On the Day of Mourning - December 16 1971 ..when Dacca fall after nine months long Civil-war..!!!
Pakistan Film Magazine is paying a great tribute to all artists from Dacca-based East Pakistani Urdu movies with complete list of all Urdu and Bengali movies from 1956-71. This page includes some interesting figures and facts, rare videos & audios and some complete online movies as well.
This page is dedicated to Syed Mahmood Anwar and was not completed without the help from Aqeel Abbas Jafri from Karachi and Dr. Hassan Bukhari from Multan, thanks to their contributions. Also many thanks to old Pakistani film videos and music uploaders on YouTube.
The first Pakistani Bengali film from Dacca Mukh-o-Mukhush (The Face and the Mask)
Realesed on: August 3, 1956 in Decca, East Pakistan
The story of 'Mukh-O-Mukhus'was as usual family drama, evil versus good.The presentation style was theatrical. The film is remembrered for its historical importance.
The entire printing and processing works were done at the Shahnoor Studio of Labore of West Pakistan.
Jabbar Khan the hero who directed and wrote the story of this film. He was the first ever producer, director and writer in Dhaka based Bengali movies.
others Ahmed, Purnima Sen, Nazma (Peary), Zaharat Ara, Ali Mansur, Fafiq, Narul Anarn Khan, Saifuddin, Bilkis Bad
Nuruzzaman, Shahidul Alam, Kalimullh, M. A. Hasan of lqbal Film
Director & Story
Abdul Jabbar Khan
(the first music director from East Pakistan)
0. M. Zaman
The First Urdu Film from East Pakistan
Century Films Jago hua savera (The day shall dawn)
(Urdu/Bengali - 100 min.)
May 25, 1959
A classic art film from East Pakistan. The story was based on the lives of the fishermen of East Bengal.
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Insightful and impressive as a first feature film from Pakistan, Jago Hua Savera deals with the struggles of an impoverished family living in a fishing village. Director Asejay Kardar keeps the mood simple, serious, and straightforward as the family members are shown trying to get money to buy the boat they need. The hopelessness of their objective is graphically underscored by the conditions in which they live, and the self-interest of the local moneylender whose purpose in life is to increase his coffers rather than lend a helping hand. At times poetic and with scenes that ring true, director Kardar has done well with the resources at his disposal. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide
Film Business: It was a dead flop film on box office and was only released in Karachi's Jubilee cinema, where it lasted only three days or nine shows. But this film won few International awards around the world, especially the gold medal in Moscow Film Festival. This film was recently (December 2007) released in a Continents Film Festival in France and it was discovered - not from Pakistan or Bangladesh - but from a film caller in London by festival administrator Mr. Jildo Filip.
Film Business: Karachi: Super flop; only 9 shows/3 Days in Jubilee Cinema Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Khan Ata-ur-Rahman (Anis), who became producer, director and music director in many Urdu movies from East Pakistan)
Tripti Mitra, Zuraine, Roxy, Redwan, Kazi Khaleque, Nasima, Moyna, Meena Latif
Screenplay & songs
Faiz Ahmad Faiz (1911-84) was a legendry Urdu poet. It was his first ever film as writer and lyricist. His most famous songs were in film Qaidi and Farangi.
Manik Bandopadhaya (novel)
Walter Lassalley (Germany)
Ms Binvovet (UK)
Jhon Fleteher (UK)
Tamar Barran (India) ass. Shantikumar Charthedee (India)
Altaf Mehmood, ?
Bhoor hui Ghar ao Majhi, bhoor hui Ghar ao..
Moti ho keh Sheesha ho..
Ab kya dekhay rah tumhari, beet chali hay raat
Doob geya din, shaam dhali, shaam dhali
*) Thanks to Dr. Bukhari, Multan
Dosani Leo Films Chanda
Released on: August 3, 1962
The first ever commercial film from Dacca (Dhaka), East Pakistan was a joint venture of two brothers Ihtesam and Mustafiz.
