Muhammad Sultan Khan
24 June 1938
|Died||9 January 1996 (aged 57)|
|Cause of death||Murder|
|Children||5, including Haidar Sultan|
Sultan Rahi (Urdu: ﺳﻠﻄﺎﻥ ﺭﺍﮨﯽ; June 24, 1938 – January 9, 1996) was a Pakistani actor, producer and screenwriter. He established himself as one of the leading and most successful actors of Pakistani and Punjabi cinema, and received a reputation as Pakistan's "Clint Eastwood". During a career spanning 40 years, he acted in some 703 Punjabi films and 100 Urdu films, winning around 160 awards.
Rahi earned two Nigar Awards for his work in Babul (1971) and Basheera (1972). In 1975 he portrayed Maula Jatt in Wehshi Jatt, winning his third Nigar Award. He reprised the role in its sequel Maula Jatt. Some of his other films include Sher Khan, Chan Veryam, Kaley Chore, The Godfather, Sharif Badmash and Wehshi Gujjar.
Life and career
He began his film career in 1959 as a guest actor in the film Baghi. His first breakthrough came with the film Wehshi Jatt (1975). This was the unofficial prequel to Maula Jatt (1979). Maula Jatt was released on 11 February 1979, which became his most successful Pakistani film. His other works include Behram Daku (1980), Sher Khan (1981), Sala Sahib and Ghulami (1985).
Sultan Rahi appeared in key roles in over 535 films.
He had five children, of which one, Haider Sultan, is also an actor.
On 9 January 1996, Rahi and his friend Ahsan, a film director, were travelling from Islamabad to Lahore on the main highway in Pakistan, Grand Trunk Road. Their vehicle got a flat tyre near Samanabad Chungi, not far from Gujranwala. While they were installing a spare tyre, thieves approached the vehicle and tried to rob them. When Rahi resisted, they shot him and injured Ahsan. Rahi died as a result.
Rahi worked in the Punjabi film industry for over four decades. He was the highest paid Pakistani actor of his time. He was named in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most prolific actor. Director Altaf Hussain told media about his death and added that "I think such actors are only born once. He was a trendsetter – his films were copied in other countries but no one was able to perform like him." Bahar Begum reacted by saying: "I remember Sultan always saying that this industry will miss him when he’s gone but at the time, I don’t think we fully understood what he meant, but he truly proved his worth, There was only one Sutlan Rahi in Lollywood and there will always be one Sultan Rahi – no one can replace him". Mustafa Qureshi commented that "Our onscreen chemistry was unique in a number of ways. Our pairing was the most popular film partnership throughout Lollywood's history, It’s true, there will never be another Sultan Rahi, ever. Everything he earned was a result of sheer hard work and talent". Film director Pervaiz Rana added: "Even though we are still making Punjabi films and many new heroes have entered and left the industry, I don’t think the golden era of Sultan Rahi will ever come back. His dialogues are etched in our hearts and memories, It’s the country’s love for Sultan that continues to reflect in his pictures and posters being plastered in shops and on buses."
