Pakistan film history from 1896-1947
Pakistan shared its film history with India from 1896 to 1947. Lahore produced many films and a big number of Pakistani artists debuted in this period. » Pakistani artists before 1947
Film history since 1895 The Lumier Brothers of France exhibited their short films in December 1895 at Grande Cafe, Paris. The following year, they brought the show to India and held its premiere at the Watson Hotel in Bombay on 7 July 1896. It was a package of 6 films viz, Entry of cinematograph, Arrival of the train, The sea bath, A demolition, Leaving the factory and Ladies and Soldiers on wheels. From 18 July 1896, films were released at the Novelty Theatre on a regular basis. Entrance tickets ranged from four annas to one rupee.
First film from Lahore
The first silent film from Lahore was The Daughter of Today released in 1924 and the inaugural Punjabi or talkie film from Lahore was Heer Ranjha in 1932. » Film Milestones from 1913-47 Eid Day's: (0 films)
0 film on Eid-ul-Fittar (1366 hijri), Monday August 18, 1947 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: -
0 film on Eid-ul-Azha (1366 hijri), Saturday October 25, 1947 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: -
Pundalik Films Raja Harishchandra
(Produced in Bombay)
Realesed on: Saturday, May 3, 1913
Raja Harishchandra was released for public viewing in Coronation theatres, Bombay.The first Indian motion picture, D G Phalkes mythological boasted of an all-male starcast. Even the female lead was played by a man since no woman was willing to be part of the cast.
D.D. Dabke (hero as Raja Harishchandra), Salunke (Taramati - an male actor who played as heroine), Bhalachandra D. Phalke, G.V. Sane, Dattatreya Kshirsagar, Dattatreya Telang, Ganpat G. Shinde, Vishnu Hari, Aundhkar, Nath T. Telang
Director, cameraman, make-up man, editor, art director and cine-laboratorian
(Dhundiraj Govind Phalke)
Dhundiraj Govind Phalke became the founder of the Indian Film Industry.
The first ever silent feature film from Lahore
Premier Film Company The Daughter of Today
Realesed in: 1924
The firste ever silent film from Punjab...
A.K.Kardar, Wilayat Begum, M. Ismael, Vijay Kumar, Heera Lal and Master Ghulam Qadir, G.K. Mehta and M. Ismael started his film career from the first ever Lahore made silent film and he was an automatic choice in the first talkie film from Lahore too...
Mian Abdur Rasheed Kardar was the man who started film making in Lahore. He was hero in first silent film and director of first talkie film...
Inaugural Urdu/Hindi IndoPak feature film
Imperial Film Company Presents Alam Ara
Urdu/Hindi (124 minutes; black & white)
Realesed on: Saturday, March 14, 1931 (Capital cinema Lahore)
India's first talkie film was released at Bombay's Majestic cinema hall. It had seven songs and was 10,500 ft. long and ran for seven weeks.It was a costume drama and romantic film. The Story:
A period fantasy that told of the ageing king of Kamarpur, and his two rival queens, Navbahar and Dilbahar, and their rivalry when a fakir predicts that Navbahar will bear the king's heir. Dilbahar unsuccessfully tries to seduce the army chief Adil (Vithal) and vengefully destroys his family, leaving his daughter Alam Ara (Zubaida) to be raised by nomads. Eventually, Alam Ara's nomad friends invade the palace, expose Dilbahar's schemes, release Adil from the dungeon and she marries the prince of the realm.
Zubaida (Alam Ara), Master Vitthal (Adil), J. Sushila (as Sushila), Jillo Bai, Prithviraj Kapoor, Elizer, Wazir Mohammed Khan, Jagdish Sethi and L.V. Prasad
Producer & Director:
Ferozshah M. Mistri, B. Irani
Story and screenplay
Joseph David (Urdu: Munshi Zaheer)
Adi M. Irani, Wilford Deming
Zubaida, W.M. Khan
Film songs (7):
De de Khuda ke naam par Baba agar...
