Category: Reviews

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Ghoonghat (1962)

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In Suspense
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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. Ghoonghat is not only a source of inspiration for the imaginative technicians but a slap on the face for the plagiarists and the box-office […]

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

Saath Laakh (1957)

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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 o

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Hum Aik Hain (2004)

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In Drama
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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 often claimed in recent months that this film is his effort for promoting sectarian harmony, unity and […]

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

Do Ansoo (1950)

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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

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Chingari (1964)

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In Drama
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On September 25, 2009
Chingari has all the qualities in greater measure of its predecessors: a musical score of rare virtuosity, mature craftsmanship, and a high standard of artistic integrity. What makes it stand out still higher is the significance of the theme, for it touches upon an issue of life as important as any other, and compels the […]

Buddha Gujjar (2002)

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On September 25, 2009

Syed Noor has, during the last decade or so, acquired the status of the filmmaker in Pakistan but his critics say his movies seldom defy the ‘formula’. His latest flick, Buddha Gujjar, in

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Budha Bigra Jaey (2004) – Review

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In Comedy
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On September 25, 2009
Budha Bigra Jaey (2004) – Review The mind has a wonderful ability – that to forget. So there isn’t any permanent damage done by watching this, or any other Pakistani film production – although it may seem at the time that you may never function to your fullest capacity again. Whether it’s your eyes that […]
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