Cinema in Pakistan through decades

by on August 1, 2011
in Pakistan through decades

Pakistani cinema

Bollywood is killing our Pakistani film industry says one of our actors; our film industry has been hijacked more appropriately. Many of the cinemas have been closed and Lahore only produces 20 films a year which are of extremely low budget where as Mumbai (Bollywood) produces about 1000 of the fraction with 1.3 billion dollar budget each year.

Our great and famous Pakistani actor Ghulam Mohiudin who has done about 400 hundred Lollywood films says that our films have been replaced by Indian high budget films because our public would not like to go for low budget when they have got a far better option to follow. The legendary Pakistani actors mark 1960’s as the golden era of lollyword when the streets of Lahore were filled with art deco cinemas and packed houses. In the 1980’s we were producing about hundred films each year which were reduced to 20 a few years ago. Although now I see the Pakistani cinema rising up with the release of one of the greatest Pakistani movie Khuda Key Liye directed by Shoaib Mansoor a story of a man who was imprisoned for being a suspect of the 9/11 incident and how his brother claims to be the right Muslim. Though some of our Pakistani directors like Syed Noor and Shoaib Mansoor have tried to build up something that can catch the attention of the public but more effort is required. Today the movie land is found dead with most of them have been made car parks and other shopping malls. In such circumstances no one in the producer’s group dares to bring up money to invest on a film which wouldn’t be watched.

Let’s just imagine if you are given a choice and you have to choose only one i.e. Hollywood greatest movie Avatar and Pakistani film Mein Eik Din Laut Key Ayoonga you will definitely like to go for Avatar just because it is more technical and doesn’t have typical movie idea at least different.

With the release of Pakistani movie Bol we have seen a lot of audience moving around in the cinemas, and the ideas that have been portrayed in the film are quite different far from being certain. With the upcoming cinestar cinemas all around Pakistan there is a vast range of audience seeing entering and spending money. Now with the advancing in the theatres our producers and directors are more likely to take notice on making movies that would captivate the audience. Pakistani movie Love Mein Ghum produced by Reema Khan, one of our finest Pakistani movie actress, this movie is considered to be of the highest budget this year or over the decade. The movie has been shot in Malaysia.

We have also seen our stars migrating to Bollywood and making films there rather then Lollywood just because they are not provided with the good casting team and good choice and budget. Ali Zafar has worked on a lot of projects abroad like Tere Bin Laden and Mere Brother ki Dulhan. However the Pakistani small screen cinema has made a worth applaud progress over the years by introducing many channels. These channels hav entertained the Pakistani audience here in Pakistan and abroad with extremely good dramas like Alpha Bravo Charlie, Waris, Meri zaat zara e benishan have got the highest audience.

Pakistani Cinema has surely got a lot of potential and talent and it can be taken somewhere else like on the top but in a long time like 2 to 3 decades. However we can see the all the progress with the release of good films this year.

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Maheen Ahmed


Pride of Pakistan – Farieha Altaf

by on August 3, 2010
in Showbiz and Media

Frieha-Altaf-on-lux-style-awards

Farieha Altaf entered the world of fashion as a model in the mid 80s. At that time modeling was considered a taboo and girls faced a lot of hostility. Farieha was not bothered with this attitude and continued with her modeling though most of it was in print. She made a name for herself in the fashion world. Farieha later started acting in TV plays as well. She is remembered for her roles in the long play “Rosy” in which she worked opposite Moin Akhtar. She also appeared in a TV serial penned by Haseena Moin. Farieha distanced herself from the fashion world after her marriage but not for long.

She re-entered the glamour world but now as the owner of a production house “Catwalk”. Through Catwalk, Farieha has introduced many new faces on the modeling scene. She has not only introduced models like Vaneeza Ahmed, Amir Zeb Khan, Sonia Khan and many others. Designers Nomi Ansari and others were also introduced by her. Freiha’s contributions to the fashion world are numerous; as a matter of fact, fashion became an industry in Pakistan because of the efforts of people like Farieha.

