1977

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 ...

Jadu Tona (1977)

Jadu Tona (BLACK MAGIC) (1977) Starring: Feroz Khan, Baby Pinky, Reena Roy, Ashok Kumar, Prem Nath, Prem Chopra Director: Raveekant Nagaich Synopsis: Innocent cherubic Baby Pinky turns into a vile, vomit-spewing monster!   Prem Chopra and his daughters drive off from the city to their ancestral village for a visit. The girls have recently lost their mother and it’s a period of healing f...

Sher Babbar (1977)

Sher Babbar (1977) Starring: Sultan Rahi, Aasia, Iqbal Hassan, Najma, Ilyas Kashmiri, Nasira Director: Akram Khan Synopsis: The story of an honourable man fighting against injustice (yawn!)     Sher Babbar was director Akram Khan’s follow up to the wonderfully cheap and sleazy Aaj da Badmaash which had sadly run into trouble with the censors due to its upfront, no nonsense vulgarit...

Machley Khan (1977)

Machley Khan (1977) Cast:  Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Aasiya, Najma, Iqbal Hassan, Anita, Ilyas Kashmiri, Bahar Director: Nasim Haider Shah Nutshell: Frenetic Action packed Masala film breathes the same air as Maula Jat but asphyxiates on its own lack of direction.     The police is stumped and running in rings around the cities notorious underworld Kingpin Machley Khan whose dagger h...

Exorcist 2: The Heretic (1977)

Cast:  Richard Burton, Linda Blair, Louise Fletcher Director: John Boorman Synopsis:  Heady mix of imagery and diabolical demonic dabblings, locusts and Richard Button chewing up the scenery in one of the most despised films ever produced.   “an absolute fiasco ” Creature Features “an absurd sequel” Splatter Movies “preposterous turkey” Maltin’s ̶...

Child, The (1977)

Child, The (1977) Cast: Laurel Barnett, Rosalie Cole, Frank Janson, Richard Hanners Director: Robert Voskanian Synopsis: unsuspecting governess is employed to care for the Child from Hell!   Having watched exploitation master Harry Novak’s Axe and appreciated it, expectations were reasonably high the Child despite the fact that Novak wasn’t the director. The plot about a twisted f...

Car, The (1977)

Car, The (1977) Cast: James Brolin, Kathleen Lloyd, John Marley, and Ronny Cox Director:  Eliot Silverstein Nutshell:  A small town community is terrorized by a mysterious, murderous car.     It was way back in 1977, the Summer of Sam and Donna Summer’s I Feel Love that the appetite for a more modern horror film was on the upswing after a diet of Hammer through the formative years.  Hamm...

Black Cat (1977) & Lady Boss (1988)

Black Cat (1977) & Lady Boss (1988) Starring: Shahid, Naghma, Mussarat Shaheen, Badar Munir, Shehla Gill Director: Baqar Rizvi Synopsis: Fantastically absurd hidden cult masterpiece is truly a giggle a minute stuff!   A pert young journalist, Dolly, warns her beau that his partner Badar Munir has been framed by the notorious crime Don Lady Boss and is in prison awaiting the gallows. The s...

Akhri Goli (1977)

Akhri Goli (1977) Cast: Yusuf Khan, Aasia, Mustafa Qureshi, Anita, Nasira Director: Rehmat Ali Synopsis: crass potboiler in the mould of the notorious raunchy thriller Khatarnaak   Having admired the kinetic direction of Rehmat Ali in the blockbuster Khatarnaak and then in Khaufnaak and having been entranced by the thunderous thighs and voluptuous beauty of Anita we were in throes of delight ...

Kalabaaz (1977)

Kalabaaz (1977) Cast: Dev Anand, Zeenat Aman, Dev Kumar, Pradeep Kumar, Asrani Director: Ashok Roy Nutshell: potent combination of faith, morality, sacrifice that twists half way into a roller-coaster treasure hunt.  Not for the feint hearted.       Way back in the summer of 1977, the Summer of Sam as it came to be known, my brother (The human Bollywood encyclopaedia) and I made the...

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