Maula Jatt

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Maula Jatt
Maula Jatt (1979).jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Younis Malik
Produced by Sarwar Bhatti
Written by Nasir Adeeb
Starring Sultan Rahi
Mustafa Qureshi
Aasia
Cinematography Masud Butt
Release dates
  • February 11, 1979 (1979-02-11) (Pakistan)
Country Pakistan
Language Punjabi

Maula Jatt (Punjabi: مولا جٹ) is a 1979 Pakistani Punjabi language action, musical film directed by Younis Malik and produced by Sarwar Bhatti.[1][2] It stars Sultan Rahi in the lead role, with Aasia, and Mustafa Qureshi as the villain Noori Natt. Maula Jatt was a classic, receiving critical and popular acclaim. It has cult status in Pakistan. Such was its impact that it was copied by film makers in Pakistan where several films were given names with the suffix "Jatt".

This movie belongs to a genre which represents the rural culture of Pakistani central Punjab. Its success set the trend of action films being popular in Pakistan and cemented Sultan Rahi as Lollywood's main hero. The story of the movie originally inspired by Ahmed Nadeem Qasmi's short story "Gandasa".

Cast[edit]

Story[edit]

The film is an unofficial sequel to the 1975's Wehshi Jatt. Wehshi Jatt 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 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 Jatt has caused them while Maula Jatt tries to ensure that his decision is enforced and justice is given.

Film's impact[edit]

The film completed 130 continuously weeks at Shabistan Cinema Lahore and combined 310 weeks in its first run.

Maula Jatt 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. Productions such as the 2002 play Jatt and Bond use Maula Jat as their "inspiration". Now Pakistan's highest grossing film Waar director Bilal Lashari has said that he is going to make official remake of Maula Jatt.

Banning of the movie by the government[edit]

It is said that this film was banned because of violence, but later this ban was lifted.[3][4]

Soundtracks[edit]

The songs were composed by Master Inayat Hussain. These were sung by some very popular singers: Noor Jehan, Mehnaz, Inayat Hussain Bhatti, Alam Lohar, Shaukat Ali and Ghulam Ali.

The soundtrack consisted of the following songs:

Sequel[edit]

Main article: Maula Jatt 2

On January 18, Bilal Lashari, the director of Waar announced that he will be directing the re-make of Maula Jatt. On sequel he commented "My version of Maula Jatt will be a visual epic, with less dialogue and many captivating moments. It will be a dark but stylised take on Pakistan’s original film genre."[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sher Khan (18 February 2013). "Films like Maula Jatt changed Lollywood forever, says Sarwar Bhatti". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 31 December 2013. , Retrieved 7 Dec 2015
  2. ^ "Sultan Rahi Remembered". Mazhar.dk. Retrieved 2 April 2013. 
  3. ^ "Maula Jat Profile". Forum Pakistan. Retrieved 13 September 2011. , Retrieved 7 Dec 2015
  4. ^ Omar Khan (2005). "Maula Jat (Director's Cut) (1979)". The Hotspot Online. Archived from the original on August 6, 2012. Retrieved 2007-01-28. 
  5. ^ "Bilal Lashari's next project: A multi-million dollar remake of Maula Jatt". The Express Tribune (Rafay Mahmood). Retrieved 23 October 2014. 

Further reading[edit]

  • 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).

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