Pashto cinema

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Pashto cinema

Pashto cinema (Urdu: پشتو سنیما‎, Pashto: د پښتو سينما‎), also known by its sobriquet Pollywood (Pashto: پالېوډ‎), refers to the Pashto language film industry of Pakistani cinema based in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.[1]

Shop selling Pashto language movies.

History[edit]

Origins[edit]

Yousuf Khan Sher Bano was the first ever Pashto film produced in Pakistan and released in theaters on 1 December 1969.[2] It was directed by Aziz Tabassum, with debut stars Yasmin Khan and Badar Munir. The story is based on the Pashto folk story Yousuf Khan and Sher Bano and completed 50 weeks at number 1 in Peshawar.

Decline[edit]

In 2001, Pashto films began to be released in Afghanistan.

Revival[edit]

In 2015, Sanober Qaiser’s film Sartez Badmash[3] was released at two cinemas in Kabul and Pakhtun Pay Dubai was released in Dubai as well as Kabul.[3] In 2013, the first high definition Pashto film Zama Arman was 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[4] and I Love You too.[4] Shama cinema in Peshawar is popular.[5] Reham Khan's movie Janaan has won awards for its screenplay.[6] On 19 August 2015, cult Pashto actress Musarrat Shaheen, who appeared in Haseena Atom Bomb, was killed by unknown militants.[7][8][9] 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[10][11] 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.[12][13][14]

Films[edit]

Some popular Pashto films include:

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bombs, boredom threaten Pakistan's "Pashto" song-and-dance cinema". Dawn. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Pakistan Film History". Pakistan Film Magazine. mazhar.dk. Archived from the original on April 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-05-29. This inaugural Pashto film completed more than 50 weeks in one cinema of Peshawar 
  3. ^ a b Lodhi, Adnan (2015-07-21). "Pakistani Pashto film makes a mark in Kabul". The Express Tribune. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Release of seven new Pashto films this Eid". The Express Tribune. 2015-07-17. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  5. ^ Today, Pakistan (2015-07-10). "Cinema targeted by militants reopens after a year". Pakistan Today. Retrieved 2015-07-31. 
  6. ^ 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. 
  7. ^ Desk, Web (19 August 2015). "Pashto telefilm actress Mussarat Shaheen shot dead in Nowshera". ARY NEWS. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  8. ^ PTI (20 August 2015). "Pak actress shot dead in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province". english. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  9. ^ "पाकिस्तानी पश्तो अभिनेत्री की गोली मारकर हत्या palpalindia.com". www.palpalindia.com (in Hindi). 20 August 2015. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  10. ^ "Popular Pashto singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar - Entertainment". dunyanews.tv. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  11. ^ "Afghan singer Gulnaz shot dead in Peshawar". The Express Tribune. 19 June 2014. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  12. ^ Golgowski, Nina (24 June 2013). "Pakistani actress attacked with acid". NY Daily News. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  13. ^ Sherazi, From Zahir Shah; CNN, For (24 June 2013). "Actress in critical condition after acid attack in Pakistan". CNN. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 
  14. ^ "producer-throws-acid-on-pashto-actress-for-refusing-to-marry-him". 

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