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Bandish: Pakistan’s Superhit Movie

Posted on August 25, 2007
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Owais Mughal

In May 2007, we had introduced Pakistan’s greatest blockbuster Movie called Aina. Today we are back with yet another superhit movie of Urdu cinema called bandish.

Bandish was released on November 1, 1980 and it was a co production between Pakistan and Indonesia. Besides completing a 81 consecutive week (platinum jubilee) screening in Pakistan, the movie did very good business in Indonesia too. Music of the movie was given by Robin Ghosh and following evergreen song from the movie became very famous. It is titled as sona na chandi and was sung by Akhlaq Ahmed.



The story of the movie revolves around 3 main characters which are: Nadeem, who is a Pakistani businessman with some real estate in Indonesia, Shabnam, who is an air stewardess and meets Nadeem in a flight from Karachi to Singapore and Diana Christina who is an island girl in Indonesia.

During the course of the movie, Nadeem is seen taking a leisurely cruise on his business trip to Indonesia. His boat suddenly catches fire and he fells down in water. Eventhough he survives the accident and reaches ashore on an island but due to trauma he suffers memory loss. On the island he meets Jotia (Diana Christina) who brings him home and takes care of him. Days pass by and Jotia starts learning Nadeem’s bhasha (language). Few scenes later the following song takes place where Nadeem is seen trying to correct Diana‘s Urdu grammar and pronunciation. The song is titled acha acha lage re and is sung by Nayyara Noor and A Nayyar.

some key information about the movie is here:

Director: Nazr-ul-Islam
Writer: Basheer Niaz
Music Director: Robin Ghosh
Song Writers: Saeed Gilani and Tasleem Fazli
Cameraman: Kamran Mirza
Producer: Ahmed Shamsi
Actors: , Nadeem, Shabnam, Diana Christina, Roy Martin, Talish, Alauddin and Talat Hussain

Following is another famous song from Bandish. It is titled tujhe dil se and is sung by Mehnaz.

Bandish won 6 Nigar Awards in 1981 which are the most prestigious movie awards in Pakistan. These awards were given to Bandish in following categories:

Best Supporting Actor: Alauddin
Best Song Writer: Tasleem Fazli
Best Cameraman: Kamran Mirza
Best Female Singer: Mehnaz
Best Male Singer: Akhlaq Ahmed
Best Editor: K.D. Mirza

Following song is titled do pyase dil eik and is sung by Mehdi Hassan and Mehnaz

Following are a couple of historic photos of Bandish. First photo is a movie scene with Shabnam and Nadeem and the second photo is a poster in sepia with cinemascope aspect ratio of Shabnam, Nadeem and Diana.


Reference: Pakistan ki 100 shahkar filmen by Yasin Gorija

ATP’s Other Movie Posts:
(1) Khuda ke liye,
(2) Aina, and
(3) Lollywood Billboard Art

23 Comments on “Bandish: Pakistan’s Superhit Movie”

  1. August 25th, 2007 8:06 am

    i have heard the song sona na chandi…i didnt know it was from this movie…or infact a pakistani movie..wow!

  2. hira khan says:
    August 25th, 2007 8:31 am

    i didnt know pakistan was once into producing great movies…could you believe this…i have never seen a pakistani movie …though i have been living in pakistan since the time i was born…..

  3. kbaba says:
    August 25th, 2007 11:59 am

    excellent movie and songs

  4. Raza Rumi says:
    August 25th, 2007 3:57 pm

    Owais, thanks for this post. I am one of the readers who actually saw this film in cinema. I don’t remember the plot (as I was quite young) but the music has always remained with me.

    It was a pleasure to hear these songs. My favourite is “Do piyase dil” in the effortless and golden voices of Mehdi Hasan and Mahnaz. It is deeply romantic and mellow. Alas, what passes for music today does not have a fraction of musicality when you hear such compositions.

    Good to have seen the Pak cinema icons – Nadeem and Shabnam – again. Theirs was a couple with great chemistry.

