Showbiz Highlights of 1958
Unfortunately, in 1958 some under world elements and smugglers entered in film industry as producers, consequently, due to imposition of martial law all smugglers were being cornered so it automatically affected film line. Similarly films like Akhri Dao which were financed by these elements were confiscated. In addition some opportunist people started illegally releasing Indian songs/films in Karachi. Chalti Ka Naam Gari was fallaciously dubbed in Eastern Studios but on strong agitation both were arrested and punished after trailed under the martial law authorities and that’s how it was stopped.
Start of the year 1958 was not that encouraging as mostly the films were unable to reach box office due to some obvious reasons. Sheikh Chilli was the first film of the year, which was directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha and comedian Asif Jah who has also played a lead role in the film. Due to melodious music and a different story it was a Super film of the year. On the other hand ten succeeding movies proved Super flop films one after the other which included Kachiyan Kaliyan, Dil Mein Tu, Changez Khan, Be-Gunah, Neya Zamana, Neya Dour, Lakh Patti and Tamanna. Where as three films Jan e Bahar, Zehr e Ishq and Hasrat were technically reasonable but eventhenthese didn’t do well at the box office.
Saeed Haroon the owner of Eastern Studios made Sassi Punno, a Sindhi film but it didn’t do well like Pardaisi in which Mustafa Qureshi debut his film career as an actor. A distributor of Karachi Mukhtar Ahmed made Anar Kali , it was directed by Anwar Kamal Pasha and Master Inayat Hussain composed three songs of the films whereas Rashid Attre gave music of rest of the songs of Anar Kali .
Film Distributor Malik Mubarik made Jatti as producer it was a Punjabi films so unexpectedly Jatts of Punjab stood up against the name so name of movie Jatti was replaced with Chitti. But on release of the film once again there was agitation from sweepers side as one of the song was filmed on a sweepress so the result was extrication of song from the movie.
Sheikh Rafiq who was once affiliated with Kardar Production in Bombay made Rukhsana as producer and director but film proved as flop movie of the year. Fazal Hussain was brother of Sheikh Rafiq a famous political leader of Lahore and uncle of Saad Rafiq a Muslim League leader of present era.
Hasrat was written by Munshi Dil for Eveready Pictures who has also made Shadi onthe same story and theme under the banner of Ranjeet Movietone at Bombay but as already mentioned that it was a flop movie.
Mian Mushtaq who had produced Gul Baloch before the partition made Chhomantar and that was replica of Indian film Chhomantar, even he hired Billo Mehra from India for direction but Mushtaq Hafeez was reflected as director in the titles ofthe film.the best comedian ofthat era Zarif played a lead role and also sung a song forthe movie as well.
In October the hit pair of the filmdom Sabiha and Santosh got married on October 1st, 1958.
Saghir and Jafferi belonged to Dehli where they were employed at Jagat Talkies, after migrating from India they established S.J. Pictures, primarily for Indian film distribution they produced first religious preaching film Tohead which was Khurshid Qais’s first film as musician.
Bharosa was a debut film of Riaz Shahid as film wirter which was a successful film and from business point of view it was a Super film mainly because of its story and dialogs so thats way it gave a good standing and start to Riaz Shahid in film industry. Inspired from the success of Bharosa, subsequently, the producer of film Jaffar Bukhari made another film Samaj, which was based on the same story.
Nigar Awards – 1958
Summary of Films released in 1958
Thirty Three films were released in 1958, summary is as follow:-
Films Released in 1958
Following films were Released in 1958
Films of 1958 as per Language
Films released in 1958 (Status Wise)
Lead Artists – 1958
Following Artists debut their film career in 1958