35 movies released in 2008 6 Urdu, 13 Punjabi, 16 Pashto, 19 Indian and 10 English films were released in Pakistani cinemas during this year Only 35 Pakistani movies were released in 2008 and all Urdu movies were super flop. The biggest disappointment was Javed Sheikh's long waited film. Only four Punjabi movies were successful but most of Pashto movies were hit.
6 Urdu movies: Anjam, Kabhi pyar na karna, Khulay Aasman kay neechay, Gunahon ki Bast, Ramchand Pakistanii and Pyasa Badan . 13 Punjabi movies: Gulabo, Mahi Sohna, Khoufnak, Basanti, Shah Jee, Sarkari Raj, Ishq beparwah, Suhagan, Zill-e-Shah, Ghunda Punjab da, Loufar, Wehshi Ghunda and Ziddi Badmash.
The most successful Punjabi film was Zill-e-Shah
Shaan was again very busy hero with 9 movies. Saima was seen in 7 movies. Nargis and Moamar Rana were seen in three movies apiece.
There were 16 Pastho movies and most of them were successful in Peshawar circuit.
16 Indian movies were released and they were flopped in Lahore circuit but some of them were successful in Karachi circuit. Only 10 English movies were released in 2008.
8 movies on Eid-ul-Azha Day
Director Sangeata's film Ziddi Badmash, director Pervez Rana's movies Ghunda Punjab da and Wehshi Ghunda, director Naseem Haidar's Loafer and director Rasheed Dogar's Pyasa Badan releasd on Eid-ul-Azha 2008 on Tuesdag, December 9 in Lahore. There are 3 Punjabi and 2 Urdu movies. Director Masood Butt's film Allah Uttay Dorian was not released due to Censor problems. 3 Pashto movies released in Pashawar and Karachi as well; director Liaqat Ali Khan's Panjor Khonchor day keh, director Arbaz Khan's Target and director Arshad Khan's Khair day di Malangat.
Latest News on Ocotber 29, 2008 Mehdi Hassan is now in better condition...
Prime Minister Gilani: Mehdi Hassan an asset Rs, 50.000 per month and free treatment for life-time.. 16.07.2008
Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday, July 16th, 2008, described Mehdi Hassan an asset to the country and announced Rs 50,000 per month life-time assistance for the legendary singer.
Talking to the Ghazal maestro at his residence here, the prime minister said his services for the country will always be remembered. The prime minister said Mehdi Hasan had earned a great name for Pakistan and the people and the country were proud of him.
Besides Rs 50,000 per month lifetime assistance for Mehdi Hasan, he also promised jobs for his two grandchildren. The prime minister promised that he would talk to the chief minister Punjab for promotion of his son Sajjad Mehdi from the rank of inspector of police to the rank of DSP. » Read more on The Ghazal legend Mehdi Hassan
Golden jubilee of
film Mohabtan Sachian 11.10.2008
Director Rafiq Shehzad's Punjabi film Mohabtan Sachian had an average business in the the country, but this film archived an amazing success in Roxy Cinema Gujranwala, where it has completed one years of its release and celebrated Golden Jubilee (50 weeks). Film Mohabtan Sachian was released on last Eid-ul-Fittar on October 14, 2007 and could break the record of Syed Noor's film Majajan, which celebrated platinum jubilee (75 weeks in Gujranwala . Veena Malik, Adnan Malik and Babrak Khan were main actors in this film.
8 movies on Eid-ul-Fittar Day Suhagan and Zill-e-Shah successful 05.10.2008
Four movies were screened in Lahore on Eid-ul-Fittar Day on October 1st, 2008. According to the incoming reports, director Pervez Rana's Punjabi film Suhagan and actor and director Shaan'sZill-e-Shah were most successful on box office. Director Altaf Hussain'sIshq beparwah and Rasheed Dogar's Urdu film Gunahon ka Shehar were average movies. Four Pashto movies will also released in Peshawar and Karachi. They are actor and director Arbaz Khan's two movies Yarana and Ishq, director Arshad Khan's Shah Zalmei da Pakhton (in which Shahid Khan and Arbaz Khan are together first time) and director Liaqat Ali Khan's Akhar Gunah may sa da.
PTV's blunders on film information's PTV Home started a new film based magazine program named Saal ba Saal hosted by Dr. Omer Adil with a female (name not known). This program is based on Pakistan films and its related artists/workers, incidents, new faces of that era and other pertinent information from 1947-2007. This program is shown every Monday at 07:15 pm (Pakistan present time) on PTV Home.
In first program on August 04, 2008, they made some blunders, on the screen a song from Qatil and clipping showing from Intizar. The picture on screen of Zubaida Khanum and they are showing this picture naming Kourser Perveen. In Urdu word "Sada Bahar" they are writing with Suad not from Seen. Some other mistakes I observed, but we cannot do any thing.