    Having said all of this, I am a little sorry to state that Bandish (one of our better films) was in fact a re-make of a 1979 Indian film called Prem Bandhan – http://tinyurl.com/2gmpqr – (starring Rekha and Rajesh Khanna).

    There is nothing wrong with that – after all the masala mix remains the same. Amnesia, forgotten wife, second saviour wife and all that South Asian rona dhona.

    Btw Aina was also repackaged in Bollywood. All in the region!

  5. Shahran Asim says:
    August 25th, 2007 5:18 pm

    Nice Post,

    I do recall that movie when I was young and went with my family to “Arshi” Cinema in Federal B Karachi (the Cinema is now in history). I remember the plot and there was plane crash in which Nadeem Loses his memory although he survives. In that movie, there was a funny song called “Accha Accha LAGAY RAY” which I still remember.

  6. Owais Mughal says:
    August 25th, 2007 9:59 pm

    Shahran, second song in this post is ‘acha acha laage re’

  7. Wajahat says:
    August 26th, 2007 12:19 pm

    From what i have heard, back in the 70s, some of the Pakistani filmmakers used to go to Kabul to watch the Indian movies in theaters, just to come back and make a Pakistani version of it. In some of those ‘charba’ movies even some of the dialogues were found verbatim.

    I guess when Lahoris started receiving the Doordarshan T.V. signals, and mainly due to the arrival of VCR during those days, many of such movies were ‘exposed’. But nonetheless, Bandish does have some very good songs.

  8. mahfooz ahmad says:
    October 5th, 2007 8:47 am

    i am an indian , and i have very closely watched the evolution of the pakistani cinema and television right from the 60s 70s ,till date ,,,what i feel is that due to ignorance which these pakistanis have regarding their own country , they fail to appreciate all the good things which pakistan posesses,,same is the case with films and television ,,,pakistani cinema has given out great movies and music whcih has been copied in india , it has got great artists who r far ahead of india in their artistic and intellectual pursuits,,,the pakistani television has been a store house of intellect and it cannot be compared with the idiot box known as doordarshan ,,,there is no shortage in pakistan of people like wajahat who have been so busy watching hindi movies that they have never ever tried to research the good work done in the field of art in pakistan ,,they have taken the easy road of joining the current fashion of abusing and finding fault in everything pakistani , it is a pity that pakistan was made for such people

  9. ASIM BILAL says:
    November 9th, 2007 6:03 pm

    Bandish was a really great movie with excellent performances and very strong direction and above all Nadeem a real legend of Pakistan.

  10. Azher says:
    November 16th, 2007 3:06 am

    I agree to Mr Mahfooz who is an Indian and yet has the Brain to appreciate good things from across the border. He’s absolutely write whatever he said. We do have a ‘majority’ of ignorant and foolish people like wajahat pseudo-itellects…and they watch hindi movies and say that they are the best. Here I don’t want to go into details how the film indutry deteriorated over 60 years due to political and economic turmoil and yet survived with movies like choorian, majajan, khuda kay liye and may be more to come.
    Mr. Wajahat and others of same clan…..please understand, we are from a small, poor country…our resources are limited. If India has reached that far it was not a miracle…they struggled alot by CONSUMING THEIR OWN PRODUCTIONS…they still feel proud of whatever is Desi and on the other hand we feel ashamed of ourselves. Please please be sure of your strength…try to appreciate even if its just a small footage of a pathetic movie…I’m sure your (mr Wajahat) level of appreciation starts and end at comparing stories, thumkas, gana etc. Watch movies and see other things as well…may be you would like lighting effects, some different camera angles???

  11. Sohaib Mirza says:
    November 17th, 2007 2:49 pm

    Bandish was not released in 1980. It was released before that between 1977 & 1979. I know that very well since I was in 8th grade in 1980 and had nostalgia for Pakistani Industry. I used to do a plagiarism watch as to who is copying who. India had been copying Pakistani musics and songs for a long time. At least as far back as 1975. A Pakistani song ( 1975 or 1976) picturised on Sangeeta “Mera Aik Kaam kardo na” was copied and was played in mid-80′ “Akayla-pan mita do na….”
    Anyways, it is more likely that India had plagiarised Pakistani movie since no one in India had access to Pakistani movie, they were at more freedome to plagiarize. On the other hand Pakistanis watched Indian movies not only on VCRs but also on television (People in Lahore could catch Amritsar TV very clearly and used to watch Indian movies).

