The legendary actor was killed by some unidentified armed men on 9th January 1996 during a highway robbery on the Grand Trunk Road (GT Road) near Gujranwala while coming back to Lahore from Islamabad. He was 58.
Sultan Rahi was born in a Muslim family in Utter Pardesh in India in 1938. His family migrated to Pakistan after partition and settled in Gujranwala after 1947.
The actor remained the most popular Punjabi hero during 1970s and 1980s. He appeared in more than 700 Punjabi and Urdu language films and named in the Guinness Book of Records as the most prolific actor.
He began his film career in 1959 as a guest actor in the film Baghi. Maula Jatt was released on 11 February 1979 which became his most successful Pakistani film.
His other works include Behram Daku (1980), Sher Khan (1981), Sala Sahib and Ghulami (1985).