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NAFDEC, National Film Development Corporation

Monday, 28 May, 1973
NAFDEC, National Film Development Corporation
National Film Development Corporation (NAFDEC) was established on May 28, 1973 in Islamabad, Pakistan. It was announced by Informations Minister Abdul Hafeez Pirzada after a film convention.

Its main purpose was to produce quality feature films which highlights the public and national interests, and encourage the exhibition of Pakistani films abroad and import and distribution of foreign films in Pakistan. It offered financing of building of new cinemas and built their own cinema NEFDEC Cinema in Islamabad. It produced its first film Khak-o-Khoon in 1979 and introduced National Film Award in 1983. It was closed down due to politics, corruption, ineligibility and lack of interests by public, government and the film industry it self.

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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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