Licence (1976) Cast: Najma, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Afzaal & Aziz Mian Qawwal, Nimmi, Aurangzeb, Nanha, Jaggi, Changezi, Afshan, Saqi, Rehan Director: Aslam Irani Nutshell: All the ingredients of a typical Punjabi masala rollercoaster with all the necessary ingredients in place.   Licence (note the Lollywood spelling) arrived just a few months before the...
Shaitan Khopdi (2000) Cast: Devraj, Vinita, K. Kumar Director: Vasan Nutshell: Futuristic South Indian twist on the Frankenstein theme - very odd indeed.   Having endured Khopdi just a couple of days ago and found it to be nothing less than excruciating, it was a particularly brave decision to go for Shaitan Khopdi as...
Shakti - The Power (2002) Cast: Karisma Kapoor, Nana Patekar, Shahrukh Khan Director: Krishna Vamsi Music Director: Ismail Darbar Nutshell: Sridevi's debut as producer is "inspired" by Not Without My Daughter   Shakti-the Power is Sridevi’s first venture into production for a film that was meant to be her comeback vehicle. But having fallen pregnant...
Shikra (1987) Cast: Shahbaz Akmal, Sangeeta, Naghma, Aalia, Tariq Shah, Perveen Boby Director: Zahoor Hussain Nutshell: Novel tale of revenge where factual events are cleverly merged with fiction   This film, directed by Zahoor Hussain is a fabulously perverse, typically ridiculous tale of a son avenging his father's murder (peo da qatil syndrome). However...
Shabana (1976) Cast: Babra Sharif, Shahid, Waheed Murad, Tamanna, Nanna, Parveen Boby Director: Nazar Shabab Nutshell: Stupendous smash hit dramatic comedy which catapulted Babra to the top   Shabana was the sensation of 1976 and signaled an adjustment in Lollywood hierarchy catapulting pint sized Babra into the "A" league beside reigning (but fading) queen...
Sannata (1981) Cast: Sarika, Deepak Parashar, Shobha, Lalita Pawar, Pinchoo Kapoor, Iftikhar Director: Tulsi & Shyam Ramsay Music: Rajesh Roshan Synopsis: Similar to Do Gaz Zameen ke Neeche but not quite as effective 10 years on   The Ramsays, flushed by their early successes tried to repeat a similar formula they had employed in their...
Fear In The Night (1972) Cast: Joan Collins, Peter Cushing, Ralph Bates, Judy Geeson Director:  Jimmy Sangster Nutshell:  Young bride is stalked and attacked by a man with a prosthetic arm, but is it real or is it her fragile mind playing tricks on her?   Fear in the night is a Hammer production...
Da Vino Jam (2000) Cast: Alisha, Shahid Khan, Durdana Rehman, Saba Kazmi, Imran Director: Nasim Khan Nutshell: Nasty Landlord seeks the help of an evil Pir to rid him of his impotency but with terrifying consequences. Da Vino Jam arrived in cinemas as the latest slice of Pashto “sexy horror’ but failed to...
Ghairat (1976) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Najma, Aalia, Jehangir Mughal, Ishrat Chaudhary, Seema, Parveen Bobby Director: Javed Hassan Music: Tafo Nutshell: Tremendous amounts of shouting and violence, impressive wigs and some sizzling club moments but alas an incomprehensible mess.   Ghairat should be an epic by all accounts. It’s a 1976 pre Zia scuzzy, black and...
Tahkhana (1986) Cast: Hemant Birje, Aarti Gupta, Kamran Rizvi, Imtiaz Khan, Puneet Issar Director: Shyam Ramsay & Tulsi Ramsay Nutshell: typical Ramsay effort with a hairy monster running amok in the Tahkahana   This was churned out during the horror boom of the mid 80's when the Ramsay lot was at its most prolific....