Punjabi films: Behind the buxom beauties and macho men

Published: February 23, 2012
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Film-maker Syed Noor’s latest ventures include Shareeka, Meri Shaadi Karao, and Price of Honour. PHOTO: FARHAN LASHARI/EXPRESS

Film-maker Syed Noor’s latest ventures include Shareeka, Meri Shaadi Karao, and Price of Honour. PHOTO: FARHAN LASHARI/EXPRESS

LAHORE: “Whatever the past had, it’s gone; the best is always yet to come,” states director Syed Noor. Despite having faced a slump last year due to box office failures coupled with regular bouts of illness, he says there is no looking back as he announced his upcoming films on the occasion of his 61st birthday at the Metropole cinema.

“People keep telling me to stop making Punjabi films,” said Noor, who revealed he has three films in the pipeline for the coming year. “I always say why shouldn’t I make Punjabi films?”

Noor, considered one of the best film-makers in Pakistan, has super-hits like Choorian, Jeeva and Deewane Tere Pyar Ke to his credit. However, with a slump in the overall film industry and the economy in general, the director faced many failures as well. Unswayed by these setbacks, he held on to his determination of keeping the Punjabi cinema alive and continued making films. “We had many problems and failures in the industry. I feel that made me sick in some ways,” said Noor, whose film Dane Pe Dane failed at the box-office in 2011. “After thinking long and hard about the issues the industry faces, I came to the conclusion that it’s important to show the industry in a positive light and until that happens, even good work will be overlooked.”

Shareeka

Shareeka, which will be directed and written by Noor, will star Shaan and Noor’s wife Saima, while Tariq Tafu will be doing the songwriting for the film. The story, which will revolve around six families, will be shot in Punjab. Without sharing too many details, the director said that the film, which he claims is a “fun comedy”, will be relatable to all families in the province. Noor further stated that aside from the two confirmed stars, he also plans to feature some new actors.

Meri Shaadi Karao

Speaking about his other venture, Meri Shaadi Karao, the director confirmed it will include Indian Punjabi Daler Mehndi’s son Gurdeep Singh in the lead role. The film, which is a co-production of Noor and Mehndi, is scheduled to be released in June this year.

Noor is of the opinion that the Indian industry could be a good starting point and one can learn a lot from it. Shot in Dubai, the story will revolve around six characters: three Pakistani and three Indian. Also, the music will be produced by the likes of Arif Lohar amongst some Indian musicians.

The director, however, has received mounting criticism for calling a ban of Indian films, while being involved in a Pak-Indian co-production. “As long as Indian films don’t damage our industry, I’m okay with them,” said Noor. However, he added, “Film exhibitors decide which film to play in their cinema and many refuse to play Pakistani films, which is unfair.”

Price of Honour

Additionally, the director confirmed that the private screenings of the issue-based film Price of Honour have started. The film, which he hopes to release in June, explores the issue of honour killings and violence faced by women in Pakistani society. “The subject of the film is sensitive so we are privately screening it to get a good idea of how people will react,” said Noor.

Popular Punjabi films 

Majajan

Majajan is a Pakistani Punjabi film directed by Syed Noor which was released across theatres in Pakistan in 2006. Majajan is a love story, inspired by the life of Baba Bulleh Shah and his ‘ishq’ with his ‘murshad’.

Maula Jatt

This is one of the most popular films in the history of Pakistani cinema. It is a Punjabi film starring actor Sultan Rahi in the lead role with Aasia and Mustafa Qureshi as the villain Noori Natt. Maula Jatt is a classic, a film that reached cult status in Pakistan.

Choorian

Choorian is a Pakistani Punjabi film produced by Chaudhary Shahzad Ali and directed by Syed Noor. It’s a story about a city boy Bakhtu (Moammar Rana) who is in love with his uncle’s daughter Billo (Saima).

SOURCE: forumpakistan.com, imdb.com

Published in The Express Tribune, February 24th, 2012.

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Reader Comments (6)

  • wahab
    Feb 24, 2012 - 5:38AM

    waiting for price of honor..

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  • Feb 24, 2012 - 1:34PM

    61st birthday? Hes 61? Like seriously?

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  • Citizen
    Feb 24, 2012 - 2:03PM

    arghh !

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  • American Pakistani
    Feb 25, 2012 - 10:06AM

    Repeating a mistake over and over again and expecting different results is Madness. -Einstein

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  • Abdul Qayyum Bhatti
    Feb 25, 2012 - 3:48PM

    At least Syed Noor is here to keep crawling Lollywood. Now it is time for film makers of new generation to lead the production industry. Abandoned technology is being employed to produce films in Lollywood. Film financiers have non professional and non serious attitudes.They don’t know that they can earn a lot from film industry if they produce a quality film. Saima is very talented and experienced actress but she should pave the way for new generation.

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  • AliF
    Feb 26, 2012 - 5:06PM

    “even good work will be overlooked.” – syed noor needs to stop acting like he is a victim. 3 Pakistani films did great at the box office. His work is very outdated.

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