Showbiz Highlights of 1952
Film trade and industry became in front each other on the issue to import and release of Indian films. One side wanted the development and uplift of film production in Pakistan and import of Indian films be banned. Whereas the other school of thought was of the opinion that when a standard film is available on easy conditions so why to invest here on the film production. Agha G.A.Gul who was leading importer of Indian films smell this movement and visualized that time was not far when ban was going to impose on import of Indian films so he changed his vision and not only started investing in film production but also inaugurated a film studio i.e. Evernew Studio as well. However, the first major protest came into the limelight on the release of Raj Kapoor’s Barsat in 1952. The main personalities behind this protest were Naseer Arabian the editor of daily newspaper Nawaiwaqat, Mushtaq Akhgar, Aziz Nizami, film journalist Yasin Gorija, and M.S.Latif Ismail Noor.
So the original importer of Barsat was Choudhry Eid Muhammad sold the rights of disputed film to Syed Attaullah Hashmi who in spite of all agitation and protest released this film at Revolve cinema at Lahore which remained on the cinema for more than one year. At Government level this agitation was noticed so some restrictions were imposed on film import from India. It is however resulted in reduction in import of films from India. But this protest was once again erupted on the time of release of Raj Kapoor’s Awara. This time Choudhry Eid Muhammad further shifted the film release rights to one of the political figure who ensured the release of Awara at Regent cinema through mobsters and police. The agitation made the authority to review their film import policy which was that only twelve films were allowed for each East and West Pakistan and shifting was not banned in between each.
The worth mentioning and Super hit films of 1952 was Dopatta which was directed by Sibtain Fazali, its filming of Dopatta was carried out in Shahnoor studio. The major contribution of the success of this film was its music which composed by Feroz Nizami and all songs were sung by Noor Jahan so that’s way it became the third great musical film after Jungu and Chan Way both from Noor Jehan and musician Feroz Nizami.
Laila Mandar film studio located at Ferozpur road was allotted to Zaman Khan and Shafi Ejaz so they renovated and renamed it Screen and Sound Studio. Tassadaq Hussain a paint dealer took a loan of three lakh rupees from Central Cooperative Bank for uplift of the said studio. So the first film project took over by the studio was Punjabi film Nath which was directed by Shafi Ejaz. Hafeez Jahan the heroine of the film had just arrived from Bombay after doing film Sanwaria at Filmistan studio Bombay. Legend actor Talish was introduced in Nath which was released on 23 October 1952 in Qaiser Cinema Lahore and in first week it was declared a flop film.
Summary of Films released in 1952
Seven films were released in 1952, summary is as follow:-
Films Released in 1952
Following films were Released in 1952
Films released in 1952 (Language Wise)
Films released in 1952 (Status Wise)
Following Artists debut their film career in 1952