The most successful film heroine in Pakistani Urdu films - Shabnam was target for a gang rape and robbery on May 12, 1978 by five youngsters, Farooq Bandial, Waseem Yaqoob, Tahir Tanvir Bhandar, Jameel Ahmad Chatha and Jamshed Akbar Sahi.
They were convicted to death by a military court on October 24, 1979, but they were given clemency by dictator Zia on May 26, 1980. One of the criminal - Farooq Bandial got fame when he joined PTI on May 31, 2018.
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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