Badla dilaye Ya Rabb, too sitamgron se..
The first ever Punjabi feature film
Play Art Phototone Heer Ranjha
Realesed in: 1932
The firste ever Lahore made film. Anwari Begum and Rafiq Ghaznavi - the grand parent of Salma Agha - played title roles in this memorable film. Rafiq Ghaznavi was a famous musician in the 30s and 40s and Anwari Begum appeared in many films, one of them was Anmol Ghari.
Anwari Begum, Rafiq Ghazniv, Gul Hameed, Lala Yaqoob, M. Ismael, Fazal Shah, Walait Begum
Hakeem Ram Parshad (The owner of Capital Cinema Lahore)
A. K. Kardar
Story and screenplay
Pancholi Art Pictures Khazanchi
Realesed in: 1941
Revolutionary music director Master Ghulam Haidar changed the whole style of film music from classical Bangali to folk Punjabi music in this mega hit film from Lahore.
Mehoboob Production Ltd. (Bombay) Anmol Gharri
Realesed in: 1946
One of the most memorable and melodious film by Noushad Ali from the 40s with to legendry singer/actresses Noor Jehan and Surayya in main roles. Surindra and Zahoor Raja were other main characters in directors Mehboob's big film.
Noor Jehan, Surender, Surayya, Zahoor Raja, Leela Mishra, Anwari Begum, Bhudo Anvari, Murad
Producer & Director
Mehboob Khan (1907-64)
One of the greatest film director in the history was illiterate..!
Naushad Ali is regarded as one of the greatest Music Directors of Indian Cinema.
Assistent: Ghulam Ahamd (Pakeeza fame)
Tanvir Naqvi was a relative of Madam Noor Jehan and a very successful lyricist....
& Anjum Batalvi
Noor Jehan was the most impressive film personality in the IndoPak film history. She was dominating since her debut as a child star 1935....
Surayya was another famous singer/actress from the 40s and 50s. Born in Lahore, she debuted as a child star with Taj Mahal (1941)...
Shamshad Begum was the first generation of top Punjabi film singers (followd by Zubaida Khanum (ind the 50s) and Madam Noor Jehan (from 60s-90s), respectively). I cann't forget Shamsad's megahit Punjabi songs as:
- Batti baal ke Banerey utte rakhni aan
- Meri lagdi kise na wekhi, te tutdi nu jugg janda
- Ni tutt jaye Rail Gadiye, too rok leya Chann mera
- O wela yaad kar...
- Jutt Kurdian toon darda mara
also Zohra Bai Anbalewali, Mohammad Rafi and Surindra
This film was the last big film by Madam Noor Jehan and her husband director Shaukat Hussain Rizvi before partition. It was a big musical and romantic film. Madam Noor Jehan was on peak of her film career as singer and film heroine. Dillip Kumar and Mohammad Rafi got breakthrough from this film.
Dilip Kumar - the acting legend - got breakthrough from this mega hit film. He was born in Peshawar... Noor Jehan, Shashikala, Sulochana, Agha, Latika, Zia, Jillo, Mohammad Rafi and Ghulam Mohammed
Producer & Director
Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi was a successful film director in India with Khandan, Zeenat and Jugnu but he was a flop film director in Pakistan...
Feroz Nizami completed hat trick of three great musical film, first Jugnu in 1947, then Chann We in 1951 andDopatta 1952 - all with Noor Jehan...
& G. A. Chishti was a legendry musician in Punjabi films. He dominated Pakistani film music until the beginning of the 70s...
Madam Noor Jehan, Shamshad Begum, Mohammad Rafi was a legend and he left behind a rich legacy of songs in Urdu/Hindi, Punjabi and many other languages. Started his singing career from Lahore... Roshan Ara Begum was acclaimed the best exponent of Kirana gharana style of khayal singing in the subcontinent...
Woh apni yaad dilane ko ik ishq ki Duniya chhor geye...
