Pakistan

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 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 ...

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 ...

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...

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...

Darwaza (1962)

Darwaza (1962) Cast:  Neelo, Yousuf Khan, Talish, Nazar, Panna, Laila, Naeem Hashmi Director: Saifuddin Saif Nutshell:  Musical melodrama showcasing Neelo about an evil lecherous landlord destroying the hard but idyllic lives of the villagers with his devious new westernized values.     This old-fashioned melodrama was another perfect showcase to display Neelo at the height of her popula...

Kothe Tapni (1976)

Kothe Tapni (1976) Cast: Aasia, Iqbal Hasan, Shahid, Alauddin, Talish, Nasira, Nayyer Sultana Director: Fayyaz Ahmed Nutshell:  Potent little film focussing on some inner city vices and exploitation with a lifetime best performance by Aasia in the title role.     Another forgotten Punjabi film from the Pre-Zia days that has been lost over the years but is a potent little film with a stro...

Darinda (1970)

Cast: Sudhir, Saloni, Talish, Aaliya, Rukhsana Director: Shaukat Hashmi Nutshell:  Diabolical Tribal Devil Worshipper clings on to eternal youth by providing the Evil God with freshly killed nubile young beauties.       Darinda introduces the viewer to an unusual genre of Lollywood spice, that of the Jungle epic featuring strange tribes with weird customs living in far flung hithert...

Night Club (1971)

Night Club (1971) Cast: Shamim Ara, Kemal, Aaliya, Talish, Zamurrud, Rangeela Director: Iqbal Yousuf Nutshell:  A murder mystery set in the early 70s Pakistan of Night Clubs and evil western debauchery.     Night Club is a film shot at a time when the nation was transitioning between its colonial past to the fledgling independent state trying to find its identity and make its mark as an ...

Jano Kapatti (1976)

Cast:  Munawar Zareef, Aasia, Iqbal Hasan, Anita, Najma Mehboob, Munawar Saeed. Director:  Naseem Haider Shah Nutshell:  Munawar Zareef at the height of his powers in an extraordinary tale of a woman who undergoes a sex change to become a man!  Astonishing.     Anyone even slightly familiar with Munawar Zareef’s work will know that he took enormous delight in doing drag, arguably the str...

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