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Salakhain (2004 film)
Salakhain cover.jpg
Directed by Shahzad Rafique
Produced by Rashid Khawaja
Khalil Rana
Written by Amjad Islam Amjad
Starring Zara Sheikh
Ahmed Butt
Farooq Zamir
Music by M. Arshad[1]
Cinematography Ali Jan
Distributed by Mandviwalla Entertainment
Release date
August 13, 2004
Country Pakistan
Language Urdu

Salakhain (Urdu: سلاخیں) is a Pakistani Lollywood film which was released in 2004. Stars included Ahmed Butt, Zara Sheikh and Meera. Music was composed by M Arshad . Sajid Hassan and Saud were cast as villains with Shafi Muhammad as their boss.[2]


Salakhain is an Urdu feature film set in the backdrop of Gawalmandi, Lahore. It is the story of a young man who is passionate about life and dreams of a bright and prosperous future. Little does he know what life has in store for him? He is destined for a future engulfed with hatred, anger and revenge.[1]

Introducing Ahmed Butt, Pakistan's most- sought- after male model and winner of LUX Style Awards for 2003 for Best Model, in the lead role, Salakhain is devoid of Compassion and sympathy. Full of nonstop action, Salakhain is a thriller sure to make you sit upright in your chair.

Film's Plot[edit]


Salakhain tells the story of an innocent, hardworking student called Faizan (Ahmed Butt) who comes from a lower-middle-class family and who is in love with an equally innocent and earnest looking young girl. Faizan is 'the good son' and wants to live up to his father's dream which is to run a business and improve the lifestyle of their family. Unfortunately the dreams are shattered while he was taking his exams as he is implicated in a crime- a dispute with the 'booti mafia' (people facilitating cheating during exams), this results in his father's death and mother's mental health suffers due to shock of the tragic events, one following the other in quick succession.

In jail, he meets a man called Zaigham (Saud) and becomes friends with him who knows his enemies well and has his own issues to settle with them. Zaigham gets Faizan out of jail. Faizan now wants revenge for his parents. The rest is as predictable as any action movie made anywhere in the world - a journey towards retribution, passing through the maze called politics and crime.

Zara Sheikh, the girl Faizan loves, gets married to (Sami Khan) a police officer who is looking for Faizan since he is a criminal and Zara hides his picture when she sees it in Sami's wanted list so he won't know what he looks like. Meera and Faizan team up to kill Sajid Hassan who is the gang leader. Meera wants to kill him because he killed her sister by throwing acid on her face. Faizan finds his mother and, at the end, in a shootout Faizan finds out that Zara is married and Meera and Faizan are killed in a shootout.

Film's Reception[edit]

In city of Lahore: Golden Jubilee, 73 weeks (Gulistan Cinema 35, Capital Cinema 9, Plaza Cinema 9, Empire Cinema 8 weeks). Completed continuous showing of one year in Lahore. It was a Super Hit film.[3]

The reason why this movie clicked and why others made in the same fashion did not (and will not) do well, lies in how and how much filmmakers are able to stretch the limits of the 'possible'. How much experimentation is done within a given form is what gives a film a fresh image that can attract audiences.

What goes to the credit of makers of Salakhain is that they seem to know their limits. But this ability to remain within a given framework also turns out to be the film's most significant flaw. The director and the writer are unable to put the possibilities to test. They have succeeded in as much as that they have produced something that scores seven out of ten stars on this film's technical grounds. But they have failed in the sense that they have come up with a film that scores dismally as far as the storyline is concerned.

The film is shot on the most breathtaking and exquisite locations in Pakistan and the pleasure of watching the movie on the silver screen will be greatly enhanced by the digital (DTS) sound.

The decision as to which subjects can be banked upon for the creation of a successful flick, is highly personal and may depend upon various reasons for various persons. But as a general rule, it is money that makes the mare go. The basic consideration for most of the moviemakers remains - or should remain - commercial success. The nexus between student leaders, crime and politics is one theme that has been used successfully only very sparingly so one wonders why the producers decided to repeat it.



  1. ^ a b c d, Complete film review of Salakhain (2004) on website, Retrieved 11 March 2017
  2. ^ a b, Film 'Salakhain' (2004) on PAKfilms website, Retrieved 11 March 2017
  3. ^, film Salakhain (2004) on YouTube, Retrieved 18 Nov 2015

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