February 2012

Jane Bond 008 Operation Karachi (1971)

By |February 5th, 2012|

Synopsis –
There is much in common between Jane Bond 008 Operation Karachi and the James Bond movies made in Western countries. Like its prototypes, this movie also starts in Scotland Yard. The central character is a woman instead of man. She (Rakshanda Khattak) is […]

October 2011

Nazir Begum – Profile

By |October 16th, 2011|

Nazir Begum was a Pakistani playback singer active from mid-50s to 60s in Urdu and Punjabi films. She sang two of her earliest duets with Mehdi Hassan for Miss 1956 (1956) and remained middle-of-the-range singer throughout the late 50s and 60s singing for many […]

August 2011

Slackistan (2010)

By |August 25th, 2011|

As home productions are quite rare, the Pakistani audience is always excited whenever there’s a new project coming out, whether it be a completely local production (like Slackistan) or an Indian production with a local star as the lead (Tere Bin Laden.) However, when […]

July 2011

Bol (2011) – Review

By |July 3rd, 2011|

Shoaib Mansoor’s Bol has been launched with much fanfare, with well-attended premieres in both Karachi and Lahore. Now, definitely showing at a cinema house near you, it is awaiting the verdict of the people. Box office results are so much like election time, but […]

May 2011

Street No. 77 (1960) – Capsule Review

By |May 18th, 2011|

Released way back in 1960, Street No. 77 was perhaps Pakistan’s first experiment with the horror genre. Taking inspiration from the American hit, The Invisible Man (1933), Street No. 77 had a superior technical work. The villain in this film was a scientist, who […]

September 2010

Mukh-o-Mukhosh (1956)

By |September 18th, 2010|

1956 was an eventful year in the history of Pakistani Cinema because it saw the birth of Bengali cinema in Dhaka, then the capital of East Pakistan. A. Jabbar Khan produced and directed Mukh-o-Mukhosh. Being, off-and-on, a stage actor all his life, Abdul Jabbar […]

July 2010

Munawwar Sultana – Profile & Songs List

By |July 17th, 2010|

Real Name – Munawwar Sultana

Profession – Singer

Active Years – 1940s – 1960s

Nationality – Pakistani

Religion – Muslim

Ethnicity – Punjabi

Date of Birth –

Date of Death – 20th May 1995 (Lahore, Pakistan)

Debut Film – Dhamki (1945)

Last Film –

Munawwar Sultana started her career as radio and playback […]

Mujeeb Alam – Profile

By |July 17th, 2010|

I could not forget that brilliant rendering of Faiz’s Iss dhoop kinarey sham dhaley! Mujeeb Alam sang it for A.J. Kardar’s Qasam Uss Waqt kee, released in 1969, with his warmly vibrant voice that spoke volumes about the mix of dear wishes […]

Firdousi Begum

By |July 17th, 2010|

The fascinating voice of Firdousi Begum reverberated in the horizons of the film world at the very outset of the 60’s. She made her debut with song Ankhain Tori Rah Takain in Urdu film Chanda which was released in 1962. The songs were so […]

Bashir Ahmed – Profile

By |July 17th, 2010|

When first I heard this most haunting number, Mera dil najaney kab se tera pyar dhoondta hai, from Iqbal Yusuf’s cloak-&-dagger movie, Hill Station, released in 1972, I was transported back to the days when I had visited East Pakistan at a very young […]