Farieha has also given a complete makeover to some leading sports and showbiz personalities like actor Shan. Farieha also directed and produced the Lux Style Awards in 2007.

Pride of Pakistan – Iman Ali

Famous and hottest model of Pakistan Iman Ali

The world of showbiz was not new for Iman Ali as both her parents (now divorced) were related to the world of glitz and glamour. Her father Abid Ali is a famous TV and film actor and her mother Humaira Ali was a singer.

“Bold and Beautiful” is the term used to describe Iman Ali. Tall and graceful, she is a designer’s dream. Iman Ali was introduced by the fashion photographers Ather and Shehzad. Her modeling style can be summed up in one word, natural. She is a rage on the ramp. She exudes class when she catwalks. When posing for camera, she offers many angles; no wonder she is the top model of Pakistan. Iman has worked with all the top designers of Pakistan. She has even worked for some Indian designers.

Iman Ali was selected by the Luscious Cosmetics to represent their beauty products and she is the “Face of Luscious Cosmetics”. She is also the Brand Ambassador of Jofa Textiles. Iman turned to acting and was quite successful on the small screen. She worked with Shoaib Mansoor for the first time while doing supreme Ishq song “Ishq mohabbat apna pan” where she portrayed Anarkali very elegantly. She made it to the silver screen when Shoaib Mansoor cast her for his film “Khuda kay Liye”. Iman was outstanding in the movie and her acting was appreciated by all. She also appeared in another Shoaib Mansoor movie Bol where her performance as Meena the prostitute was highly acclaimed.

Iman is extremely talented and ambitious; two things which take you to stardom.

Pride of Pakistan – Magical Voice of A. Nayyar

Greatest singers of Pakistan A. Nayyar

Arthur Nayyar, popularly known as A. Nayyar is a renowned singer of Pakistan. Nayyar had a melodious voice and singing in the church choir improved it. A. Nayyar has sung many successful songs.

A. Nayyar’s career started in 1974 when he recorded a duet with Rubina Badar for the film Bahisht. Nayyar’s mellifluous voice could soon be heard everywhere. He faced tough competition but at that time Pakistan’s film industry was at its peak and there was place for everyone. After Ahmed Rushdi’s untimely death, Nayyar stepped forward to fill the void. Nayyar also performed on TV and radio; in fact some of his TV songs were so popular that they were included later in films. Nayyar got a chance to work with every famous music director and gave one hit song after the other. His romantic duets with Naheed Akhtar and Mehnaz were very popular with people and his solos were well liked too. His voice had depth and versatility and could express different emotions with ease.

Mehdi Hassan and Ahmed Rushdi are two great singers who according to A. Nayyar, helped him in his career. Ahmed Rushdi taught him screen playback while Mehdi Hassan helped him improve his voice quality.

A. Nayyar has Won 7 Nigar Awards, 8 Graduate Awards and 4 Bolan Awards. Samina Peerzada’s Inteha was the last movie for which A. Nayyar sang.

Pride of Pakistan – Ahmed Rushdi: The Prince of Melody

Ahmed Rushi- greatest singer of Pakistan

Ahmed Rushdi is one of the greatest singers of South Asia. The titles “Prince of Melody” and “The Wizard of Vocals” (awaz ka jadugar) are a testament of his versatile singing abilities and immense talent.

Ahmed Rushdi was born in a religious family in Hyderabad; Deccan in pre partition India.Rushdi lost his father in infancy. Rushdi was blessed with an exceptional voice, natural talent and a strong liking for music. No one in his family was even remotely associated with music. His father’s friend noticing his fondness for music and his good voice, enrolled him in a local music academy where he was taught by M.A Rauf and Iqbal Quraishi; two renowned composers of that time. Rushdi sang his first song for an Indian movie Ibrat in 1952. In 1954, Rushdi migrated to Karachi Pakistan with his family and started participating in musical shows, variety programs and Radio Pakistan the most powerful medium of that time. Rushdi’s song “Bunder Road sey Kemari” for a children’s program was a hit and soon he became a household name. Offers started pouring from the film industry and Rushdi was now a busy playback singer as well.