(by Mohammed Ayub Qureshi, Saudi Arabia) » Read more on Saal ba Saal
Veena Malik appreciated..!
Veena Malik's parody of famous TV artist Bushra Ansari (who was known for famous parodies of Salma Agha, Musarrat Nazir and Noor Jehan) was appreciated by Bushra Ansari her self. She is looking mature as parody actress in a Geo TV's program.
Shaan & Nargis -
the most expensive actors..!
Super star film hero Shaan earned 10,8 mill rupees from 18 films in 2007. Nargis was on second place with 9,5 mill rupees from only 9 films. Saima was on third place with 9,6 mill rupees in 16 films. Moamar Rana got 5 mill from 22 films.
Nargis is very busy actress
After her success on box office in 2007 with Suha Jora, Ghundi Run and Billo 302, she is very busy actress. Suhagan, Nach kay yaar manana, Bulhay Shah and Ilyasa Gujjar are upcoming films and she will produce few other films as well.
Hassan Kaifee as singer Hassan Kaifee is a new pop-singer. He is son of famous actor and director Kaifee and his mother is famous Moula Jatt fame Mukho Jatti (Chakori). His first video includes his younger brother Asad Kaifee and actors Wasem Wikki and Ayisha Alvi.
Shamyl Khan Married 29.03.2008
Film hero Shamyl Khan married his cousin at Lahore. He is known for film Larki Punjaban and son of Mr. Jahangir who was hero of Madam Noor Jehan's film Chann Way (1951).
Shahid Khan & Arbaz Khan together first time..! Two super stars from Pashto movies - Shahid Khan and Arbaz Khan are together first time in producer Tanvir Khan's Pashto film Shah zalmi da Pakhtonkhah, written by Nasir Adeeb.
17 songs in film Wohti lay kay jani a..!
Director and writer Syed Noor has recorded 17 songs for his upcoming Punjabi movie Wohti lay kay jani a. Singers are Humaira Channa, Saira Naseem, Naseebo Lal, Anwar Rafi, Farooq Shad, Saima Jehna and Touseef Daar who sung seven songs in this film.
Khuda Kay liye in Indian cinemas 04.04.2008
Director Shoaib Mansoor became the first Pakistani film director, whose film Khuda Kay Liye is released in Indian cinemas after 43 years. This film was based on the current situation in which Pakistan in particular and the muslim world in general are caught up since 9/11.... Shaan, Iman Ali, Fawad Khan, Rasheed Naz and Indian actor Naseeruddin Shah played main roles.
Very poor business of
Indian movies in Pakistan..! 17 movies released since 2006,
only 5 successful..!
Dead flop in Pak..!
Indian movies are not attractive for Pakistanis. 17 Indian movies were released since 2006 and only Race is a blockbuster movie, which earned more than 25 million rupees for its distributors. Other four successful movies are Awarapan, Goal, Welcome and Jannat. All these movies were successful in Urdu speaking areas in Karachi and Hydrabad, where not any single Pakistani movie was released in the first half of the 2008 due to shortage of cinemas.
The classic Indian movie Mughl-e-Azam in its color version was first released film in Pakistani cinemas since 1980, which was a big flop and distributors lost more than 25 million rupees. Taj Mehal was another poor film. Rahguzar, Sajna way Sajna, Gangster, Love Story 2050, Bhagam Bhag, You Me aur Ham, Bhoot Nath and Qismat Connection are among the flop movies. It is a loss of more than 70 million rupees for distributors. The main reason for the poor business is piracy, which is also the main reason for the downfall of Pakistani movies.
Qadeer Ghori died 23.12.2008
Film Daaman (1963) fame director Qadeer Ghori died at Lahore. He was known for some very big movies like Do Rastay (1959), Mousiqar (1962), Daaman (1963), Jan-e-Arzoo (1967), Najo & Mehman (1969), Sohnay Phull Pyar day & Ghairat tay Qanoon (1972) and Neiki Badi (1975).
Pervez Malik passed away 18.11.2008
Legendry Pakistani film director passed away on November 18th, 2008. He was the most successful Urdu film director. He started his film career from his class mate Waheed Murad's first film as hero - Heera aur Pathar in 1964. Pervez Malik was degree holder in film direction from USA and became a diamond jubilee film director. His film Armaan in 1966 was the first ever platinum jubilee Urdu film in Pakistan. His another movies like Anmol (1973), Pehchan (1975), Talash (1976), Qurbani (1981) etc. were some big hits..
