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About Sultan Rahi

Male actor Sultan Rahi from Pakistan, famous due to lollywood

Hero, Villain, Character Actor



 

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Pakistani Film Heroes from the 1950's

First film: Baghi (Urdu - 1956)
Last film: Khar Damagh (Punjabi - 2004)
The most successful and record holder great film hero in Pakistani film history. He struggled many years from 1956 to 1970 and got breakthrough from film Babul in 1971. Basheera (1972), Wehshi Jatt (1975), Moula Jatt (1979), Sher Khan (1981) and many other superhit films made him a demand of box office. He was dominating hero in more than two decades and undefeated super star till his death. He was killed by an un-known gunman on January 9, 1996.

Reltaed links:
Remembering The Sultan
Some facts about film records
The complete filmography
Filmography of Sultan Rahi ("only" 500 films in the leading roles from 1972-96)

External links (film reviews from thehotspotonline.com):
Moula Jatt
Hitler
Ajj da Badmuash
Jasoos


Sultan Muhammad (Urdu:سلطان محمد) (popularly known as Sultan Rahi) (1938 - January 9, 1996) was a Pakistani film actor who firmly established himself as the biggest film personality from Pakistan in Punjabi films during the 1970s and 1980s. He was mostly popular among people in Punjab, Pakistan.

Some of his major films include Maula Jatt, Sher Khan, Chan Veryam, Kaley Chore, and The Godfather. His extremely successful film career came to a tragic end on January 9, 1996, when he was shot and killed by unidentified persons in a highway robbery on G.T. road near Gujranwala. He was on his way back to Lahore from Islamabad. At the time of death, he was 58 years old. To this day his murder is unsolved.

He is said to have appeared in more than 700 movies, and has accordingly been named in the Guinness Book of Records for the most prolific actor. He has also been featured in profiles of University of California, Irvine, college students.

Sultan Rahi was a legendary action film hero and "the Sultan", who ruled Pakistani films for two decades from 19751995. He was the most successful film hero on box office ever though most of his films had similar stories and actions.

Professional career

Sultan Rahi was an extra in the 1959 film (BAGHI). Although he did struggle for a few years in the early 1960s, he did, however, get some supporting roles here and here. The turning point came in 1972, when three of his films celebrated diamond jubilees. In 1975 he became an action icon for the lovers of Punjabi films. The year 1979, changed his whole life as his film (MAULA JATT) became the biggest hit Pakistan had ever seen. It broke all records and did wonders for the Pakistani Film Industry. Sultan Rahi dominated the film industry for decades until his tragic murder on 9th January 1996, he was shot dead on main highway in Pakistan known as GT Road.


Sultan Rahi sets box office records

Sultan Rahi is so far the only actor in Pakistan, who appeared in diamond jubilee films as hero and villain and he is the only hero who's two block busters, (MULA JATT & SHER KHAN) celebrated diamond jubilees in Karachi in their second runs.


Approximate break down of films Sultan Rahi acted in

Total films approx 850+
Punjabi films 700+
Urdu films 103+
Lead Roles 850+
Combined hero roles 430+
Total films Awards 160+
Jubilee films running over 400 weeks: SHER KHAN -444

300 Weeks: SALA SAHIB -318 MAULA JATT -310

200 Weeks: CHAN VERYAM -220

150 Weeks: BASHEERA JATT MAULA JATT (Second Run) AKHRI JUNG SHOLAY

WEEKS RUNNING IN CINEMA HALLS APPROX: SAKHI BADSHAH (103 weeks after his death)

SHER KHAN Naghma Cinema - 172 weeks Mehfil Cinema - 35 weeks

MAULA JATT Sabistan Cinema - 135 weeks Odeon Cinema -25 weeks

SALA SAHIB Metropole Cinema -135 weeks

KHAN CHACHA Capital Cinema -66 Weeks

WEHSHI JATTE Naghma Cinema -53 weeks

CHAN VERYAM Gulistan Cinema -53 weeks

BASHEERA Naz Cinema -36 weeks Odean Cinema -27 weeks

RAKA Sanober Cinema -40 weeks Mubarik Cinema -26 weeks

KALEY CHOR Shabistan Cinema -26 weeks Mehfil Cinema -14 weeks Odean Cinema -11weeks

SAKHI BADSHAH Shabistan Cinema -38 weeks Nigar Cinema -12 weeks

Golden Jubilee runs in major cities: MAULA JATT in Faislabad -Multan -Rawalpindi SHER KHAN in Rawalpindi CHANVERYAM in Guranwala

Silver Jubilee runs in major cities: MAULA JATT in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sargodha and Gujrat. SALA SAHIB in Faislabad, Multan, Rawalpindi and Gujranwala.

