Punjabi

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...

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...

Maalka (1987)

Maalka (1987) Cast:  Yousuf Khan, Shabnam, Mustafa Qureshi, Shahid, Adeeb, Albela, Ilyas Kashmiri, Taani. Director: Safdar Hussain Nutshell:  Upright Cop and wife slaughtered by Crime Dons in front of elder son Yaadon Ki Baraat style…. Maalka separated from his siblings, grows up with revenge on his mind.     Maalka arrived at a moment of transition for the Pakistani film industry caused...

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...

Chaudrani (1999)

Chaudrani (1999) Cast: Anjuman, Shaan, Saima, Saud, Sana, Shafqat Cheema Director: Hassan Askari Synopsis: the usual vengeance filled, violence laden formula given feminist twist.     Chaudrani was keenly anticipated upon release as it brought back Punjabi cinema’s favourite daughter back to the silver screen, where she belonged. Anjuman chose Chaudrani as the film that would relau...

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 ...

Permit (1979)

Permit (1979) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Aasia, Chakori, Afzal Ahmed, Ilyas Kashmiri, Bahar Director: Imtiaz Quraish Nutshell: Typical masala laden violence ridden pot boiler and a fab four sided gandaasa     This action-packed masala laden pot boiler arrived just five months after the legendary Maula Jat but failed to live up to expectations at the Box Office. The film is jam packed full of typ...

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...

Jag Mahi (2000)

Cast: Anjuman, Shaan, Bahar, Saud, Sana, Nargis,Rambo, Ghulam Mohiuddin Director: Parvaiz Rana Nutshell: a tale of revenge against a deranged, maniacal and murderous Chaudrani.     The movie was in effect another vehicle for Anjuman on her stuttering comeback trail. She plays a feisty young village belle who one day makes the terrible mistake of inadvertently flinging a chunk of shit (li...

Alarm (1978)

Alarm (1978) Cast: Mustafa Qureshi, Aslam Parvez, Najma, Chakori, Bahar, Adeeb, Talish Director: Daud Butt Music: Tafo Nutshell: Vendetta, mayhem, blood feuds, sirens, action…the usual masala and more!   Another muggy, miserably hot monsoon day and nothing much to do other than waste away wallowing in air-conditioned apathy – both body and mind atrophying into spam-like blubber. Just wh...

Dada Badmash (2002)

Starring: Shaan, Saima, Yusuf Khan, Moammar Rana, Meera, Saud, Resham Director: Sangeeta Synopsis: Follow up to smash hit Sher e Lahore is much of the same garbage   Madame Sangeeta spat out this effort in a matter of days with the idea of repeating a winning formula she had struck with her recent Punjabi smash Sher e Lahore. This film follows the same hackneyed, violent and vulgar path that ...

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