Jasoos (1977)Cast: Sultan Rahi, Mumtaz, Chakori, Ghulam Mohiuddin, Rozina, AdeebDirector: Iqbal YousufNutshell: thoroughly intriguing mystery thriller featuring a masked hooded death stalker! Lollywood's forays into thriller territory have been few and far between so it came as a pleasant surprise when Jasoos - a...
Nai Laila Nia Majnu (1969) Cast:  Aaliya, Kemal, Naseema Khan, Lehri, Ilyas Kashmiri Director: Munawar Rasheed Music: Tassaduq Hussain Nutshell: Madcap, frivolous and very, very silly but also hugely entertaining with a stunning soundtrack and intoxicating dance numbers.  A gas!   Nai Laila Nia Majnu arrived as a bit of a novelty and a whole...
Zinda Laash (1967) AKA "The Living Corpse" and "Dracula in Pakistan"Cast: Deeba, Yasmeen, Habib, Asad, Alauddin, Talish, Rehan &, NasreenDirector: Khwaja SarfrazNutshell: Lollywood interpretation of Hammer's Dracula is surprisingly effective   Lollywood's forays into the realm of horror have been few and far between (unless you consider those Pashto monstrosities as...
Nawabzada (1975) Cast: Asad, Aasia, Najma, Iqbal Hassan, Nazli & Afzaal Ahmed Director: Akram Khan Synopsis: Cheap, cheesy and charmingly sleazy...just what the doctor ordered!   One has now watched enough Punjabi films to realize that anything associated with the name of producer director Akram Khan is virtually guaranteed to provide a torrid dose...
Khamosh Raho (1964)Cast: Deeba, Yousuf Khan, Mohammad Ali, Gul Rukh, Meena Shori, Tarana, Zeenat, Fomi, Abbas Nosha, Neelofar, Jaswant, Aslam Parvez, Tariq AzizDirector: Jameel AkhterNutshell: Gritty, unflinching look at the underside of the beast with a star making performance by Mohammad Ali and career high for Meena...
Aaj Da Badmash (1976) Cast: Sultan Rahi, Aasia, Najma, Perveen Boby. Director: Akram Khan Synopsis: Crude potboiler for the masses features the usual vengeance and saucy bits.   Akram Khan is a master of the typically hackneyed vengeance pot boiler. His movies are truly the lowest common denominator designed to appeal to the most...
Tehzeeb (1971) Cast: Rani, Shahid, Sabiha, Aalia, Aslam Parvez, Lehri, Rangeela, Tamanna Director: Hassan Tariq Nutshell: Debauched immoral western values wreak havoc on traditional eastern ways   This social drama with a Stinger missile of a message became a runaway smash hit way back in 1971 establishing Rani as a major force on the...
Khuda Kay Liye (2007) Cast: Shaan, Rasheed Naz, Iman Ali, Fawwad Khan, Naseeruddin Shah Director: Shoaib Mansoor Music: Various Nutshell: Hugely ambitious and largely impressive post 9/11 scenario based movie   Shoaib Mansoor’s highly ambitious project had been announced a few years ago and with time had become one of the most anticipated movies in...
Anwara (1970) Cast: Naghma, Ejaz, Sawan, Saloni, Munawar Zareef, Iqbal Hassan, Mazhar Shah Director: Khalifa Nazir Music Director: Tafo Synopsis: The usual masala laced with action, spice and thrills - but this one works!   The Khalifa brothers who produced and directed this typical Punjabi formula flick hit the jackpot scoring a massive bull’s-eye as the...
Ek Gunah aur Sahi (1975)Cast: Rani, Sabiha, Mohammad Ali, Shahid, Talish, Darpan, Nayyer SultanaDirector: Hasan TariqNutshell: Superb melodrama with strong feminist tilt and brilliant performances! This film was another storming success for the husband-wife team of Hasan Tariq and Rani barely missing out on...