Us Be-wafa ka shehar hai
aur ham hain dosto...
Munir Niazi passes away...!
Renowned poet Munir Niazi passes away on December 26, 2006. He became
famous in films from film Shaheed (1962)
with a super hit song "Us
be wafa ka shehar hai aur ham hain dosto.. (sung by Naseem Begum) and
in Kharidar (1976)...
Zinda rahen to kya hai jo mar jaen ham to kya (by Naheed Akhtar) were
two most famous songs in films. (Read more here)
films on bold subjects are under production...
After some succes on box office of
films on bold subjects, more films are under productions. Madam Bawri,
Hawas, Badkar Haseena, Lofar Haseena, Gunah ki raat, Nangi Talwar,
Anokhi Shakaran and Badmash Haseena are some of them.
Azhar Burki died
Senior Cameraman Azhar Burki died on December 25, 2006.
He was 70 years old. He started his career from film Habu (1961)
and His last film was Naag aur Nagin (2005). His three films Doorian,
Nazdikian and Inteha won National film awards. He produced a film
Lahu pukare ga in 1967.
Mushtaq Jaskani died
Famous Sindhi actor died in Karachi. His famous films were Dushman
Bala Peindu died
Famous cameraman Bala Paindu died in december.
Sawak Mistri and Jamaal passed away
Cameraman Sawak Mirstry died in November.
He was assistant cameraman in Indian director Mehboob's films Aan,
Andaz, Mother-e-India etc. His first Pakistani film was Fazli brothers Chiragh
jalta raha in 1962.
70s handsome film hero Jamaal also died. He was seen as hero in films like Garhasti,
Raja Rani, Thaah, Ansoo bahaye Pathron ne...
(Thanks to Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri, Karachi)
Ashraf Sherazi died
Famous choreographer Ashraf Sherazi died on November 25, 2006.
He performed in more than 600 movies and his first film was Dera Sajna
da in 1970.
Pappu Zarif - who was son of late Zarif - died on November
24, 2006 at London. He was 54.
Top Punjabi film director Waheed Daar died on October
20 at Lahore. He was known for some mega hit films like Maa
Chann warga, Do
Chann Puttar, Chann Sajna and some other films in the 60s and 70s.
Famous Punjabi film villain actor Jaggi Malik died on August 20, 2006.
» Read more here
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi
legendary poet Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi died on Monday, July 10, 2006 at
Lahore. He was 89 and struck by some cardiac disorder was under treatment.
He was a chronic patient of ailing lungs and breathing trouble, but this
time he was shifted to the hospital due to heart ailment.
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi is a big name in literature and journalism. He was
the one, who pioneered introducing rural Punjabi culture in Urdu
fiction. Born in Khushab on November 20, 1916, Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi (real
name was Ahmad Shah Awan) graduated from the Punjab University and started
his humble career as clerk and then on to journalism excelled in
almost all thecreative fields - a poet, litterateur, drama-writer, columnist,
filmstory and dialogwriter etc. par excellence rising to the pinnacle
of glory. During his long chequered career, he penned down nearly
50 books, while he was bringing out his own literary Magazine "Fanoon".
Ahmad Nadeem Qasmi wrote film dialogs in some films, "Lori" (1966)
was one of them. His short story "Gandasa" was filmed
by director Hassan Askari as "Wehshi Jatt" in 1975
, which changed the whole style of Pakistani Punjabi films
Famous actor, writer and lyricist Sikkedar died on July
3, 2006. He was
70 years old.
His real name was Shafqat Hussain. He was son-in-aw of Ustad Baray
Ghaulam Ali Khan and father of singers Sajjad Ali and Waqar Ali (Wikkie).
He passed away on 3rd January 2006 and buried in Paposh Nagar Grave Yard,
Karachi. (Thanks to Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri, Karachi)
Top film hero Moamar Rana will make his inaugural film as director. The film
name is War. Reema, Resham, Babur Ali and Nadeem are
other actors in this film.
Pashto film director Arshad Khan make his first Punjabi
film Mahi aawe ga. Top Pashto hero Shahid Khan appeared in
any Punjabi film first time Other actors are Sana,Babrak Shah and Shafqat Cheema.
Shaan will make a film with title Zille Shah - a role from super
hit under released film Majajan.
as film musician Pakistan's top pop singer Humaira Arshad has composed music in any film first
time in her career. Her husband actor Ahmad Butt will play the leading role with
Sana in this film with the name of "Gunahon ka Shehar". Director is Saeed Ali
Khan. Humaira will also sing in this film and she will be the second female musican
in Pakistani films after Shamim Nazli who was the sister of top singer Mala.
