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    Mr. Budhu /
    Mister Budhu Catalog Record Only
    Feature film about the tasteless ostentation and about-face of a nouveau riche. Formerly an extremely popular and jovial figure in the village, after inheriting a fortune overnight from a rich uncle, he turns into a callous, intractable snob. This attitude earns him the wrath of his loving sister and former friends, so much so that he is all but estranged. Eventually betrayed by his ...
    • Date: 1990
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    Choron ka dushman /
    Coron̲ kā dushman Catalog Record Only
    Feature film about a dauntless inspector of special police who poses as a corrupt officer in order to nab a dangerous smuggler. After a protracted and bloody confrontation, he smashes the gang. In the process, he avenges the the cold-blooded murder of his father, who was also an honest police officer, slain by the ring leader many years before.
    • Date: 1990
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    Sanam / Catalog Record Only Feature film, portraying the supreme sacrifice made by a young mother, who willingly parts with her newly-born son in order to save the life of her foster brother's wife, who is not told about her still-born baby, and is in a critical condition. Doctors fear that if a baby is not produced, she would die of brain haemorrhage. In later life, she unwittingly lashes ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Hawwa ki beti : PTV Urdu drama /
    Ḥavvā kī beṭī Catalog Record Only
    Television play. A 12-year old girl and her younger brother live in a slum with their mother who toils day and night in order to raise them. Her husband, a gambler, is in jail. The young boy works as a vendor at a theater, while his sister wanders, gaping at the posh world not very far away. On his release from jail, the father, ...
    • Date: 1990
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    Zeenat = Zīnat / Catalog Record Only Feature film. Excellent presentation, with a powerful theme and a beautiful musical score. It portrays a haughty feudal lord, who is outraged when a girl is born to his son. This is because he considers women as inferior human beings and evil incarnates. So, he ostracizes the poor girl, with orders to confine her to the servant quarters! Later, when a boy is born ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Suraiyya Bhopali = S̲urayyā Bhopālī / Catalog Record Only Feature film. A romance-cum-musical, depicting the love affair between a smart young man and renowned singer. Despite being the only son of a nabob, his proposal to marry the singer is rejected outright by the snobbish millionnaire, contending that the singer has ulterior motives, like an abject greed for his wealth. Having been bluntly told so by the boy's mother, the singer retretreats, only ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Mehndi lagi mere haath /
    Mihndī lagī mere hāth Catalog Record Only
    The story of a young man who is branded as a bigamist. He moves to another province to take over a branch of his family business; a week later, his wife disappears during a plane journey to join him, when she is caught in the midst of a war with a neighboring country. She is assumed dead, and he marries her younger sister; the ...
    • Date: 1990
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    Before it's too late /
    Der nah ho jāʼe Catalog Record Only
    A documentary drama about the environment and sustainable development in Pakistan. Baba Rehmat and his grandson, Feroze, live in a small fishing village on the Indus River. Baba Rehmat sees the river as the lifeline which has supported his family for generations; Feroze sees it as a chain binding his young family to a life of increasing hardship. When Feroze moves his family to ...
    • Date: 1992
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    Intikhab / Catalog Record Only Feature film. A pretty, young girl, on the lookout for a job, accepts the challenge to tutor and discipline four unruly children, whose mother is mentally deranged, and who have become stubborn on account of a plethora of discipline on every move from their authoritarian father. The friendly tutor wins the children over in no time, and then it is not too long before ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Aik aur aik / Catalog Record Only Television series about a working couple. The husband is an architect; the wife, a travel agent. The husband forces the wife to resign and stay at home, but he lands in police lockup because of a misunderstanding and loses his job. On his release, he is hired by his wife's former boss, while the wife replaces him as an architect. The resulting comic situations ...
    • Date: 1988
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    Jānglūs /
    Jangloos Catalog Record Only
    Urdu drama serial originally broadcast on Pakistan Television.
