Aina (1977 film)

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Directed byNazar-ul-Islam
Written byBashir Niaz
Produced byRauf Ahmed Shamsi
CinematographyAfzal Chaudhry
Edited byIrshad Durrani
Music byRobin Ghosh
Release date
  • 18 March 1977 (1977-03-18)
Running time
147 minutes

Aina, (Urdu: آئینہ) also known as The Mirror, is a 1977[1] Pakistani romantic drama film directed by Nazar-ul-Islam and starring Nadeem and Shabnam. Singers are Mehdi Hassan, Mehnaz, Nayyara Noor and Alamgir. The film was a major box-office success primarily due to its music which was composed by Robin Ghosh.[2] It became the longest-running Pakistani film at the cinemas.[3] The movie is based on the 1973 Hindi movie Aa Gale Lag Jaa and went on to be remade in Hindi in 1985 as Pyar Jhukta Nahin.[4]

At annual Nigar Awards, the film received 12 awards including, best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best supporting actress and best playback singer. It topped the British Film Institute's users' poll of "Top ten Pakistani films of all times" in 2002.


Aina is a love story of two hearts and two souls but from two different social classes, one being a daughter of a business tycoon i.e. Rita (Shabnam) and one being a realistic, self-confident and a little bit arrogant poor young man, Iqbal (Nadeem). Rita is a leisure girl whereas Nadeem works as a hotel receptionist and they both fall in love. The entire movie is about how a rich girl and poor man fell in love and the struggles that comes after their marriage.



The film was a musical success as well and has trademark song visualizations from director Nazar-ul-Islam. The music was composed by Robin Ghosh, and the playback singers were Mehdi Hassan, Mehnaz, Alamgir, Nayyara Noor and Akhlaq Ahmed. The theme song is "Mujhe dil se na bhulana" sung in a happy mood, sad mood and another song version sung by the child star at the climax of the movie.[3]

Release and reception[edit]

Aina was released on 18 March 1977 in Pakistani cinemas. In Karachi, it was released on two main cinemas Bambino and Scala.

Aina is Pakistan's only Urdu film to have a crown jubilee (a mega-hit film) with a total running period of 401 weeks on all cinemas and 48 weeks on the main cinema in Karachi. The film had broken all the previous box office records and no Pakistani film has touched that record again till date.

Mushtaq Gazdar, a well-known film critic, in his book 'Pakistan Cinema 1947 - 1997', Oxford University Press, 1997 said:

"In Aina, Nazrul infused a romantic note through the songs using the elements of nature as tools to enhance their impact. His use of open spaces to create the mood of the scenes in contrast with the normal lip-sync presentation of songs greatly appealed to the audience."

This movie was so popular that it was shown in Karachi Cinemas for almost 8 consecutive years (401 consecutive weeks). The film ran to packed crowds in theaters across China as well. In the 1990s it was telecast in Bangladesh Television.

In 2002, the film topped the users' poll of "Top ten Pakistani films" conducted by British Film Institute.[5] The film was also ranked among the critics' poll of the institute.[6]


One of its songs "Mujhay dil se na bhulana..." sung by Mehdi Hassan won Nigar Award for the best song of the year 1977. In total the film won 12 awards:

Award Awardee
Best Movie for the year 1977[7] Producer: M. Ahmed Shamsi
Best Director[7] Nazar-ul-Islam
Best Dialogues/Screenplay ٌٌٌٌBashir Niaz
Best Actress[7] Shabnam
Best Actor[7] Nadeem
Best Supporting Actor Rehan
Best Musician[7] Robin Ghosh
Best songwriter-lyricist[7] Tasleem Fazli (for the song: "Mujhe dil se na bhulana...")
Best photography/cinematography Afzal Chaudhry
Best playback singer[7] Mehdi Hassan (for the song: "Mujhe dil se na bhulana...")
Best upcoming singer Alamgir (for the song: "Wada karo saajna...")
Special award Shahzeb (child star)

Remakes and possible sequel[edit]

The 1998 Pakistani film Nikah, directed by Sangeeta, was loosely based on Aina. Another remake was made in 2013 with the same name, which starred Faisal Qureshi, Saba Qamar, directed by Sarmad Sultan Khoosat and produced by A & B Entertainment.

In April 2017, director Syed Noor announced a sequel to the film, tentatively known as Aina 2. Noor told The Express Tribune, "Of course, Aina 2 will further the story told in Aina with the original star cast members as well as some new faces. Also, we’re planning on filming it in Canada this time."[8]


  1. ^ Aina: Pakistan’s Greatest Blockbuster Movie : ALL THINGS PAKISTAN website Archived 2 October 2018 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 23 December 2018
  2. ^ "Aina: the 'greatest' of them all". The News International (newspaper). 24 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "Aina (1977 film)". Pakistan Film Magazine website. Archived from the original on 27 June 2017. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  4. ^ Peter Cowie (1985). International Film Guide. Tantivy Press. p. 238. ISBN 9780900730245. Until recently it was Pakistani filmmakers who were plagiarising Indian hits but as videos of Pakistani films began creeping into India, producers from Bombay and Madras too jumped on the bandwagon and made copies of Maula Jatt as Jinney Na Doon Ga and Aina as Pyar Jhukta Nahi, ironically the latter was a hotch potch of three Indian films.
  5. ^ "User Poll: Pakistani Top 10". British Film Institute. 2002. Archived from the original on 11 October 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  6. ^ "Top 10 Pakistani Films". British Film Institute. 2002. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 8 February 2023.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g "Pakistan's "Oscars": The Nigar Awards". The Hot Spot Film Reviews website. 24 November 2017. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 2 July 2022.
  8. ^ Adnan Lodhi (19 April 2017). "Cupid strikes again: sequel to Lollywood classic 'Aina' in the making". The Express Tribune (newspaper). Retrieved 2 July 2022.

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