Pakistan Film History
Pakistan Film Magazine presents a comprehensive history of Pakistani films..
Figures & facts
Pakistan Film Database contains 4256 movies until 2014-03-10, 131 Unreleased "musical" movies are included in these figures. Movies are made in nine different languages. Click on links below and read more details.. (incomplete figures!)
- 1670 Urdu movies
- 1446 Punjabi movies
- 744 Pashto movies
- 71 Sindhi movies
- 160 Bengali movies
- 6 Siraiki movies
- 2 Gujarati movies
- 1 Hindko movies
- 3 English movies
- 150 Double version Punjabi/Urdu movies
Pakistani Movie table
Read the complete film table since 1948. Please note that movies in other languages are included in the total tally of the movies. Click on any year and read all movies from the specific year.
Here are complete lists of Eid movies.
Here are some movies on various topics..
- 8 Islamic movies
- 26 Patriotic movies
- 15 Political motivated movies
- 33 folk stories
- 110 Romantic movies
- 29 Social Movies
Pakistan film production is in Lahore city (Lollywood) but some of movies are made in Karachi and Dahka (ex. East Pakistan, now Bangladesh). Here are complete lists of movies from these centeres.
Pakistan Film Magazine is the first, largest and a unique infotainment website on Pakistani movies, music and artists. It is an individual effort and continuously published and updated website since May 3rd, 2000. It is also available on mobile version on the same URL since 12.12.12, 12:12:12 PST when the new dynamic website was introduced.
The film chronicle
The main source to the film chronicle on this site is from some film directories compiled by Pakistan's famous film journalist and producer Mr. Yasin Goreeja (who died in December 2005). He did a great job for film lovers to compile these records in his Urdu film directories.
Film posters are copied and obtained from Mr. Omer Ali Khan's old website and Mr. Naz Saud, UK, who also sells these posters in big sizes. Thanks to them too..!
Also many thanks to all uploaders, who are uploading videos on the great entertainment site YouTube.com and makes it possible to show these gems on Pakistan Film Magazine.
Corrections and verifications
Pakistan Film Magazine presents information's on all artists. All dates of births (DOB) and dates of deaths (DOD) are according to the great reference book of Pakistan Chronicle by Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri, who is an authoritative researcher and writer in Pakistan. He is very kind to helping to correct other errors as well - lot of thanks to him too!
Also lot of thanks to all article writers and information's providers on this site (the respective names are mentioned on their contributions).
Pakistan Film History - archive
Pakistan Film Magazine preserve some important facts from Pakistani film history. Click on any headings and read more..
2012-09-21: A Black Day for Pakistani Cinemas
2012-05-20: Pakistan won film award in SAARC film festival
2012-02-26: Pakistan won first Oscar Award..!
2010-03-23: "Sitara-e-Imtiaz" to Waheed Murad..!
2009-03-24: Majajan - 300 weeks and 3 years run..!
2007-12-31: A terrible year for Pakistan..!
2006-04-23: Indian movies again on Pakistani cinemas
2006-03-19: Mohammad Ali passed away
2005-02-01: First film channel in Pakistan
2004-12-31: Record Pashto film business..!
2003-12-31: A disastrous year for film business
2003-08-06: Golden jubilee for Yousuf Khan
2002-07-19: Pakistani film with Indian Singers..
2001-08-23: Punjabi movies - again violent..!
2000-12-23: Madam Noorjahan died
1999-12-31: Inayat Hussain Bhatti and Akhlaq Ahmad died
1999-03-29: Saima & Shaan era started..
1998-10-25: Choorian - a great comeback by Punjabi movies
1997-08-16: Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan died
1996-12-31: Revival of Urdu movies in this year
1996-01-09: Sultan Rahi assassinated..!
1995-12-31: Nadira killed and Masood Rana passed away..
1993-12-24: Syed Noor as film director
1993-10-22: Moin Akhtar failed on silver screen
1992-12-31: Non-film singers on silver screen..
1992-06-12: Umar Sharif as hero..!
1991-12-31: Pashto movies dominating..!
1991-09-06: Amazing Masood Rana..!
1990-12-31: Some big new comers..!
1989-05-07: Double version Punjabi/Urdu movies..
1988-07-25: Nadeem in Punjabi movies..!
1987-08-07: Shabnam in Punjabi movies..!
1986-12-31: Co-productions movies
1986-12-31: 100 movies in this year..!
1986-06-02: Nanha committed suicide..!
1984-11-14: Iqbal Hassan killed in a car accident..!
1983-12-31: Decline of Urdu movies
1983-11-23: Waheed Murad, Ahmad Rushdi & Saleem Raza died
1982-01-14: Aina ends it run after 5 years..!
