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Motion Pictures Archive of Pakistan

1959

Showbiz Highlights of 1959

In 1959, a group of film enthusiasts inspired by the example of Satyajit Ray in India banded together to make what they hoped would be Pakistan’s first experiment with realist cinema. 

With cinematographer Walter Lassally, a key figure in Britain’s Free Cinema movement, handling the camera, director and screenwriter A.J. Kardar told the story of a family of fishermen working along the Padma River in what was East Pakistan. They attempt to break out of a vicious cycle of exploitation by acquiring their own boat. The actions of the characters never feel forced but appear to flow out of the natural rhythms of everyday life.

Jago Hua Savera was awarded a gold medal at the Moscow Film Festival and received several glowing reviews by international critics. Yet it was soon almost completely forgotten, as Pakistani cinema headed into another, very different direction.

1959, brought another three films of Noor Jahan and all these movies were with Aslam Pervez as main lead hero. It started with M. Naseem’s Pardaisan in Shahnoor Studios, Hassan Tariq’s debut film as director Neend and Khawaja Khursheed Anwar’s Koel. On release of the films in 1959, Pardaisan proved as a complete flop film mainly because of its direction, M. Naseem the producer of the film gave the direction of the film to Ali who was basically film editor but not a mature film director. Accordingly he was unable to place a good grip over the sequences of the film. Being film editor his more emphasis was towards the editing aspects where as he simply neglected the situational sequence and appearance of song Resultantly a common spectator could easily felt the lack of synchronization of plot and story of the film so it badly effected over all the presentation. However, remaining two films Neend and Koel were the super hit films of the year, specially their music and Noor Jahan’s everlasting songs played a vitol role in the success of film. 

Kartar Singh is always taken as one of the greatest Punjabi films of Pakistan. Highest grossing film of its time and one of highest grossing film of Pakistani film industry. It included most popular talent of the Pakistani film industry. Sudhir is the a top hero of Pakistani films for four decades. Mussarat Nazir known later on for her rendering and popularisation of Punjabi folk songs like Mera laung gawacha and Latte di chadar, She was an ideal heroine of Punjabi films with her time. M. Ajmal is also a great Pakistani performer. Bahar was in a supporting role of a mother. Subsequently, she became popular for supporting roles like mother of Sultan Rahi in most of the Punjabi films, Laila got known for the one of the songs of the film, her lead roles in films were started after the popularity from it and Zarif who had a role of a Hindu was great comedian. he was the elder brother of famous comedian Munawar Zarif. Fazal Haq was an all rounder actor. Ghulam Muhammad was a senior actor and was included in all of the films of his time. the great playback singer Inayat Hussain Bhatti was the great playback singer who was performed in this film. He known as a hero only for one film but a singer for many. The iconic actor of Pakistani cinema Allauddin Ahmad was given the main antagonist role. His Punjabi dialogue Double War spoken in Punjab become most famous on people’s tongue. Ajj Akhaan Waris Shah nu. was a poetry of Amrita Pritam’s poetry in reaction to Partition of India.

 

The film is considered as one of the greatest Punjabi films of Pakistan. Highest grossing film of its time and one of highest grossing film of Pakistani film industry. It included most popular talent of the Pakistani film industry. Sudhir, is the a top hero of Pakistani films for four decades. Mussarat Nazir known later on for her rendering and popularisation of Punjabi folk songs like Mera Laung Gawacha and Latte di Chadar, She was an ideal heroine of Punjabi films with her time. Ajmal is also a great Paksitani performer. Bahar was in a supporting role of a mother. She became popular for supporting roles like mother of Sultan Rahi in most of the Punjabi films, Laila got known for the one of the songs of the film, her lead roles in films were started after the popularity from it and Zarif who had a role of a Hindu was great comedian. he was the elder brother of famous comedian Munawar Zarif. Fazl Haq was an all rounder actor. Ghulam Muhammad was a senior actor and was included in all of the films of his time. the great playback singer Inayat Hussain Bhatti was the great playback singer who was performed in this film. He known as a hero only for one film but a singer for many. The iconic actor of Pakistani cinema Allauddin Ahmad was given the main antagonist role. His Punjabi dialogue Double War spoken in Punjab become most famous on people’s tongue. Ajj Akhaan Waris Shah nu. was a poetry of Amrita Pritam’s poetry in reaction to Partition of India.

Raaz was Pakistan’s first suspense detective film and also Humayun Mirza‘s first Lahore base film in which Awami actor Allaudin gave one of his best performances.

 

Summary of Films released in 1959

Thirty Eight films were released in 1959, summary is as follow:-

Language Super Hit Super Average Flop Total
Urdu 2 2 5 16 25
Punjabi 1 2 7 10
Bengali 3
 Total 3 2 7 23 38

 

 

Films Released in 1959

Chronological

Following films were Released in 1959

 

Alam Ara 

(Urdu – January 2, 1959)

 

 

Society

(Urdu – January 16, 1959)

 

 

Muskrahat

(Urdu – January 23, 1959)

 

 

Sola Aaney

Urdu – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Bodi Shah 

(Punjabi – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Naji

(Urdu – April 10, 1959)

 

 

Pardaisan

(Punjabi – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Sahara

(Urdu – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Terey Baghair

(Urdu – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Yaar Beli

(Punjabi – April  10, 1959)

 

 

Bacha Jamoora

(Punjabi – May 29, 1959)

 

 

Jago Hua Savera

(Urdu – May 29, 1959)

 

 

Aaj kal 

(Urdu – June 5, 1959)

 

 

Faisla

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Kartar Singh

(Punjabi – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Nagin

(Urdu – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Raaz

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Sawera

(Urdu – July 17, 1959)

 

 

Lalkaar

(Urdu – July 8, 1959)