Badar Munir passes away 11.10.2008
The legendry actor in Pakistan's Pashto movies Badar Munir passed away on October 11, 2008. He was 67 years old and sick in few years. He was hero of first ever Pashto movie in Pakistan - Yousuf Khan Sher Bano in 1970 and dominated Pashto movies in more than three decades. His Urdu film as hero - Dulhan ek raat ki in 1975 was another diamond jubilee super hit film. He appeared in more than 416 movies.
28.09.2008 Mahendra Kapoor died
Renowned Indian playback singer Mehendra Kapoor died, he was 74 years old.
He was follower of Muhammad Rafi's school of singing and his most famous films as singer were Hamraz and Gumrah. His debut was in 1950.
Ahmad Faraz passed away 25.8.2008
Renowned poet Ahmad Faraz passed away on August 25, 2008. He was considered one of the greatest modern Urdu poets of the last century and greatest living Urdu poet of present times. Faraz was his pseudonym 'takhallus', whereas his real name is Syed Ahmed Shah. His most famous film songs wer in film Angaray and Muhabbat (1972), respectively, sung by Mehdi Hassan; "Ab kay ham bichhray to shaed kabhi khawabon mein milen.." and "Ranjish hi sahi, dil hi dukhanay kay liye aa.."
Malik Anokha died on July 26, 2008. He belonged to Mirpur Khas (Sindh) and was senior most stage artist. He started his career as comedian from Fazal Ahmed KarimFazli's film Aisa bhi hota hay
Malik Anokha in film Dubai chalo
(Zeba-Kamal 1965). He worked in stage and TV also, Dubai Chalo was his most popular TV drama in late 70's. He had speaking command on many languages and worked in many films most of them were Sindhi language films. Some of his films were Chori chupay, Shehro feroze, Munjho piar pukarey, Badal ain barsat, Rut ja rishta, Dharti lahe kunwar, Hazir saien, Umeed, Hakim Khan, Toofan, Dushman and Mahran ja moti etc.
Famous TV artist Mehmood Ali died at Karachi. He was 76 years old. He started his showbiz career in 1948. He was seen in few films like Parday mein rehnay do, Insaan aur Gadha and Aag.
--------- 19.06.2008 Wajid Ali Nashad - the son of top music director Nashad - died on June 6, 2008. He also composed music in few films like Paristish (1977) and Tarrap (2006). His most famous song was "Mujhay lay chal, yehan say door un Wadion mein, jehan khushbo ho, jehan naghmay hon, jehan pyar milay"..in film Paristaish, sung by Mehnaz.
------- 03.06.2008 Nimmi died..! Nimmi, 54 died in the the night of June 03, 2008 in a Lahore Hospital. She was younger sister of Nusrat Ara (Billbatori, Ainak wala Jin fame) a TV and Stage artist. Her first film was Banarsi Thag (73) and as Qamar Jehan she appeared in many other films as extra like Maira naam hay mohabbat and Daman kee aag etc.
Her famous film was Dulhan Aik raat kee (75) and then she worked as heroine in some more films like Inteqam key sholay, Qatal key baad, Teesri qasam and Baap ka gunah. She worked in Pushto and Punjabi films also, other famous films Utimatum, License, Aj dian kuryan, Insaan, Barey mina deewaney, Hamdono, Mohabbat aur majboori and Darinda etc. (thanks to Mohammed Qureshi, Saudi Arabia) » Read more on Nimmi 03,04.2008 Anwar Solangi (64), TV+Film artist died in
Karachi. He was basically Sindhi TV plays artist but worked in Urdu plays also
and got appreciation. TV long play "Choti see Dunya "(Sindhi/Urdu) was one of
his best plays. He worked in some Sindhi films, "Dushman" (1988 Mansour
Baluch, Reeta) one of them.
Actor Akbar died, he was son of producer Khalifa Saeed Ahamd - film Anwara fame and the brother of famous comedian Khalifa Nazir. Akbar was hero in few films in 1970s like Ghulam, Rawal, Mohabat aur Dosti, Qatil Hassena, Baghawat and few others...
08.02.2008 Sawarn Lata passed away » Read more on Sawarn Lata 1.2.2008
Film writer, driector and producer Agha Hasan Imtisal died on February 01, 2008. He was 78 and wrote about 300 film stories. Zeba Mohammed Ali'sAag was his first film and other famous films were Salakhain, Anjuman, Tahzeeb, Baiti baita, Zeenat, Baigaum jaan, Jaisay jantey naheen, Umrao jan ada, Uf yeh beevian and Aik gunah aur sahi. He was awarded (National award) on Nikaah and Kalyar. He directed film Nai tahzeeb. He also wrote many plays for theatre and darama janam janam kee maili chadar was penned by him.
(Thanks to M. Ayub Qureshi)
------- 1.2.2008 Najma Begum - the sister of Asha Posley, who was the first film heroine in film Teri Yaad (1948). Najma always played b-roles in films.