Doraha (1967 film)

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Film poster of Doraha
Directed by Pervaiz Malik
Produced by Sohail Rana
Pervaiz Malik
Starring Waheed Murad
Shamim Ara
Ibrahim Nafees
Music by Sohail Rana
Release date
August 25, 1967
Running time
approx. 3 hours
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu

Doraha, a Pakistani Urdu black & white film, is a classic romantic and melodious film of the 1960s and a remarkable film of Pervaiz Malik's and Waheed Murad's careers. At the box office, the film failed to become a big hit, as it was expected, but it later gained more importance after several years, especially during the 1980s and 1990s due to its superb music and hit songs. The film was produced by Sohail Rana and Pervaiz Malik and was also directed by Pervaiz Malik. Cast included Waheed Murad, Shamim Ara, Deeba, Ibrahim Nafees and Talish. For Doraha, Waheed Murad originally cast Zeba, but after her marriage with Mohammad Ali, he picked Shamim Ara. His close circles knew that Shamim Ara was just a replacement. All the dialogue and songs were for Zeba.[1]


The film was released by United Talents on August 25, 1967 on cinemas of Karachi and Lahore.[2] During the same year, Doraha got tough competition from other successful films like Chakori, Laakhon mein ek, Darshan and Aag. It completed only 40 weeks on cinemas with 7 weeks on main cinemas in Karachi, which was far less than the producers' expectations. Nevertheless, the film got the status of a 'Silver Jubilee film'.

It was also a big hit in Dhaka and other cities of the then East Pakistan, nowadays Bangladesh.


The music of the film is composed by Sohail Rana.[3] The songs of Doraha, particularly, Bhooli hui hoon daastan..., Mujhe tum nazar se gira tau rahe ho... Haan isi more par... Tumhein kaise bata doon... and Ajnabi zara souch lo... became very popular on the Radio at that time. The evergreen songs of the film were written by Masroor Anwar and mostly sung by Ahmed Rushdi and Mala. Only one song was recorded in Mehdi Hassan's voice. Waheed Murad declared Rushdi's song, "Bhooli hui hoon daastan", his favorite song.[4] The film Doraha proved to be a milestone in Ahmed Rushdi's career:


  1. ^, film Doraha on Complete Index To World Film website, Retrieved 30 March 2016
  2. ^, film Doraha (1967 film) on Pakistan Film Magazine website, Retrieved 30 March 2016
  3. ^, film Do Raha (1967) on IMDb website, Retrieved 30 March 2016
  4. ^, Biography of Waheed Murad on website, Retrieved 30 March 2016