January 2010

Saifuddin Saif

By |January 5th, 2010|

Saifuddin Saif was born in Amritsar, in 1922, but most of his higher education was completed in Lahore, where he graduated from Government College. Punjab being the hub of cultural activities, influenced his hobbies, with more literary activities. His poetry evolved and he wrote […]

Habib Jalib

By |January 5th, 2010|

Habib Jalib was one of the most, if not the most, committed Urdu poet. Someone who lived for the masses and died for the masses. He was not one of those pseudo intellectual, progressive verse wielders who lamented the fate of the proletariat and […]

Robin Ghosh

By |January 3rd, 2010|

While waters rise up in the shape of a cyclone wall in Bengal, musical waves sigh softly when they touch its coastal sands. Compositions in Bengal sweep off your feet, even as the storms drown the region in depression and deprivation. Harmonic brilliance is […]

December 2009

Shehzadi

By |December 27th, 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. […]

Naghma

By |December 27th, 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 heroine and concentrated much of her vigorous career stretching from the early […]

Habib

By |December 27th, 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 1966, (due to the soaring careers of Mohammad Ali and Waheed Murad), Habib […]

Nimmi

By |December 27th, 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, […]

Sultan Rahi

By |December 27th, 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 Noorjehan contributed; the number of stories writer Nasir Adeeb was credited with; and […]

Shahid

By |December 27th, 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 quintessential star of that era, his off camera antics were almost […]

Nighat Sultana

By |December 26th, 2009|

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Characters that are born on the celluloid breathe amongst people. Otherwise, they die young! If you have watched Hasan Tariq’s classic, Neend, from 1959, you would have noticed a young prostitute in the scenes from the coalminer’s colony, […]