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Showbiz Highlights of 1961


Noor Jahan who was equally popular as singer and actress in Pak filmdom, finally gave her last appearance as heroin in Ghalib and then onward focused her all attention towards her career as singer.


Bara Bajay was a Cowboy type film in which an Indian singer Nishi Kumari sang a song, Bara Bajay was her first and last Pakistani film.


Syed Attaullah Shah Hashmi announced a film Ghalib in 1959 which was inspired by Sohrab Modi’s Mirza Ghalib (Bharat Bhoshan and Suriya). Based on biographical plot of famous Urdu literature poet Mirza Asad Ullah Ghalib. Sudhir and Noor Jahan were selected for the main lead roles. M. Naseem of Popular Pictures, who had already produced Perdesan were the producer of Ghalib, Tassadaq Hussain composed the music of the film and really worked very hard to create a melodious songs with classical touch. Especially Ghalib’s famous ghazals like Mudat hoi hai yaar ko mehman keye hoye and Dil hi to hai na sang o khisht dard se bhar na aaye keyn were fabulous tunes. Ghalib was released on November 24th, 1961, the film was so so, as far as acting performance was concerned, Noor Jahan was all right in her character whereas Sudhir was again unsuitable for this character, indeed his selection for portraying Ghalib was completely illogical choice as he was popular as a Jangju action hero and this factor was felt by every spectator once watching the film on big screen that resulted into a failure of the film. This factor badly affected the acting film career of Noor Jahan so disappointingly she declared permanent retirement from acting and started her full time playback singer career from that onward and this announcement terminated the 26 years acting career of Noor Jahan.


Gul Bakauli was the first Pakistani black and white film in which all the songs were picturised in color format, cinematography was carried out by Muhammad Fazil and its processing was done by renowned lab master Piaray Khan.






Summary of Films released in 1961

Thirty Four films were released in 1961, summary is as follow:-

Language Super Hit Super Average Flop Total
Urdu  –  6  22 30 
Punjabi  – –   1  3  4
 Total  –  7  25  34

 Four Bengali films were released in 1961



Other Films details of 1961:-


Films Released in 1961 (Alphabetical)

Films released in 1961 (Status Wise)

Lead Artists – 1961

Best Films of 1961

Debut Films – 1961

Obituaries – 1961




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