Film Business: Karachi: Super hit Golden jubilee at Nishat cinema Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Ihtesham or Captian Ihtisham was the most successful film producer and director from Dhaka (Dacca) East Pakistan. He had other films as Talash,Mala, Daagh, Anari and the all time mega hit Urdu film from Dhaka - Chakori in 1967. He was a Bengali origin and born in Calcutta (Kolkata). After 1971, he directed two movies in Pakistan, Ek thi Larki (1973), his son-of-laws film as producer - Mitti kay Putlay (1974) and later Pakistan-Bangladesh co-production film Basera (1984). His daughter, Farzana is the wife of legendry Pakistani film hero Nadeem.
Mustafiz was brother of Ihtesham and this pair was box office hit from Dacca's Urdu movies.
Lyrics & Dialogs
Saroor Barabankvi was an Urdu speaking poet and writer. He wrote many famous songs in Dacca-bassed Urdu movies. He also produced and directed some moveis.
Robin Ghosh was introduced as music director in this film. His first film in West Pakistan was Jahan Tum Wahan Hum in 1968. He composed music in the most super hit Urdu film Chakori from East Pakistan and the most box office hit urdu film Aina (1977) in Pakistan.
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Firdousi Begum was the most successful playback singer from Dacca-bassed Urdu movies. She was born at Kooch, Behar in 1941 in a musician family.
Farida Yasmin & Anjuman Ara
Akhian tori rah mein harin, aa Pardesia.. (sad)
Akhian teri rah naharen, o Pardesia.. (happy)
Chandni bheegi bhegi hawa..
Chhalkay Gagria, bheegay chunaria..
Rung, roop, jawani, rut sawan ki..
Sanbhal kay chal, mout ko de sada..
Dossani Leo Films Talash
Eid-ul-Azha, May 3, 1963
Shabnam and Rahman pair became popular from this musical film.
Playback singer Bashir Ahmad was introduced in this film.
Film Business: Karachi: Super hit Golden jubilee Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Shabnam became top film heroine from this musical film. She was a busy actress in Dacca made movies in the first half of 60s.
» Read more on Shabnam
Rahman was the most successful film hero before arrival of Nadeem. He was unlucky and lost one of his leg in an accident..
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Akbar was a very useful co-actor. He played title role in film Bhaiya (1966).
Rani Sarkar, Subhash Dutta
Bashir Ahmad was introduced in this musical film. He sang two super hit songs and became the most successful playback singer in Dacca-based Urdu movies. He was an Urdu speaking from Lucknow but settled in Dhaka. He was multitalented artist. He sang, composed music and wrote songs in films like Darshan.
Firdousi Begum, Anjuman Ara, Qazi Anwar Hossain
Kuchh apni kahiye, kuchh meri suniye
Kuchh apni kahiye, kuchh meri suniye
Main Rikshaw wala, matwala..
Main Rikshaw wala, bechara..
Qazi Anwar Hossain
Mousam rangeela hay, nasheeli hawa..
Kahin na kahin, kabhi na kabhi, dil to
Tum bhi haseen, dil bhi jawan hay..
The First Full length Colored Movie in Pakistan
Cine Circle Presents S A N G A M
Released on: Eid-ul-Azha, April 23, 1964
The first ever comple coloured moive in Pakistan was produced in Dhaka..
The re-make of this film was made as film Palkun ki chhaun mein in ...
Film Business: Karachi: Super hit Golden jubilee at Plaza cinema Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Haroon was non-Bengali and Pathan origin artist, who was settled in East Pakistan. He became a top hero in Urdu movies from Dacca. Other actors: Rozi, Sumita, Khalil..
Producer, director & Writer
Zahir Raihan (1935-71) was a talented film producer, director and writer from Dacca, East Pakistan. He was assistant director in the first Urdu film Jago hua Svera. He joined the traitor, terrorist and criminal organization Mukti Bahini during the civil war in East Pakistan in 1971. He propagated against Pakistan from All India Radio Calcutta and was killed by an unknown gunman after the fall of Dacca on December 16, 1971. He also made an Urdu film Jaltay Suraj kay Neechay (1971) in Lahore but the name of the director of the film was changed due to his treason to Pakistan.
