Film News 2012
Film News

Remembering Riaz Shahid

Actor Shaan remembering his father legendary writer Riaz Shahid on his 40th anniversary on Geo TV on October 1, 2012.

A Black Day for Pakistani Cinemas

Violent mobs set afire six cinema houses in Karachi, Peshawar

Violent protesters against an American anti-Islam film attacked main cinemas in Karachi, Peshawar and Quetta on September 21, 2012. Capri and Nishat cinemas on M.A. Jinnah Road, Bambino on Garden Road and Lalazar Cinema in Qaidabad Karachi were partially damaged while Prince cinema was set afire by violent mobs. In Peshawar, angry crowds armed with clubs and bamboo poles converged on the Firdaus picture house, smashing it up and setting furniture ablaze. A rampaging crowd stormed the Shama cinema, smashing windows and setting it on fire. Protesters also attacked Capital cinema and broke down the cinema’s main gate and set fire to its screen. Delite Cinema Quetta was also damaged by the angry protesters.

Only 11% cine gore in Pakistan

According to the latest Gallup survey in July 2012, there are only 20 million cinegores in Pakistan, which is only 11% of the total population of 180 million. Among the all cinegores, only 17% are visiting cinemas every week, which are around about 3,4 million people. 43% are watching movies after five months, 22% from two till five months and 17% every month, one percent did not answer.

Pakistan Insight Entertainment

A Tribute to Zubaida Khanum

Radio Pakistan paid tribute to the legendry film singer Zubaida Khunum..

Pakistan Triumphs at

SAARC Film Festival 2012

Pakistan won its first SAARC Film Award on May 20, 2012 for the best documentary film Saving Face by film producer and director Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's.

Pakistan also won the Silver Medal in the Best Feature Film category for director Mehreen Jabbar's film Raam Chand Pakistani. Sri Lankan film Akasa Kusum won the first and Indian film Byari won the third position.

Another honour for Pakistan was the awards for Best Actor which went to Manzar Sehbai and Rashid Farooqi for their roles in Bol and Ram Chand Pakistani respectively.

Pakistan had nominated two feature films and one documentary for the awards. The films in feature category included Shoaib Mansoor's Bol, Mehreen Jabbar's Raam Chand Pakistani and Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy's Saving Face in documentary category.

SAARC Film Festival was held at Colombo from 16.-20. May 2012.

Read more on SAARC film festival here

Ptv Tribute to Shabnam & Robin Ghosh

The legendry film heroine Shabnam and her renowned husband music composer Robin Ghosh visited Pakistan from April 24 to May 14, 2012. Pakistan Television (Ptv) arranged a great show to pay tribute to them on April 28, 2011. They were awarded Lifetime Achievement Awards by Pakistani government in this show. Shabnam and Robin Ghosh AwardsThe awards were bestowed on the duo by Pakistan's Prime Minister Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani . Culture minister Kaira, Governor Punjab Khosa, other ministers and many showbiz celebrities attended this great show.

Shabnam was the most successful Urdu film heroine in Pakistan in the 1970s/80s and appeared in 156 movies from 1962-97. She left Pakistan in 1989 and was settled in her native country Bangladesh (former East Pakistan). She is invited by the Pakistan Television (Ptv) to participate in a ceremony on April 28, 2012 at Lahore, which was arranged for Pakistan-Bangladesh cricket teams, but their cricket tour is now cancelled.

Her husband Robin Ghosh arrives as well, who was a prominent music director of 32 Pakistani movies.

She visited comedy actor Lehri and expressed her concern on his health situation.

Ali Zafar won Indian award

Ali ZafarThe famous singer and actor Ali Zafar became the first ever Pakistani artist, who won the prestigious Indian Dadasaheb Phalke Academy Award as a new talent at Mumbai on May 3, 2012. He is debutante of three box office hit Bollywood movies.

Nishan-e-ImtiazHalal-e-Imtiaz to Sharmeen

Oscar Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy received the award for the highest degree of service to the state - Nishan-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan, Mr. Asif Ali Zardari. This ceremony was held in President house in Islamabad on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Pakistan won its first Oscar Award

Sharmeen ObaidPakistani filmmaker and first-time Oscar nominee Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy won an Academy Award for her documentary film "Saving Face" on February 26, 2012, which is about acid attack victims.

In her acceptance speech, Chinoy dedicated the award to the women of Pakistan. "All the women in Pakistan working for change, don't give up on your dreams, this is for you," she said.

