Born in Lahore as Shah Zaman Khan Afridi better known as Sudhir or Lala Sudhir (big brother in Pushto, his origin language) was a film actor, director and producer. He is the only actor of early Pakistani cinema whose film
Shah Zaman Khan Afridi
Born in Lahore as Shah Zaman Khan Afridi better known as Sudhir or Lala Sudhir (big brother in Pushto, his origin language) was a film actor, director and producer. He is the only actor of early Pakistani cinema whose film career has been preserved. He is known as the first action hero of Pakistani cinema. His characters symbolized valour and bravery. Like Sultan Rahi, he appeared in the highest grossing films of Pakistan.
He started his career in a Bollywood film named Farz in 1947. He migrated to Pakistan after the Partition of India and started his career in the Pakistani cinema. His first film was the successful Hachkolay in 1949. He appeared in Duptta in 1952.
In 1954, Sassi was the first ever urdu film to reach a Golden Jubilee. Dulla Bhatti, Mahi Munda and Yakke wali were the highest grossing films of the time. Yakke wali was the first blockbuster Punjabi film while Dulla Bhatti was the first blockbuster Urdu film. These two led to building large studios in Pakistan. Sudhir was the hero of the Baghi in 1959, the first Pakistani film to be shown in China.
He was an action hero but appeared as Hatim Tai in Hatim (1956), Prince Saleem in the famous film Annar Kali (1958), Mirza Jat in Mirza Sahiban in 1956, Mehinwal in Sohni (1958) and Mirza Ghalib in Ghalib in 1961 and Nooran, Jhoomar and Gul Bakawli etc. He starred in one of the highest grossing Punjabi film Kartar Singh in 1959. He later, appeared in hits such as Farangi and Ajab Khan, films made on the struggle against the British Raj.
His 1965 film Jeedar was the first to reach a Platinum Jubilee. Maa Puttar was the first Punjabi to reach a Platinum Jubilee. He fought a real battle with tiger in Sahil in 1960. He appeared as a sidekick with his son in Dushman ki talash (1978). At a very old age, he had a special appearance on PTV and was interviewed by Izhar Bobby.
He died on January 19, 1997 at the age of 75 years in Lahore.