Mpaop

Motion Pictures Archive of Pakistan

1961

Showbiz Highlights of 1961

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

Bara Bajay was a Western style (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 Suraiya). 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 Eight films were released in 1961, summary is as follow:-

Language Super Hit Super Average Flop Total
Urdu  –  6  22 30 
Punjabi  – –   1  3  4
Bengali 4
 Total  –  7  25  38

 

 

 

Films Released in 1961

Chronological

Following films were Released in 1961

 

Suraiya
(Urdu – January 13, 1961)

 

 

Jan Nisar
(Urdu – January 20, 1961)

 

 

Abroo
(Punjabi – January 27, 1961)

 

 

Ajab Khan
(Urdu – February 3, 1961)

 

 

Son of Ali Baba
(Urdu – February 10, 1961)

 

 

Chhotey Sarkar
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Farishta
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Sunehrey Sapney
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Zameen Ka Chand
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Mangol
(Urdu – April 14, 1961)

 

 

Habu
(Urdu – April 28, 1961)

 

 

Insan Badelta Hai
(Urdu – May 5, 1961)

 

 

Bombay Wala
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Mangti
(Punjabi – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Subha Kahin Sham Kahin
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Taj Aur Talwar
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Dandian
(Punjabi – June 16, 1961)

 

 

Ghazi Bin Abbas
(Urdu – August 18, 1961)

 

 

Gul Bakauli
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Gulfam
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Gul Farosh
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Sher-e-Islam
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Tum Na Mano
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Do Rastey
(Urdu – November 3, 1961)

 

 

Jadugar
(Urdu – November 8, 1961)

 

 

Hum Aik Hain
(Urdu – November 17, 1961)

 

 

Zamana Keya Kahe Ga
(Urdu – November 17, 1961)

 

 

Ghalib
(Urdu – November 24, 1961)

 

 

Be-Khabar
(Urdu – December 1, 1961)

 

 

Saperan
(Urdu – December 8, 1961)

 

 

Teen Phool
(Urdu – December 8, 1961)

 

 

Bara Bajay
(Urdu – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Lakhon Fasaney
(Urdu – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Muftbar
(Punjabi – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Harano Din
(Bengali)

 

 

Je Nodi Moru Pothe
(Bengali)

 

 

Kokhono Aseni
(Bengali)

 

 

Tomar Amar
(Bengali)

 

 

 

Alphabetical

Following films were Released in 1961

 

Abroo
(Punjabi – January 27, 1961)

 

 

Ajab Khan
(Urdu – February 3, 1961)

 

 

Bara Bajay
(Urdu – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Be-Khabar
(Urdu – December 1, 1961)

 

 

Bombay Wala
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Chhotey Sarkar
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Dandian
(Punjabi – June 16, 1961)

 

 

Do Rastey
(Urdu – November 3, 1961)

 

 

Farishta
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Ghalib
(Urdu – November 24, 1961)

 

 

Ghazi Bin Abbas
(Urdu – August 18, 1961)

 

 

Gul Bakauli
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Gul Farosh
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Gulfam
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Habu
(Urdu – April 28, 1961)

 

 

Harano Din
(Bengali)

 

 

Hum Aik Hain
(Urdu – November 17, 1961)

 

 

Insan Badelta Hai
(Urdu – May 5, 1961)

 

 

Jadugar
(Urdu – November 8, 1961)

 

 

Jan Nisar
(Urdu – January 20, 1961)

 

 

Je Nodi Moru Pothe
(Bengali)

 

 

Kokhono Aseni
(Bengali)

 

 

Lakhon Fasaney
(Urdu – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Mangol
(Urdu – April 14, 1961)

 

 

Mangti
(Punjabi – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Muftbar
(Punjabi – December 29, 1961)

 

 

Saperan
(Urdu – December 8, 1961)

 

 

Sher-e-Islam
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Son of Ali Baba
(Urdu – February 10, 1961)

 

 

Subha Kahin Sham Kahin
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Sunehrey Sapney
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

Suraiya
(Urdu – January 13, 1961)

 

 

Taj Aur Talwar
(Urdu – May 26, 1961)

 

 

Teen Phool
(Urdu – December 8, 1961)

 

 

Tomar Amar
(Bengali)

 

 

Tum Na Mano
(Urdu – October 27, 1961)

 

 

Zamana Keya Kahe Ga
(Urdu – November 17, 1961)

 

 

Zameen Ka Chand
(Urdu – March 17, 1961)

 

 

 

 

 

Language Wise

Films of 1961 as per Language

  Urdu Punjabi Bengali
1 Ajab Khan Abroo Harano Din
2 Habu Dandian Je Nodi Moru Pothe
3 Bara Bajay Mangti Kokhono Aseni
4 Be-Khabar Muftbar Tomar Amar
5 Bombay Wala    
6 Chhotey Sarkar    
7 Do Rastey    
8 Farishta    
9 Ghalib    
10 Ghazi Bin Abbas    
11 Gul Bakauli    
12 Gulfam    
13 Gul Farosh    
14 Hum Aik Hain    
15 Insan Badelta Hai    
16 Jadugar    
17 Jan Nisar    
18 Lakhon Fasaney    
19 Mangol    
20 Sher-e-Islam    
21 Saperan    
22 Subha Kahin Sham Kahin    
23 Son of Ali Baba    
24 Sunehrey Sapney    
25 Suraiya    
26 Taj aur Talwar    
27 Teen Phool    
28 Tum Na Mano    
29 Zamana Keya Kahe Ga    
30 Zameen Ka Chand    

 

 

 

 

 

Status

Films released in 1961 (Status Wise)

Urdu  (Status Wise)   
  Super Hit Super Average Flop
1 Ajab Khan Ghalib Habu
2   Gul Bakauli Zamana Keya Kahe Ga Bara Bajay
3   Gulfam   Be-Khabar
4   Insan Badelta Hai   Bombay Wala
5   Saperan   Chhotey Sarkar
6   Suraiya   Do Rastey
7       Farishta
8       Ghazi Bin Abbas
9       Gul Farosh
10       Hum Aik Hain
11       Jadugar
12       Jan Nisar
13       Lakhon Fasaney
14       Mangol
15       Sher-e-Islam
16       Subha Kahin Sham Kahin
17       Son of Ali Baba
18       Sunehrey Sapney
19       Taj aur Talwar
20       Teen Phool
21       Tum Na Mano
22       Zameen Ka Chand
         
 Punjabi  (Status Wise)  
  Super Hit Super Average Flop
1 Muftbar Abroo
2       Dandian
3       Mangti

 

 

Debuts

Following Artists debut their film career in 1961

Actor

Asad Bukhari in Suraiya Munawar Zarif in Dandian
 Sethi in Insan Badelta Hai  Garaj Babu in Bara Bajay

 

Actress

Arsh Munir in Insan Badelta Hai Razia in Taj aur Talwar

 

Singer

Mala in Abroo Ahmed Rushdi in Saperan
 Saleem Shahzad in Hum Aik Hain  

 

Producer

 Yasin Gorija in Mangti

 

Musician

 Bakhshi Wazir in Be-Khabar  Buland Iqbal in Bara Bajay
 Lal Muhammad Iqbal in Bara Bajay M. Ashraf  in film Saperan

 

 

Obituaries

Obituaries – 1961

  Actors

Ali Baba (April 19,1961)

Ghulam Muhammad (March 10, 1961)

  Technician  Iqbal Saifi (May 9, 1961)
  Lyricist  Sain Marna (October 27, 1961)
  Musician  Ustad Tawakkal (December 18, 1961)

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