The revival of Pakistan’s Film Industry is talk of the town these days. But for few people, it never vanished. It is exactly here, somehow neglected, in the shape of bright, colorful posters and pictures, evoking us of a film solidarity that once took tremendous pride in its improvident style of filmmaking. Guddu Khan is one such representative of film commercials for whom the history of Pakistan’s film can be recorded but not considered dispensable. A showcase from Guddu’s personal record of pictures and posters designated “Filmistan – Jaane Khan Gaey Woh Din” in the association with Muhammad Ali Hakeem and Cineaste One, inaugurated on Saturday at Alliance Francaise.
There are often some reasons behind visiting this splendid exhibition, the most important of which is the reality that instead from presenting the form of artworks that were conventionally used for film marketing, it displays the audience an elegant account of the background of films made on the place of Wagah Border. For instance, you cannot forget the poster of first ever Sindhi feature movie entitled as “Umar Marvi”, direction done by Sheikh Hassan and it was released in 1956, the major personalities of the Film cast involved Noor Charlie, Ali Shah Fazlani (the producer) and Nighat Sultana.
Obviously, the overabundance of Punjabi Films is present, because when the industry was transferred from Karachi to Lahore, the rate of Punjabi Movies grew at an alarming speed. A comprehensive history of Balochi and Pashto movies too can be familiar by intending a visit to French Culture Gallery of Centre.
Many of us surely would not be aware of the complete length of first color movie produced in Pakistan, though its name was Sangam, hit the cinema in 1964. The direction of the film was undergone by Zahir Raihan who was famous for making Bengali and Urdu language movies.
Then, there are the photographs and posters for films like Sarkata Insan which was directed by Saeed Rizvi who is renowned for his tendency for generating science fiction movies. And if you are thinking that there’s no poster conveying the aggressive phrase “Sirf Balighan Ke Liye” (meant for adults only) following to the name of the movie is on seen, well then there is present, But don’t perceive false concepts. It can be clearly viewed on the poster of Zinda Laash, inspired from Dracula-frightening idea. Whoever wondered that the famous movie “Twilight” is a modern sensation.