Blockbuster Films included: MAULA JATT was released on 11/02/79, it ran at: Shabistian Cinema -130 weeks. Odeon Cinema Lahore -23 weks . It did a combined run of 310 weeks total in its first run. Completed Golden Jubilee in Faislabad, Rawalpindi and Multan, Silver jubilee in Gujranwala, Sialkot, Sargodha and Gujrat. Second run Diamond Jubilee completed at; Metropole Cinema -30 weeks and Capital Cinema -34 weeks.) Lahore. Released in 27 cinemas for the second time it completed Silver Jubilee in its 1st week and Golden Jubilee in the second week at Lahore a unique record atthe time. It was the first ever Diamond Jubilee at Qaiser and Godian Cinema Karachi in its 2nd run. The film was made on a low badget of Rs.600.000 but did make a profit of Rs.60.000.000.

Sher Khan was released on Eid-ul-Fittar, August 2, 1981. This film completed 172 weeks at Naghma Cinema (another weeks record on a single cinema!) and 35 weeks at Mehfil cinema Lahore and combined 444 weeks in its first run, which is an all time record for any Pakistani film for the highest number of weeks. Sher Khan also completed Solo Golden Jubilee in Rawalpindi and solo silver jubilees in Gujranwala, Multan, Sialkot, and Faislabad. During the second run Sher Khan completed Diamond Jubilee in Karachi and Golden Jubilee in Lahore. This is also a single film that completed Silver Jubilees in Lahore and Hydrabad at its third run.

Sala Sahib was also released on August 2, 1981 and completed 130 weeks at Metropole cinema Lahore and combined 318 weeks in Lahore. This film had also celebrated solo Silver jubilee at Gujranwala, Faislabad, Multan and Rawalpindi. That was a golden jubilee film in Karachi as well and had great golden jubilee in second run in Lahore and silver jubilee in its 3rd run in Sialkot.

Chan Veryam was third big film released on the Eid-day, August 2, 1981 - what a day for Pakistani films!! This film completed continuously more than 53 weeks at Gulistan Cinema and 27 weeks at Naz cinema Lahore and combined 205 weeks. This film had also celebrated solo golden jubilee (50 Weeks) at Gujranwala and solo silver jubilee in Multan and Rawalpindi.

Sultan Rahi's Diamond Jubilee films (28)

As villain (1 film):1972 (1): Khan Chacha As hero (27 films): 1972 (2): Sultan, Bashira

1974 (1): Sidha Rasta

1975 (2): Wehshi Jatt, Shareef Badmash

1976 (1): Toofan

1977 (1): Jeera sain

1979 (3): Goga Sher, Wehshi Gujjar, Moula Jatt

1981 (4): Athra Puttar, Sher Khan, Sala Sahib, Chan Veryam

1983 (4): Raka, Lawaris, Dara Baloch, Rustam Khan

1984 (2): Kalia, Sholay 1986 (2): Akhri Jang, Malanga

1988 (1): Mola Bakhsh

1991 (1): Kaley Chore

1992 (1): Majhoo

1994 (1): Bala Pere Da

1996 (1): Sakhi badsha




Sultan Rahi's Platinum Jubilee Films:

(54) As hero (49 films):1975 (1): Dada

1976 (1): Jagga Gujjar

1977 (2): Lahori Badsha, and Qanoon

1978 (1): Ranga Daku

1979 (1): Jatt Soorma

1980 (2): Behram Daku and Boycot

1981 (6): Anokha Daaj, Sher Maidan Da, Miley Ga Zulm Da Badla, Jeedar, Jatt in London and Veryaam

1982 (3): Do Bigha Zameen, Muftber, Rustam

1983 (3): Murad Khan, Shan, Baghi Sher

1984 (2): Qatil Hasina and Jabar Khan

1985 (3): Qismat, Ajab Khan and Jagga

1986 (2): Qaidi and Qeemat

1987 (5): Sangal, Allah Rakha, Dulari, Badal and Nache Nagan

1988 (3): Mafroor, Hasina 420 and Roti

1989 (9): Hakumat, Super Girl, Kalka, Balawal, Sultana, Dakait, Rangiley Jasoos, Mujram, and Khuda Bux