1981-08-02: Action Punjabi movies ruled..!
1979-11-03: Nanha and Ali Ejaz as comedy heroes
1979-02-11: Gandasa culture started in Pakistani movies..
1978-12-31: Decline of Pakistani films began..!
1977-03-18: Film Aina became a record breaking film
1976-12-31: Hat tricks of more than 100 movies pr. year
1976-04-29: Munawar Zarif died..!
1974-08-23: "Khatarnak Awami Dour..!"
1973-12-07: First Siraiki film in Pakistan - Dhian Nimania
1972-01-27: First diamond jubilee Punjabi film Khan ChaCha
1971-12-30: Film director Zaheer Rehan "disappeared"..!
1971-12-16: Pakistan lost East Pakistan..!
1970-12-01: First Gujarati film in Pakistan - Maa tay Maa
1969-10-17: First diamond jubilee film in Pakistan - Zarqa
1968-12-31: More than 100 movies released first time..!
1968-12-22: First color Punjabi film in Pakistan - 5 Darya
1968-04-19: Khana-e-Khuda - first Iranian film in Pakistan
1967-08-09: Amazing record by Bashir Ahmad in film Darshan
1967-06-11: Akmal died..!
1966-12-31: Super Stars era started..
1965-12-03: First cinema scope film in Pakistan - Mala
1965-11-19: First Platinum jubilee film in Pakistan - Jeedar
1965-09-06: Indian movies banned in Pakistan..
1965-02-11: Neelo's and the military regime..!
1964-04-23: First color film in Pakistan - Sangam
1962-12-31: Many big artists discovered..
1961-11-24: The last film as actress for Noorjahan
1961-10-27: Gul Bakavli - first B/W film with colour songs..
1960-10-30: Zarif died..
1960-06-17: Noorjahan as playback singer..
1959-06-18: Kartar Singh - a great film released..
1957-02-22: Yakkay Wali created business records..!
1956-08-03: First Bengali film in Pakistan - Mukh-o-Mukhush
1956-03-12: Umar Marvi - first Sindhi film in Pakistan..
1955-06-10: First Karachi made film - Hamari Zuban
1954-11-18: First banned film in Pakistan - Ruhi
1954-07-09: Jaal movement..
1951-02-04: Film name changed after protest..!
1949-11-18: Evernews Pictures first film Mundri
1949-07-28: First super hit film in Pakistan - Pheray
1948-08-07: First feature film in Pakistan - Teri Yaad
1948-02-16: First film studio in Pakistan inaugurated..
Pakistan Film News
Pakistan Film Magazine is providing the latest and archived film news - under developments..!
12 people were killed and 23 injured in 3 hand grenade explosions inside the Shama Cinema in Peshawar.» Read more here
Two explosions inside the cinema hall of Peshawar’s Picture House Cinema killed at least four people while injuring around 30.» Read more here
The legendary folk singer Reshma died on November 3, 2013.» Read more here
Manna Day was a famous playback singer from the 1950s/60s. His first film was Tamanna (1942).» Read more here
With One Crore 14 lakh (Rs 11,397,930) in ticket sales, Waar broke the previous record of 90 lakhs set by an Indian film Chennai Express on the first day of exhibition earlier in the year.» Read more here
Zubaida Khanum was first Pakistani female singer who dominated film industry and sang many super hit songs in many films.» Read more here
Pakistan Post has issued a commemorative postage stamps in the honor of Melody Queen Madam Noorjahan on her 87th birthday on September 21, 2013. Rs. 8 stamps are available for sale.» Read more here
Pakistan's top playback singer Naheed Akhtar sang after 22 years on June 8, 2013. She was welcomed by a large crowd in Al-Hamra centre Lahore. She sang beautifully Ham Nay Khud Chher Liya Pyar Kay Afsanay Ko..» Read more here
The first ever Balichi film was banned after protest by Baloch nationalists» Read more here
Leading actress from the 1970s, Asiya died on March 9, 2013 in Canada. She appeared in almost 200 movies, mostly with Sultan Rahi and her film as main heroine Moula Jatt (1979) was all time mega hit film.» Read more here
Pakistan's top female singer Mehnaz passed away on January 19, 2013 after long illnes. She was 55 years old. She was suffering from respiratory problems and died during a short stay in Bahrain enroute to the US for treatment.» Read more here
Total 23 feature films were released in 2012. Seven of them were in Punjabi and rest 16 in Pashto languages.» Read more here
6 Urdu, 7 Punjabi, 6 Siraiki and 15 Pashto films were released in this year.» Read more here
Pakistan's famous film actress, director and TV anchor, 34 years old, Reema married Pakistan born US citizen cardiologist surgeon Dr. Tariq Shahab on November 18, 2011 in Virginia court, USA. Their fair was known for a while. Reema will continues her profession after marriage. Her latest film Love mein Gum was released on this Eid-ul-Fittar.» Read more here
