Sunday, January 10, 2010

Sultan Rahi "The Sultan" of Lollywood - - Spotted As 'The Most Prolific Actor' in The Guinness Book of Records


Sultan Muhammad (Urdu:سلطان محمد) (popularly known as Sultan Rahi) born in 1938. He was a Pakistani film actor who steadily recognized himself as the biggest film personality of Pakistan in Punjabi films during the 1970s and 1980s. He was mostly accepted among people in Punjab, Pakistan.

Sultan Rahi struggled many years from 1956 to 1970 and got great success from film Babul in 1971. Basheera (1972), Wehshi Jatt (1975), Maula Jatt (1979), Sher Khan (1981) and many other super hit films proved himself a demand of box office. He ruled Lollywood for more than two decades and invincible super star till his demise. Some of his blockbuster films include Maula Jatt, Sher Khan, Chan Veryam, Kaley Chore, and The Godfather.

International Recognition

Literally, Sultan Rahi starred in more than 700 films and, therefore, has accordingly been spotted 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 truly "the Sultan" of Lollywood, who ruled Pakistani film industry for two decades from 1975–1995. He was the most successful film hero on box office ever; even though most of his films had similar stories and actions.

Professional Career

Sultan Rahi started his film career in 1959 and appeared as an extra in film BAGHI (The Rebellious). Although he did struggle for a few years in the early 1960s, but he managed to get some supporting roles in few films. He got the fruit of his continuous struggle in 1972 which became turning point for his film career, when three of his films celebrated diamond jubilees. In 1975 he emerged as an action icon for the lovers of Punjabi films. The year 1979 was the most successful year f his career; as his film (MAULA JATT) became the biggest hit that Lollywod had ever witnessed. It broke all records and did wonders for the Pakistani Film Industry.

Sultan Rahi dominated the Pakistan film industry for decades. His enormously thriving film career came to an awful end on January 9, 1996; when he was shot and killed by mysterious persons in a highway robbery on G.T. Road near Gujranwala. He was coming back to Lahore from Islamabad. At the time of death, he was 58 years old. Even after fourteen years his murder mystery is unsolved.

Sultan Rahi Set 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 and SHER KHAN) celebrated diamond jubilees in Karachi in their second runs.

Playback Singer for Sultan Rahi

Sultan Rahi was a complete action hero, but almost two dozen songs were shot on him. Almost 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 Kamal Ahmad).

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