May 2011

Origins of Bangladeshi Cinema

By |May 17th, 2011|

Before Independence (with Independence came the division of Bengal with the film centre Calcutta going to India) only one feature film directed by a Muslim was completed and rele­ased. Of course, the director was obliged to assume a Hindu name in the […]

April 2010

Lollywood – The Period full of Ups and Downs – (1991-1999)

By |April 24th, 2010|

The nineties saw complete downfall of the film industry with the demise of Nazrul Islam. There were no good directors to make good films, the situation nose-dived further as satellite TV, cable and CD invaded the market. Directors like Iqbal Kashmiri, Sangeeta and Pervaiz […]

Lollywood – The Period of Crisis (1979 – 1990)

By |April 24th, 2010|

Pakistani Cinema became loud and localized, wanting in artistic or aesthetic merits. The large number of films produced in various vernaculars speaks for itself about the decline of the film world during this decade. The cancellation of all censor certificates of all films issued […]

Lollywood – The Period of Great Change (1967 – 1978)

By |April 24th, 2010|

During this period, Pakistan witnessed great political and social upheaval. The country lost its other half. Nurul Haq’s Jalte Suraj Ke Neeche was the last Urdu film from the golden land of what was known as East Pakistan. The former eastern wing (now Bangladesh) […]

Lollywood – The Golden Era (1956 – 1966)

By |April 24th, 2010|

The restriction on Bombay films opened a new free and non-competitive market for local productions. This period introduced a great variety in the selection of subjects, dealt with by local cinema. Classic films like Jaffer Malik’s Saath Lakh (1957), W.Z. Ahmed’s Wadah (1957), Anwar […]

Lollywood – The Formative Period (1948 – 1955)

By |April 24th, 2010|

Pakistani Film Industry was trying to recover from the debris of social, political and economical catastrophe. Unrestricted imports of Indian films kept cinema houses running, thereby providing a big chunk of business for Bombay producers and their local Pakistani distributors. Most of the Urdu […]

Lollywood -The Pre-Independence Period (1931-1947)

By |April 24th, 2010|

11 March 1931 will remain as the second most important date in the annals of the region’s history of cinema. On that day Alam Ara, the first full length locally-produced talkie film, was released at the Majestic Cinema, in Bombay. It was made under […]

Lollywood – The Silent Era (1896-1931)

By |April 24th, 2010|

The United States, France, and Germany, lay claims and counter-claims about being the first to have invented the motion picture as a commercially viable form of recreation. Whatever the truth may be, it has been reckoned by all that cinema, the most wonderful of […]