Nadeem as villain..!
film hero Nadeem will play a negative role in Pervez Kalim's new film Tum
se pyar hai. Atiqa Odho and Shafi Mohammad are other main actors.
Heer Ranjha - again..?
the great success of Majajan, director Syed Noor is very confident to make a
film on the classic folk story Heer Ranjha. Saima, Shaan and Shafqat Cheema will
play title roles as Heer, Ranjha and Kaido, respectively. Senior musician Wazir
Afzal will compose music. He was assistant of Khurshid Anwar in 70s classic film Heer
Nasir Adeeb will introduce Saima Jr. in his
new film Suraj barsaye Phool. Saiama Jr. is the daughter of
a famous star heroine from the past Rozina who was famous for
her films like Basheera, Thah, Saza, Khamosh Nigahen, Japani Guddi etc...
Famous female film director Sangeeta is very dishearten after
she lost her film Sharika to Syed Noor. She
is a busy director but is known for making very vulgar (but succesful) Punjabi
films these days.
Super star from the past Babra Sharif is now so tired from men
that she is planning to produce and direct a film without any male role in her
Reema and Saima are together again after long
time in One two ka One.
Pop singer Ali Haidar married in April 2006.
Jawad Ahmad married...
Top pop-singer Jawad Ahmad married Mehrin on October 27, 2006.
Eid film report..
Large number of film fans were seen on cinemas on Eid day. 11 films were
released and One Two ka One and Pappu
Gujjar were more popular than any
other film in Lahore.
Eid day was very controversial this time due to disagreement on moon sighting
and it was celebrated on three different days on 23, 24 and 25 October
which is a unique episode in the history of Pakistan.
Mahi aaway ga (Punjabi/Pashto)
Director & Producer: Arshad Khan
Actors: Shahid Kahn, Sana, Veena Malik, Babrak Shah, Sodra Noor.-------
Ibba (Abba Gujjar) (Punjabi)
Director: Masood Butt
Producer: Nadeem Malik
Actors: Saima, Shaan
Dulhan banti hain naseebon waliyan
Director: Altaf Hussain
Producer: Nadeem Malik
Actors: Reema, Neeli, Saud
Butt Badshah (Punjabi)
Director: Masood Butt
Actors: Shaan, Saima, Resham, Moamar Rana
|11 films on
11 films are expected to be released on Eid Day. They
are Tarrap by Sangeeta, One two ka One by
Ronaq Ali, Gunahon ka Shehar by Saeed Ali Khan, Pappu
Badmasha da by Pervez Rana, Pappu Gujjar and Zamin
ke Khuda by Masood Butt and five Pashto films Musafar, Pakhton
Yaar, Sabar Shah Zargeya, Bazor
bachan ghala bozam and Seh ba yaad sehte.
Legend actors Badar Munir and Asif Khan will appear with their
sons Dilbar Munir and Arbaz Khan, respectively in film Musafar
Director Rasheed Dogar's Urdu film Dulhan ek raatki was
banned by Censor Board due to too much vulgarity. Now this film will
be released as Ghunaho ka Shehar on Eid day.
Altaf Hussain is working on film Araman after the success
of his romantic film Dulhan banti hain naseebon waliya.
Syed Noor is very busy with some big projects. He is working
on Jhoomar, Sharika, Izzat ki qeemat, Heer Ranjha and Moula (Shafqat
Cheema in the title role) .
Superstar Shaan is cut from film Channa Sachi Muchi by
director Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar. Moamar Rana is
Javed Sheikh will produce and direct a Punjabi film
films from registered director will be censored.
|Indian films in Pakistani
Indian films Taj Mehal and Bride & Prejudice (which
was released as "Balley Balley") could not impress Pakistani cinegores
and they were totally flopped. But the classic film Mughal-e-Azam has
an average business in Pakistan's major Urdu speaking city - Karachi. This
film was flop in the rest of the country. Distributors have lost a huge
amount and therefore the release of other planned Indian films are postponed.
films are scheduled to be released on Eid-ul-Azha Day on January 1, 2007.
The only second film to do it in this decade..!
Noor and Siama distributed sweets (Mithai) in Metropole cinema
Lahore on December 28 when their mega hit film Majajan celebrated
diamond jubilee in Lahore. It's only the second film in this decade
after Tere pyar mein in 2000 and the No. 57 in the
list of Diamond Jublee films in Pakistan.
