Pashto cinema

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Pashto cinema

Pashto cinema, also known by its sobriquet Pollywood (Pashto: پالېوډ‎), is the Pashto language film industry of Pakistani cinema based in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[1]

Shop selling Pushto language movies.


Yousuf Khan Sher Bano (1971) was the first Pashto film made. It starred Badar Munir and Yasmin Khan.[2]


In 2013 The 1st HD Pashto film Zama Arman Released. After 35 years, in 2015 the Pashto film industry released seven new movies, thus breaking all previous records of film production. All films were screened at the cinemas in Peshawar, Mingora, Mardan, Kohat and even in a few theatres of Karachi city. The movies released were Ma Cheera Gharib Sara, Sar-Teza Badmash, Daagh, Mayeen kho Lewani vee, Khanadani Badmash, Pukhtoon pa Dubai ke[3] and I Love You too.[3] Shama cinema in Peshawar is popular.[4] Reham Khan's movie Janaan has won awards for its screenplay.[5] On 19 August 2015, cult Pashto actress Musarrat Shaheen, who appeared in Haseena Atom Bomb, was killed by unknown militants.[6][7][8] This is not the first time Pashto celebrities have been targeted for murder, as on 19 June 2014, Pashto singer Gulnaz (Muskan) was also killed[9][10] and in June 2013, actress Bushra Waiz (Shazia Aziz) was the victim of an acid attack after she refused to marry a producer named Shaukat Khan.[11][12][13]

In 2001, Pakistani Pashto began to be released in Afghanistan. In 2015, Sanober Qaiser’s film Sartez Badmash[14] was released in two cinemas in Kabul and Pakhtun Pay Dubai got released in Dubai also, alongside Kabul.[14]


The Pollywood name is derived from Hollywood, the birthplace of modern films. Even though Bollywood was the first to successfully make a globally known term in 1976 from replacing the H in Hollywood with a B for Bombay,[15] the commercial capital city of India (Marathi and Hindi: Mumbai), Pollywood is a unique film industry, known as Pashto.[16][17][18]


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  2. ^ "History of Pasho films". Pakistan Film Magazine. Retrieved 22 October 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Release of seven new Pashto films this Eid". The Express Tribune. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  4. ^ Today, Pakistan (2015-07-10). "Cinema targeted by militants reopens after a year". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  5. ^ Desk, Entertainment (2015-07-23). "Cinema's new darling: Armeena Khan says Bin Roye is a giant leap for Pakistan". DAWN.COM. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  6. ^ Desk, Web (19 August 2015). "Pashto telefilm actress Mussarat Shaheen shot dead in Nowshera". ARY NEWS. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  7. ^ PTI (20 August 2015). "Pak actress shot dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province". english. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  8. ^ "पाकिस्तानी पश्तो अभिनेत्री की गोली मारकर हत्या". (in Hindi). 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "Popular Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar - Entertainment". 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar". The Express Tribune. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  11. ^ Golgowski, Nina (24 June 2013). "Pakistani actress attacked with acid". NY Daily News. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Sherazi, From Zahir Shah; CNN, For (24 June 2013). "Actress in critical condition after acid attack in Pakistan". CNN. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  13. ^ "producer-throws-acid-on-pashto-actress-for-refusing-to-marry-him". 
  14. ^ a b Lodhi, Adnan (2015-07-21). "Pakistani Pashto film makes a mark in Kabul". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  15. ^ Article in 'Harvard Business School July 2014 accessed 30 January 2017
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  17. ^ Article in The National 5 January 2017 accessed 30 January 2017
  18. ^ Article in United News of India 25 September 2016 accessed 30 January 2017

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