Directed by Daniel Junge and produced by Sharmeen Chinoy, the film "Saving Face" follows British plastic surgeon Dr. Mohammad Jawad, who returns to his homeland to help victims of acid burns.

Sharmeen Obaid is Pakistan's first Oscar nominee

Sharmeen Obaid became the first Pakistani filmmaker to earn an Oscar nomination with her film Saving face, which was nominated in the Documentary, short film category as the Oscar nominations were released on Tuesday.

Saving face, which the Karachi-based filmmaker has

co-directed with Daniel Junge, depicts the life of a British Pakistani plastic surgeon who donates his time to heal acid victims in Pakistan.

The film is set to be released in March this year, while the Oscars will be held on February 26.

Sitara-e-Imtiaz to Qavi Khan

Sitara-e-ImtiazPresident of Pakistan Mr. Asif Ali Zardari conferred the third heighst civil award - Sitara-e-Imtiaz to Qavi Khan on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Qavi KhanThe legendry actor Qavi Khan began his showbiz career on Radio Pakistan in 1952. His first film was Rawaj in 1965 and he was the first ever TV actor on PTV in 1964. Qavi is an all round artist and film producer.

Actors Javed Sheikh, Meera, Noman Ejaz, Saba Pervez and Saira Kazmi received Pride of Performance in this ceremony.

Nawaz Sharif visited Lehri & Mehdi Hassan

Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) chief Mian Mohammad Nawaz Sharif visited the houses of Ghazal legend Khan sahib Mehdi Hassan and the comedy legend Lehri and inquired after their health on January 2, 2011. He gav Rs. 2.5 mill. to each of them and prayed for their speedy recovery. Both the living legends are seriously ill for many years.

The legend Lehri sahib is telling jokes..

Film on Sultan Rahi by Syed Noor

Sultan RahiDirector Syed Noor has announced a new film Ik si Sher on the legendry action hero Sultan Rahi. Shaan will play the title role and Saima will be the heroine.

First Pothohari film announced

Hassan KaifeeThe first ever Pothohari film in Pakistan Hasday rawo tay wasday rawo is announced by Hassan Kaifee - the son of late film hero and director Kaifee and his actress Naghma and Habibwife Chakori. Producer is UK based Zahid Pervez. Main actors in this film are Iftikhar Thakar, Shehbaz Akmal, Hina Shaheen, Sardar Kemal etc.

Awards for Naghma-Hibab

The legendry film pair Naghma and Habib received Life-Achievement- Award from Bolan Cultural Awards on January 21, 2012 in Lahore. This pair had more than 60 films together and they were box-office demand in the mid 60s til mid 70s..

Faisal is back again

Famous film hero Faisal-ur-Rehman is back again as film actor in Ali Sade's movie Kanebaaz with Amina Sheikh, Shabir Jan etc..

Film KANEBAAZ by Ali Sade

Released Movies in 2012 in Pakistan

23 Pakistani movies in 2012

23 Pakistani movies were released in 2012. 7 of them were in Punjabi and rest 16 in Pashto languages. Only two Punjabi movies Sharika and Sher Dil were average on box office but all Pashto movies did well. There was not any Pakistani Urdu movie in this year, and the main reason was 43 Indian Hindi/Urdu movies and some English movies dubbed in Urdu in Pakistani cinemas.

Read the complete list for 2012


4 movies on Eid-ul-Azha 2012

Four Pakistani movies were released on the occasion of Eid-ul-Azha on Saturday, October 27, 2012  (1433hijri). Director Iqbal Kahsmiri's Punjabi action film Sher Dil on Prince, Capri and Anguri cinemas in Lahore was the only Punjabi film with Shaan, Saima and Sila Hussain in the main roles.

Three Pashto movies were also released in Peshawar. Shahid Khan's My Name is Khan in Aaina cinema and Charsi on Arshad cinema, and Arbaz Khan's Dushmani in Sabrina cinema Peshawar. All four movies got huge response from cine gores.

After long time, three Pakistani movies were released in Karachi. Sher Dil in mini cinema Scala, Bhai Log in Saba cinema and Haseeno ka Mela in Renu, Nasrin, Vinus, Lalazar and Delight cinemas Karachi.

8 Movies on Eid-ul-Fittar 2012Saima in Sharika

Sharika Dil Dian Lagian Gujjar Da Kharak

Three Punjabi and five Pashto movies are scheduled on Eid-ul-Fittar 1433h on August 20, 2012. There is not any single Urdu film this year..