1990 (2): Siren and Sher Dil

1991 (3): Chiraghbali, Badmash Thug and Qatil Qaidi

As Supporting actor (5 films): 1970 (2): Anwara and Dunia Matlab di

1971 (1): Dil aur Dunia

1973 (1): Banarsi Thag

1974 (1): Dillagi

Sultan Rahi's Golden and Superhit Silver Jubilee Films (156)

As hero and title roles (128 films): 1973 (2): Zarq Khan and Bala Gujjar 1974 (2): Ultimaitum and Rastey ka Pather

1976 (3): License, Andata and Reshma te Shera 1977 (2): Tin Badshah and Kaun Sharif kaun Badmash 1978 (3): Heera te Bashira, Curfew Order, Sharif Ziddi 1979 (9): Hathiar, Jatt da khrak, Ghunda Act, Aurat Raaj, Butt Bahadar, Dada Pota, Mizam Daku, Gulu Badshah, Aag 1981 (3) Khan-e-Azam, Mr.Aflatoon, Akhri Qurbani 1982 (2): Maidan, Charhada Suraj 1983 (4): Jat te Dogar, Des Perdas, Qudrat, Moti Dogger, Toofan te Toofan, Choron Qutab 1984 (7): Dada Ustad, Haibat Khan, Lal Toofan, Ucha Shamla Jatt da, Barood, Tawan, Lagan 1985 (4): Khuddar, Ghulami, Shah Behram, Direct Hawaldar 1986 (10): Zulam da Toofan, Chan Soorma, Yeh Adam,Insaaf, Akber khan, Qarz, Sanjhi Hathkari, Dara Gujjar, Haq Such, Sher Bahadur 1987 (7): Jugnu, Doli te Hathkari, Jurnail Singh, Silsila, Faqiria, Janbaz, Tiger 1988 (4): Allah Ditta, Tohfa, Noori, Hunterwali 1989 (8): Sikandra, Moula Sain, Zabardast, Madam Bawri, Amir Khan, Zakhmi Aurat, Akhri Qatl 1990 (14): Kali Charan, Hoshiyar, Shera Baloch, Allah waris, Insaniyat ke Dushman, Paley Khan, Governor, Lutera, Putar Jagey da, Waqt, Loha, Manga, Sarmaya, Makhan Gujjar 1991 (4): Gundasa, Lakhan, Lahori Badmash, Riaz Gujjar 1992 (11): Dillagi, Zindagi, Abdulla The Great, Hasinon ki Barat, Sher Ali, Kake Da Kharak, Muhammad Khan, Daku Raaj, Kharak, Godfather, Babra 1993 (7): Paidagir, Khuda gawah, Sodagar, Faqira, Daku Chor Sipahi, Ghunda, Dandey da dor 1994 (10): Gujar da vair, Gujjar Badshah, Khandan, Rani Beti raj karegi, Muchh Jail, Zameen Asman, Pajero group, International lutery, Ghunda Raaj, Ziddi Gujjar 1995 (6): Wehshi Aurat, Gaber Singh, Madam Rani, Chohdri Badsha, Sarak, Jungle ka Qanoon 1996 (4): Akku 10 numbry, Do Jeedar, Foja, Rani Khan 1997 (1): Kala Raaj As villain (12 films): 1969 (1): Dhee Rani 1970 (5): Akhri Chattan, Chan Sajna, Taxi Driver, Rangeela and Att Khuda da vair 1971 (2): Babul and Aasoo Bila 1972 (3): Nizam, Insaan ik tamasha and Thah 1973 (1): Insaan aur Gadha

As supporting actor (15 films): 1956 (1): Baghi 1957 (2): Hatim, Yakewali 1959 (1): Nagin 1960 (1): Saheli 1961 (1): Gulfam 1962 (2): Qaidi and Aulad 1963 (1): Ishaq per zor nahin 1964 (1): Khandan 1966 (2): Aag ka Darya and Aina 1967 (2): Insaniyat and Chacha jee 1969 (1): Diya aur Toofan


