Following her provocative dance performance in the Punjabi film Khanzada, dancer Najma, one of the new lot of dancers which have flooded the film industry recently with their inhibition-less performances has been promoted to the role of a heroine. However, she is restricted to only those Punjabi films in which...
Shahid – (1970-1989) Shahid is one of those actors who made his presence felt in a big way in a short period of time, establishing himself rapidly as a major force. He started his movie career at a stage when Mohammad Ali, Waheed Murad and Nadeem were dominating the Urdu...

The Great Ssssnake Movies!

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The Great Snake Movies of South Asian Cinema. Over the years, one peculiarly desi genre has grown closer to the heart than would be considered healthy. Though it's difficult to pinpoint the exact moment this particular love affair took off, I reckon the early B movies such as Ssssnake and...
Rangeela in a Nutshell – As Producer and Director. A Comedian's introduction is not a funny business, especially if its Rangeela. Born in the Nangarhar Province of Afghanistan, Muhammad Saeed Khan, DOB 1st January 1937.  Initially he had set out as a bodybuilder but his height proved an impediment and...
Censorship in Pakistani Cinema - examples   We have recently come into possession of some slips of officialdom from the offices of the film censors which make for fascinating viewing. All the scenes and dialogues that have been deemed offensive have been listed and it is quite interesting to see what...
"Naheed Faces Challenge" - (Morning News, Karachi 1976) Up and coming play-back singer Naheed Akhtar, is fast coming up to challenge the prestigious position held for many years by the Melody Queen Nur Jehan who is rarely being seen around the studios these days. Teenager Naheed Akhtar who became the darling...
BOLLYWOOD APES LOLLYWOOD - FOR A CHANGE! It's a well established fact that a high proportion of Lollywood films are simply regurgitated, cheap versions of their Bollywood counterparts. Almost every second Lollywood film can be instantly recognized as a rehash of some recent Bollywood epic but it might come as...
Ahmed Rushdi (April 24, 1934 – April 11, 1983) was born in Hyderabad Deccan and was fond of singing from a very early age. His father had hoped that Rushdi would be a Hafiz-e-Quran but he passed away when the boy was just 6 years old. After moving to Pakistan...

SCARIEST MOVIES!

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"SCARIEST MOVIES" by Swami Bhaktividenta Prabhoopaadaa (South).   I recall being traumatized on Friday nights growing up, as that was the night that the BBC unleashed its Hammer Horror Double feature. Frightmare I believe they called it. I had sleepless nights after watching The Mummy and couldn't take Curse of Frankenstein beyond...
Shama Film Magazine Awarded Sultan Rahi with the accolade of "Man of the Millennium" due to his massive contribution to Pakistani Cinema over his career. Here are just 68 reasons why... Shama Magazine and most Pakistani cinema followers and historians recognize Sultan...