  • Punjabi film Shareeka on Shabistan cinema Lahore by Syed Noor and leading roles by Shaan and Saima
  • Punjabi film Gujar da Kharak at Prince cinema Lahore by Arshad Khan. Main roles by Shaan and Nargis
  • Punjabi film Dil dian lagian on Capital Cinema Lahore. Shaan and Saima are in main roles
  • Pashto film Toofan by Inayat Ullah Khan
  • Pashto film Qasm by director and hero Arbaz Khan
  • Pashtoi film Har dam khair by Arshad Khan and leading role by Shahid Khan
  • Pashto film Bad-Amla by Haji Nadir
  • Pashto film Ghadar by Ali

Pashto movies will be released on August 19, 2012 because the province government is celebrating Eid on this day due to moon sight controversy..!

Achha Gujjar
Achha Gujjar (Punjabi)

Released on April 13, 2012

Shabistan Cinema Lahore

Director: Masood Butt

Actors: Shaan, Saima, Shafqat Cheema

Lahoria (Punjabi)

Released on March 30, 2012

Shabistan Cinema Lahore

Director: Imdad Hussain

Actors: Zafri Ahmad..

Phannay Khan

Phannay Khan (Siraiki)

Released on 23.3.2012

(This film was released in Multan on Eid-ul-Azha in 2011)

Prince Cinema Lahore

Director: Zawar Hussain Baloch

Actors: Iftikhar Thakar..

Gunah ka Anjam

Gunah Ka Anjam (Urdu)

(Original film Anjam (2008) - The producer cheated cinegores and released an old film with new name!)

Released on: 10.02.2012

Shabistan Cinema Lahore

Director: Saeed Ali Khan

Actors: Shaan, Veena Malik, Ifitikhar Thakar

Under production movies
  • Syed Noor is working on his new Punjabi film Sharika with Saima and Shaan in main roles.
  • Director Jarrar Rizvi will make movies like Janbaz and Insaf tay hoon hon gay.
  • Veteran film director Iqbal Kashmiri is working on his new Punjabi film Noukar Wohti da. Saima is in the lead role with comedian Iftikhar ThakarIftikhar Thakar, who has become very popular after the success of film Thakar 420 last year. He is also playing the titles roles in movies like Banarsi Thugg and Jatt Kurian tun darda.
  • Famous director Younis Malik is back again with two new movies; Puttar Moulay Jatt da and Puttar Sher Khan da. Moamar Rana will play the title roles in both movies.
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Upcomimg movie trailers

Ishq Khuda

Shaan is playing a title role in director Shahzad Rafique's Urdu film Ishq Khuda..

Ishq Khuda by Shahzad Rafique


A film by director Sangeeta with singer Abbas Ali in main role..

Chunri by Sangeeta

WAAR - a film by Bilal Lashkari

Director Bilal Lashkari's new feature film include super star Shaan, Aisha Khan, Shamoon Abbasi, Meesha Shafi, Ali Azmat & Hamza Abbasi.

Film Waar by Bilal Lashkari

Kaptaan: A Film on Imran Khan

Faisal Aman Khan is making a film on Cricket legend Imran Khan, film Kaptaan on Imran Khan by Faisal Aman Khanwho has become a papular politician after long struggle, and could be the next Prime Minister of Pakistan..

Film KAPTAAN by Faisal Aman Khan


A feature film by Pakistan-US-based production company established by the director of the film, Sean Ali and his friend Michael Ray. Actors are Ayesha Khan Senior, Sana Humayyun, Areesha (Child Artist*), Zainab Haider Ali, Arsalan Javed, Maria Rehman, Sardar Hussain, Namra Maqsood, Mirza Shujat Ali, Tabish Ashraf, Umair Shafi & Zakiullah Khan.

Film FATIMA by Zuhair Ahmed


A feature film by Z-shan Kazmi, written and produced by Wajahat Kazmi. Actors in this film are Salman Khan, Uzma Khan, Zaib Rehman, Abdullah Sultan, Imran Akhtar, Rashid Mehmood, Hassan Muraad.

Film DUSK by director Z-shan Kazmi


Master Manzoor


Master Manzoor was known for his famous composition "Tu jo nahin hay to kucch bhi nahin hay" from film Savera (1959), which was sung by S.B.John.

