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 2010

Armaan (1966)

By |May 19th, 2010|

Armaan was released on Friday, March 18, 1966, at a time when the country was echoing with protests against the Tashkent Agreement signed by President Ayub Khan and the Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri.

It was said that a war ‘won’ on the front […]

Channa Sachi Muchi (2010)

By |May 18th, 2010|

The failing local film industry saw a ray of hope with the recent premiere of the Lollywood period film, Channa Sachi Muchi (CSM). Its makers claim it to be one of the most expensive film ever made in the history of Pakistan, labeling it […]

Virsa (2010)

By |May 18th, 2010|

The film, Virsa, is a joint venture between Pakistan and India — an apparent attempt for the revival of Pakistani cinema with the idea that it could be brought about through collaborative efforts, consequently resulting in meaningful cinema. The premier held in all its […]

April 2010

Aansoo (1971)

By |April 26th, 2010|

Capsule Review: Based on Riaz Arshad’s novel “Andhi Jawani”, Aansoo was one of the best films made during the early period of colored Lollywood films. The film dealt with the sensitive issue of rape and its after effects. Farida (Firdous) gets raped by a […]

December 2009

Kaun Bane Ga Crorepati (2002)

By |December 10th, 2009|

Kaun Bane Ga Crorepati is based on Dabir ul Hasan’s (Shamim Ara’s husband) shamelessly plagiarized script that has two young men trying to woo a rich girl who exchanges personal status with a girlfriend to test the sincerity of people professing love and find […]

November 2009

Khamosh Pani – Silent Waters (2003)

By |November 29th, 2009|

Khamosh Pani / Silent Waters (2003), a Pakistani film made mostly with European money, is focused on religious intolerance. Sabiha Sumar has previously made several docu­mentaries on the plight of women in her country. Silent Waters takes place in 1979 during the regime […]

Aina (1977)

By |November 23rd, 2009|


Aina, a musical love story with a tinge of social comment, created history for having the longest combined run in Karachi—almost 250 weeks. The record for the business that it grossed at the box-office was surpassed in 1995, almost twenty-two years later, by Munda […]

Asiya (1960)

By |November 8th, 2009|

Clearly influenced by Satyajit Ray’s “Panther Panchali”, the director Fateh Lohani tried vainly to capture the lyrical beauty of Bengal’s countryside in sequences lingering unnecessarily. Fateh Lohani did not seem to have a clear idea about the exact moment when one episode should take […]