Aakhri Goli (1977)
Cast: Yusuf Khan, Aasia, Mustafa Qureshi, Anita, Nasira
Director: Rehmat Ali
Synopsis: crass potboiler in the mould of the notorious raunchy thriller Khatarnaak
Having admired the kinetic direction of Rehmat Ali in the blockbuster Khatarnaak and then in Khaufnaak and having been entranced by the thunderous thighs and voluptuous beauty of Anita we were in throes of delight to discover that there was yet another loose follow up to these potboilers in 1977’s Aakhri Goli. This slice of mayhem was also directed by the highly talented Rehmat Ali and included compulsory ingredients Anita and super villain Mustafa Qureshi. Also starring are romantic leads Aasia and Yusuf Khan supported by Nayyar Sultana and Nasira. However our drooling excitement was to turn to despair when it was discovered that the film was never transferred to video and even an illegal transfer has never been made.
We scoured the video markets of Rawalpindi and Lahore where we drew nothing but blanks, being told time and again that this film was never transferred to video and hasn’t been released on vcd either nor has it appeared on national TV – in other words, it cant be seen. This was a deeply depressing setback especially when we discovered some mouth-watering lobby cards of the film lying about in a royal park distributor’s office which eventually led me to ask the fellow about the existence of the elusive Akhiri Goli. To cut a long story short………we have managed to have a transfer of the film made for ourselves exclusively from the censor print and therefore have been able to review this film which is an absolute rarity and the likelihood of it being screened ever again is remote indeed.
Anyway, the film gets underway with much festivity as Nayyar Sultana’s six year old son is wedded off to a four year old bride…when the festivities reach frenzied levels of excitement all of a sudden the lights go out and some dreadful bandits attack and loot the place. In the scuffle and chaos that follows, the two newly weds are tragically separated and poor Nayyar Sultana is left with her white stallion as her only companion. Years pass and we learn that Nayyar’s son Aslam has grown up into an incredibly handsome Yusuf Khan who works in a crime syndicate whose modus operandi is to mesmerize people with their night club act then suddenly turn the lights out and loot their audience. A simple plan, but it seems to work like a dream.
The leader of the syndicate is a one eyed; patch wearing, silver haired Mustafa Qureshi, the same bandit who had robbed Nayyar’s house all those years ago when he wounded his eye. The other important member of the syndicate is Anita whose stunning dance moves are responsible for intoxicating audiences, making them pliable, before looting them wholesale. Anita also has a burning crush on Yusuf who doesn’t have the time of day for her, despite her ravishing curves and dizzying beauty.
One fine day, multi billionairess Aasia arrives at the night club wearing her most dazzling diamond necklace which is promptly stolen by the syndicate as is the norm but this time Yusuf thrown a mini-tantrum because he is won over by Aasia’s sweetness and charm. Aasia doesn’t mind having her necklace stolen but is adamant that Yusuf and Anita perform at her upcoming birthday party and that he give her guitar lessons! Anita simply burns up at watching Yusuf turn from crime kingpin to love sick puppy when he is in the vicinity of Aasia. She vows to destroy Aasia, the thorn in her side.
Meanwhile relations between Boss Mustafa Q and Yusuf begin to deteriorate further when Yusuf refuses to hand over Aasia’s necklace to the gang’s stash of loot. Yusuf insists on hanging on to the necklace and returning it to Aasia for whom he has clearly fallen head over heels in love with. Meanwhile Aasia pines for her guitar lessons, squirming in agony until she has her lesson at the hands of the dashing Yusuf. Anita teams up with Musty Q in order to get back at Yusuf but Yusuf and Aasia have other plans.
Much mayhem follows with Aasia being abducted, Anita doing a double take and Yusuf losing his memory but it all comes full circle with everyone somehow congregating at Nayyar’s old house, where the story had begun twenty years ago with the child marriage. Everyone is reunited, memories and smiles restored all around while Mustafa Qureshi is taught a lesson he will never forget and Anita vanishes into thin air. Akhiri Goli is an abysmal film with a dreadful almost non existent plot, zero production values and mediocre songs, and rotten acting – yet it does miraculously (due to these very shortcomings) retain a certain charm.
Perhaps the most memorable feature of the movie other than its striking awfulness is the brilliant background music score which contains long stretches of mesmerizing concoctions of electric organ, a kitchen sink drum machine and various unidentifiable instruments. There is one memorable scene when Yusuf Khan and Mustafa Qureshi shoot at each other, only for the bullets to collide with each other in mid air!
The veteran actress Nasira turns in a most remarkable performance as Miss Mary, a Christian Ayah who brings Aasia up and lectures her in the most amazing bizarre fusion of English and Punjabi. The film is a worthless piece of crap and it is now not so difficult to understand exactly why it has never appeared on any form of video or been screened on national TV ever before – its stinks to high heaven and only totally tortured souls like ourselves can possibly derive any pleasure or satisfaction and entertainment from something as sublimely rotten as Akhiri Goli.