Punjabi

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 ...

Gujjar Badshah (1994)

Gujjar Badshah (1994) Starring: Sultan Rahi, Anjuman, Mustafa Qureshi, Bahar, Reema Director: Masood Butt Synopsis: tripped out violence, slobbering pot-bellied goons, sirens,rapes…typical fare     Gujjar Badshah is undoubtedly one of the most annoying and downright stupid films this reviewer has ever had the misfortune of watching.  Entirely my own fault as no one had asked me to ...

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...

Khatarnak (1990)

Khatarnak (1990) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Saima, Ismail Shah, Talish, Sitara Director: Akram Khan Synopsis: Three upright brothers fight to destroy a heinous child-napping syndicate   Renowned sleaze merchant Akram Khan (Aaj Da Badmash, Nawabzada, Khanzada) came out of semi-retirement in 1990 to produce this masala laden pot-boiler. He was undoubtedly inspired by two quite unrelated events. Firstly...

Hunterwali (1988)

Hunterwali (1988) Cast: Anjuman, Sultan Rahi, Mustafa Qureshi, Jameel Babar, Sushma & Bahar Director: Iqbal Kashmiri Synopsis: yet another twisted tale of warped feminism tailored for male audiences.   The film begins with an elderly white-wigged sage riding along on his cart accompanied by his demure niece along the dusty unpaved roads connecting the Pinds of rural Punjab. As they approa...

Dukki Tikki (1976) AKA Club Dancer

Dukki Tikki (1976) AKA Club Dancer Cast:  Aasia, Shahid, Nazli, Anita, Shahnawaz Director:  M. J. Rana Synopsis:  Comedy of mistaken identities ranks as one of the sleaziest  of all the cheap flicks from the sleazy 70s.   Pindi Wal , Khatarnaak, Khaufnaak, Dulhan Aik Raat Kii, Nawab Zada, Aaj da Badmaash and Club Dancer are considered amongst the most notorious films ever to have emerged from...

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