Awards and honours
- Nigar Awards 1971 - Special Award for Babul
- Nigar Awards 1972 - Best Actor for Basheera
- Nigar Awards 1975 - Best Actor for Wehshi Jatt
|1956||Wehshi||Urdu||Munawar H. Qasim|
|1957||Yakkay Wali||Punjabi||M.J. Rana|
|1958||Pehla Qadam||Urdu||A. G. Thawni|
|1958||Akhri Dao||Urdu||A.K. Chodhary|
|1959||Yaar Beli||Punjabi||Khalil Qaisar|
|1959||16 Aanay||Urdu||Agha Hussaini|
|1959||Bodi Shah||Punjabi||S.M. Ahmad, Qalandar|
|1960||Yeh Dunya||Urdu||Nazir Sufi|
|1960||Watan||Urdu||Anwar Kamal Pasha|
|1960||Bhabhi||Urdu||Syed Atta Ullah Shah Hashmi|
|1960||Khaibar Mail||Urdu||Agha Hussaini|
|1960||Daku ki Larki||Urdu||Saleem Ahmad|
|1963||Baji As Extra||Urdu||S. Suleman|
|1965||Heer Sial||Punjabi||Jafar Bukhari|
|1967||Imam Din Gohavia||Punjabi||M. Aslam|
|1969||Diya Aur Toofan||Urdu||Rangeela|
|1973||Ik Madari||Punjabi||Sagheer Ahmad|
|1973||Banarsi Thug||Punjabi||Iqbal Kashmiri|
|1975||Sharif Badmash||Punjabi||Iqbal Kashmiri|
|1975||Wehshi Jatt||Punjabi||Hassan Askari|
|1976||Chitra Tay Shera||Punjabi||Iqbal Kashmiri|
|1977||Sadqay Teri Mout Tun||Punjabi||Inayat Hussain Bhatti|
|1978||Ranga Daku||Punjabi||Arshad Mirza|
|1979||Maula Jatt||Punjabi||Younis Malik|
|1979||Wehshi Gujjar||Punjabi||Anwar Kamal Pasha|
|1979||General Bakht Khan||Urdu||Sarshar Akhtar Malik|
|1980||Behram Daku||Punjabi||Rauf Abbasi|
|1981||Anokha Daaj||Punjabi||Aslam Dar|
|1981||Athra Puttar||Punjabi||Altaf Hussain|
|1981||Jatt in London||Punjabi||Younis Malik|
|1981||Chan Veryam||Punjabi||Jahangir Qaisar|
|1981||Sher Khan||Punjabi||Younis Malik|
|1981||Chan Suraj||Punjabi||Rauf Abbasi|
|1982||Wehshi Daku||Punjabi||Ali Tahir|
|1982||Ik Doli||Punjabi||M. Akram|
|1982||Charda Suraj||Punjabi||Basir Rana|
|1982||Lalay Di Jan||Punjabi||Naveed Anwar|
|1983||Jatt Tay Dogar||Punjabi||Imtiaz Qureshi|
|1983||Des Pardes||Punjabi||Iftikhar Khan|
|1983||Moti Dogar||Punjabi||Jahangir Qisar|
|1983||Wadda Khan||Punjabi||Diljeet Mirza|
|1983||Rustam Tey Khan||Punjabi||Altaf Hussain|
|1983||Dara Baloch||Punjabi||Masood Butt|
|1983||Sher Mama||Punjabi||Imtiaz Quresh|
|1983||Jagga Tay Shera||Punjabi||Imtiaz Quresh|
|1984||Sajawal Daku||Punjabi||Agha Hussaini|
|1986||Baghi Sipahi||Punjabi||Fiaz Sheikh|
|1986||Yeh Adam||Punjabi||Irshad Sajid|
|1987||Moti Sher||Punjabi||Imtiaz Qureshi|
|1987||Gernail Singh||Punjabi||Younis Malik|
|1990||Insaniyat Kay Dushman||Punjabi/Urdu||Hassnain|
|1990||Sher Dil||Punjabi||Hasan Askri|
|1991||Kalay Chor||Punjabi/Urdu||Nazrul Islam|
|1991||Watan Kay Rakhwalay||Punjabi/Urdu||Hassnain|
|1991||Riaz Gujjar||Punjabi||Hassan Askari|
|1992||Daku Raaj||Punjabi||Idrees Khan|
|1993||Akri Shehzada||Punjabi||Mohammad Aslam Malik|
|1994||Gujjar Badshah||Punjabi||Masood Butt|
|1994||Sher Punjab Da||Punjabi||Shahid Rana|
|1994||International Luteray||Urdu/Punjabi||Iqbal Kashmiri|
|1994||Pajero Group||Punjabi/Urdu||Idrees Khan|
|1994||Ghunda Raj||Punjabi/Urdu||Saeed Rana|
|1995||Madam Rani||Punjabi/Urdu||Masood Butt|
|1995||Jungle Ka Qanoon||Punjabi/Urdu||Masood Butt|
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