Ardeshir Irani's Kisan Kanya (1937) was the first color film followed by Mother India (1938). Sohrab Modi's Jhansi Ki Rani (1953) was the first Technicolor film shot in India.
First Silver Jubilee film:
Madan Theatre's Kapal Kundala (1929) - a silent film - ran for 25 weeks in Calcutta. The first Urdu/Hindi Silver Jubilee film was Prabhat's Manthan in 1934.
First Diamond Jubilee film:
Gyan Mukherjee's Kismet was first Diamond Jubileefilm. It ran continuously for 196 weeks at Chitra, Calcutta in 1943. Ashok Kumar and Mumtaz Shanti were main actors.
Inaugural Pakistani film.. Teri Yaad became the first ever released film but not the first film production in Pakistan. It was completed in a record time. Lahore was the third biggest film center in sub-Continent - after Bombay and Calcutta - and there were many films under production in 1947.
(See the list).
Director Luqman's Urdu film Shahida was actually the first "Pakistanifilm" which was started before partition and released in 1949. After partition, Do Kinaray was the inaugural film production by Ashiq Bhatti. Jihad was the second film by Zahoor Raja, which was released in 1950 and Teri Yaadwas the third film byDeevan Sardari Lal.
Pakistan made filmKashmir Hamara Hay was the first ever released film on any Pakistani cinema but it was a documentary film and not a feature film. A journalist from Delhi Rafiq Chamman was producer of this film on Kashmir issue. This film was released on July 23, 1948 in Qaiser (now Imperial Cinema). (Thanks to Shaukat Ali Chheena)
5 weeks on Prabhat Cinema (Sanober and now Empire on McClod Road Lahore)
Also 5 weeks in Karachi's Empire Cinema
(Thanks to Mr. Shaukat Ali Cheena from Lahore)
Pakistans inaugural film Teri Yaad was released in Perbhat (Sanober) Cinema Lahore on August 7th, 1948. It was an Eid-ul-Fittar Day.
Teri Yaad was a dead flop film and the only attraction was film hero Nasir Khan, who was brother of the legendry Dillip Kumar. Asha Poslay was introduced as heroine, but she never became a successful film heroine. Her father Nath, was music director of this film.
Bol bol ri, o bol bol ri,
dopehria mein kahan gei thi?
Ali Bakhsh Zahoor, ?
Bol bol ri, o bol bol ri,
dopehria mein kahan gei thi?
Kya ayi hay yaad suhani,
mann karay hay manmani..
(13 songs were recorded but 10 were added in this film).
First Silver Jubilee Punjabi Film..The first ever Punjabi and the sixth film in the list of released Pakistani films celebrated a great success in cinemas. Veteran Producer and Director Nazir got the honour to become the first Silver Jubilee film maker. He was also the only choice as hero in 1949.
Pakistans first ever Silver Jubilee hit film
Anees Pictures Pheray
Realesed on Eid-ul-Fittar, Thursday, July 28, 1949
Pakistans first ever produced Punjabi film Pheray was a re-make ofNazirs Indian urdu/hindi film "Gaon ki Gori" (1945). It was a big musical hit and the Music Director G. A. Chishti wrote, composed and recorded six songs of this film in a single day! Chishti was also the most productive Music Director in the first 25 years of Pakistan.
Lahore: 25 weeks at Palace Cinema
Karachi: 5 weeks at Taj Mehal Cinema
Ki keeta taqdire, kyun tor ditte do heere
(Lyricist: G.A. Chishti)
Shuaa Noor Films Shahida
Realesed on: March 19, 1949
First average Urdu film. This film celebrated silver jubilees in Lucknow and Delhi (India) but was flopped in Pakistan.
Lahore: 7 weeks at Capital Cinema
Lucknew (India): Silver Jubilee..?
Shamim, Nasir Khan, Shakir, Hamaliya Wala
Jo sitam bhi tut-ta hay, taak leta hay hamen
Is jehan mein kya Gharibon ka Khuda koi nahin
First Silver Jubilee Urdu Film
Film Do Aansoo was the first ever Urdu Silver Jubilee hit film in Pakistan. This film was a remake of film Bhai Jan from 1945. Two other big films were made on the same story; Dillan de soudey (1969) and Anjuman (1970).
