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“Aab-e-Hayat!” [Elixir of Life] screams a sophisticated-looking mad scientist in the first frames of director Khwaja Sarfaraz’s Zinda Laash (1967), an openly credited adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, and widely considered to be the first Pakistani horror film. The chief question one would ask then is: what does the elixir of life have to do […]

Remembering Waheed Murad on his 35th death anniversary

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LAHORE: Fans and colleagues of late legendary actor Waheed Murad are observing his 35th death anniversary today. The Pakistan Waheedi Club will be arranging an honorary events at Lahore Press Club and also organise a film festival during which, the actor’s super hit films will be screened for the public. According to Muhammad Sajjad, General Secretary of […]

‘Moor’, another masterpiece, will be released by Geo Films on 14th

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Karachi: Get ready to watch an another masterpiece by Jami Mahmood which is ‘Moor’, all set to release on 14th of August, 2015, by Geo films with Mandviwalla Entertainment. ‘Moor’ comes across as a film committed to celebrate the stark, spectacular beauty of the rugged terrain. ‘Moor’, which means ‘Ma’ in Pashto, can only be […]

The revival of Pakistani cinema

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By: Umnia Shahid It would be an understatement if I was to say that the Pakistani film industry till the recent past was going through a downward spiral. Talking about horrific, Pakistani cinema was nothing more than a disconcerting collage of buxom women breaking into dance numbers in the most incongruous fashion, perplexing action moves […]

Remembering the lost days of Pakistani cinema

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Karaachi: The Pakistani cinema has produced some classics which can never be forgotten anyone interested in filmmaking. The golden era of our cinema has left indelible impressions and we must pay tribute to legends of the industry who dedicated their lives to make establish it and caused it to flourish. Veteran actor Talat Husain presented […]

Film effective medium of communication: CM

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LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif believes that film is an effective medium of communication especially when it comes to informing the new generation about cultural, national and historic traditions. Talking to a representative delegation of Pakistan Exhibitors and Film Producers Association which called on him here on Sunday, the chief minister said that films […]

Film industry back in court battle

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LAHORE: Uncertainty rose on Friday in the wake of a court intervention, even after the Pakistan Film Exhibitors Association and the Pakistan Film Producers Association had cleared many of the pending issues concerning legality of Indian films. The issue began several weeks ago when Mubashir Lucman filed a petition declaring the Statutory Regulatory Order (SRO) […]

Filming Pakistan

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Hats off to Aisha Gazdar whose 16-minute documentary, ‘The honour deception’ (on honour killing in Pakistan) has won the best jury award at the 2nd Delhi Shorts International Film Festival held a few days ago. This is a great achievement since films from many developed countries participated in the festival. Gazdar is not new in […]

Premiere of ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’

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Shabistan and Prince cinemas make a modern comeback LAHORE: In an attempt to revive the cinema culture of Lahore, the Prince and Shabistan cinemas were reopened on Thursday with the premiere of ‘Main Hoon Shahid Afridi’. The two cinemas, located among other popular cinemas such as Odeon, Gulistan and Nishat on the historic Abbot Road, […]

Central Film Censor Board: Film industry hit by losses, screening delays

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LAHORE: Over the course of two weeks, the film industry has lost millions of rupees after the caretaker government moved the Central Film Censor Board into the cabinet ministry but did not appoint an acting censor board chairman. After weeks of loss, the caretaker set-up in Sindh notified that the Sindh Board of Film Censors […]

‘Saving a cinema house is like saving film industry’

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Madeeha Syed KARACHI: “A film runs in cinemas. It is their retail shop through which they get their product to the people. It generates revenue for the film. If you don’t have cinemas, then you don’t have a working film industry,” stressed Nadeem Mandviwalla, the owner and managing director of Mandviwalla Entertainment — that also […]

‘Film industry has bright future’

The short film, shot as a dark conversation between the protagonist and his friend, leaves much to the imagination of the viewers. DESIGN: AMNA IQBAL/FILE The day began at the LUMS International Film Festival with a screening of the film The Blue Veins, based on Saadat Hasan Manto’s Neeli Ragein. Director Zeeshan Kazmi, who also […]

Reviving film industry: concerted efforts needed

By: Dr S. IFTIKHAR AMHED OUR film industry has also been facing difficulties and retrogression. This situation has resulted in the shutdown of a number of cinema-houses and forced several large screen actors to work as TV artistes or leave Pakistan in search of new prospects. It is worthwhile to mention that some Pakistani artistes […]

Quaid wanted ‘Mussalmans’ to enter film industry

By: Tughral Yamin KARACHI: Where successive Pakistani governments have subjected the country’s once prosperous film industry to official neglect, a recently discovered letter penned by Quaid-i-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah reveals the country’s founder gave seminal importance to the industry. “I am in receipt of your letter of December 30th 1944, and I wish more Mussalmans […]