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Shaheed (1962)

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In Drama
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On November 7, 2009
Shaheed, a stunning b-&-w movie, was released in 1962. It was written by Riaz Shahid, and directed by Khalil Qaiser, both men destined to be removed from the board by exploitative forces just on the fringes of the 1970s. One has always known that good literature or even all art, pre-empts situations and events to […]

Zehr-e-Ishq (1958)

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On November 7, 2009

Zehr-e-Ishq is a bold experiment in finding new and better values for the Pakistani film. It defies convention in almost every respect – subject matter, treatment, and music. There is no relying

Jago Hua Savera (1959)

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On November 1, 2009

A.J. Kardar’s featurised documentary Jago Hua Savera (released abroad titled Day Shall Dawn) undoubtedly earned Pakistan whatever international prestige it has in the realm of cinema. The theme

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Hamraaz (1967)

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In Suspense
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On November 1, 2009
Khurshid Anwar’s Hamraaz provides an excellent example of a film artist’s ability to make a clean and engaging film even when compelled to compromise in the selection of theme. Hamraaz is a thriller, but vastly different from the thrillers made in Pakistan because the characters symbolize the contest for supremacy in a cognizable social system. […]

Ghoonghat (1962)

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On November 1, 2009

An off-beat, purposeful theme, mounted with the skill and precision of a surgeon, and treated with the warmth and imagination of a poet, Ghoonghat is another addition to classic Pakistani films. Ghoon

Jhoomar (1959)

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On November 1, 2009

The most characteristic feature of the work of Khurshid Anwar-Masud Parvez unit is their endeavor to broaden the scope of filmic expression to bring screen spectacle closer to natural drama. With thei

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Saath Laakh (1957)

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In Drama
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On November 1, 2009
Saifuddin Saif, a poet turned film maker, produced Saath Laakh, an unusual social drama with all the ingredients of a masterpiece, barring the inadequate sets which were more indicative of a paucity of funds rather than a slur on the director’s imagination. The film can be categorized in the genre of Frank Capra’s comedy of […]

Hum Aik Hain (2004)

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On September 25, 2009

Syed Noor began making 786 almost two years back. This film was completed earlier this year and the title was changed to Hum Aik Hain, as the Censor Board Members did not approve of 786. Syed Noor has

Doaa al-Karawan (1959)

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On September 25, 2009

Adapted from a novella of the same title by Taha Husayn, The Nightingale’s Prayer tells the story of two poor orphaned sisters from the countryside. The first, sent to work as a servant, is sedu

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Do Ansoo (1950)

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In Drama
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On September 25, 2009
Sentimental melodrama beginning with the dilemma of a spoilt and prodigal Nawab, played competently by Himaliyawala, who has one daughter born to his mistress, a resident of local brothel, and one to his legally wedded wife. Two daughters bring twofold woes as the title of the film implies. His family pride is at stake with […]
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