Santosh and Sabiha were top actors with the only silver jubilee Urdu film of the year. Santosh was also hero in 75% Punjabi films. Nazir andSawarn Lata were popular with a big musical Punjabi film Larrey.
Filmssaz Pictures Urdu film Be-qarar
Realesed on: Eid-ul-Fittar, July 17, 1950
Ragni, S. Gul, Shammi, Noor Mohammad Charlie, Majeed
Master Ghulam Haidar
Dil ko laga kay kahin bhool na jana
Ali Bakhsh Zahoor
O Perdesia, bhool na jana..
Noor Jehan is back - again..!
Due to a protest from musician community the name of Punjabi film Meerasi was changed to Billo. Radio Pakistan Lahore's legendry artistNizam Din (Mirza Sultan Baig) from "Jamhoor di awaz" played a role in this film.
Debutants: Directors: Director Anwar Kamal Pasha appered as hero in Punjabi film Dilbar and he also married the film heroine Shamim Singer: Zubaida Khanum was introduced in film Billo.
Eid Day's:(0 film) 0 film on Eid-ul-Fittar (1370 hijri), Saturday, July 7, 1951 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: - 0 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Thursday, September 13, 1951 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: -
Remarkable Musical Movies
Shah Noor Films Punjabi film Chann way
Realesed on: March 29, 1951
Madam Noor Jehan started her film career in Pakistan as actress, singer and director with a mega hit musical Punjabi film Chann Way. This film ran 18 weeks on Regent cinema Lahore which was allotted to Mr. & Mrs Rizvi (as they also got Shori/ShahNoor studio!). Madam Noor Jehan's name was mentioned as director of the film but it was told that her husband Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi actually was the real director but he felt shame to give his name as director to a Punjabi film. Ironically, all of his Urdu films as director in Pakistan flopped.
Noor Jehan, Santosh, Jahangir, Yasmin, Ghulam Mohammad, Sultan Khost Hamalia Wala and Salim Raza
We toon bhul na jaween naina naal...
Bedardan di Dunia koloon koi wakhri..
Ali Bakhsh Zahoor
The Film of The Year.. Dopatta was the only Pakistani film to celebrate an outstanding success in the sub-continent in 1952. This great musical film was third hat-trick of success by Madam Noor Jehan and musician Feroz Nizami(after Jugnu and Chann Way).
Debutants Actors: Talish in Nath and Rehan in Naveli
Eid Day's: (0 film) 0 film on Eid-ul-Fittar (1371 hijri), Wednesday, June 25, 1952 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: - 0 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Monday, September 1, 1952 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: -
Obituary: Musicians: Classical musician Ustad Jhanday Khan died on January 7th, 1952.
Noorjehan & Nazar Mohammad scandal..
Lahore's Urdu daily Imroz in its June 24 issue published a scandal of Madam Noor Jehan and Pakistan Cricket teams first ever opening batsman Nazar Mohammad (who scored the inaugural Test century for Pakistan). According to the newspaper Nazar jumped out of Noorjehan's bedroom window to escape her husband (Syed Shoukat Hussain Rizvi's) wrath and the result was a broken arm and the end his cricket career.
Debutants: Actors: Inayat Hussain Bhatti in Shehri Babu, Zulfi and Rekha in Sailab, Nighat Sultana in Mehbooba and Naeem Hashmi in Ilzam. Musicians: Radio musician Tufail Farooqi started his film career in film "Barkha"
Eid Day's: (3 films; 2 Urdu, 1 Punjabi)
First time in the history of Pakistani films, three films were released on Eid-ul-Fittar day. 3 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1372 hijri), Saturday, June 13, 1953 2 Urdu: - Barkha & Awaz 1 Punjabi: - Shehri Babu 0 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Friday, August 21, 1953 0 Urdu: - 0 Punjabi: -
OBITUARIES: Actor: Shakir died on February 2, 1953. Musician: Legendry musician Master Ghulam Haidar, who changed the basic style of Indian music from Bangali to Punjabi in his super hit films Khazanchi (1941) and Khandan (1942), died on November 9, 1953.
