History of Pakistani Film Industry

History of Pakistani Film Industry:-

Although the start of the history of film is not clearly defined, the commercial, public screening of ten of Lumière brothers’ short films in Paris on 28 December 1895 can be regarded as the breakthrough of projected cinematographic motion pictures.

History of Pakistani Film Industry:-

The first Pakistanifilm produced was Teri Yaad, directed by Daud Chand in 1948. Between 1947 and 2007, Pakistani cinema was based in Lahore, home to the nation’s largest film industry /Lollywood. During the early 1970s, Pakistan was the world’s fourth largest producer of feature films.

A country where people are dying due to poverty was once the fourth largest country in the world in producing feature films. Despite lack of equipment, the Pakistan film industry grew imminence and marked its trademark in the world. It was between 1959 to 1977, that the Pakistani film industry was known to be in its golden period. In the same period, two Pakistani films were nominated for foreign language category in the Oscars, namely Jago Hua Sawera and Ghoonghat.

Suddenly, everything changed when General Zia ul Haq took over the country in 1979 and implemented the policy of Islamization. Since then, an industry which was in a golden period started facing its downfall. Due to heavy entertainment taxes, Urdu films stopped being produced and as a result, the mainstream audience was lost.

In addition to this, Punjabi and Pushtu films started gaining popularity, but their audience was totally different. As a result, the elite, educated, and middle-class families avoided going to cinemas.

After 2000s Pakistani Film Industry:-

By early 2000s, an industry which once was producing 70 to 100 films annually till 1979, was struggling to produce even a single film a year. From approximately 700 screens to 70 screens remained nationwide. It was the worst period for the Pakistani film industry.

In addition to this, the liberal dictatorship of General Pervaiz Musharaf finally decreased the entertainment taxes which created a new wave in Pakistani films and the cinema industry. After that, he also allowed Indian films to be released in Pakistan which were previously banned since 1965. It was a positive gesture from the government side.

In 2007, after the success of Khuda Kay Liye gave courage to directors, producers, exhibitors and distributors to invest in the Pakistan film industry. Still, it took four years for Shoaib Mansoor’s second film Bol to be released in 2011.

After the success of Khuda Kay Liye and Bol, another Pakistani movie was also ready to set its mark by the year 2013. This time it was Bilal Lashari’s film Waar. War became the first Pakistani movie to hit 20 crores. And at the same time, it was the first movie after many decades that was sent set to Oscars. In the same year, another movie was produced named Mein Hoon Shahid Afridi among few others.

Then during 2014, a movie by Nabeel Qurashi named Na Maloom Afraad was successfully did a business of 12 crores.

After that, in 2015 Jawani Phir Nahi Ani the family entertainer film by Nadeem Baig made a new record in the history of Pakistan. Jawani Phir Nahi Ani became the first Pakistani movie did a business of approximate 49 crores. In the same year, Bin RoyeWrong No, and Karachi Se Lahore were also released among few others.

One movie which is directed by the same person. Nadeem Baig’s Punjab Nahi Jaungi is the second Pakistani movie that has managed to successfully do business on 47 crores. The movie had been released during Eid-ul Adha in 2017.

The next year in 2016, Actor in Law was the movie that successfully crossed a line of 20 crores. While Janaan, Ho Mann Jahan and Bachana were the movies that did a business between 10 to 20 crores. A few more films were released by the end of the year 2016.

2017 was also an eventful year for the film industry. Punjab Nahi Jaungi was the blockbuster movie of the year. On the other hand, Na Maloom Afraad 2 and Yalghaar were the movies that managed to do business of 20 crores. While Mehrunisa V Lub U business of approximately 11 crores. There are few other movies that released in the year like Balu MahiChalay Thy SathVerna, Rangreza and others.

It is safe to say that the industry has finally come on the right track. Slowly and gradually, the industry is moving forward to success.

Bright future of Pakistani Film Industry – Lollywood

Introduction of Lahore Film School:-

Lahore Film School is basically a academy for those students who want to become actor/actress. We prefer new talents from Lahore. We improve there acting skills and groom there personality. We help and guide them for there bright future.

We want to make and renew our Lahore based film industry for new faces.


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