster Punjabi film. These two films led to building of large film studios in Pakistan. Sudhir was the hero of film Baghi (1956), the first Pakistani film to be shown in China.[1]

He was an "action films hero", but appeared as Hatim Tai in Hatim (1956), as Prince Saleem in the famous film Anarkali (1958), as Mirza Jat in the film Mirza Sahiban (1956), as Mahinwal in the film Sohni (1955) and as Mirza Ghalib in the film Ghalib (1961). He acted in the films Nooran (1957), Jhoomar (1959) and Gul Bakawli (1961) etc. He starred in one of the highest grossing Punjabi films Kartar Singh in 1959. He later appeared in hits such as the film Farangi (1964) and Ajab Khan (1961), on the struggle against the British Raj. His film Jeedar (1965) was the first to reach a Platinum Jubilee status. Maa Puttar (1970) was another Punjabi film to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. He once fought a real battle with a tiger in film Sahil (1960). He appeared as a sidekick with his son in film Dushman Ki Talash (1978).[3][1]

Pakistan television[edit]

At a very old age, he had a special appearance on PTV and was interviewed by Izhar Bobby.[4]

Personal life and Death[edit]

Sudhir married four times, twice within his extended family. These two marriages were 'arranged marriages' by his elders, which is commonly practiced in Pakistani culture, then with fellow actress Shammi and finally with Pakistani film actress Zeba. His marriage with Zeba lasted a very short time. Zeba later went on to marry actor Mohammad Ali.[1] Sudhir had four sons out of these marriages. He had his elder son Noor Zaman Khan from his first wife. He had one son from his second wife namely Meer Zaman also an actor. He had two sons from Shammi Nadir Zaman Khan and Sikandar Zaman. His younger son Sikandar Zaman Khan is married to renowned playback singer Noor Jehan's granddaughter Fatima. He had no children with Zeba.

Sudhir died on 19 January 1997 and was laid to rest at Defense Society Graveyard in Lahore.[1]

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • 1970 - Nigar Awards (Punjabi films)-Best Actor Award for the film Maa Puttar
  • 1974 - Nigar Awards (Punjabi films)-Best Actor Award for the film Lottery
  • 1981 - Nigar Awards-Special Award for 30 years of excellence.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Profile of actor Sudhir on website Retrieved 10 January 2019
  2. ^ a b Profile of actor Sudhir on website Published 7 November 2012, Retrieved 10 January 2019
  3. ^ "DUSHMAN KI TALASH - Film / Movie". Retrieved 25 December 2018.
  4. ^ "Sudhir on Pakistan Television". PTV. Retrieved 8 March 2016., Pakistan Television videoclip on YouTube.

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