He was mate of legendry music director M. Ashraf in 28 movies. Some of them were Speran (1961), Mehtab (1962), 30 Maar Khan (1963), Doli (1965), Watan Ka Sipahi (1966), Sajda and Insaniyat (1967), Be-Qasoor (1970) etc.

He also composed music as solo music director in movies like Dil Mein Tu (1958), Zindgi kay Melay (1972), Taqdeer kahan lay ayi (1976).


Majeed Zarif

Majeed Zarof

Comedy actor Majeed Zarif passed away on November 30, 2012. He was the youngest brother of legends Zarif and Munawar Zarif. He was seen in a minor role in film Sayyan (1971), but was introduced as hero with Neelo in film Gharib Da Baal (1979). He never succeeded in main roles and always played co-roles in mainly Punjabi movies. He was hero in film Wohti Jee as well.


Akram Khan

Film director Akram Khan passed away on October 13, 2012 at Lahore. He made 16 movies, his first film was Khanzada (1975) and his last film was also with the same name Khanzada in 2001. Som of his other movies were Nawabzada (1975), Club Dancer (1976), Ajj da Badmash (1976), Sharif Shehri (1978), Kali Basti (1986), Prana Papi (1993), Actor (1994) and Dil Walay (1997).


Razia Butt

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Remembering Razia Butt

The legendary fictional writer Razia Butt passed away on October 4, 2012 at Wazirabad. She was 89 years old.

She was the most popular non-film writer in movies. Some big movies like Naila (1965), Saiqa (1968), Aneela (1969), Noreen (1970), Khalish (1972), Pyasa (1973) and Mohabbat Ho To Aisi (1989) were based on her novellas.

Born Razia Niaz in Rawalpindi in 1924, she spent most of her childhood in Peshawar. Her name first appeared in a literary journal around 1940 when she was in her teens. Married in 1946, Razia Butt resumed writing in 1950s after a break of some years. She was later hailed as one of the prolific writers of her time, with some 50 novels and 350 short stories to her credit. She also wrote many radio plays.



The legendry comedian Lehri passed away after long illnes on Thursday, September 13, 2012 at Karachi. He was 82 years old and ranked as the best ever film comedian in Pakistani Urdu movies. His first film was Anokhi in 1956 and last Dhanak in 1986..

Read more on Lehri

Rasheed Dogar

Famous film director Rasheed Dogar was among the five people who were burnt alive when a fire erupted in Koh-e-Noor TV channel studios during its Sehri transmission at Garhi Shahu, Lahore on Monday July 30, 2012.

Rasheed Dogar directed 19 movies, Jeera Sher (1982) was his first film as director. He was known for some bold movies like Madm X, Husn Parast, Saturday Night Special etc..


Rajesh Khanna and Dara Singh died

Two big names from Indian cinema's history Rajesh Khanna and Dara Singh died on July 18 and 12, respectively. Rejesh Khanna was the first super star in Bollywood and Dara Singh (who was a wrestler and Mr. India) played the title role in Indian film Tarzan comes to Delhi, which was an inspiration for Pakistani film director Aslam Dar, who made a copy film Dara in 1968 and introduced Mr. Pakistan: Nasraullah Butt in the title role.


Altaf Khan died

Famous supporting actor who began his film career from film Jumma Junj Naal (1968) and appeared in more than 300 movies, mostly in Punjabi movies. He died by herat atack in Multan on July 21, 2012.


Mehdi Hassan passed away!

The Ghazasl maestro Khan Sahib Mehdi Hassan passed away on Wednesday, June 13, 2012 at Karachi.

Mehdi Hassan was a legendary singer who was best known as "Shehnshah-e-Ghazal" or The King of Ghazals in Pakistan. He began his film career in 1956 and his last film as playback singer was released in 2000.

  • Read biography, complete songography, watch his videos with his Ghazal's, film songs, duets, interviews and many more in English HERE
  • Read detailed article in Urdu HERE

Sultana Zaman

Famous Bengali film actress Sultana Zaman passed away on May 20, 2012. She was 76 years old. Sultana Zaman was seen as first heroine in six Dacca based Pakistani Urdu films like Chanda (1962), Mala (first cinemascope colored film in Pakistan) and Saat Rang (1965), Ujala (1966), Jangli Phool (1968) and Meray Armaan Meray Sapnay (1969).

