Lollywood Masala

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...

Goorkund (1995)

Goorkund (1995) Cast: Badar Munir, Shahnaz, Imran, Naimat, Babra Raj Director: Imran Khan & Shahnaz Begum Nutshell: shocking tale of deviancy featuring scenes of necrophilia and rape     Opens with a village simpleton cycling up to the local graveyard and calling out to Goorkund Baba who is the graveyard keeper cursed with a dreadful set of buck teeth and a nasty, menacing scowl. The...

Mera Naam Raja (1978)

Mera Naam Raja (1978) Cast: Habib, Naghma, Sangeeta, Munawar Zareef, Mussarat Shaheen Director: Hamid Usmani Cast: Bond inspired caper promises much but fails to live up to its spectacular poster     An intriguing animated title sequence set to some plagiarized R.D. Burman title music (Yaadon ki Baraat) promises great things, especially as it follows on from a particularly mystifying sho...

Murder (2006) AKA Murdar

Murdar (2006) AKA Murdar Cast:  Roofi Anaam, Arbaz Khan, Shamyl Khan Director:  Rashid Dogar Nutshell:  There is a masked serial killer prowling the streets of sleepy Islamabad scything his/her way through the residents of a notorious Guest House.     Bright, blonde and perky Miss Asma has arrived in Islamabad to take up a position at the highly prestigious and competitive FM100 Radio St...

Khaufnaak (1976)

Khaufnaak (1976) Cast: Neelo, Munawar Zareef, Anita, Mustafa Qureshi, Afzal Ahmed, Nazli Director: Rehmat Ali Nutshell: sequel to the smash hit Khatarnak – this is more vengeance and intrigue     This was the third in a sequence of similarly themed films – the first being Khabardar, the second being the smash hit Khatarnaak and finally Khaufnaak. The film contains many of the...

Qasam Munnay Ki (1987)

Qasam Munnay Ki (1987) Cast:  Mohd Ali, Sangeeta, Babra Sharif, Faisal, Afzal Ahmad, Sabiha Khanum Dir: Sangeeta Nutshell:  Drama, Tears, Sacrifice, Jaw Dropping Stunts, Ninja warriors, motherhood, Gay Villains in underground dens, Babra Sharif as an inbred moron, Sangeeta in overdrive…epic.     Bombastic and flamboyant Tiger has everything working brilliantly; his underworld empire stre...

Moosa (2001)

Moosa (2001) Cast: Shaan, Saima, Abid Ali, Shafqat Cheema, Rembo, Noor Director: Shaan Nutshell: despicable for its message of hatred & intolerance and woefully inept     After months of hype, Shaan’s highly awaited labour of love Moosa Khan finally arrived as the biggest of the season’s Eid releases. Shaan had reportedly spared no expense in constructing his third effort...

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