|Directed by||Yunus Malik|
|Produced by||Sarwar Bhatti|
|Written by||Nasir Adib|
|Release dates||11th February 1979|
Maula Jatt (Punjabi: مولا جٹ) is one of the most popular films in the history of Pakistani cinema . It is a Punjabi film starring actor Sultan Rahi in the lead role and with Aasia and Mustafa Qureshi as the villain Noori Natt. Maula Jatt was a classic, a film that received critical and popular acclaim. It has cult status in Pakistan. Such was the impact of the film that it was copied by film makers in Pakistan where several films were given names with the suffix "Jat".
This movie belongs to a genre which represents the rural culture of Punjab. This films success set the trend of Action films being popular in Pakistan and cemented Sultan Rahi as Lollywood's main hero.
- Sultan Rahi- Maula Jat
- Mustafa Qureshi- Noori Nath
- Seema- Mukko
- Aasia- Daaro
- Ilyas Kashmiri
The film is an unofficial sequel to the 1975 film Wehshi Jatt. Wehshi Jatt itself was inspired by an Urdu play "Gandasa" written by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi which depicts a bloody feud in Gujranwala against the backdrop of rural Punjab.
Following the settlement of Maula's family feud in Wehshi Jatt, Maula has renounced violence and is in charge of administering the peace of his village and its surrounding villages. The film begins with Makha Natt chasing a girl through villages. She asks for help but as soon as people hear that she is being pursued by Makha, the brother of Noori Natt they ask her to leave and not share her misfortune with them.
She arrives in Maula's village and is sheltered by Maula's sister- in-law Taani. Maula Jatt arrives and decrees that if Makha wants to avoid the fate of being killed by his 'Gandasa' he should marry the very girl he has dishonoured and also marry his sister off to the girl's brother. The girl has no family so Maula orders Makha to marry his sister to his friend Moodha.
When Makha returns home to plot his revenge, his sister Daro incensed upon hearing what he has agreed to kills him. The Natt clan now try to avenge the humiliation that Maula Jutt has caused them while Maula Jutt tries to ensure that his decision is enforced and justice is given.
The film completed continuously 130 weeks at Shabistan Cinema Lahore and combined 310 weeks in its first run. This film was a success in the 1980s and spawned a number of sequels, becoming the first ever successful unofficial franchise for a Lollywood title. Maula Jat's success spawned Maula Jat tey Noorie Nut as well as Maula Jat in London and continues to influence popular culture. Various productions such as the 2002 play Jatt and Bond use Maula Jat as their "inspiration".
Banning of the movie by the government
The songs used in the film were composed by Inayat Hussein. These songs were sung by some very popular singers, namely, Noor Jehan, Mehnaz, Inayat Hussein, Alam Lohar, Shoukat Ali and Ghulam Ali. The soundtrack consisted of the following songs:
- Nashe diye botle, na aini att chukk ni... Inayat Hussain Bhatti
- Jhanjhar kare teinu piar we, main mar geyi Mehnaz
- Rowe maan te gharoor, ajj hasse majboor Madam Noor Jehan
- Dildar mere pyar kolun bach ke te kithe Madam Noor Jehan
- A te wela aap dasse ga, kon marda medan pehle halle Alam Lohar, Shoukat Ali
- Natt tribe
- Ayres, Alyssa. 2009. Speaking Like a State. Language and Nationalism in Pakistan. Cambridge University Press. (Chapter 5: The case of Punjab, part II: popular culture, pp. 87–104).