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Sassi (1954)

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On November 7, 2009
Produced in 1954, Sassi – a love legend from Balochistan and Sindh – was a big budget movie and was filmed around the most picturesque areas of the country. Sabiha was cast in the title role, as the daughter of the chief of the washermen’s clan of Sindh, and as such got individual credit in […]

Shaheed (1962)

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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 t

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

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Zurain

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On November 7, 2009
Zurain (real name Zulqarnain) was famous character artiste of late 50s and early 60s. He started his career in 1954, as a drama artist for Radio Pakistan (Rawalpindi). The same year he achieved recognition as an artist of considerable merit. Two years later, he stepped before the studio lights as Zurain and stood out even […]

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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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 […]
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