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The Qur'an reading at Metropole cinema..!!!

Thursday, 13 April, 2006
The Qur'an reading at Metropole cinema..!!!
It is probably the first time ever that Qur'an khawani (a traditional Qur'an reading ceremony) was held in a cinema house in Pakistan. It was Syed Noor who arranged this unique ceremony in Metropole cinema Lahore for thanks to the God for the success of the under released film "Majajan".According to Daily Khabrain from its Internet edition of 13.4.2006 "Niaz" (the "holy" foods or sweets after the Qur'an reading) was also distributed. This film was produced by Saima and Afzal Khan from England (Larki Punjaban fame). Syed Noor is director and according to some film critics this film is actually his own lovestory with Saima and the film name should have been "Meerasan" and not "Majajan".

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First film studio in Pakistan inaugurated..

Monday, 16 February, 1948
First film studio in Pakistan inaugurated..

The first ever film studio in Pakistan, Pancholi Film Studio on Upper Mall Road Lahore was inaugurated on February 16, 1948.

It was owned by Seith Dalsukh M. Pancholi (1906-59), who was first film importer and distributor of Hollywood movies in the Northern India (now Pakistan). He was also producer and director of famous Lahore made movies like Gul Bakavli (1939), Yamla Jatt (1940) and Khazanchi (1941).

After partition, he migrated to India and his manager Divan Sardari Lal took over. He was producer of first Pakistani released film Teri Yaad in this year but film 2 Kinaray was first film to start in this studio. in 1952, Pancholi studio was alloted to a famous ghazal and folk singer Malika Pukhraj and became Malika Studio. Then it was rent to some other parties and its name was also changed as Jawidan Studio, later it was sold by Malika Pukhraj and it became Upper Mall Scheme with lot of houses.

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