Read more on Sultana Zaman here

Ibrahim Nafees

Ibrahim NafeesFamous actor Ibrahim Nafees died on May 20, 2012 at Karachi. Born as Syed Ibrahim Rizvi - in 1936 at Agra, India, was basically a Radio artist. He joined Radio Pakistan Karachi in 1952 and became the first ever announcer on Radio Pakistan Hyderabad in 1958. He was Stage and TV artist as well. His first film was Raat kay Rahi (1960). He played hero role in film Ishq-e-Habib (1965) and produced and directed film Dil Walay (1974). He was seen mostly in character actor or villain roles. He played the title role in Heera aur Pathar (1964) and co-hero in Doraha and Ehsan (1967). His other famous movies were Insan Badalta Hay, Banjaran, Phir Subah Hogi, AnnData, Saheli, Anmol Mohabbat, Jab Jab Phool Khilay and many more..


Iqbal Bahoo

Iqbal BahooRenowned spiritual singer Iqbal Bahoo passed away on March 24, 2012. His real name was Mohammad Iqbal but he got the nick name Bahoo from his unique singing style of the poetry of holy saint Sultan Bahoo (reh). He also sang other spiritual Punjabi poets like Waris Shah, Mian Mohammad Bakhsh, Shah Hussain etc.

Iqbal Bahoo wished to become playback singer but failed due to resistance by film director Pervez Malik in his film Dushman (1974). Legend music director Nisar Basmi was an admirer of Iqbal's singing ability but could not give him any chance due to the monopoly of professional film singers.
He was 68 years old and laid in rest in Lahore.

Tahira WastiTahira Wasti

Famous TV artist Tahira Wasti passed away on March 11, 2012. She was 68 years old. She was seen in many big TV plays like Afshan, Janglus, Akhri Chattan, Heer Waris Shah, Kashkol etc. She was married to late Rizwan Wasti and her daughter Laila Wasti is also a TV actress.

Mushtaq Changezi

Mushtaq Changezi Super star Sindhi film hero Mushtaq Changezi passed away on March 1, 2012. He was 70 years old. His first film was Shehroz Feroz in 1968. His famous movies were Laila Majnu, Mehboob Mitha, Chandoki, pyar kio singhar, Mithra Shal Millan, Jeejal Maar, Manju pyar pukaray, Mumta, Pro etc. His first marriage was with actress and heroine Chakori. His real name was Mushtaq Malano and his mortal remains were laid to rest in Tando Jahanian graveyard, Hyderabad.


TamannaThe most popular vamp-actress in Pakistani movies - Tamanna - passed away on February 20, 2012. Her first film was Daaman in 1963 but she was signed in film Sarhad first time, which was released in 1966. She was seen in more than 200 movies and was a most for almost every Urdu film in the 1970s. Najma, naseeb apna apna, nadan, Shama, mera naam hay mohabbat, shabana, uff yeh bivian, Noukar, Anmol Mohabbat, Zeenat, Bharosa, Susral, Ankhon ankhon mein, bobby are some of her best movies.

Naseem AkhtarNaseem Akhtar

Famous Siraiki singer Naseem Akhtar died on February 19, 2012 at Multan. She was 55 years old. She was known for ghazal and spiritual songs.

Salma Mumtaz

Salma Mumtaz20.01.2012
Salma Mumtaz - who played the typical roles as mother in Pakistani movies - died in Lahore. Her first film was Darbar (1958). Qaidi, Aulad, Mouj Mela, Hath Jori, Daachi, Hamrahi, Dil mera dharkan teri, Chan Makhna, Jind Jan, Nei Laila Nya Majnu, Dia aur toofan, Veryam, Andleeb, Dhee Rani, Rangeela, Maa Puttar, Heer Ranjha, Aansoo, Do Rangeelay were some of her big movies. She produced few movies like Puttar da Pyar and Be-Aulad. She was elder sister of actress Shammi, who was married to Sudhir. Her daughter Nida Mumtaz played some roles in few movies.

A Tribute to Salma Mumtaz (1926-2012)
There are many beautiful songs on "mother-relations" in Pakistani movies, but the best and evergreen song on this topic was dedicated to Salma Mumtaz in film Veryam (1969). This song was penned by Ismael Matwala, music composed by Kalay Khan Shabbir, sung by Masood Rana and Munir Hussain, filmed on two great super stars Sudhir and Habib and directed by Raja Hafeez.

Watch & listen to this memorable song on mother-relation: