Lollywood Masala

Shanee (1989)

Shanee (1989) Cast: Babra Sharif, Mohd Ali, Sherry Malik, Asif Khan, Nayyar Sultana, Talish Director: Saeed Rizvi Nutshell: Lollywood attempts to deftly fuse Sci fi and Islam for the first time with interesting results!     Shanee arrived amidst an enormous wave of hype way back in 1989 – touted as the first true sci-fi film from the Indian sub-continent with special effects to riv...

Khamosh Nigahen (1971)

Khamosh Nigahen (1971) Cast: Waheed Murad, Rozina, Husna, Munawar Zareef, Tamanna Director: Jamil Akhtar Music: M.Ashraf Synopsis: typical 70’s melodrama with equal doses of romance, comedy and intrigue     Back in 1971 Waheed Murad was ruling the roost in Lollywood with a young Nadeem beginning to establish himself as a young pretender and Mohammad Ali’s girth and receding h...

Daman Aur Chingari (1973)

Daman aur Chingari (1973) Cast: Mohammad Ali, Zeba, Nadeem, Aalia, Aslam Parvez, Nayyar Sultana Director: Shabab Kairanvi Nutshell: Masala laden melodramatic “family drama” manages to hit the spot     Shabab Kairanvi, the director of this hit melodrama, was one of the powerhouse film makers of the 70’s with an enviable string of successes throughout the decade. Here he ...

Nawe Nasal (1997) (The New Breed)

Nawe Nasal (1997)  (The New Breed) Cast: Saba Shaheen, Badar Munir, ,Asif Khan, Babra Raj, Babar, Shehzadi, Kamran, Rukhsar, Zubaida, Nemat Sarhadi Director: Qaisar Sanober Nutshell:  The Nawe Nasal (New Generation) threatens to crush all that is sacred with their debauched, heathen ways.  Who will survive and what will be left of them?     Perhaps the best way to describe Nawe Nasal wou...

Daku Rani (1998)

Daku Rani (1998) Starring: Saima, Shaan, Moammar Rana Director: Syed Noor Synopsis: Lollywood reworking of Bandit Queen theme turns into twisted form of feminism     This revenge hotchpotch is a regurgitation of the Phoolan Devi Bandit Queen theme given local treatment and adaptation. There’s nothing new on display here though the film is a bizarre sort of closeted almost schizophr...

Door Ki Awaz (1969)

Door Ki Awaz (1969) Cast:  Deeba, Habib, Adeeb, Ajmal, Saqi, Zahoor Shah, Raj Multani Director: Baqar Rizvi Nutshell:  Fear grips the Feudals of Kanganpur and the villagers believe a spate of  related deaths is the result of something very sinister.   Baqar Rizvi’s name stands out among Lollywood directors of years gone by who frequently dared to push the envelope and dabble with genres other...

Chaudrani (1999)

Chaudrani (1999) Cast: Anjuman, Shaan, Saima, Saud, Sana, Shafqat Cheema Director: Hassan Askari Synopsis: the usual vengeance filled, violence laden formula given feminist twist.     Chaudrani was keenly anticipated upon release as it brought back Punjabi cinema’s favourite daughter back to the silver screen, where she belonged. Anjuman chose Chaudrani as the film that would relau...

Dada (1977)

Dada (1977) Starring: Sultan Rahi, Najma, Nabila, Anita, Talish, Mustafa Qureshi, Bahar, Adeeb Director: Daud Butt Synopsis: a massive clash of the city’s biggest crime kingpins is staple Lollywood fare     Dada was made back in 1977, in the pre-Zia era of glorious democratic debauchery and pliable censor boards. We were drooling pools in anticipation of watching Thunder Thighs Anita do ...

Saturday Night (2005)

Saturday Night (2005) Cast: Moammar Rana, Megha, Aqsa, Haya, Diya, Abida Baig Director: Rashid Dogar Music Director: Ali Afzal Synopsis: A serial Killer is slicing up the “dirty” girls of Lahore on Saturday Nights!     Having been shocked into speechlessness having recently witnessed a giant masterwork of crap by the name of Black Devil Doll from Hell it was thought that an a...

Red Light Hotel (2009)

Red Light Hotel (2009) Cast: Sonu Laal, Hanan, Anjuman Shehzadi, Dilbar Munir, Naila Raza, Hanan Director: Saeed Ali Khan Nutshell:  An excuse of a feature film made more as a showcase for “fresh talent” on the meat market than anything remotely cinematic.     Years ago at the turn of the century when the Lollywood industry was spiraling rapidly towards collapse numerous directors and pr...

Smuggler (1980)

Smuggler (1980) Cast: Nimmi, Badar Munir, Mansoor, Ishrat Chaudhary, Nayyar Sultana, Mustafa Qureshi Director: Javaid Sajjad Nutshell:  A Smuggler is torn to choose between a life of crime or one of a dutiful son and brother.     The film starts off on a very grim and serious tone with a written monologue and a booming voice over on screen that at firsts showers all participants of the f...

Maula Jat (1979)

Maula Jat (Director’s Cut) (1979) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Aasia, Chakori, Kaifee, Seema, Aalia, Anita Director: Yunus Malik Nutshell: A uniquely Punjabi experience that is now a legend and myth as much as it is a film……thrills, spills, raunch, paunch……THE Lollywood classic.     On the face of it, just another revenge laden action masala pot-boile...

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