Many use the term Lollywood to refer to the Pakistani film industry based in the city of Lahore. The name, of course, is a portmanteau of the first initial from the city’s name with Hollywood. Sadly, as patriotic as we Pakistanis usually are about our country, there aren’t enough of us who watch Lollywood movies on a regular basis or know the ins and outs of the industry. However, there are some famous Lollywood stars that should never be forgotten and are a huge part of our culture and heritage.
Sultan Rahi was a legendry action film hero and The Sultan (The King – as he was commonly known) ruled Pakistani films from the seventies until the nineties. He appeared in more than 700 films and was the most successful film hero / villain in Pakistan. He dominated the film industry and his face was plastered over every billboard in Pakistan for as long as I can remember, until he was tragically murdered on January 9th, 1996.
Although most of us laugh at Lollywood and the quality of its films, we can’t deny the fact that Sultan ruled Pakistan’s film industry and managed to reach a level of success previously unheard of within the industry.
On a related note, Danyaal, a friend of mine strolled in to work today and looked completely knackered. He told me that he had stayed up till 3:00 a.m. to watch some of Sultan Rahi’s best moments in Pakistani Cinema….
I have included pieces of four of Danyaal’s favorite scenes below, which are absolutely hilarious.
1: In one scene – Sultan Rahi has a brain tumor. According to the Doctor, the tumor cannot be cured and unfortunately, his death is imminent. However, a few scenes later, our great Sultan is shot in the head. Fortunately, to everybody’s surprise, the bullet has passed through his ears taking away the tumor and he is completely cured! Long live Sultan Rahi!
2: In another movie, Sultan Rahi is confronted by not 1, not 2, but 3 gigantic gangsters. Sultan has a knife and a gun but unfortunately, the gun only has one bullet left. Can you guess what he did? He hurls the knife towards the middle gangster and shoots the bullet towards the knife. The knife then cuts the bullet into two pieces, which kills both the gangsters on each side of the middle gangster and yeah, you got it right – the middle gangster dies a painful death by the knife itself!
3: Another favorite of Danyaal’s was when Sultan Rahi is being chased by a gangster. He has a revolver but no bullets (yet again). Don’t even bother guessing as you won’t be able to in your wildest imagination! Sultan waits for the gangster to shoot and as soon as the gangster shoots – Sultan swiftly opens the bullet compartment of his revolver and catches the bullet in there. He then continues to close the bullet compartment and fires the gun back at the gangster! Bang Bang Bang! The gangster is history!
4: The climax has finally arrived. Sultan gets to know that the villain is on the other side of a very high wall. The wall is so high that even the great Sultan can’t jump with any of his superman techniques that our Lollywood heroes normally use in films. It’s the end of the film and since it’s the climax, the Sultan must do everything in his power to kill the bad guy. Newton, of course, is smiling from above as it’s virtually impossible for Sultan to do anything at this point. But not in Lollywood though – Sultan suddenly pulls two guns from his pockets – throws one gun in the air and when the gun has reached above the height of the wall, he uses the second gun and shoots at the trigger of the first gun, which is in the air so the first gun fires off and kills the villain! Mind blowing!!
Sultan Rahi is a legend and is truly missed by all of us! May he rest in peace!