The only hit film from 2010 Wohti Lay kay jani a has completed its Silver Jubilee (25 combined weeks) on Lahore's cinemas on August 2, 2011.» Read more here
It looks like that the cinema culture in Pakistan is almost over. Indian movies were last hope for survival of cinemas but most of Indian movies released in this year were badly flopped, especially in the main circuit Lahore. Cinemas got moveis but not cine gores.» Read more here
It is probably the first time ever that Qur'an khawani (a traditional Qur'an reading ceremony) was held in a cinema house in Pakistan. It was Syed Noor who arranged this unique ceremony in Metropole cinema Lahore for thanks to the God for the success of the under released film "Majajan".» Read more here
The Sindh province had 204 cinemas but only 75 of them have survived in 2005. Karachi had 120 cinemas but now there are only 34 cinemas left. In Hyderabad only six out of 21 cinemas are running. In Lahore, Naghma cinema on Abbot Road is closed after other main theatres on McLeod Road like Ritz, Mubarak, Rattan, Regent, Palace and Mehfil cinemas were closed due to film crises. Also Karachi's Lyric and Alif Laila, Hydrabad's Rahat and five cinemas (incl. Firdous cinema) in MirPur Khas were closed in this year.» Read more here
Saima married Syed Noor on July 24, 2005 during the shooting of their mega hit film Majajan.» Read more here
Shaan & Saima celebrated their 100-film partnership. They are second pair after Sultan Rahi-Anjumam to do this.» Read more here
Thanks to the representation of the Urdu-speaking area's political party MQM (Muthida/Muhajar Qoumi Movement) in the present Government "the Urdu folk-singer" Ahmad Rushdi (who was a great playback singer in the 60s/70s) was awarded "Sitara-e-Imtiaz" - 20 years after his death!» Read more here
Famous film pair Sahiba and Jan Rambo (Afzal Khan) married on October 16, 1998.» Read more here
There were many big names like Baba Chishti, Master Abdullah, S.M. Yousuf, Nazrul Islam who died in this year..» Read more here
End of a great era.. Sudhir was Pakistan's first super star, his inaugural film "Hachkolay" in 1949 was the second released film in Pakistan. After 38 year's marvellous film career, his last film "Son of AnnDaata" was released in this year...» Read more here
Famous film hero Javed Sheikh married actress and singer Salma Agha in September 1985..» Read more here
Firdous Market in the posh area of Gulberg Lahore was owned by the super star Punjabi film heroine Firdous, which was sold by the authorities due to unpaid property taxes.» Read more here
Super star film actor, producer and cinema owner Ejaz Durrani was sentenced to jail for five years by a London court on March 3, 1978.» Read more here
1978-02-05» Read more here
Wehshi Jatt was the most successful and a trend maker action Punjabi film this year.» Read more here
The only Pakistan made religious Urdu film about Islamic holy places Allah-o-Akbar was released on October 10, 1975 in Rivoli cinema Karachi.» Read more here
After Rangeela, another legendary comedian Munawar Zarif became hero.» Read more here
Legendry writer and director Riaz Shahid died by heart attack on October 1st.» Read more here
Madam Noor Jehan and Ejaz separated on April 28, 1971 after 12 years marriage life.» Read more here
Famous politician Amin Fahim, PPP married singer Dina Laila.» Read more here
Famous film hero Nadeem married director Ehtisham's daughter Farzana on 28 September 1969 at Dhaka.» Read more here
Zeba and Mohammad Ali married on September 29th.» Read more here
"Malangi" made an unique record with "Double Golden Jubilee" in the same cinema, Odion Lahore. It was Akmal's best film..» Read more here
The gallery of Ritz cinema Lahore collapsed during the film show of Jeedar» Read more here
Allauddin was Pakistan's most talented actor - the only successful actor as hero, villain, comedian and in old roles.» Read more here
1962-12-01» Read more here
Madam Noor Jehan married Ejaz Durrani on October 19, 1959.» Read more here
Pakistan's leading actors Sabiha and Santosh married on October 1st, 1958.» Read more here
Lahore's Urdu daily Imroz in its June 24, 1953 issue published a scandal of Madam Noor Jehan» Read more here
Dopatta was the only Pakistani film to celebrate an outstanding success in the sub-continent in 1952.» Read more here
Madam Noor Jehan started her film career in Pakistan as actress, singer and director with a mega hit musical Punjabi film Chann Way.» Read more here