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Double version Punjabi/Urdu movies..

Sunday, 7 May, 1989
Double version Punjabi/Urdu movies..
Almost 60% of population speak Punjabi language as their mother-tongue in Pakistan.Therefore Punjabi films make more business than Urdu films, but due to two small circuits the largest film company in Pakistan, Evernew Pictures found a fantastic way to earn more money, they produced a Punjabi film "Madam Bawri" and dubbed film dialogs and re-recorded all film songs in Urdu and released it as a "double version" film - in Punjabi in Punjab and in Urdu in the rest of the country - the result was 25% increased film business in Karachi circuit..!

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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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