Lollywood

Ehsaan (1967)

Ehsaan (1967) Cast:  Waheed Murad, Zeba, Rozina, Nirala, Ibrahim Nafees, Azad, Baby Jugnu. Director:  Parvez Malik Nutshell:  An attempt to capitalize on the popularity of Waheed Murad and the team that hit the bullseye with Armaan.     Waheed Murad was riding the crest of his immense wave of popularity in 1967.  Armaan had been a stupendous hit and the same team combined to concoct an u...

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...

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...

Miss Hippy (1974)

Miss Hippy (1974) Cast: Shabnam, Nadeem, Sabiha, Santosh, Munawar Zareef, Nazli Director: S. Suleman Nutshell: family adopts “westernized, modern lifestyle” with calamitous results     1974’s Miss Hippy is yet another forceful Lollywood socio-drama that shows the unmitigated disasters that befalls a family that adopts a “westernized, modern lifestyle”. In this case, we ...

Ranoo Phaddaybaaz (2002)

Ranoo Phaddaybaaz (2002) Cast:  Megha, Saud, Nazo, Nayyar Ejaz, Sardar Kemal Director:  Akbar Bukhari Nutshell:  Launchpad and vehicle for Megha, cousin of ex-siren Mumtaz in which she plays the title role with aplomb and more than a little vigour.     Ranoo is a typical Lollywood village belle; feisty, brave, outspoken, stunningly gorgeous, fast talking and all the usual ingredients.  S...

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...

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