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Neela Parbat (1969)

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On November 8, 2009
The basic pattern of the themes of Pakistani productions is more or less fixed and few directors would dare to venture into variations outside it. All stories have a built-in fairy-tale like quality. Problems of various kinds are created without regard for realism. As unreal problems do not call for realistic solutions, the ‘problems’ created […]

Majajan (2006)

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On November 8, 2009

Syed Noor’s much awaited Punjabi language film Majajan is finally out. The showman had cancelled the release earlier for almost three times – once due to the October 8 earthquake, then the

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Larki Punjaban (2003)

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On November 8, 2009
Larki Punjaban, the biggest Pakistani film ever attempted, courted controversy from the very beginning. It was rumoured to be co-directed by the Indian director Shashilal Nair. It was released in London before it was released in Pakistan and Syed Noor was heard swearing by its success. It elicited protests from Sikh activists who claimed that […]

Koi Tujh Sa Kahan (2005)

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On November 8, 2009

Watching a Pakistani film used to be more agony than entertainment until Yeh Dil Aap Ka Hua, masterfully crafted with its brilliant print, excellent songs and above all, unLollywood approach. The era

Khuda Ke Liye (2007)

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On November 8, 2009

There couldn’t have been a better time in Pakistani cinema and society for Shoaib Mansoor’s much-awaited cinematic debut Khuda Ke Liye (In the Name of God) that premiered throughout Pakistan on Ju

Ishtahari (2002)

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On November 8, 2009
While a handful of moviemakers strive to dig out fresh faces and base movies on untested subjects, rehashing trite formulas or trying to recreate the magic of earlier mega movies wins hands down with Lollywood. The latest from Lollywood’s bag of wonders is Ishtahari – a clever cross between the above two. It was touted […]

Purana Mandir (1984)

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On November 8, 2009

In 1984, the Ramsays brothers (generally credited with introducing the horror movie to India) began work on Purana Mandir (The Old Temple), which proved a watershed in the short history of Hindi horro

Khazanchi (1941)

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On November 7, 2009

This is an example of the work of the studio in Lahore that was a centre of the Indian film industry before partition and is now the home of ‘Lollywood’ or the Pakistani film industry. A huge hit,

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Phool (1944)

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On November 7, 2009
Phool is not yet available on DVD or VCD but it is the first of the very few movies made by one of India’s great directors, K. Asif, whose Mughal-e Azam is rightly regarded as one of the best Indian films ever made. Phool is fascinating, as it mixes several ‘Islamicate’ genres, being partly a […]
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