Khan Ataur Rahman
Firdousi Begum, Bashir Ahmad, Mehboob-ur-Rahman, Akhtar Shaad, Abdul Jabbar
Hazar saal ka Budha jo mar geya..
Mehboob-ur-Rahman & Co.
Dil mera lay kay aap kehan..
Chali ray, chali ray..
Kitnay suhanay rangeena khawab dikha
Neela Gagan hay tera..
Pyar ho geya..
Millan Films Millan
December 4, 1964
The most successful Bengali hero in Dhaka-based Urdu movies - Rahman lost one of his leg in an accident. He was cut from film Preet na Janay Reet. Then he produced and directed his first ever film, which was a great success. Film artists from West Pakistan showed sympathy and worked in his film without any payment. Even Madam Noorjehan sang her first film song in this East Pakistani film free of cost..!
Deeba appeared in her only film in Dacca and received only one rupee for her work. Rahman moved to West Pakistan and played side-roles in films like Dosti (1971) and Nadan (1973). He produced and directed three movies in Pakistan, Chahat (1974), Do Sathi (1975) and Laggan (1981).
Film Business: Karachi: Super hit Golden jubilee at Plaza cinema Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Zeba Films Bhaiya
October 14, 1966
The legendry film hero Waheed Murad appeared in this film in Dacca-based Urdu movies first and last time.
Akbar played the title role in this musical and dramatic movie.
A Christian music director Robin Ghosh composed one of the most popular Urdu film Qawwali Madeenay walay say mera salaam keh dena..
Film Business: Karachi: Super hit 20/39 weeks Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Atiya, Khan Ataur Rahman, Badruddin and Anwar Hossain played the title role in this historical film. After the success of this film, he was an automatic choice for another film based on the real history - Shaeed Teetu Mir (1969).
Producer, director & music
Khan Ataur Rahman
Firdousi Begum, Shehnaz Begum, Abdul Aleem
Yeh yeh Aalam tujhay bhulanay mein..
Tum hi say hay dua meri Kamli walay (pbuh)
Do kinaray is Nadia kay
Be-dardi, dil mein teray pyar nahin..
Leo Dosani Films Chakori
Realesed in Dacca (East Pakistan) on:
March 23rd, 1967
Released in Karachi on May 19, 1967
This film was released on March 23, 1967 on Eid-ul-Azha Day in Dacca (Dhaka),
East Pakistan (now Bangladesh). Distributors in West Pakistan were not interested
to release this Dacca made film in Karachi or Lahore circuits due to poor
reports of new comers Nadeem and Shabana. But after success in Dacca, this
film was released on May 19, 1967 in Karachi. First few days film business
was very bad but then local boy Nadeem became the hero of cinegores
in Karachi and this film celebrated platinum jubilee - the only second platinum
jubilee Urdu film in Pakistan and a new success record for a new pair. (thanks
to Mr. Aqeel Abbas Jafri, Karachi)
Film Business: Karachi: Platinum Jubilee 81 weeks (Paradise 20 weeks) Lahore: ? Dacca: Hit
Shabana, Nadeem, Dear Asghar and Reshma's first Urdu film was Eindhan as first heroine but she never became top heroine. She also produced film Ghar Pyara Ghar in West-Pakistan, but failed..
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Millan Films Jahan Bajay Shehnai
October 25, 1968
Rahman was not only a successful film hero, but also a talented producer and director. His wife Kum Kum was his co-assistent, who wrote the story of this film. Bashir Ahmad was singer, lyricist and music director in this film.
Film Business: Karachi: Flop film Lahore: ? Dacca: ?
Suchanda was an another famous heroine from Dhaka made Urdu movies.
Rahman, Anwar Hossain, Sirajul Islam, Naina and guest star directors Zahir Chodhury & Nazrul Islam was seen as an actor in this film. He was director of the most super hit Urdu film in Pakistan's history - Aaina (1977). Third song (Dil ki hay ek tamanna) in this film was filmed on him.