44 films released in
10 Urdu, 13 Punjabi & 23
films dominating, all ten Urdu film flopped, two Punjabi
Director Syed Noor and producer Saima's blockbuster Punjabi film Majajan and
director Masood Butt's Sharif Gujjar are two super hit
films in 2006. Sharif Gujjar - a very vulgar film - has
completed golden jubilee and Majajan - a big musical romantic film which
is celebrating diamond jubilee (100 weeks combined) in Lahore's
cinemas. All ten Urdu films in this year - Pehla
pehla pyar, Madam Diyaribaz, Jism, Murder, Dulhan bani
hain naseebo walian, Zakhmi Aurat, Gunahon ka Shehar, Tarrap, One Two ka
One and Wapsi were
flopped. Other 11 Punjabi films Athra, Lahori Shehzadey,
Yaar Badmash, Kangan, Yaar Badmash, Lahori Shehzadey,
Ibba (Gujjar), Mahi awey ga, Butt Badsha, Zamin ke Khuda (double
Pappu badmasha da, Papu Gujjar and Chann Badshah were
also failed on box office. 23 Pashto films were released and most of them
|Shoukat Siddiqui passes away
Shaukat Siddiqui, one of the greatest writers of Urdu fiction in the
modern era, died at his residence of cardiac arrest on Monday, December 18,
2006, He was 83.
Shaukat Siddiqui, who was born in Lucknow in 1923, was also an accomplished journalist.
His forte was the portrayal of the life of a section of Karachi’s underworld.
According to critics, no other Karachi writer has studied the life of ‘wretched
of the earth’ so candidly.
Shaukat Siddiqui’s first collection of short stories was `Teesra Admi’ (1952).
The collection earned him fame across the Sub-continent and placed him in the
ranks of literary giants like Quratul Ain Haider and Joginder Paul. Subsequently,
other collections of short stories, `Andhere Dur Andhere’, (1955), `Raton Ka
Shahar’ (1956) and `Keemyagar’ (1984), followed.
But his magnum opus is `Khuda Ki Basti’. Leading newspapers rated the epic as
one of the bestsellers of the 1960s. Khuda Ki Basti needs no introduction for
the true readership of classic Urdu literature. The work brings out abject poverty
and its attending consequences with aplomb.
Khuda Ki Basti, which went through 50 editions, has been dramatised time and
again and translated into 26 languages. The story of Sultana, a young woman,
and her hapless brother Annu survive calamity after calamity, including the medically
facilitated murder of their mother by her second husband. The vulnerability of
a family without its head is shown as it falls apart with the children exploited
in every way by characters who are always lurking around the corner.
Critics say the late Siddiqui describes the events and characters with minute
detail in this novel without defending them or apologising for them. His
wonderful understanding of the underworld makes him a spokesman for the working
Other novels of Shaukat Siddiqui are `Kamingah’ (1956), `Jangloos’ (1988) and
`Char Deewari’ (1990).
“Char Deewari” depicts Shaukat Siddiqui’s nostalgia for his childhood days in
Lucknow. At an event in Doha, where Shaukat Siddiqui was honoured for his huge
literary contributions to Urdu literature four years ago, he had been asked whether
he had been to Lucknow since his migration from that city, he emphatically answered
in the negative, saying he couldn’t have written `Char Deewari’ had he visited
the present-day Lucknow.
“I do not want to say goodbye to the Lucknow of my childhood days, and hence
the novel. Lucknow, I know, has changed its peculiarities over the years,
and it is not the same Lucknow which I knew and which still dominates my
memories.” (by Aqeel Abbas Jafri, Karachi)
|Films on Mukhtaran Mai...
Mai's trajic story is now the new subject
for film producers in Pakisatn. Famous writer and director Nasir
Adeeb, who became famous after his blockbuster film Moula Jatt
as writer, is making a flm on Mukhtaran Mai, and is looking
for a new face/actress to play the role of Mukhtaran Mai. Meanwhile,
Megha is playing Mukhtaran's role in a tele film by producer
Ghafoor Butt from Norway. The story is written by Asif Ali Pota
(famous singer Naheed Akhtar's husband) and director is Daud
Cinema crises continued and one more cinema Renu in Karachi is closed
in November month.
|Majajan fame comedian Iftekhar
Thakar and Iram
Hassan are amoung other artists who are performing
Hajj this year.