Tasweer Mehal Pictures Shehri Babu
Realesed on: Eid-ul-fittar Day, June 13, 1953
Producer & Director Nazir selected Santosh as hero with his wife-heronie Sawarn Lata in this big romantic and melodious film from the 50s. Great singer Inayat Hussain Bhatti was introduced as actor in an important role with his mega hit song "Bhaagan waleo naam japho Moula naam..." Zubaida Khanum sung her first hit songs in this film and was seen in the film as an extra actress....
Leading film personalities were arrested in Lahore agitating at Regent Cinema against the realease of Indian film Jaal on July 9th, which was licensed by Pakistani government for import only to East Pakistan but not in West Pakistan. The agitation was led by W.Z.Ahmad, Shaukat Husain Rizvi, Saifuddin Saif and Sibtain Fazli while almost all famous talent followed including Madam Noor Jahan, Naina, Santosh, Sudhir, Bibbo, Allauddin, M. Ismael. The demand was accepted by the government and a film-to-film exchange agreement was made with India - seperate for East and West Pakistan until 1965-war. Since Indian film are totally banned in Pakistan.
Director W.Z. Ahmad's inaugural film "Ruhi" was the first banned film in Pakistan.
Debutants: Actors: Evergreen actor Yousuf Khan began his career from film "Perwaz".
Eid Day's: (3 Urdu films)2 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1373 hijri), Thursday, June 3, 1954 2 Urdu: Sassi & Raat ki baat 0 Punjabi: - 1 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Wednesday, August 11, 1954 1 Urdu: Ruhi 0 Punjabi: -
Remarkable Musical Movies
First Karachi made film..
"Hamari Zuban" (Our Language!) was the first ever Karachi made film (released on June 10). "Baba-e-Urdu" Molvi Abdul Haq played a role in this political motivated film. Early, on April 22, 1954, Mr. Haq leads more than one lakh demonstrators against the decision of the Bengali Prime Minster of Pakistan Mohammad Ali Bogra to make Bengali the second national language of Pakistan. (Bengali was declared the second national language on May 7, 1954).
Debutants: Actors: Musarrat Nazir, Aslam Pervez, Nayyar Sultana were discovered in film Qatil and Akmal was seen in an extra role in this film. Inayat Hussain Bhatti appeared as hero in film "Jallan".
Diljeet Mirza in Jallan, Rukhsana in Hamari Zuban and Saqi in Iltija Directors: Prominent film directors Shabab Keranvi and M. J. Rana directed their inaugural films "Jallan" and "Sohni". Singer: Saleem Raza Musicians: Safdar Hussain and Akhtar Hussain made their debut in films "Heer" and "Patay Khan", respectively.
First Sindhi and Bengali films were released..
The first Bengali feature film "Mukh-O-Mukhush" (The Face and the Mask) was released in Dhaka on August 3, 1956. This film was the result of the Bengali language movement of 1952 and an answer to Karachi made Urdu film "Hamari Zaban" last year.
You can read more about the history of Bengali/East Pakistani filmshere. The first Bengali film was The Last Kiss by director Ambuj Prasanna Gupta in 1931. (The complete Bengali film list updated on Pakistan Film Magazine on 2.11.2007).
The first ever Sindhi film in Pakistan "Umar Marvi" was released on March 12, 1956. Producer and hero was Fazlani and director Sheikh Hassan. Other actors were Nighat Sultan and Noor Mohammad Charlie.