Nargis Productions Presents Geet kahin Sangeet kahin
Released on: September 26, 1969
This melodious but flop film was shoot in Lahore but its producer, main actress and directors were from East Pakistan.
Some film critics don't like to list this film in East Pakistani movies, but when film makers (producer and director) are from East Pakistan and Bengali origin as well, then this film most be listed in this category. All movies made after December 16, 1971 by Bengali producer and director in Pakistan, are Pakistani movies.
Some famous Bengali artists who settled in Pakistan after the fall of Dacca are:
Nazrul Islam - super hit film director, died in Lahore in 1994.
Rahman - hit actor, producer and director, died in Dhaka in 2005.
Shabnam - the most super hit Urdu film heroine and her husband
Robin Ghosh . renowned Music director, left Pakistan in the beginning of the 90s with Rahman.
Runa Laila - playback singer, left Pakistan in 1974
Shehanz Begum - Radio TV, film singer, left Pakistan in mid 70s.
Deebo - Music director, left Pakistan in the mid 70s
Musleh-ud-din - moved to England with his Punjabi origin wife and famous singer Naheed Niazi
Naina - actress, appeared in many Dacca-based movies. There could be more in this list..
The legendry film hero Mohammad Ali never appeared in any Dacca-made film.
Naseema Khan's debut film wss Nach Ghar in 1963. She played mostly side roles. Her most super hit film was in West Pakistan - Neyi Laila Neya Majnu (1969). She was producer of this film. Her father was a Pathan.
» Read more on Naseema Khan
Mohammad Ali, Adeeb, Saiqa, Roshan, Jamil, Saqi, Shakir and Rangeela
Saadia Movies Jaltay Suraj kay neechay
Urdu - colored
Released on: Setpember 10, 1971
This "last East Pakistani film" was made in Lahore and released during the unrest in East Pakistan. The director name was changed on release. The real director of this film was Zahir Raihan, who joined the traitor, terrorist, criminal and militant organization Mukti Bahini in the civil war in East Pakistan. These so called "freedom fighters" were trained, equipped and brainwashed by the Indians to split Pakistan in two parts. First they made controversy about the Urdu language, which was not from West Pakistan but was a token of unity for all Muslims in the Indian-sub-continent. Then they misguided and misinformed Bengalis for the economical injustice between West- and East Pakistan, which was totally wrong, because due to small in size but with big population, limited resources but consistent natural disasters, Bangladesh (or East Pakistan) always have been a poor territory . Even after 38 years of independence, Bangladesh still is one of the most poorest, corrupt and political unstable country in the World
(And now they can not blame Pakistan for all their failures..!)
The heavy military defeat was not only a shameful memory for Pakistan, but also a huge blow for the Islamic history, when Indira Gandhi claimed "Revenge for thousand years Moslem dominance in India" - and it was not possible without the help from traitors like Mujeeb-ur-Rahman & Co. - But the justice was done when the traitors leader was brutally killed by his own Bengali soldiers..!!!
This is also a great tribute to all martyrs or Shaheeds from Pakistani Army and their helpers who fought an unwanted war against aggressors and traitors. It is also a remembering day for all innocent Bengalis or non-Bengalis, who were killed in this civil war..
Rozina, Nadeem, Lehri, Saiqa, Allauddin & Bebita was introduced in this film. She became a famous actress and appeared as first heroine with Faisal in Pakistan-Bangladesh co-production film Nadani in 1983.
Nur-ul-Haq (Zahir Raihan)
Mala, Irene Perveen, Ahmad Rushdi
Afsana-e-mohabbat, har giz byan na hota..
Zindgi kitni haseen hay, azma kar deikhiye..
Socha nahin tha, tera pyar mil jaye ga..
Total movies 1956-71
A complete list of 224 Dacca-based Urdu and Bengali movies.
Also co-productions and uncompleted movies are listed here.