 

 

Lukkan Meeti

(Punjabi – July 8, 1959)

 

 

Apna Paraya 

(Urdu – August 14, 1959)

 

 

Shera 

(Punjabi – November 9, 1959)

 

 

Suchey Moti

(Punjabi – November 9, 1959)

 

 

Himmat

(Urdu – September 25, 1959)

 

 

Jaidad

(Punjabi – September 10, 1959) 

 

 

Khul Ja Sim Sim

(Urdu – September 10, 1959)

 

 

Naghma-e-Dil

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Neend

(Urdu – October 16, 1959)

 

 

Shama

(Urdu – October 16, 1959)

 

 

Sathi

(Urdu – October 23, 1959)

 

 

Jhoomar

(Urdu – June 11, 1959)

 

 

Gulshan

(Urdu – November 20, 1959)

 

 

Gumrah 

(Urdu – April 12, 1959)

 

 

Mazloom

(Urdu – April 12, 1959)

 

 

Koel

(Urdu – December 25, 1959)

 

 

Ae Desh Tomar Amar 

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

Akash Ar Mati

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

Matir Pahar

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

 

Alphabetical

Following films were Released in 1959

 

Aaj kal 

(Urdu – June 5, 1959)

 

 

Ae Desh Tomar Amar 

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

Akash Ar Mati

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

Alam Ara 

(Urdu – February 1, 1959)

 

 

Apna Paraya 

(Urdu – August 14, 1959)

 

 

Bacha Jamoora

(Punjabi – May 29, 1959)

 

 

Bodi Shah 

(Punjabi – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Faisla

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

 

Gulshan

(Urdu – November 20, 1959)

 

 

Gumrah 

(Urdu – April 12, 1959)

 

 

Himmat

(Urdu – September 25, 1959)

 

 

Jago Hua Savera

(Urdu – May 29, 1959)

 

 

Jaidad

(Punjabi – September 10, 1959) 

 

 

Jhoomar

(Urdu – June 11, 1959)

 

 

Kartar Singh

(Punjabi – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Khul Ja Sim Sim

(Urdu – September 10, 1959)

 

 

Koel

(Urdu – December 25, 1959)

 

 

Lalkaar

(Urdu – July 8, 1959)

 

 

Lukkan Meeti

(Punjabi – July 8, 1959)

 

 

Matir Pahar

(Bengali – NC)

 

 

Mazloom

(Urdu – April 12, 1959)

 

 

Muskrahat

(Urdu – January 23, 1959)

 

 

Naghma-e-Dil

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Nagin

(Urdu – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Naji

(Urdu – September 10, 1959)

 

 

Neend

(Urdu – October 16, 1959)

 

 

Pardaisan

(Punjabi – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Raaz

(Urdu – June 18, 1959)

 

 

Sahara

(Urdu – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Sathi

(Urdu – October 23, 1959)

 

 

Sawera

(Urdu – July 17, 1959)

 

 

Shama

(Urdu – October 16, 1959)

 

 

Shera 

(Punjabi – November 9, 1959)

 

 

Society

(Urdu – January 16, 1959)

 

 

Sola Aaney

Urdu – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Suchey Moti

(Punjabi – November 9, 1959)

 

 

Terey Baghair

(Urdu – October 4, 1959)

 

 

Yaar Beli

(Punjabi – October 4, 1959)

 

 

 

 

 

Language Wise

Films of 1959 as per Language

  Urdu Punjabi Bengali
1 Aaj kal Bacha Jamoora Ae Desh Tomar Amar
2 Alam Ara Bodi Shah

Akash Ar Mati

3 Apna Paraya Jaidad Matir Pahar
4 Faisla Kartar Singh  
5 Gulshan Lukkan Meeti  
6 Gumrah Naji  
7 Himmat Pardaisan  
8 Jago Hua Savera Shera   
9 Jhoomar Suchey Moti  
10 Khul Ja Sim Sim Yaar Beli  
11 Koel    
12 Lalkaar    
13 Mazloom    
14 Muskrahat    
15 Nagin    
16 Naghma-e-Dil    
17 Neend    
18 Raaz    
19 Sathi    
20 Sahara    
21 Shama    
22 Society    
23 Sola Aaney    
24 Sawera    
25 Terey Baghair    

 

Status

Films released in 1959 (Status Wise)

 

Super Hit Super Average Flop
Koel Raaz Apna Paraya Aaj kal
Nagin Sathi Naghma-e-Dil Alam Ara
    Shama Faisla
    Sola Aaney Gulshan
    Sawera Gumrah
      Himmat
      Jago Hua Savera
      Jhoomar
      Khul Ja Sim Sim
      Lalkaar
      Mazloom
      Muskrahat
      Neend
      Sahara
      Society
      Terey Baghair

 

Punjabi Films (Status Wise)

Super Hit Super Average Flop
Kartar Singh   Bacha Jamoora Bodi Shah
    Naji Jaidad
      Lukkan Meeti
      Pardaisan
      Shera
      Suchey Moti
      Yaar Beli

 

 

 

Debuts

Following Artists debut their film career in 1959

Actress

deebaaa Deeba   (as child artist) in Faisla Nasira in Bodi Shah

 

Director

 Ajay Kardar in Jago Hua Savera Ehtisham  in Ae Desh Tomar Amar
Hassan Tariq in Neend Khalil Qaisar in Yar Beli
Qadeer Ghori in Naji  

 

 

Writer

Aziz Merithi in Yaar Beli

 

 

 

 

Obituaries

Obituaries – 1959

Actors Majeed (24 Sep 1959)
Lyricist  Masoom Ludhianvi (18 Dec 1959)
Producer  DilSukh Pancholi (10 Oct 1959)

 

 

 


 

 

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