Motion Pictures Archive of Pakistan



Showbiz Highlights of 1976

Demise of Legend artist – Munawar Zarif

Munawar Zarif who started his film career from a Punjabi film Dandian in 1961 and got a breakthrough in the film Hath Jori in 1964. After a film career as a comedian, he became a film actor, first as side-hero in film Pardey mein rehney do (1968) and then in the title roles and hero in the same year Banarsi Thugg (1973) and Jeera Blade (1973). He was awarded the Nigar Award on his outstanding performance in Baharo Phool Barsao (1972), Zeenat (1975) and Ishaq Deewana. He appeared in more than 300 films in just 16 years from 1961-76. He was also famous for his Ad-Lib dialogue delivery. According to former film director M. Akram the famuos director that Often Munawar Zarif improvised so much that his fellow actors would have trouble keeping up with him.


Hammal-o-Mahgang – First Film in Balochi Language

In 1976, Hammal-o-Mahgang was the only film which was produced in Balochi language; the film was though completed and was cleared by censor board but could be released due to some technical reasons. Anwar Iqbal (Ptv Karachi actor) and A. R. Baloch played the lead role in the film. The press show of the film was projected on Bambino cinema screen. Now after laps of thirty eight years Anwar Iqbal finally managed to release the film on Balochi TV channel Wish. The film is based on a true story of Qalat state which was pen downed by Syed Zahoor Shah Hashmi and directed by Aslam Baloch, music composed by Fateh Muhammad. One of film song “Nai sah wah wich rawa”, which was sung by Ishrat Jahan and Wali Muhammad and it was written by Atta Shad who died on February 13, 1997. Anita Gul, Anwar Iqbal, Noor Muhammad Lashari, Shakil Lasi, Mehmood Lasi, Muhammad Hussain Madari, Dear Asghar Nadir Shah Adil and A. R. Baloch were in main cast of the film. Mpaop wishes the best of luck to Anwar Iqbal.



Summary of Films released in 1976

112 films were released in 1976, summary is as follow:-

Language Super Hit Super Average Flop Total

 11  5 26  48 

3 4 43 56


5 5

2 2


1 1


14 9 77 112




Other Films details of 1976:-


Films Released in 1976 (Alphabetical)

Films released in 1976 (Status Wise)

Lead Artists – 1976

Best Films of 1976

Debut Films – 1976

Obituaries – 1976




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