Debutants: Actors: Ejaz in Hameeda, Habib in Lakht-e-Jiggar, Shamim Ara in Kanwari Bewa, Akmal in Jabroo, Sultan Rahi in Baaghi, Meena Shori in Miss 56, Neelo in Sabira, Lehri in Anokhi, Bahar in Chann Mahi, Jamila Razzaq in Intekhab and Sawan in Karnama. Directors: Aslam Irani in Pawwan Singers:Ahmad Rushdi in Anokhi, Mehdi Hassan in Shikar, Nasim Begum in Guddi Gudda, Nazir Begum in ? and Naheed Niazi in ? Musicians: Khursheed Anwar in Intezaar, Tasadduq Hussain in Chhoti Begum, Nathoo Khan in Karnama and Rehman Warma in Baaghi
Eid Day's: (3 films; 2 Urdu, 1 Punjabi) 2 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1375 hijri), Saturday, May 12, 1956 1 Urdu: Intezaar 1 Punjabi: Peengan 1 film on Eid-ul-Azha, Thursday, July 20, 19561 Urdu: Pawwan 0 Punjabi: -
Record business for Yakke Wali... Yakke Wali created business records..
The East pakistan Film Development Corporation (EPFDC) was established.
Debutantes: Actors:Syed Kamal in Thandi Sarak, Laila in "Waada" and Rattan Kumar in Bedari Singers:Munir Hussain in Saat Lakh, Irene Perveen in Noor-e-Islam, Sharafat Ali in "Waada"1950s most popular Urdu film singers Salim Raza and Munir Hussain got breakthrough from film "Saat Lakh's" super hit songs Yaaro mujhe muaf karo... and Qarar lootne wale..., respectively. Musicians: A. Hameed in Anjam and Deebo Bhattachariya in Maska Palish
Eid Day's: (7 films; 5 Urdu, 2 Punjabi) 4 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1376 hijri), Thursday, May 2, 1957 2 Urdu: Waada & Thandi Sarak 2 Punjabi: Palkan & Pholey Khan 3 films on Eid-ul-Azha, Tuesday, July 9, 1957 3 Urdu: Murad, Baap ka gunah & Nigar 0 Punjabi: -
Obituary: Music director:Khan Sahib Mubarak Ali Khan died on April 8th, 1957.
Golden Jubilee Hit
Record Maker Film
22nd February 1957
Memorable box office hit film with the great film heroine Musarrat Nazirin the title role. Producer Bari Malik bought Pakistan's biggest ever film studio Bari Studio (92 kanal) on Multan Road Lahore from the profit of this film. The business of this film was approximately Rs. 4 million and film expenditures was just around about one lakh (Rs. 100.000). This was the first Pakistani film that completed continuously more than 50 weeks at Capital Cinema Lahore.
Musarrat Nazir, Sudhir, Neelo, Zeenet, Ajmal, Ilyas Kashmiri, Rekha, Ghulam Mohammad, Iqbal Kashmiri, Zarif and Nazar
Second generation of top actors..
The second generation of Pakistani actors began their success march from 1958.
Sabiha and Santosh married on October 1st, 1958.
Debutants: Actors: Rangeela in Jatti, Zamurrad in Hasrat, Husna in Jane-e-Bahar, Mazhar Shah in Be-gunnah, Abbas Nosha in Rukhsana and Mustafa Qureshi in Sindhi film Perdesi Musicians: Salim Iqbal in Sheikh Chilli, Rafiq Ali in Chhoomantar and Musle-ud-din in Aadmi
Eid Day's: (9 films; 6 Urdu, 2 Punjabi, 1 Sindhi) 6 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1377 hijri), Monday, April 21, 1958 4 Urdu: Hasrat, Jan-e-Bhar, Zehr-e-Ishq & Neyi Larki 1 Punjabi: Choomantar 1 Sindhi: Perdesi 3 films on Eid-ul-Azha, Sunday, June 29, 1958 2 Urdu: Rukhsana & Touheed 1 Punjabi: Mukhra
Nigar Pictures big musical Urdu film Annar Kali
Released on: June 6, 1958
Imtiaz Ali Taj & The tomb of Anar Kali in Lahore
Another big musical film by Madam Noor Jehan with two music directors, Rasheed Attre and Master Inayat Hussain.