    • Date: 1991
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    Khub soorat = K̲h̲ūbṣūrat / Catalog Record Only Feature film. An excellent portrayal of an avaricious young man, who is always at odds with his submissive wife, and, one day, turns her out of the house, even though she is pregnant. He keeps custody of their 5-year old son, and sends him to be brought up by his rich sister. A few years later, the sister dies, leaving her only daughter to ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Waqt / Catalog Record Only Feature film. A fine portrayal of how a wealthy, domineering father prevails upon his emotional son, who falls in love with a poor village belle and marries her, to abjure her in favor of another one from a family of equal status. Years later, after the snob is dead, and the son inherits his father's wealth, the former follows in his father's footsteps insofar ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Hulchal = Halcal / Catalog Record Only Feature film, a co-production of Pakistan, Turkey, and Bangladesh. It depicts the ephemeral nature of the glitter of wealth accumulated by unfair means by a smuggler-gangster, who faces a constant threat to his life from his rivals. An emotional conflict ensues when his son, who does not have an inkling of his father's real vocation and adores him as an ideal, honest-to-goodness self-made "entrepreneur", ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Jalwa = Jalvah / Catalog Record Only Feature film. Studded with beautiful compositions of South Asian music in the semi-classical tenor, it dipicts a cultured and soft-spoken, but class conscious and self-conceited nabob (lord) of Lucknow in pre-partition India, as contrasted to a businessman from Punjab, who feels ill at ease in this, what he calls, stiflingly formal atmosphere, and showers brotherly affection on the local lord's menial servant, who is ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Do-raha / Catalog Record Only An excellent feature film, with a cast of top Pakistani artistes and a fine musical score, portraying the Eastern tradition, still much in vogue in the 1960's, of girls not having much say in the matter of choosing their life partners. It was still the prerogative of the parents to marry their daughters off to the boys of their own liking, irrespective of whether ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Anarkali / Catalog Record Only Television play about the beleaguered wife of a wealthy businessman. He expects her to be a "party girl", i.e., to intercede for him with government officials or directors of companies, with whom he has his contract bids at stake. Being an introvert, she declines to oblige him, creating an atmosphere of discord. She takes up writing as a means of expressing her feelings, and ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Studio 2 1/2 : comedy specialist Anwar Maqsood /
    Comedy specialist Anwar Maqsood | Isṭūḍiyo ḍhāʼī Catalog Record Only
    Satirical and humorous Pakistan Television program, dealing chiefly with Pakistani society and culture.
    • Date: 1991
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    Do duni panch : comedy play /
    Do dūnī pāno : Catalog Record Only
    TV comedy series, portraying the plight of the destitute in a Pakistani metropolis, who inhabit concrete aqueducts appropriated and rented out by a smuggler. Events include sequences where a couple of hapless young men, who land in trouble through their follies and naivete, help the police nab the smuggler and his gang.
    • Date: 1991
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    Clerk = Klark / Catalog Record Only Feature film, on the woeful life of a clerk, who, in his scanty income, has a hard time making both ends meet. In desperation, he makes a futile attempt to steal money from his office, is apprehended and jailed. Left penniless, his wife moves from pillar to post, and has to have her children admitted in an orphanage for sustenance. On his release, when ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Namak haram / Catalog Record Only Feature film. A hilarious comedy, featuring two twin brothers, separated in childhood, and the ludicrous situations that beset one brother, whe he accidentally steps into the shoes of his brother, who is presumed dead in a plane crash. He is forced to acknowledge his (lost brother's) identity, and his constant disavowals are attributed to amnesia. He is saved from this predicament when his "lost" ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Green card /
    Grīn kārd Catalog Record Only
    A comedy about the craze to obtain an American green card, particularly through the most popular method of marrying an American. The story shows the predicament of a Pakistani family, whose son returns with his American wife. She is all but lost in an alien society, where nobody speaks her language, and she is a stranger to the culture. Unable to adjust, she returns ...
    • Date: 1991
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    Mirza Ghalib in America / Catalog Record Only Two Pakistani boys are living as illegal aliens in America. One of them is a great admirer of Ghalib's poetry. One day out of sheer despair, the two plan to drown in the Potomac River in Washington D.C., along with Diwan-e-Ghalib. Lo and behold, the great poet suddenly returns to the land of the living to urge the young men to 'discard' themselves in ...
    • Date: 1994
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    Khawaja & sons /
    Khawaja and sons Catalog Record Only
    Comedy-drama from Pakistan Television. The story is about a typical Pakistani family, consisting of a father, nine daughters and a son. It shows fun and bantering at the large family get-togethers, a young-at-heart Khawaja Sahib, and his scores of grandchildren; the son has his moments of anguish at being pooh-poohed by his future father-in-law; a mean son-in-law wants to blackmail Khawaja.
    • Date: 1988
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    Lakhon maen aik = Lākhon̲ men̲ ek / Catalog Record Only An award-winning feature film, depicting the events in the aftermath of the partition of India and the establishment of Pakistan in 1947. A Hindu girl, left behind by her father, who flees to India, is brought up by a devout Muslim. Despite being a resident of a village with 100% Muslim population, the girl is free to follow her religious precepts. She falls in ...
    • Date: 1991