Considered to be the 'King of Comedy' of Urdu films in Pakistan, Safirullah Lehri was a legend in his time. He started off his career in the film industry in the middle years of 1950, and went on to gain unprecedented amounts of fame. Lehri won the Nigar Award for his performances in around twelve films.
Lehri made his debut in 1956, with the film Anokhi. The film was a big success, and Lehri's comic talents were first seen on screen in this film. His last movie was released in 1986, entitled Dhanak. He has also performed in a few Punjabi movies. His reverence in the Pakistani media was such that when the late Benazir Bhutto was elected as Prime Minister, she fixed a monthly allowance for him during her first tenure. Lehri is considered to be one of those actors which took the Pakistani Lollywood to the top.