Lollywood Masala

Tiger Gang (1974) AKA Kommissar X: Jagt Die Roten Tiger AKA FBI Operation Pakistan

Tiger Gang (1974) AKA Kommissar X: Jagt Die Roten Tiger AKA FBI Operation Pakistan Cast:  Tony Kendall, Brad Harris, Mohammad Ali, Zeba, Nisho, Qavi, Gisela Hahn, Ernst Fritz Furbringer Director:  Harald Reinl/Iqbal Shehzad Nutshell:  Kommissar X and his companion have a deadly new assignment in Pakistan trying to end the criminal reign of a notorious gang called The Tiger Gang.     The ...

Nai Laila Naia Majnoo (1969)

Nai Laila Naia Majnoo (1969) Cast:  Aaliya, Kemal, Naseema Khan, Lehri, Ilyas Kashmiri Director: Munawar Rasheed Music: Tassaduq Hussain Nutshell: Madcap, frivolous and very, very silly but also hugely entertaining with a stunning soundtrack and intoxicating dance numbers.  A gas!     Nai Laila Naya Majnu arrived as a bit of a novelty and a whole lot of fresh air at the very tail end of ...

Zerqa (1969)

Zerqa (1969) Cast: Neelo Shahid, Ejaz, Allaudin, Saqi, Nasira and Talish Director: Riaz Shahid Synopsis: Ambitious and resoundingly successful tale of Palestinian martyrdom     Zerqa was a thundering success when it was released, not only with the public who turned out in their multitudes and made the film a box office champion, but also the critics who cheered the film as being a prime ...

Zabata (1993)

Zabata (1993) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Babra Sharif, Asif Khan, Jehangir Mughal, Humayun Qureshi Director: Jehangir Mughal Nutshell:  if Jodorowsky and Tarantino had been Pakistani and directed a typical revenge masala film…it would have been something like Zabata.       Within moments a seasoned Lollywood viewer can sense there is something not quite right with Zabata.  The film begins w...

Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi (1969)

Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi (1969) Cast:  Mohammad Ali, Zeba, Rozina, Mustafa Qureshi, Lehri, Talish, Ragni, Ahmed Rushdie Director: S. Suleman Nutshell: Typical 1960s emotional melodrama with all the usual ingredients.     Baharen Phir Bhi Ayengi was released in 1969 in an attempt to capitalize on a wave of romance oriented dramas and love triangles that had been so successful during the er...

Black Cat (2009)

Black Cat (2009) Cast; Anjuman Shehzadi, Nida Chodhary, Ahmad Butt, Rida Chodhary, Shakeel Raja, Hina, Hanan Director: Saeed Ali Khan Nutshell:  A lurid tale of sex, lies, deception, Viagra, Nymphomaniacs, murder, haunted houses, vengeful spirits, demonic possession, delectable outfits and stunningly vulgar dances.  Wholesome Family Entertainment, Lollywood style.     Saeed Ali Khan, bes...

Madam X (2009) AKA Madame Bavary

Madam X (2009) Cast:   Asha Alvi, Shaan, Sajna, Fakhar Imam, Samina Pirzada Mir, Sunny Ali Director: Rasheed Dogar Nutshell: Rape, corrupt cops, corrupt ministers, corrupt doctors, corrupt lawyers and wayward girls. Standard Dogar fare where literally within ten seconds of the opening scene you will have worked out the entire storyline including the end!     No real surprises with Rashee...

Taxi Number 707 (2010)

Taxi Number 707 (2010) Cast: Ahmad Butt, Nida Chaudhury, Amna, Mah Zeb, Hanan, Ali Raza Director:  Waseem Hassan Nutshell:  A film that will forever be remembered for the infamous Penis Eating “Gosht Khor Chooha” scene.  Lollywood at its most inspired     Eid in 2010 must have been very special due to the opening of Body Builder turned Actors latest release “Taxi Number707” a...

Tum Hi Ho Mehboob Mere (1969)

Tum Hi Ho Mehboob Mere (1969) Cast:  Waheed Murad, Deeba, Rozina, Qavi, Nanna Director:  Shabab Kairanvi Nutshell:  Typical 1960s convoluted family oriented melodrama full of unfortunate coincidences, a whole lot of bad luck and the usual emotional mess.     Producer-Director team A. Hameed and Shabab Kairanvi had got a good thing going.  Working together they hit the jackpot with Insani...

Miss Top Ten (2009)

Miss Top Ten (2009) Cast: Sana, Moammar Rana, Asha Alvi, Ahmed Butt, Sajna, Akhtar Shad, Ashraf Rahi Director: Rasheed Dogar Nutshell:   Sugar Daddies, AIDS, Prostitution, Sleaze, Stalkers, Murder and Mayhem.  All in a day’s work for Rasheed Dogar, the Prince of Sleaze.     In the opening scenes, we are introduced to a disgruntled family with the man of the house being treated by his wif...

Maalka (1987)

Maalka (1987) Cast:  Yousuf Khan, Shabnam, Mustafa Qureshi, Shahid, Adeeb, Albela, Ilyas Kashmiri, Taani. Director: Safdar Hussain Nutshell:  Upright Cop and wife slaughtered by Crime Dons in front of elder son Yaadon Ki Baraat style…. Maalka separated from his siblings, grows up with revenge on his mind.     Maalka arrived at a moment of transition for the Pakistani film industry caused...

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...

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