Rushdi literally ruled over the music industry in the 60s and 70s. At that time there were other great singers as well but Rushdi had carved a special place for himself. Rushdi also was the first singer to introduce pop music to South Asia. His song “ko ko korena” composed by Sohail Rana and filmed on Waheed Murad set a new trend in the music industry of South Asia. Rushdi lent his voice to all the leading heroes of Pakistan film industry. His voice even suited the supporting actors and the comedians. He sang duets with all the leading female singers of Pakistan.

Rushdi never received any formal training in classical music but he had full command over notes especially high notes. He could capture all moods effectively; was comfortable with every genre of music; film songs, ghazals, qawwali.

On 11th April 1983, the great singer suffered from a massive heart attack and passed away. The government of Pakistan posthumously awarded him the Pride of Performance award in 2003.

Pride of Pakistan – The Graceful Nayyara Noor

Greatest and popular female singer of Pakistan Nayyara Noor

Nayyara Noor is a talented singer from Pakistan. She as received no formal training of music but her natural talent and her passion for music has made her the great singer she is today. As a child she was very fond of Akhtar Begum and listened to her ghazals attentively.

During her college days, her teachers heard her sing and encouraged her to participate in the Radio Pakistan’s University Program in 1968. Nayyara’s singing career officially began in 1971. She recorded songs for Pakistan Television and movies. As a playback singer; the versatility of her voice surprised many and won accolades plus a large number of fans. Her romantic songs pulled the strings of the listeners’ hearts; her tragic songs cast a melancholy spell and her jolly teasing songs left the listeners smiling. Nayyara Noor won two Nigar Awards for her playback singing.

Nayyara’s national songs renew the spirit of patriotism in you. Nayyara Noor is best known for her ghazal singing. The reserved and graceful Nayyara has literally immortalized the ghazals she has sung. Although she has rendered ghazals by Ghalib, Fayez Ahmed Fayez, Nasir Kazmi and Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi, her best performance in my opinion is Behzad Lakhnavi’s “Aye gazba-e-dil gar mein chahoon” recorded for PTV.

Pride of Pakistan – Noor Jehan: The Melody Queen

Greatest and famous singer of Pakistan Noor Jehan

Noor Jehan was born in Kasur Punjab as Allah Wasai to Madad Ali and Fateh Bibi. She was the youngest of her siblings. Her parents were musicians and her sisters were actresses in the local theatre. From an early age, Noor Jehan’s parents wanted her to sing but she was more interested in acting. Noticing her keen interest in music and her natural talent for singing, her parents sent her to Ustad Bade Ghulam Ali Khan for training in classical music.

Noor Jehan appeared as a child star in few films. In 1939, Noor Jehan sang her first song composed by Ghulam Haider. The song was well received by the masses. Her first song as a playback singer was for a film Gul Bakavli. In 1942, Noor Jehan came as a leading actress in the film Khandan. Khandan’s success brought her more films and she played the leading role in Naukar, Nadan, Dost, Duhai and Bari Maa. Her last film in India was Jugnu against Dilip Kumar.

After partition, she migrated to Pakistan along with her husband Syed Shaukat Hussain Rizvi. Pakistani film industry was in a bad shape as many experienced workers had opted for India. In 1951, Noor Jehan and her husband directed a Punjabi film Chan way. The film was a hit and Noor Jehan also became the first female director of Pakistan. She acted and sang for films till 1963. From 1963 onwards she sang as a playback singer as her new husband; a nine years younger Ejaz Durrani was not keen on her acting.

Noor Jehan’s career as a playback singer was extremely successful. Her voice was well suited for Punjabi movies and her songs guaranteed sure success. Noor Jehan also made appearnces on TV. Her patriotic songs during the 1965 war with India were quite inspiring.

Noor Jehan won a number of awards including the President’s Award in recognition to her services in the fields of singing and acting. Noor Jehan is known as The Queen of Melody and is one of the most influential singers of the sub continent.

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