Pollywood (Pakistan)

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This article is about Pashto Cinema. For for Punjabi cinema of India, see [[Pollywood (India)]].

Pashtowood (Pashto: پالېوډ) is the term for the film industry based in the city of Peshawar, the provincial capital of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[1] It produces Pashto and Urdu language feature films. Term Pollywood is also used for Indian Punjabi Cinema.[2]


Yousuf Khan Sher Bano (1971) was the first Pashto film made. It starred Badar Munir and Yasmin Khan. Pashto films are made independently and, as such, there is no official website for information about them.[3]

2003 onwards[edit]

Between 2000 and 2003, the Pashto film industry suffered a setback due to government intervention, which imposed restrictions on advertising Pashto movies. Since 2003, Pashto film producers have given opportunities to young actors such as Arbaz Khan, son of film star Asif Khan. Arbaz's first Pashto film, Meena Qurbani Ghuwari, was very successful in 2003. In 2004, after a series of unsuccessful movies, he starred in Niazbeen and Khybarey, with average performance at the box office. His next film, Ashnagharey, was profitable for its distributors in Peshawar, Mardan and Swat district.

In 2006, director Liaqat Ali Khan made a name for himself with Sabar Sha Zargiya starring Arbaz Khan, Jehangir Khan and Ajab Gul. In the same year Lag Dey Zra Ba Tapos Oka also performed well at the box office.

In March 2007, Arbaz Khan made his directorial début with Sta Mohabbat Zama Saza Shuwa, starring Arbaz Khan; Jehangir Khan, an Indian Army major; Asif Khan, a Pakistani Army colonel; Shah Jehan; Dilbar Munir; and Sidra Noor. The film was successful at the box office. Arbaz Khan's second film as director, Zre Mey Ta Oray Dey, was not so successful.

Liaqat Ali Khan's film Tiger, shot partly in Dubai, was relatively successful.

Hit films[edit]

Similarly Darrae Khyber, Adam Khan Durkhanai (produced by Shakil Ayub and directed by Aziz Tabassum), Musa Khan Gul Makai (hero was Asif Khan and heroine was Yasmin Khan), Bahadur Khan (hero was Humayun Qureshi), Ajab Khan Afridi, Zama Badan, Maghrur, Oarbal, Topak Zama Qanoon (produced by Aziz Tabassum), Dahqan (by legendary Pashto film director Muhammad Yousaf Bhatti). They made a big change in the history of Pashto films in Pakistan. Other big block busters were Shpunkey, Doraha, Bey Qasoor, Neemgray Dunya, Chagha, Nehley Pey, Dehla, Cochoan, and many more big hits (produced by Badar Munir), Baghi, Arman, Miranae Roar (Step-brother), Tarbooz, Iqrar, Angar, Zakhmoona, Navae au Nakriza (Bridal and Henna), Ujrati Qatil, Da Aoochea Khan, Prdang, Toofani Shappa, Bangri au Hathqardae, Ab-e-Hyat, Khulea Nave, Kufar au Islam, Da Karye Gorilla and many more are the Pashto hits from 1970 to 1985.


The future of the Pashto film industry seems to be bright as there are still some people who want to do something for the betterment of the industry. For instance, Habib Ullah Afridi, the director of HabibFilms Production, is going to start working on the new Blackmail Pakhtun and the director is expecting this film to be release this year 2013. HabibFilm recently[when?] made few hit short clips by the name of Clip1: Zama Mobile and Clip2: Gul Panra in Action. The director is working hard to make Hollywood-level Pashto films in future.





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