    Even if Bandish was a copy, it was lot better than the indian one. This review (posted earlier by Raza Rumi) depicts the standard of that Indian movie.

  12. arzoo says:
    November 21st, 2007 7:39 pm

    sorry the movie is: “BANDISH”.

  13. i48998 says:
    November 28th, 2007 8:28 pm

    Bandish was not really a great film, if we come out of nostalgia and watch it again then you’d see what I mean. However, Do Piyase Dil is the King of all of songs, the best composition of all, Mehnaz and Mehdi Hasan are mind blowing,

  14. khurram says:
    March 15th, 2008 7:08 pm

    Wajahat you’re totally wrong!! and stop believing on the rumors, you heard from someone and you blame the Pakistani film industry as well as the film makers.. Can’t you see the 30 years old songs in current indian movies??

  15. May 6th, 2008 7:33 am

    hi shabnam its me arooba muslim iam requesting u to plz only one time plz came in karachi /pakistan i would very thankful to u and also email urs id byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  16. Umair Asif says:
    May 20th, 2008 10:41 am

    Bandish is such a great movie and its songs are so beatiful specially do pyase dil is so beatiful song .Pakistani old movie are so beautiful and conceptial movies …………………….Nadeem is a best actor .

  17. Azam says:
    June 26th, 2008 6:03 am

    such a wonderful film, my date of birth is 1982 but today i saw that movie it very good all the songs are very meaning ful i love that movie guys and gals there is also a hit movie AINA starring Shabnam and nadeem it also very great movie. thanks

    Love you all.

  18. Sohaib Mirza says:
    August 25th, 2008 9:22 pm

    Bandish is not the copy of Indian movie. Infact, India copied it. Do you recall the story of indian movie “Hina”? Does it strike chord?

    If you are thinking what I am thinking Hina is the copy of “Bandish”. In Hina, rishi kapoor was a rich man and was getting married to some girl. On his way home, he has an accident and got saved by a “pahari” family. He looses his memory and you can tell how the rest of the film was like.

    The copy was not verbatim but the main idea was definitely copied ie guy engaged/married to a woman has accident, loses memory, saved by “tribal” people, has affair with the local girl etc.

  19. Anila Yasmin says:
    December 27th, 2009 9:13 am

    It was really a wonderful film. i still remember all lovely songs. I dont not why such movies are not being made/produced these days???

  20. Arif Bhatti says:
    March 8th, 2010 3:55 pm

    Assalam Alaikum Warhamtullah Wabarakattuhu:

    Dear sir or madam:

    My name is Arif and i reside in New York City. I was going through this site and i must say this is very pleasurable and exquisite site. It has alot of memoirs about the movie that i have seen aina when i was a young boy. I haven’t seen the bandish but i know the story and theme. Sir i would like to request you if you have the song lyric word by word in the movie aina and the movie bandish sung by Aklaq Ahmed sona aur chandi because i am having the difficult time in locating it. If you don’t have it you can make a web site for it, i will really appreciate. The other song lyric is the movie Heer Ranjah and it sung by madame Noor Jehan and the singer Ahmad and Ali. Please read it over very meticulously and get back to me. Thanks and i pray for your wonderful work and accomplishment in the project and in near future.

    Allah Hafiz

    Your brother Arif

  21. May 5th, 2010 4:15 pm

    i like bandish when i sow in 80s and aina they were very good moves i am looking for the songs of it

  22. MK says:
    September 27th, 2010 3:38 pm

    I am trying to get my hands on these two movies as well (Bandish and Aina) as I would like to watch with my family, I would purchase either or VHS or DVD any suggestions?

  23. Owais Mughal says:
    September 28th, 2010 3:46 pm

    MK, if you find these on DVD and let us know too. Many are looking for these two movies on DVD.

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