Pakistan

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...

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...

Saiqa (1968)

Saiqa (1968) Cast: Shamim Ara, Mohd Ali, Lehri, Nabila, Zamurud, Sabira, Darpan, Ragni Director: Laeeq Akhter Nutshell: Cinderella story given the Desi treatment was a smashing success all around   9 Nigar Award Wins for 1968 including Best Film, Scriptwriter, Screenplay, Actor, Actress, Music, Lyrics, Male Playback Singer, Comedian.   Saiqa is one of the few films from Lollywood that ha...

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...

Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1969)

Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai (1969) Cast: Mohammad Ali, Zeba, Yusuf Khan, Ibrahim Nafees, Rangeela, Ilyas Kashmiri Director: Riaz Bukhari Music Director: M. Ashraf Synopsis: Formulaic, frothy melodrama with equal measures of comedy and intrigue     There’s a languid start to the movie with the first half being entirely devoted to frolic and romance as was typical of the era – the drama...

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