The story of film Annar Kali was written in 1922 by famous Urdu writer Imitiaz Ali Taj (13.10.1900-19.04.1970). He was inspired by a folk story from 1890 by S. Latif and Kanihya Lal - two history writers from Lahore. This story is filmed many times in India and Pakistan. First time it was made as silent films both in Bombayand Lahore in 1928. In 1935 it was filmed as a talkie film and then it became a favorite subject for film producers and was filmed in 1953, 1955, 1960 (as Mughal-e-Azam), 1966 and 1978 in India and once in Pakistan in 1958.
Noor Jehan (as Anarkali), Sudhir (as Prince Saleem), Ragni (as Dil Aram), Shamim Ara, Zarif, Fazal Haq and Hamalia Wala (as Akbar The Great)
Inugarual Dhaka based Urdu film..
The first Dhaka based Urdu film Jago hua Savera by Faiz Ahmad Faizwon the gold medal in Moscow Film Festival. Madam Noor Jehan married Ejaz Durrani on October 19, 1959.
Debutants: Actors:Deeba started as child artist in Faisala and Nasira in Bodi Shah Directors:Khalil Qaisar in Yaar Beli, Qadeer Ghori in Naji, Saif-ud-Din Saifin Kartar Singh and Hassan Tariq in Neend
Eid Day's: (10 films; 5 Urdu, 5 Punjabi) 7 films on Eid-ul-Fittar (1378 hijri), Friday, April 10, 1959 3 Urdu: Sahara, Tere baghair & Sola Aanney 4 Punjabi: Naji, Yaar Beli, Bodi Shah & Perdesen 3 films on Eid-ul-Azha, Thursday, June 18, 1959 2 Urdu: Raaz & Naagan 1 Punjabi: Kartar Singh
Obituaries: Actor: Majeed on September 24th Lyricist: Masoom Ludhyanvi on December 18th
June 18, 1959
Ajj akhan Waris Shah nu,
kittey Qabran wichon bol
te bol Kitab ishq da,
koi agla warqa khol
haarra e ooooo!!!
Ik roi si Dhee Punjab di,
te tu likh likh mare wain,
ajj lakhan Dhian rondian,
teinu Waris Shah nu kehan,
uth dard wanda - bedardia,
Uth tak apna Punjab,
ajj belay lashan wichhian,
te lahu di bhari Chinaab,
ajj sabhey Kaido ban geye,
a husn, ishq te Chor
ajj kithun liaye labh ke
ik Waris Shah ik hor
Ajj akhan Waris Shah nu,
haarra e ooooo!!!
Poet: Amrita Pritum (31.8.1919-31.10.2005)
Music: Salim Iqbal
Singers: Bhatti & Zubaida
One of the greatest ever Punjabi film produced in Pakistan. The film story is about the partition of India. A symbolic village with love and solidarity between Hindu, Muslim and Sikh's. This filmtold the story how they were separated. This film contains some very powerful charactors as title role Kartar Singh played by Allauddin, Umer Din (Sudhir), the hero and veteran soldier from Burma in 2nd World War and the most respected person in the village Vaid jee (Doctor) Prem Nath, an unique role in Zarif's film career. Ajmal, Laila and Bahar were other main roles. » Review in Urdu on Kartar Singh » Review on Kartar Singh
Musarrat Nazir, Sudhir, Bahar, Laila, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Ajmal, Ghulam Mohammad, Fazal Haq, Zarif and Allauddin in the title role
Koel was the last super hit film by Madam Noor Jehan, which will be remembered as an all time best musical film in Pakistan. The master musician Khawaja Khursheed Anwar produced some high class music and director Masood Pervez did a great job with all its actors, especially Madam Noor Jehan, Sahira and Allauddin.
Noor Jehan, Aslam Pervez, Neelo, Nazar, Sahira, Ghulam Mohammad, Azad and Allauddin