Average and Flop Silver Jubilee Films: 150 Plus A Diamond jubilee film is always a mega hit film, which shows 100 weeks continuously on cinemas in a single city. "Solo" means all weeks on a single cinema and "combined" is total weeks on all cinemas. Four Pakistani films were "Solo Diamond Jubilees" Aaina, Moula Jatt, Sher Khan and Sala Sahib. A Platinum Jubilee film is a super hit film, which shows 75 weeks continuously on cinemas in a single city. The success measure for a super hit film is minimum six months release on its main cinema. A Golden Jubilee film is a hit film, which shows 50 weeks continuously on cinemas in a single city. The success measure for a hit Golden Jubilee film is minimum four months on its main cinema. A Solo Golden Jubilee is always a megahit film as film Sassi was in 1954. A Silver Jubilee film is an average film, which shows 25 weeks continuously on cinemas in a single city. The success measure for a Silver Jubilee film is minimum 10 weeks on its main cinema. A Solo Silver Jubilee is always a super hit film as film Pheray was in 1949.

Sultan Rahi's some other record's During the year 1989, Sultan Rahis 35 films were released with 26 titles. Sultan Rahis super hit films Majhoo and Zindagi were completed in just 16 days and Sher Khan was completed within 21 days. Sultan Rahis 90 films with 55 title rolls were released on Eid-ul-Fittar occasions and 66 films with 39 title rolls were released on Eid-ul-Azha occasions. According to flm director of film Basheera Mr. Aslam Dar: "I wanted to cast SAWAN as title role but he had demanded 70 thousands rupees. But after his refusal and demand for a lot of money I had cast to Sultan Rahi as Basheera just for rupees 7 thousands..." After the success of Basheera, Sultan Rahi became Supustar with more than 70 thousands ruppes per film charges and SAWAN became going down as villain and supporting rols. During 11 years (1986 to 1996 ) the quantity of his released films is 304, that is tremendous record. During three years (1989 to 1991) the quantity of his released films is 101. During the following years the quantity of his released films is more than 20 per year. 1976: 26 Films, 1979: 32 Films, 1981: 31 Films, 1983: 21 Films, 1984: 28 Films, 1986: 32 Films, 1 987: 21 Films, 1988: 23 Films, 1989: 35 Films, 1990: 34 Films, 1991: 32 Films, 1992: 31 Films, 1993: 26 Films, 1994: 25 Films, 1995: 21 Films,1996: 24 Films.


Sultan Rahi's heroine's Total heroines: 60 Plus

Sultan Rahi appeared with Anjuman in 129 films, Aasia 79 films, Saima 65 films, Mumtaz 57 films, Gori 33 films and Najma 30 films. At the same time Sultan Rahi was popular hero of two real sisters Anjuman and Gori. He also performed as hero with two other real sisters Sangeeta and Kaveeta.


Sultan Rahi with other actor's

Sultan Rahi appeared in numbers of films with Bahar 300 Plus, Ilyas Kashmiri 280, Humayun Qureshi 255, Mustafa Qureshi 222, Afzal Ahmed 158, Rangila, 136, Iqbal Hassan 128, Ghulam Mohayydin 88 and Yousaf Khan 63

Sultan Rahi's director's Total directors: 228 with Masood Rana: 36 with 26 titles with Younas Malik: 31 with 25 titles with Iqbal Kashmiri: 33 with Hasan Askari: 26 with Altaf Hussain: 26

129 directors cast Sultan Rahi in Title Rolls.

115 directors cast Sultan Rahi in their very first films.

60 directors cast Sultan Rahi as title rolls in their very first films.

No any film of Sultan Rahi was failed with director Younas Malik out of 18 consecutive successful films.


Sultan Rahi's writer's Total writers: 235

with Nasir Adeeb 200 Plus (titles 153), with Mustafa Kemal Pasha 66 Plus (titles 51) and with Bashir Niaz 50 Plus


Sultan Rahi's Musicians with musician Wajahat Atrey: 200 Plus and with musician M. Ashraf: 100 Plus


Sultan Rahi's Singer's Sultan Rahi was a complete action hero, but almost two dozen songs were picturized on him. 90% songs were sung by Masood Rana, who was a dominating male singer in Punjabi film history. Other singers sung for him were Mehdi Hassan, Akhlaq Ahmad, Rajab Ali, Shoukat Ali, A. Nayyar, Inayat Hussain Bhatti and of course him self - he sung a song in film Sadhu aur Sheitan and song was "Behna, Bhayya ki pyari Behna, yehi dua hai Susral mein ja ke sada khushi tum rehna..." (music Kemal Ahmad).

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