Very poor business of Indian movies in Pakistan..
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.
(16 films; 2 Urdu, 7 Punjabi, 3 Pashto) 8 films on Eid-ul-Fittar, October 5, 2008 1 Urdu: Gunahon ki Basti 3 Punjabi:Zil-e-Shah, Suhagan, Ishq beparwah
4 Pashto: Yarana, Ishq, Zalmei da Pakhtun, Akhar Gunah may sa da 8 films on Eid-ul-Azha, December 9, 2008 1 Urdu: Pyasa Badan 4 Punjabi: Ziddi Badmash, Ghunda Punjab da, Wehshi Ghunda, Loafer 3 Pashto: Panjor Khonchor day keh, Target, Khair day di Malangat
? Productions Zill-e-Shah
Released on Eid-ul-Fittar Day on October 5, 2008
The most appreciated film of the year was actually the second part of block buster film Majajan.. The story
Even though Kulsoom (Noor) is engaged to Sarwar Shah (Babar Butt) since childhood, she is deeply in love with Zill-e-Shah (Shan). When Kulsoom's marriage is discussed, she plainly refuses to marry Sarwar Shah, thus declaring her fondness for Zille instead. Consequently the matter is taken to Pir Sahib (Mustafa Qureshi) a widely respected figure in the village, who decides in favour of Sarwar Shah. Kulsoom's fate is seemingly sealed, but Zille doesn't accept it and kills Sarwar in an encounter.
He is sent to jail but is let out on the terms that Kulsoom marries Abid Shah (Shafqat Cheema), the elder brother of his foe Sarwar Shah,Kulsoom protests over this injustice, but her crying comes to naught and she ends her life on her wedding night, choosing death over having a man other than Zill-e-Shah as husband. Zill-e-Shah is mortified by this tragic incident and he changes his lifestyle completely. He becomes more diabolical; he takes up drinking and starts visiting a Heer Mandi (Dancing girls).
The dancer is Sitara (Saima), who is the proverbial courtesan with a heart of gold. She becomes the balm for his wounds and encourages his poetry. Obviously, the two fall in love.
Enter Abid Shah, who also wants to win her over. Secondly Pir Sahib himself also creates hurdles in Zill-e-Shah and Sitara's wedding plans. Zille's mother is furious over this decision because she wonders how society will accept the fact that her daughter-in-law to be is a dancing girl. Abid Shah and his men try to abduct Sitara but Zille puts up a brave front of resistance. Finally both Sitara and Zille are killed (holding hands) and united in death proving Amor vincit omnia (love conquers all). Film trailer
J.J. Media Privat Ltd. & Fire Record Ramchand Pakistani
Released on August 4, 2008
The film story Ramchand Pakistani is derived from a true story concerning the accidental crossing of the Pakistan-Indian border during a period (June 2002) of extreme, war-like tension between the two countries by two members of a Pakistani Hindu family belonging to the 'untouchable' (Dalit) caste, and the extraordinary consequences of this unintended action upon the lives of a woman, a man, and their son.
The singular theme of the film is how a child from Pakistan aged eight years learns to cope with the trauma of forced separation from his mother while being held prisoner, along with his father in the jail of a country i.e. India, which is hostile to his own, while on the other side of the border, the wife-mother, devastated by their sudden disappearance builds a new chapter of her life, by her solitary struggle for sheer survival.
The film portrays the lives of a family that is at the bottom of a discriminatory religious ladder and an insensitive social system, which is nevertheless tolerant, inclusive and pluralist. The irony is compounded by the fact that such a family becomes hostage to the acrimonious political relationship between two neighbor-states poised on the brink of war.