Month: December 2009

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Shehzadi

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On December 27, 2009
Civilizations express themselves through art. When one talks about Sindh, the mind is filled with the memory of many brilliant artistes. Amongst them, Shehzadi was definitely one of the best, whose dedication, good nature and artistic potential is still considered a standard in itself. I believe that like all the other media concerned with the […]

Naghma

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On December 27, 2009

It is only apt that film actress Naghma would strike the indigenously Punjabi dance pose of the bhangra in this scene from the Punjabi hit film ‘Langotia.’ Naghma was the archetypical Punjabi hero

Habib

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On December 27, 2009

Starting from his 1956 film debut in director Luqman’s Lakht-e-Jigar, opposite Yasmeen, (with Noor Jehan and Santosh in the lead roles), right up to his declining popularity in Urdu films around 196

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Nimmi

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On December 27, 2009
Wonderfully fresh and vibrant, Nimmi was a typical Pakhtoon beauty to hit the Lollywood screen of the 1970s. She made a quick impact on the film industry, she stunned the populace with her good performances. But, her tragedy was that she was found out, too late by directors like Parvez Malik and Aslam Dar. It […]

Sultan Rahi

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On December 27, 2009

The late documentary film maker Mushtaq Guzdar in his chronicle on Pakistan cinema noted that the cinema of Pakistan claimed distinction for itself with three factors: the number of songs Madame Noorj

Shahid

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On December 27, 2009

His career spanned a mere decade, from 1973-1983. But female hearts fluttered aplenty during those ten eventful years! Shahid was the Don Juan of the Pakistani film industry during the 1970s. Like the

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Ganga Jamna (1961)

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On December 27, 2009
Ganga Jamna is one of the finest examples of a popular theme of Indian cinema, namely that of the good and bad brother. Gunga (Dilip Kumar), framed for a crime by a landowner, becomes an outlaw, while his younger brother, Jamna (Nasir Khan, Dilip Kumar’s real-life brother), whom he has educated, becomes a police officer. […]

Madhumati (1958)

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On December 27, 2009

Madhumati was the biggest hit of director Bimal Roy. His hallmark neo­realist images and social concern are evident in this unusual reincarnation/ghost story scripted by Ritwik Ghatak, later acclaime

Naya Daur (1957)

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On December 26, 2009

Akhtar Mirza (father of the directors Saeed and Aziz Mirza) wrote the story for Naya daur (‘New Era’). In a village, whose main economy depends on a sawmill, many workers face unemployment

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Ram Aur Shyam (1967)

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On December 26, 2009
The theme of identical twins has been present in many cinemas (this being one of the most basic ‘tricks’ available to cinema that was not available to live performances such as plays). Common to melodramas, it is taken to extremes in Hindi cinema, with not just identical twins (Afsana [1951], Anhonee [1952], Gol maal, Hum […]
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